By Braddah Lance
In case you haven't heard, the Olympics is losing it's edge, or rather its intention.
I may not know the full history (no one really knows as its origin is shrouded by generations of mo'olelo's passed down) but in my humble opinion, it's supposed to be a "classy" competition. It's supposed to show the world's best competing for their country's glory with admiration and respect displaying not only their own, but their country's character.
So when I heard about the top world's badminton teams being kicked out of the games for intentional losing to secure an "easier" spot and manipulating the outcome in order to not face certain opponents, I thought that was straight out pupule!
Wassup Wit Dat!
I mean seriously, I don't give a mongooses okole about the sport but it's in the Olympics and must be popular enough to have it there but still, to display such an obvious disinterest in winning to secure an "advantage" with the crowd actually booing and chanting "Off! Off! Off!" must have been a HUGEMANGEOUS spectacle.
But at the Olympics? It has happened at this past Pro Bowl where both sides didn't "care" but that's the Pro Bowl, it's not the Olympics where pride is literally worth more than gold. It's evident when you see some athletes breaking down with smiles on their face for winning the bronze. Where else would you see someone that overwhelmed with accomplishment and joy for coming in second or third?
I gotta point out though that the badminton teams can't be fully pointed out as bad guys/gals though. The round-robin format doesn't promote the "win" factor but no one has mentioned that the very same thing is happening in a very popular sport....... swimming.
Check out the athletes who "save their energy" for the next event and the announcers even mention it on the air. Isn't that the same as "losing" on purpose? We see no-namers come in first in the preliminaries and the "stars" just knowing they have to qualify or beat a certain time and s/he is in so what's the difference in the badminton situation?
They can say they are "saving their energy" too can't they?
Things that make you go hmmmmm and say Wassup Wit Dat! of course.
What is your favorite sport to watch? Do you have any Olympic moments dat gave you chicken skin? Look up da mo'olelo about da ex-drug addict model who turned her life around and became an Olympic cyclist! Do you flip through da millions of channels dedicated to da Olympics? Are you sad dat your primetime shows aren't on?