By Braddah Lance
I gotta say, I'm not a big fan of the Olympics but since the networks haven't been airing any new episodes or even good reruns of our favorite shows, we've resorted to watching the games.
We haven't been disappointed.... until....
Since when does making excuses and bragging become a part of it?
We've been watching the track and field events recently, and personally, am sorely disappointed in the actions of a few upon earning the gold.
Celebrate? Heck yeah! Stand proud? Of course.
But don't go on camera bragging or talking trash or just come off arrogant. Don't you know that you're representing your country? Not yourself - but about the hundreds of millions or people that support you.
Watching last nights men's 200m final was a prime example. Usain Bolt's performance was waaaay bettah than his 100m where he let up and showboated the last 10m or so. This time he actually finished the race and was more humble on camera (I wonder if he got "talked" to).
Then came Wallace Spearmon who came in third unofficially. He was celebrating and enjoying himself and about a five minutes in someone in the stands tells him he was DQ'd (disqualified). His face transformed in a heartbeat and it was just about his turn to be interviewed.
The interviewer asked what he was feeling and what he was going to do as they both were watching the many replays.
Interviewer: "Protest?" (said in a very surprising voice)
Spearmon: "Yeah, protest. What you gonna do?"
Uh, how about admitting you were DQ'd cause you broke a rule by crossing/stepping out of lane? The replay's CLEARLY shows it. You could sense an air of arrogance and it just turned me off.
There were other track and field athletes representing the USA that acted similar in their interviews boasting their accolades when taking the gold and it just didn't represent well, imho.
I'm not sure if you noticed, but for an event (track and field) where speed and high tech gear (skin tight clothes, streamlined glasses etc) is prevalent, there sure are a lot of people wearing BIG BLING.
Correction. There sure are a lot of USA runners wearing BIG BLING.
From thick gold chains (some wore two or three), fancy earrings and I swear what looked like a ten carat diamond ring, the US runners were sure bling'd out.
I thought the whole idea of running fast was to be as light and aerodynamic as possible?
Wassap Wit Dat!
Da Wife and I did witness an "Olympic" moment to put us back at ease.
It was the women's platform diving where 15 year old Haley Ishimatsu came in 14th... yes, 14th. It was her interview that knock us out. Well prior to her interview she was in the warming pool with a seasoned - and much older - Olympian Laura Wilkinson and they were enjoying the moment.
When Haley was being interviewed she literally broke down. It wasn't because of her 14th place finish, it was because of her first experience at the Olympics. Her attitude was about the games itself, not the medals. I'm glad NBC showed the clip right before because if it wasn't for that you may have gotten the wrong impression.
It was probably because she actually read and believed in the the Olympic creed:
"The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."
Maybe the track and field guys should take a look... but then again, they probably ran by it.
DA PIDGIN WORD OF DA DAY! -
(as quoted from Da Kine Dictionary & Pidgin To Da Max… wit a Braddah Lance twist)
Haole Translation: To be upset
Use: Wat you call someone who all salty
Sentence: “How come da Braddah make huhu? Silver not good enough?”
Sentence: “Keep calling in sick, you going make your boss all huhu li'dat.”