For the last four days the London Olympics have captivated viewers around the world with countless storylines from almost every summer sport imaginable. Keeping up with all of them can become more addictive than any drug – not that I would know – or video game, and then before you know it you’ve spent five hours on the couch.
Hello, my name is Ed and I’m addicted to the London Olympics.
Over the weekend, my girlfriend and I watched so much Olympic coverage that I almost felt bad. Bad for her for putting up with it, bad for me for actually learning the intricacies of water polo and bad for every other person like me who wasted their Sunday watching everything from swimming to archery. There are just too many sports and so much coverage that you can’t possibly watch it all.
But it’s not enough.
In the United States, we’re of the mindset of 'bigger is better' and 'more, more, more,' but the rest of the planet doesn’t quite have the same mindset. The Olympics could always use more events, especially since personally I get tired of seeing the same four events jammed down my throat for 17 days. There are so many other sports out there, some of which aren’t – and should be – Olympic events but almost seemed to be shunned for no particular reason.
The best example would be baseball. Baseball has been an Olympic sport, on and off, since its debut at the 1904 games in St Louis. The last seven Olympic Games had baseball, but it made no difference as it – along with softball – was the first sport voted out of the of the event since polo was eliminated from the 1936 games in Berlin. But I can watch baseball any day of the week, on 1,345,678 channels. I want more obscure stuff – the kind of stuff that would be featured on ESPN 8, “The Ocho”.
No baseball, no problem. Halfball or wiffleball would be perfect replacements in sticking with the hitting-a-ball-with-a-wooden-stick mentality. Both have big followings in inner cities and could be exciting to watch due to the unexpected nature of the game. Have you seen the way that ball moves before it hits the plate?
Another viable addition would be kickball, and although it seems a bit childish, it almost always ended with someone taking the ball home in protest of a play when I was younger, so I know it can be competitive. To me, it’s like baseball and soccer, if the two contests had a baby. There are adult leagues scattered throughout the country, if you look hard enough, which leaves me wondering why handball is a sport and kickball isn’t.
Sticking with the red ball theme, dodgeball would be another. If it’s anything like the 2004 film Dodgeball, it would be great to watch. It’s fast-paced, not too lengthy – have you seen how long some of these events can go – and has become quite popular after the sports’ mainstream exposure.
There are plenty of other potential events people think are worthy of Olympic stature, but only whine about it every four years while the games are taking place. I think it’s about time that one or two of the aforementioned sports get the recognition they deserve!
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