Started by GrinningYMIR, December 16, 2013, 05:43:08 PM
QuoteBut let's say that, for whatever reason, which probably has to do with the fact that the Olympics murdered your parents and left you a wealthy vigilante orphan, you're against the Olympics altogether. Don't expect to use your freedom of speech to voice your anger against sports-themed injustices. The IOC demands that during the games, special rights be given to the host city. Not just strutting rights among the other cities of their nation, although that's a given, but also the right to squash all local laws regarding free speech. The London contract, for example, spells out that all billboards throughout the city must be rented by the city and that only sponsors of the games will be able to use them. If anyone wants to put up an anti-Olympics billboard, they are banned. Police even have the power to enter your house and rip down an anti-Olympics sign.
QuoteThe U.S. Olympic Committee sent a cease-and-desist letter to a knitting website, Ravelry.com, arguing that their "Ravelympics" infringes on their copyright. In the competition, knitters (and crocheters) form teams and compete in events like the "afghan marathon" and the "cowl jump" and "sock put." Good, clean knitting fun, right?Wrong. The USOC's letter stated: "We believe using the name 'Ravelympics' for a competition that involves an afghan marathon, scarf hockey and sweater triathlon, among others, tends to denigrate the true nature of the Olympic Games. In a sense, it is disrespectful to our country's finest athletes and fails to recognize or appreciate their hard work."The knitting community didn't take kindly to the USOC's contention and proved that javelin throwers aren't the only ones with pointy sticks. Knitting fans took to social media sites and flooded the USOC's Facebook page with complaints. The USOC issued an apology Thursday.
Quote from: "GrinningYMIR"The Olympics are next month, and although I've never been a big sports guy I have always loved the Winter Olympics. Looking forward to the biathlon, snowboarding, skiing, curling, and skating to name a few.Anyone else excited?
Quote from: "SGOS"I used to look forward to the Winter Olympics. Never cared that much about the summer games. I especially liked the alpine skiing events which were easy to follow because there were only three events: slalom, giant slalom, and downhill. Then they started introducing artsy fartsy events, where winners were decided by jingoistic judges voting for their homeland. Granted the graceful athletes were talented ski dancers and true showmen with fine teeth, but this wasn't really a competitive event in my opinion. Although oddly, it might be the best way to bring sports to the world, because I've always thought that the best way to wreck an athletic yearning is to turn a joyful physical pursuit into a fucking competition.I'm not that interested in the Olympics anymore. I'm sick of knowing who's the best, or who's in the Superbowl this year. Why people watch the Mariners play the Yankees year after year is something I don't understand. It seems like a big waste of time. Just go out an play catch with your son or daughter, take them skiing, and swimming. Teach them to enjoy healthful activities for their own good. But sitting on your ass in front of a TV watching gladiators doesn't seem like something that will help your kids.
Quote from: "GrinningYMIR"I'm only 18 SGOS, let me indulge in youthful activities for a while longer
Quote from: "GrinningYMIR"Anyone else excited?
Quote from: "GrinningYMIR"I only watch hockey, the World Cup and the Olympics. Everything else bores me to tears, so I agree with you there