Skip to comments.Thoughts on the Olympics (a quote from Bryant Gumbel)
Posted on 02/15/2006 5:07:33 AM PST by DennisR
Mr. Gumbel's statement: Because [the Winter Olympics] are so trying, maybe over the next three weeks we should all try too. Like try not to be incredulous when someone tries to link these games to those of the ancient Greeks who never heard of skating or skiing. So try not to laugh when someone says these are the worlds greatest athletes, despite a paucity of Blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention.
Gee, weren't the ancient Greeks the first ones to field an all-Black Hockey team?
Three cheers for Antoine Federothopolos
I am not a regular on the slopes, but somehow, I don't really think you would see many blacks there. It is simply their choice not to participate in winter sports (with a few exceptions of course).
So, a "sister" wasn't good enough for him?
I saw the special on the skater, what a flamer! It's a wonder he doesn't leave a path of melted ice behind him when he skates. Did you notice the CCCP letters on his jacket when he was posing. Of course that's all he is, a poser. He should learn that it is impossible to pull off the tough act when you are a male figure skater and wear make-up, not to mention the rhinestone leotard.
I don't mind Bode because at least he is gracious when he loses and doesn't act like it's the end of the world. I was at a youth hockey game and some parents watching their 6-8 year olds could learn from that...
So that proves you're republican!!! ;-)
Just trying to respond like Mr G would if you had a conversation with him. ;-)
More medals...(and opportunities for everybody involved. Companies get to sell more jackets, bigger rinks(?), etc.)
A one-time coworker said he and some friends got tickets to the 1976 Montreal gala. I think he said they ran in to
Gumbel and another NBC type on a subway train, and he was quite pleasant to talk to.
Maybe he's pandering to get a gig, or a bigger gig on BET?
Perhaps he's really mad that Couric is going to get to be the final nail, um, "anchor" in the coffin of CBS News?
I actually like his style -- he goes all-out and risks DQs to try and finish first. It's not like he complains that things are unfair when he gets himself DQed.
Yeah, I don't think that he is the one pushing for all the media hype. I think the hype is what bugs people the most. You're right, he takes risks and tries his best no matter what. I like that when he loses he keeps it in perspective. I gave my mom a lecture about it the other day. She was complaining about his nonchalant attitude when he got 5th. I played college basketball and my folks were always all over me if THEY didn't think I played well. I politely let her have it. It is a race afterall...
I once told to my black sister that when we went skiing, there were no black people.
She said, "Sis, we come from Africa. We don't do snow unless we have to." I laughed so hard!
Bryant needs to understand that black people do the Summer Olympics and dominate.
Miller refused to wear the team hat at the opening ceremonies. He should learn that he may be all that but he is also part of the team.
I know many people who were happy that he bombed. That's sad, but true. Americans like their athletes to be humble.
The jerky Ice Skater Weir, who got on NBC last night and told anyone who didn't like him to "Eat Me" was really classy too. Bet him Mom was really proud.
Gumbel is a "professional" racist. Show some respect.
I have no time for anyone who thinks they are "it".. the real folks who are "it" don't need to talk about it... And yes I did notice his CCCP shirt.. basically just another little poofer who needs constant attention from others to validate themselves while trying to pretend they are bad ass and don't need anything.
The great ones don't think they are bigger than the sport, its bad enough the press has to hype the hell out of their chosen atheletes every games.. its intollerable when some of them start to buy into their own press... Bode may be a gracious loser, but he's still an ass.
So far most of the presses golden children have been washing out.. the short track skater, (he at least seems to not be a jerk, and is mostly press created around him) Bode, the poofer.... So far the only one that's lived up to the hype the press puts around them in performing has been the snowboarder, and while he is young he does seem at least to handle it better than a lot of em..
The press is just as much to blame as the idiots themselves... they make some stupid statement, and instead of being ignored as moronic, the press plays it up as they are some major rebel or trouble maker.. so now they are getting press while their peers who are better than them on the slopes or ice don't... so what do they do? More of it... and the press hypes them even more... and they wind up with endorcements and contracts mostly because they act like jackasses in front of the camera.
Sorry, but color me unimpressed with the batch of hype the press is trying to shove down the american publics throat. Real players say it on the court, field, slope, ice... they don't need to flap their gums in front of cameras.
Oh, it's real. I saw him say it on his HBO program -- which despite Mr. Gumbel is a pretty good program.
Remember what happened to Jimmy the Greek Snyder and the GM of the LA Dodgers when they suggested something similar? Apparently the contention that Blacks are athletically superior is like the "N-word" -- it's ok when delivered by Blacks; a firing offense if said by a White.
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