Olympic Fever...can you get a shot for that now?
October 1, 2000
As the Sydney Olympics are drawing to a close, we here at Paperless feel a little unfulfilled with what has transpired as we’ve slept for the past two weeks. While waking up to find that the Lithuanian Dream Team almost defeated the stacked American team that has been cleaning house at every Olympiad that it has been sent to since the rules were changed to allow superstar professional athletes to pretend they’re “amateurs” for two weeks every four years was a delight in its own, we continue to wake to the pissing and moaning of media types at Canada’s poor Olympic showing.
On a brighter note, how about that Vince Carter?!? Did you see the leap that everyone’s
talking about, where he took the term “leapfrog” literally in the game
against France (sorry to all the French who are currently saying
“tabernacle!!!” to me, I couldn’t resist the bad pun)?
He plays for Toronto…he’s a…
But he plays for Toronto!
So, our little bit of national pride has
been swiped from us by a minor technicality, but at least we still have our
world-class trampolinists (is that what they’re called?). Even though Surin and Bailey didn’t
leave their mark on this year’s Olympics, they had good excuses. Now if we could only do something about
that ridiculous ban on Sudafed, maybe Donovan would have been able to complete
in this year’s events.
When you stop and take a look at what’s
behind the lackluster performance of our athletes, you needn’t look any
further than our own elected government. Although
we expect, or dare I say demand, that these amateur athletes who devote their
entire existence to training for Olympic glory, we tend to forget about them for
the 208 weeks between Olympic games. We
tend to overlook minor details like the amount of money countries like Russia
and China pump into support of their athletes.
Russia, a country where their great version
of capitalism has left more people standing in breadlines than that “evil
Communist regime” ever managed to make its people suffer, can still manage to
invest heavily in its athletes that will allow the world to see what a “super
power” they still are for two weeks every four years. China, a country with over a billion
people, may have some minor flaws in departments like “human rights”, but
they manage to take home a wealth of Olympic glory every time!
However, Canada, the greatest country in the
world (the U.N. told me so), continues to allow its amateur athletes to live on
less money than your typical welfare mother!
$18,000 a year! Canadian!
Sure, Canadian athletes have the potential
to reap huge benefits in advertising revenues if they DO find success in the
Olympics, but for the majority of them, this extra income isn’t even an
option. How many
trampoline-oriented Adidas ads have you seen?
What we need to do is level the playing
field and propose some new Olympic events for the 2008 games that almost
certainly will be held right here in Toronto.
Since our athletes are forced to live like welfare mothers, let’s do
our part as a compassionate and understanding nation and propose some welfare
mother oriented events?
After all, we’ve catered to “special
interests” before. After
realizing that snowboarding isn’t fun or entertaining without the assistance
of marijuana, we allowed its use in Olympic snowboarding. After realizing that cocaine is an
expected part of daily life for anyone with enough money to own a horse, we
allowed this as well (providing the horse isn’t partaking in the lines
For those of you who are starting to feel as
though I’m picking on people, I propose a new Olympic sport for the winter
Olympics which does nothing to cramp the stereotyped lifestyle of any group of
individuals. Actually, it is really
an extension of an already beloved winter Olympic event, the biathlon.
everyone knows that things TRIPLE are one better than BI, Paperless proposes a
winter TRIATHLON, where gun-toting skiers are forced to REGISTER their weapons
with the Canadian government prior to firing them.
Until next time, ponder the following:
§ What’s so wrong with KARAOKE being an Olympic event?
§ Was it really Ross Rebaglaiti’s SWEATER that failed the drug test for pot?
§ Shouldn’t it really be called a TRAMPOPOLINE?
§ Isn’t it ironic that both NBC and CBC have Brian Williams’es at the Olympics?
§ How flattering is it that Americans are suddenly taking an interest in Canadian television when it comes to Olympic coverage?