Bleacher Bits: Are Olympics a young person's game?
So how many of you are watching and enjoying the winter Olympics?
Maybe it's an age thing, but I know for me I was far more riveted by the Olympics when I was younger.
Maybe it's because I can no longer figuratively put myself into the atheltes' shoes, skates or bindings, or because physically I'd risk throwing my back out when even attempting to stoop over to fasten the bindings on my skis.
There is absolutely nobody my age who is competing as an athlete, and even most of the coaches would probably call me "sir." There is a 15-year-old figure skater from Russia, and a handful of atheltes from other nations who probably had to turn in permission slips to their high schools before having full permission to take the time off to represent their countries at Sochi.
Plenty of new sports have been added to the summer and winter games since I first began watching the Olympics in 1972 at the young age of never mind. They say it's because they want the games to continue appealing to a wide demographic.
I readily admit I don't "get" all the newest sports, like the snowboarding and some of the skiiing, but at least I've done my research and know how to utter statements like, "Dude, that's sick," or "That's legit."
And as new sports are added, others have been dropped across the years.
Granted, I've never once been invited to play in a game of jeu de paume or pelote basque, so I don't really miss those, but tug-of-war was dropped in the 1920's and croquet was also part of the Olympics, and those were both things I've played in my lifetime.
A lot of the "more traditional" sports have fallen by the wayside as well, including golf, rugby and lacrosse.
Just as I gave up my dream of playing Major League Baseball much later than everyone else realized I'd never make it, so too must I give up my dream of ever standing on an Olympic podium while singing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
This year I'm even strongly debating whether I should abandon trying to watch them on TV entirely. It's not that I want to give up a time-honored tradition, it's just that I've decided to go without cable TV and my antenna is always iffy as to which channels it is in the mood to pick up and display clearly.
Maybe the Olympics are more of a young person's game - at least they have the tech know-how to watch them clearly on their cell phones and tablets.
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