An Olympic alternative?

Even though they haven’t started yet, so far the London Olympics have been a dud. The weather this summer has been blustery and awful. And even the Olympic torch, which isn’t supposed to go out as it makes its way from Athens to wherever the Olympics are held, went out.

There is controversy all around the Olympics. Today, for example, residents of one apartment complex are in court to try to stop the roof of their building from being used for missiles to protect the games from attack.

The medical community in the UK — part of it, anyway — is up in arms about the games’ association with McDonald’s. “We do not want the Games to be remembered for being associated with the opening of the largest McDonald’s in the world, which has been constructed inside the Olympic park,” a cardiologist writes on the BBC website.

The Chap Olympics, meanwhile, was held on just one day — last Saturday — and Britain finally won something.

“Britain really isn’t that good at proper sport, but it’s good at silly sport. It’s good at sport that involves falling over, smoking a pipe, getting drunk, and having a good time,” an organizer of the Chap Olympics said.

A sport, for example, like yelling at foreigners…

Or fighting with fish…


  • John P.

    I have just about lost interest in the regular Olympics, but this I would buy a ticket for.

  • John P.

    What would Minne-Olympics look like?

    Fishing line de-tangling?

    Fair Food eating?

    Ice Driving?

    Vote recounting?

    Regular Sports like baseball, but the LOW score wins?

    Garrison Keillor Memorial Lugubrious-Off?

    Clearly, we need more events.

  • Marie

    With that attitude, of course the Olympics will be a dud!

    I generally appreciate your honest, straight-forward view on things, but you do tend toward pessimism. Keep your chin up, old boy!

  • Bob Collins

    It really doesn’t matter to me whether the Olympics are or aren’t a dud, Marie. A lot of this is tongue in cheek.

    OTOH, the Olympic “movement” is essentially a cabal that makes the NCAA look like Pa and Ma Kettle.

    And we haven’t even talked about synchronized swimming yet.

    They lost me when they tossed baseball as a sport. Not that beach volleyball wasn’t a step in the right direction.

  • BJ

    Didn’t it take baseball like 50 years to become an Olympic sport and was only ‘official’ for like 2 Olympics?

  • Bonnie

    I love the comparison to the NCAA. I love hearing Frank Deford discuss that one. So as silly as it all seems I’m going over the pond to swing on the five rings and have a once in a lifetime experience. Can’t afford tickets to the events but looking forward to the “experience”. London is interestingly diverse anyway, filled with foreign visitors it should be a pretty amazing crowd. Did get tickets to see a couple of beach volleyball games at the low low price of $ 250 (each) ! We’ll be supporting former Duluthian Kara Goucher in the womens marathon! Anyone with a weather prediction for the first of August? I’ll report back when I’m there, I’ll try to find a newscut angle…