The Olympics are a big deal in our house. We watch as much as we possibly can. I’d like to say that I’m drawn to it because it’s representative of the human spirit – the drive to do something great, to be a part of something that’s bigger than any any one person.
Really, though, I watch because I’m fascinated by the fact that these people can run without tripping over themselves like an overweight toddler, swim without having a life guard assume they’re drowning, and jump without nearly cutting off their pinky toe on the intake grate in the wall.
Yes. That actually happened. I have the scar to prove it.
The thing that torks me off about the Olympics is the announcers. Their snide comments of “Oh, that was a HUUUUGE mistake.” and “His form there is really lacking. How disappointing.” etc, etc, grate my nerves to no end. Even if what they’re saying is true, the fact of the matter is these folks are doing things the rest of us can only dream of doing (or hurt ourselves trying. I once threw my back out trying to do a sexy little back-flip onto my bed. True story. True, not-sexy story).
A couple nights ago, as I was mouthing back to some announcer as he was nitpicking a gymnast’s performance, the Hubster had a genius idea.
Every Olympic sport should have an ‘normal’ person performing the same sport alongside the athletes. Not competing, just doing the sport alongside the greats, to put into perspective how awesome even the worst of these athletes are.
GENIUS. PURE, UNADULTERATED GENIUS.
Can’t you picture it? Beer-belly Bob sprinting along-side the runners for the 100 m? A team of stay-at-home moms swimming the 4 x 100 meter relay? Your company’s IT guy rocking out on the pommel horse? The kid who bags your groceries belly-flopping off the high-dive?
Not only would this be endlessly entertaining, it would put into serious perspective how RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME these athletes are.
What do you think? Do you dig watching the Olympics as much as I do? Do you get tired of nit-picky announcers? What sport would you most enjoy seeing your next-door neighbor attempting?