I alluded to this last week, but it is interesting how athletic performance has increased as more people have been trained in America:
What accounts for this extraordinary international cross-pollination? The desire for excellence and achievement. In sports, as perhaps in no other productive activity, success in competition is defined immediately and broadcast widely. The sports market is not entirely free. Athletes must submit to immigration limitations, visa restrictions and the like. But it is freer than most labor markets, and the opportunities for substantial gains are obvious.
Freedom promotes excellence.
So like everyone else, I’m watching Chris Collinsworth interview Kobe Bryant. (A side note for people who don’t read regularly: Kobe Bryant is, without qualification, my least-favorite NBA basketball player. He is a preening narcissist and just plain an annoying ball hog. I never bought his humility schtick around winning the Most Valuable Player. Every time he opens his mouth I feel like he’s lying.) Ok, with THAT being said, I saw the interview and I managed to hate Chris Collinsworth more than Kobe Bryant. That’s quite the feat.
Here’s the video at Ms. Underestimated. Here’s the gist:
Collinsworth: Where does the patriotism come from inside of you? Historically, what is it?
Kobe: Well, you know it’s just our country, it’s… we believe is the greatest country in the world. It has given us so many great opportunities, and it’s just a sense of pride that you have; that you say “You know what? Our country is the best!”
Collinsworth: Is that a ‘cool’ thing to say, in this day and age? That you love your country, and that you’re fighting for the red, white and blue? It seems sort of like a day gone by(?)
Kobe: No, it’s a cool thing for me to say. I feel great about it, and I’m not ashamed to say it. I mean, this is a tremendous honor.
But this idiotic conversation comes on the heels of Bob Costas looking like he’s receiving an enema every time Bela Karolyi screeches in delight over the American gymnasts succeeding. Costas babbled like a buffoon about “journalistic integrity.” Oh shut your pie hole, Bob! You’re an American for pete’s sake. It isn’t wrong to want an American to win. It IS wrong, just for your moral clarification, to pretend that the Chinese aren’t cheating commie scum. To NOT report that demonstrates a definite lack of journalistic integrity, since you’re so worried about that.
Credit: AP Photo Mark Stehle
And what about Collinsworth with Michael Phelp’s poor mother? He’s trying to be all distant, as if this isn’t a PERSONAL INTEREST story. This is personal for Michael’s mother. She is a complete wreck and who wouldn’t be? She is proud of her son and her country and yes, she laughs and cries and cheers. I know this is shocking, but Michael Phelp’s mom thinks it’s better when Michael and Americans win. One would think the dumbass news anchors would feel the same way.
Holy crap, people! This is a sports competition. There are winners. There are losers. I want America to win everything, every single time. It’s nothing personal against the other competitors. If they are better, smarter, faster, work harder, then may the best man win. I don’t want the game rigged, unlike the Commies, to achieve my dream of American Olympic world domination, I just want us to be that good that we’re in contention in every event. It won’t happen. But big deal. The Olympics are about dreams.
The Olympics is not a communist utopia where there are no winners and losers. The Olympics is about a safe, fair place where politics (yeah, right) are set aside for the love of excellence. It is perfectly natural to be an American and want Americans to win. Just as it is perfectly natural to be a Chinaman and want a Chinese competitor to win. As long as the competition is fair, let’s play.
As for the NBC anchors skin-crawling discomfort with any athlete demonstrating love of country, get the eff out of my face. I’m serious. If it weren’t for this country, you monkey-ass clowns wouldn’t be paid ungodly sums of money to put your taut-faced vapidness before a screen reporting greatness. So shut the hell up and show some freaking respect.
Oh! And another thing about Collinsworth. He enthused about how great the American young people were and how well they represented our country. WE KNOW A@@HOLE! It is not surprising to Americans that these kids who work their butts off and show discipline, dedication and devotion to their sport would be anything less than disciplined, dedicated and devoted while in China. What is surprising is that Collinsworth is surprised.
And here’s a note for Obama, since I’m thoroughly pissed by this whole thing and irked in the extreme. Kobe Bryant was doing interviews over in China with other countries. Why, Kobe knows Italian and Spanish, too. Here is an American athlete who knows more than one language, Barack. Wait, wait, there’s more! The winner of the women’s gymnastics gold medal knows at least English and Russian. Wait, wait, the Olympic team is made up of Americans who are LEGAL immigrants and they retain their heritage while becoming fully cultured Americans. Proud Americans.
The American Olympic team is the story of America. Far from being stupid white-bread, rubes, Americans are worldly because of their bloodlines–they come from everywhere–yet they are culturally American. It is called a melting pot for a reason. We do not discriminate based on race or gender. We discriminate though: BE THE BEST. (So we have a Chinese coach of diving and gymnastics. We import the best and brightest and most idealistic and hardest working. That is the American spirit.)
Argh! I hate stupid liberals. The fact that this is lost on them is absolutely frustrating. America is great because America has earned it. There are no short-cuts to greatness.
How stupid can you be? And how bad does it suck for an athlete to not be able to compete because the leaders of his country don’t want him in the pool with a Jooooo?
An Iranian swimmer pulled out of the Olympic Games men’s 100m breaststroke heats on Saturday, just minutes before he was due to compete against an Israeli rival.
Mohammad Alirezaei’s lane one was empty when the field left the starting blocks while Israel’s Tom Beeri, starting in lane seven, finished fourth.
Technically it’s because the Iranians claim solidarity with the Palestinian. And yet look at this nice language:
“Alirezaei swims in lane one and the representative of the Zionist regime (Israel) in lane seven, so they will not face each other,” INOC secretary Ali Kafashian told ISNA news agency prior to the race.
The Zionist regime, nice. Iran won’t even acknowledge Israel and yet the liberals won’t believe that Iran wants them to cease to exist.
I keep waiting for that headline and yet it never comes. Nope. The headline is really this and gotta love MSNBC man, don’t say it, guys. Don’t. You. Dare. Say. It: “Chinese group vows Olympic game attacks.” A group, eh? Must be a Christian group! Oh, wait. The subheading says this: “Muslim separatists also claim responsibility for recent bus bombings.” No way. They’re Muslim?
Sorry for the heavy sarcasm, folks. Good grief. I am so sick of the political correctness. Did you read the follow up article? Yeah, it’s titled, “Moderate Muslims outraged at the terrorists hijacking the ‘Religion of Peace’ during the Olympic ceremonies which bring people of all cultures and faiths together.” I didn’t read that article either. Still waiting, after lo, these many years, for the millions and billions of peace-loving Muslims to stand up and take their religion back.
So, here’s the story. There’s the obligatory threatening video made by masked Muslim men, of course :
In the video, a man identified as Commander Seyfullah says the group aims “to target the most critical points related to the Olympics.”
“We will try to attack Chinese central cities severely, using the tactics that have never been employed,” he says, according to a translation provided by IntelCenter, a terrorism research firm based in Alexandria, Va.
Terrorism experts believe that the group is the same as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, an underground separatist organization in the Xinjiang region of western China, which advocates independence for the area’s Muslim Uighur inhabitants. China often warns of the danger posed by the group, though some experts say the government exaggerates the threat as an excuse to suppress dissent against Chinese rule.
Another truth inadvertently revealed: Communist countries suppress dissent? I did not know that! I thought communist countries delivered superior medical care, supplied everyone with a job, and made sure all people were fed unlike the greedy capitalist nations that let people die in the streets, jobless and hungry.
The Olympic games should be interesting, indeed. A friend mentioned that Beijing hosting the games reminded him of Germany hosting the games before World War II. The point wasn’t to raise stature in the world, but to unite the country behind the communistic leadership. Well, we’ll see how that works for China.