• Why are there so many medals awarded in weightlifting? A competitor’s weight is a major factor in many sports, but you don’t see a heavyweight division for springboard diving or a lightweight basketball tournament. Whoever can lift the heaviest weight should win, period.
• Al Trautwig and Tim Daggett are two of the worst sports broadcasters in history. Doc Emrick and Ato Bolden rank among the best.
• Individual sports are more entertaining than team sports in the Olympics, probably because I’m so used to high-stakes team sports that they just don’t seem special enough, whereas I only watch swimming and track every four years.
• It’s remarkable how many nations remain almost completely racially homogeneous.
• Rhythmic gymnasts and synchronized swimmers are athletes but rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming are not sports. When “artistic impression” is part of your official scoring system then any claim to the title of “sport” is forfeit. These activities belong on So You Think You Can Dance, not the Olympics.
• Instead of noting that the 100-meter sprinters were running into a headwind, why not just have them run in the other direction? It’s a straightaway, so what’s the difference? Would it really be that difficult to have two sets of starting blocks on hand, one at each end of the track?
• What’s best about the Olympics is not the competition or the athletic achievements or the heartwarming back stories; it’s the fact that when the starter’s pistol goes off everyone, everywhere sees the same race (albeit some of us on a 5-hour delay). The world needs more non-violent shared experiences.
Got any stray thoughts you’d like to add?