RUSSIAN OLYMPIC STRATEGY

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REMEMBER WHEN THE USSR would send athletes to the Olympics and they looked like manufactured humanoid robots? The women looked like dudes and the guys looked freakish. I could swear that some of the swimmers had gills. All of them were “pros” in the sense that they were paid by the Commies to perform and win – at all costs.

No one that wasn’t blind doubted that they were juiced. The IOC finally cracked down and got better at testing for PEDs. The Commies medal count fell, then the Commie Empire fell, but that didn’t stop the Russians from cheating. This Summer the Russians were banned from the Rio Olympics for various sports and now the Paralympics have totally banned Russia from the Para-games because they are doping, their handicapped athletes. Wrap your head around that – a country is doping athletes to win at para-games. You have to be a special kind of awful to dope handicapped athletes to beat other handicapped athletes, but that’s Russia, they don’t give a shit about rules, they just want to win…

 

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Gabby Douglas

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GABBY DOUGLAS went from Glamour and Gold last Olympics to a Footnote in Rio. Internet Troll were all over her for not goose-stepping to their preconceived notion of respect for mates and country, so she was vilified on Social Media with nasty hashtags. Gabby explained that she loved her mates and her country but the Trolls kept coming and she broke down and cried.

I’m not shy about criticizing athletes — when they deserve it, Hope Solo (kinda my job); but that’s not the case with Douglas. She was disappointed and, perhaps, acted publicly disappointed – but she wasn’t disrespectful and un-patriotic, she was just bummed. That’s being human, not a jerk like Hope Solo. Big difference.

But, Trolls are gonna troll. It’s what they do.

HOPE AND LOATHING

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I ADMIT THAT I LOATH HOPE SOLO. She’s a loud-mouthed self-aggrandizing petulant ass. She’s been arrested for beating up a relative and she acts the bully when it suits her.

Team USA lost to Team Sweden in the Semifinals yesterday and it was no surprise to me (and most anyone who follows soccer) that she acted like a self-aggrandizing petulant ass after penalty kicks. She didn’t like the Swedes playing a defensive game so after the loss she called the Swedes cowards. Sweden couldn’t hang with America in an uptempo game so they played a tactically smart defensive game and won in a shoot-out. Smart –  and it got the Swedes a win, but Solo in all her inelegant prose said the better team didn’t win and the Swedes “are all cowards” – all because they didn’t play a game that suited Solo. 

I’m a Patriot. I love my country.  And I love watching America beat anyone in the world, but when Solo is on the team and it loses I feel not a whiff of regret — all because Solo is so loathsome. She’s 38 so there little left of Hope Solo in the Net. After she’s replaced I can go back to being a full-throated fan. 

OLYMPIC CAULDRON

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TODAY IS OPENING CEREMONIES DAY. And today is the day for the Olympic Flame Cauldron Reveal. Rio’s Flame with buck tradition with the flame, not at the Track Stadium rather in Downtown Rio.

Rio was supposed to be the Games to push environmental activism. Rio’s medals are made of recycled metals. The ribbons are made from recycled plastic. The irony is, of course, the Games are an environmental  poopy  mess of the water venues  full of garbage with raw sewage spewing into the Bay.

The world doesn’t know what the Cauldron will look like – yet. I envision a giant Toilet and the eternal gas being, Methane.