I Did Watch A Smidgen Of The Winter Games Last Night…

Ok, so I did watch a bit of the Winter Games last night because I was interested to see how NBC was covering the event. As I settled down in my chair, they showed an intense close-up of Gracie Gold receiving her instructions from her coach before doing her routine. Reading her lips, she kept saying “Yes,” to whatever the coach was saying so I asked my wife what the coach could possibly be telling her there that he/she has not told her 10,000 times before. Whatever the coach said must have made an impression on Ms. Gold because she received a good mark from the judges.

I also learned that two of the “proud partners” with the US Olympic Committee and the US Team for these games are BMW and BP. I understand the concept of globalization but may I remind you of two things:

    The “B” in BMW stands for “Bavarian” Motor Works. They ought to be a “proud partner” with the German team…

    The “B” in BP stands for “British” Petroleum. ‘Nuff said?

I did learn one extremely important thing for my future planning. Several of the ad spots were promos for an upcoming movie that is a “must see” for me. Anyone who knows me will be surprised to read that last sentence because I generally do not like movies and only rarely go to a theater to see them. [Aside: If I lose a wager with my wife, the stakes call for me to take her to the movies and to sit through whatever film she selects.] In any event, the movie I am actually looking forward to seeing is Mr. Peabody and Sherman. For those readers who are too young to have been faithful watchers of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, let me just say that Peabody’s Improbable History was a highlight of that program.

Here are a few comments from commentators around the country regarding these Winter Games. I present them to demonstrate that I am not the only person who fails to take the Winter Games completely seriously:

“Question: What do you get when you cross a NASCAR race with the Winter Olympics? Answer: Billybobsledding!” [Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel]


“Certain other events are not Winter Olympics sports yet but should be. These include synchronized ice fishing, yodeling, avalanche surfing and rhythmic shivering.” [Greg Cote, Miami Herald]


Some of the Top Ten reasons you might conclude that Sochi was not ready to host the Winter Games:

    “Electronic surveillance of hotel rooms not installed yet.”

    “Fan parking is in Armenia.”

    “Don’t know what currency to accept for bribes.” [David Letterman]

In case you have gone without the NFL for too long now, Stations Casinos in Nevada has posted future wagers on the winner of the Super Bowl in February 2015. Matt Youmans reported on this in the Las Vegas Review-Journal; the Seahawks are 9-2 favorites while the second choice at the moment is the Niners at 5-1. The two teams with the lowest odds will play at least twice next year…

The Oklahoma State basketball team has made a couple of “less-than-wonderful” appearances in the news recently – and I do not mean just that they have been losing a few games. Marcus Smart has been suspended after he got into a physical altercation with a fan in the stands during a game. Likely, we will never know for certain what provoked that incident; in any event, players and fans shoving one another is too reminiscent of the Pacers/Pistons brawl a few years ago.

There was, however, another Oklahoma State incident that drew less attention about a week ago. Stephen Clark is a freshman guard for the Cowboys; in early January, he had been arrested for possession of marijuana. That is not exactly the most heinous crime one can commit, but it cause for arrest. Then in early February, Clark was arrested again and the charges this time were “outraging public decency”. In case you might be wondering how one might “outrage public decency”, the allegation in this matter is that Clark was urinating out a car window.

    [Aside: Never having done that, I would have to imagine that it takes a high degree of dexterity and balance to achieve such a feat. Perhaps that could be a new sport in the Winter Games where judges can rate participants on variables such as body position, volume of effluent, etc.]

The New Orleans Pelicans will no longer play their home games in the New Orleans Arena. No, they are not moving to a new venue; what has happened is that a naming-rights agreement has turned the New Orleans Arena into the “Smoothie King Center”. I guess we should all be happy that the Smoothie King bid was higher than the naming rights bid from “Colonoscopies R Us”…

Finally, Bob Molinaro raised an interesting point in the Hampton Roads Virginian-Pilot recently:

“In the paint: I’m trying to think of the last time I saw a three-second violation in a college or pro basketball game. There was that one in the late ’90s…”

But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………

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  • Anthony  On February 10, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I agree With the 3 game suspension of Smart, but do not blame the kid forehead the fan [orr] calling him an n-word

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 10, 2014 at 2:45 pm


      IF the fan called Smart “the n-word”, that mitigates the situation to some degree. Nevertheless, players should never put their hands on fans and fans should never put their hands – or throw objects – at players. For me, that is a line that should not be crossed.

  • Gary C  On February 10, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    I have heard sportscasters say how Smart was wrong for pushing Orr but if he used the N-word when Not So Smart entered the stands, Orr would be in “significant trouble.” Maybe it’s my old hippie background talking, but I’m troubled by the idea that Orr should be vilified in any manner other than public scorn or maybe by loss of his right to season tickets. His freedom of speech should be protected. as had been said in the past by others much smarter than me, I may hate what he says but I’ll defend his right to say it.

    Oh, and by the way, I had heard that what he is purported to have said was that Smart should go back to Africa. Not much different, no less protected

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 11, 2014 at 7:31 pm


      Protected speech vis a vis limitations on “fans’ speech” would be seminar material for courses that carried legal continuing education credits…

  • Rich  On February 10, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Mr. Peabody and his boy Sherman, should be in the Cartoon Hall of Fame, if there is such a thing. You would always get an idea of where they were going when Peabody instructed Sherman to ‘Set the Wayback Machine to the year 1492,’ or some such significant date. The last time I saw Peabody and Sherman was in a very brief cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit. The very concept of the show was a play on words of the ‘ a boy and his dog ‘ as it was a show about a dog and his boy. Needless to say, I would never stoop so low as to employ puns as audacious as were used on the show in fear of being sent to my room, or worse, the Punitentiary.

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm


      You are excused from the Punintentiary. I suspect you will be checking out that movie too… right?

      • Rich  On February 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm

        We have two beautiful granddaughters who are just the right ages to see Mr. Peabody, Curmudgeon. I was selfishly thinking of going by myself…..

        • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 12, 2014 at 10:33 am


          Good choice…

  • Ed  On February 11, 2014 at 2:23 am

    I wonder how many grandparents will find themselves volunteering to take the little tykes to the movies when that one comes out…..

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm


      I will not be one of those grandparents. My 6-year old grandson lives in Ireland; that is a long commute to see a movie. My 6-month old granddaughter is not yet ready for movies of any kind. Sigh…

  • Doug  On February 11, 2014 at 9:43 am

    Except for downhill skiing, we could have the Winter Olympics here in eastern NC today. It is snowing for the third time this season!

    • The Sports Curmudgeon  On February 11, 2014 at 7:35 pm


      Given the headaches and the costs that come with any Olympic Games (summer or winter) consider yourself fortunate that they are multiple time zones away.

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