In All Kinds of Sports on February 16, 2013 at 2:09 am
The International Olympic Committee decided this week that wrestling was not going to be one of the 25 core sports. Starting in 2020 wrestling will have to fight with 8 other sports for slot in the games. Despite being one of the original sports that were part of the first modern Olympics in 1896, wrestling is now forced to fight for a spot. The situation makes me wonder something about the organization. Does the IOC even care about sports?
The way this was done was by a secret ballot because the parties involved did not want to have own up to whom individually help the sport lose its position in the Olympics. Is it possible that the people in charge of wrestling did not pay the proper fee to keep their sport around? You have wonder who in their right mind would think that dressage was a more respectable sport than wrestling. Can anyone name the most recent dressage medalist without the help of Google?
There are other sports that do not even come close to the competition that wrestling brings to the table. There is no way of convincing me that badminton, table tennis (ping pong) or sailing belong in the Olympics. Wrestling is a great sport that is the ultimate competition. It is one on one to prove who the best is. Both parties bring all of the strengths and weaknesses to the mat and see who comes out on top. I guess the IOC doesn’t have time for those kinds of athletic events anymore.
In Basketball Stuff on January 26, 2013 at 3:04 am
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over.
The Los Angeles Lakers of 2012-13 are the classic example of a paper team. The problem with a team built on paper is that it doesn’t account for real life issues and personalities. The numbers and names that you see do not always fit well together. So basically what you end up with is a wet piece of paper. There is nothing you can really do with wet paper. You can’t write on it or make origami with it. It either has to wait to dry or throw it out and start all over. The belief that D’ Antoni and Steve Nash would rekindle their Phoenix fire would be the magic pill for the team was never a good idea. The fact is that this coach has failed miserably at one premium job in the NBA and wasn’t that successful as the Suns head coach.
The second wrong turn the team made was picking up Dwight Howard. Initially it sounded like a great idea. The most dominate center the NBA has seen in the last 6 or 7 years could join Kobe Bryant. The world has seen what Kobe can do with a dominant inside compliment. The problem is that Howard exposed himself as a head case in Orlando last year. That same type of behavior has resurfaced this year in LA. The good news that he can opt not to resign next year but that means you traded Andrew Bynum and got nothing for him. Maybe the Lakers can trade Dwight mid-season but what can they get for him and will that fit with them.
Right now at 17-25 the team is 12th in the Western Conference standings. So basically if they made a run and into the playoffs their opponents would be the likes of the Spurs, Clippers or Thunder. A early round playoff defeat would not help anyone. In the NBA you have to be either really good or really bad. A middle of the road team just seems to get stuck.
The team over all is financially top heavy and doesn’t have much of a bench to look too. Kobe Bryant is play excellent but is in the last years of his career. For whatever Steve Nash brings you offensively he will get burned on defense by the Russell Westbrook’s and Chris Paul’s of the world. Without some kind of major intervention this paper will not dry off anytime soon.