Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Real Olympians

Please don't get me wrong.

I love the modern Olympics for entertainment.

But the original Olympics were much different.

Men only.

Usually competing in the nude.

Competing in events related to war.

Running. Martial arts. Rowing boats. Shooting arrows.

They were celebrations of the best warriors.

The modern Olympics are a celebration of great athletes.

And they are great athletes. The men, the women, all the sports.

Frigging ice dancing requires more athletic talent than 99.99% of us have.

So, I'm not here to complain about the evolvement of this spectacle.

But we are not seeing the best athletes on earth.

Imagine the folks running up and down mountains in Afghanistan with backpacks and guns. On both sides.

Let's have the best of the warriors of the Afghans vs. the Russians vs. the Americans vs. the British vs. Chinese vs. the Massai, and the whoever else is out there.

Let's have the SEALS vs. the Rangers vs. the Islamic Revolutionary Guard vs. the Israeli Special Forces vs. the best of China's People's Armed Police vs. the best of the KGB.

Not trying to kill each other for the moment.

Let's just watch them in action. Running with backpacks.

Skiing unimaginable terrain.

Shooting at 500 yards after swimming a river.

Then we would see the world's best athletes.

To all the young men and women who fight for their countries around the world, you are being under-recognized.

The best athletes aren't in Vancouver.

The best athletes are on the battlefield.

Come to think of it, wouldn't that be a great Olympics? Wouldn't that be a great way to bring our young people together?

Way too simple. Would never work.

But, it's worth a shot.

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