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A change to the Olympics

Posted in Insights, Sportson Aug 5, 2016

For the last decade or so, we’ve heard about the sky rocketing costs of hosting the Olympic games.  This conversation will continue in Rio as the country spends $20 billion dollars to host the Olympics, while 20% of the population lives in the slums.  Meanwhile, fewer and fewer cities even want to play host: Only two cities even bid to host the 2022 Games: Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.  Clearly, something should be done to reduce the burden or increase the benefit of being Olympic Host.

Here is my idea: split it up.  Instead of one city playing host, let three or four cities (or nations) play host.  For example, let Greece host the aquatic events, Rome host gymnastics, Munich host track and field, with the remaining sports divided up and played in those regions.  Existing facilities can be used where possible, and the combined travel accommodations would allow more spectators to travel and watch.

The Olympics are great because the symbolize a peaceful unity of peoples from around the world.  Allowing several nations to host a single Olympic games would only improve the message of international cooperation.

The biggest challenges would be the presentation of the Opening and Closing ceremonies.  Having all the athletes from all the countries come together in one location presents a powerful image.  Do you think they could just do a big Skype video conference?

Basketball game

Posted in Sportson Feb 17, 2010

Tonight Sandy and I went to the BYU verses Colorado State basketball game.  My favorite team (blue) won, 92-70.  It was my first basketball game that I’ve attended in nearly a year, and I really enjoyed it.

After the game, Sandy and I went by Wendy’s on the way home for some Frosties, at which point, the engineer in me discovered that the 99-cent small Frosty is the most economical.  If you wanted a large Frosty, you would find that you could get more Frosty for less money by buying two small Frosties than one large Frosty.

Arguments are being made for which sports should be included as part of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Today, the International Baseball Federation made its pitch to the Olympic committee about being re-included in the Olympics. Baseball and softball were decided to not be included in the 2012 Olympics in London. Read the rest of this entry »

Dealing with football losses

Posted in Sportson Oct 15, 2008

I saw this police beat under the heading, Disorderly Conduct:

Oct. 11: A University of New Mexico football player, unhappy with the outcome of the game, had to be restrained by his coach and fellow players and helped onto the bus after kicking a door.

Has this kid never lost before, or was he happy with the outcomes of those games?  Seriously, if you are going to go to Provo to play a top-10 football team, there is one outcome that should be expected more than others: BYU wins.  I know this must be a less-desireable outcome for New Mexico—it might even make a few unhappy.  

But most people don’t have to be restrained when they are unhappy.  Most people don’t go kicking doors.

CSU kicker breaks arm

Posted in Sportson Aug 26, 2008

I just read from the Reporter Herald that Colorado State (football) kicker Jason Smith broke his arm, and he won’t be able to play in the game verses Colorado University.

I’ve seen other football players play with casts and be just fine. My question is, why would it matter if a kicker has a broken arm? For one thing, a kicker shouldn’t need his arm to kick. Secondly, a kicker should never be touched on the field.

New scoring system for gymnastics

Posted in Sportson Aug 6, 2008

If you watch the Olympics gymnastics this year, you may be confused by the new scoring system which will let athletes score 14, 17, or even higher. The new rules are “heavy on math” and employ two panels of judges: one for technical difficulty, which adds points up from a score of zero; the other for execution and technique, which starts at 10.0 and subtracts for errors. The two numbers are then combined for the final score. As one judge put it, “The system rewards difficulty. But the mistakes are also more costly.” The new rules were adopted after South Korea protested a scoring at the 2004 Olympics.

Olympic softball stats

Posted in Sportson Aug 5, 2008

Softball has only been played at the Summer Olympics three times: 1996, 2000, 2004. This year’s Olympic Games will mark the fourth time the sport has appeared at the Olympics. Because of a lack of world-wide interest, softball will not be played in the 2012 Olympics. The United States has won gold at all three previous Olympic Games.

Medal count
United States: 3 Golds
Australia: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze
Japan: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
China: 1 Silver

2004 Medalists
United States: Gold
Australia: Silver
Japan: Bronze

Appearances at all 4 Olympic Games (including 2008)
Australia, Canada, China, USA, Japan
Chinese Taipei has appeared at 2 previous Olympic Games and will appear in Beijing.

See also: Wikipedia for 2008 Softball Schedule.