I’m not a sports person. While I know the difference between the teeny white ball (golf), the small white ball (baseball) and the large white ball (volleyball) as well as few of the other kinds but that’s about it. Don’t ask me about drafts or leagues or even what team plays from what city or state. With the exception of the Vikings and the Packers, I’m clueless.
So it surprises me every four years that I love to watch the Olympics. When I was a young married person, we had a little bitty TV in our little bitty apartment and we actually rented a big console job for the 2+ weeks of the Olympics. I usually root for the USA, but if we’re not in a particular heat or contest, then I go for the underdog. Over the weekend, I cheered big time when the Serbian rowers came back after their catastrophic boat sinking the day before and I really want Catalina Ponor (the only Romanian woman gymnast this year) to do well.
But I do have a few questions:
Beach volleyball. Why do the women’s teams wear what are basically Band-aids as their uniforms but the men’s teams wear big long shorts and tank tops?
Gymnastics. Why do the women wear leotards that look like they’re painted onto their bodies while the men wear loose baggy shorts or long pants?
Diving. And reversing the trend, how do men keep on those little tiny speedos when they’re hitting the water at 30 miles per hour?
Grunting. Why do men tense up their arms and shoulders and grunt/yell when they win a point or match like Maori warriors? (I’ve noticed this is a man thing – very little grunting/yelling from women.)
Commentators. Why don’t they vet the commentators before they go live? You’d hardly know that Nastia Liukin is there; seems like she doesn’t speak unless asked a question. Why is Ryan Seacrest in Rio? I didn’t realize he had beach volleyball knowledge to impart. And don’t get me started about Al Trautwig and his adoption comment.
Waiting around. Why is so much TV coverage spent watching athletes wait around? I really don’t need to see 15 minutes a night of Michael Phelps wearing his headphones and scowling off into space.
What questions do you have about the Olympics?