Generally, I hate the Olympics, but that’s not important and it isn’t what I’m looking for in this thread. This thread is to complain about the way the Olympics work, or don’t work, officially or unofficially. I don’t care about who’s won or hasn’t won medals, but I do care that so many things strike me as stupid.
For instance, it seems stupid to me that as I write this on August 22, the US mens’ basketball team still has a chance to win the gold medal. It doesn’t make sense that even though they’ve lost 2 games they now reach the medal round, where their previous two losses don’t count. As an American and a basketball fan I hope the US team wins, but it seems unfair that they’re still in the hunt after impressing absolutely no one so far.
It also seems stupid to me the way the medal count works. I know, the powers that be at the Olympics frown on official medal counts, but every newspaper has them, and IMHO they’re all wrong. They all equate a bronze with a silver with a gold, and they all equate multi person events with individual events. It seems obvious to me that winning a gold should count for more than winning a silver, and winning a silver should count for more than a bronze. It also seems silly that team event medals count the same as single person events. For instance, a 4 person relay event should count for 4 golds, 4 silvers and 4 bronzes, because that’s how many medals get handed out. Similarly, a sport like basketball, which has 12 players on a team (I think) should count for 12 of each type in the medal count.
But that’s just me. I just have to ride out one more week of this nonsense.