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Posted by on Jul 23, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

What’s Your Favorite Olympic Memory?

 

 

AN UNCONVENTIONAL CONVENTION: #164

 

Time for another edition of A.U.C. this topics recommended by Ken Kubey, which seems appropriate on this day of the opening of the 2021 Olympic Game in Tokyo.

Question: What’s your favorite memory from the Olympics?

Yes, that’s a very open-ended question. It can apply to almost anything related to the Olympic Games, Summer or Winter. It can be something personal, a memory you took away feeling inspired, or perhaps something historical that happened when we weren’t alive. Define this question as you wish.

Bonus Question: What’s the greatest Olympic feat in history?

Again, this is another open-ended question. It can apply to an individual event, a career, or anything you want. But please do try and justify it with an explanation. It’s easier to understand a thought when it’s given an explanation.

I’ll ponder these two questions and post my replies later. But first, it’s your turn. Please do share.

However, I will leave readers with one story that I wrote about a few years ago. It was the time I met Jesse Owens. I was 14 years old. I think this counts as an “Olympic memory.” It’s pretty hard to top this if you know anything about history and Owens’s feats at the 1936 Berlin Olympics:

“Hi, I’m Jesse Owens,” he said. “Congratulations.”

Well, I nearly fell off the platform when I heard that. Jesse Owens! I was shaking hands with Jesse Owens!”

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This is the ONE-HUNDRED AND SIXTY-FOURTH EDITION of A.U.C., a series I began two years ago which focuses on a variety of topics and is intended to encourage an exchange of ideas and discussion in a civil manner. Thanks to everyone for participating!

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Posted by on Jul 19, 2021 in Blog, Sports Betting | 2 comments

Does Anyone Care About the Olympics Anymore?

 

 

The 2020 Olympic Games are about to begin on July 23rd.

Oops, make that the 2021 Olympic Games, since the actual start was delayed by a full year. The big question is – does anyone care?

 

Sure, the Olympic Games will receive blanket media coverage. The Olympic Games will dominate the sporting news cycle over the next three weeks up through August 8th. But this isn’t the test of “amateur” skills and genuine displays of pride we all once knew which once made the Olympic Games so great and so compelling to watch.

Unfortunately, the Olympics have become such a disorganized debacle, a staged corporate platform for little more than an assembly line of product placements, and a mishmash of obscure “sports” no one plays (synchronized swimming, anyone?) that they now border on laughability if not instant forgetability.

Quick – name just one Olympic athlete from a country you don’t live in?

Uhh. Umm. Well….

Blank stare. Deer in headlights. Bzzt. Time’s up.

See, that’s the problem. It’s hard to identify with the “stars.” Sorry, I can’t get excited about a skateboarder of the second-baseman for the softball team. I-DON’T-FREAKING-CARE.

Not only do Olympic Games bankrupt their host countries (check out the facilities in Rio de Janeiro and other former hosts which are now rusted and falling apart), they simply aren’t that interesting. Tiresome flag-waving, ceaseless jingoism, and overt manifestations of chest-beating nationalism simply aren’t appealing to billions of people caught up in global concerns about climate change, totalitarianism, terrorism, and growing economic discord. Sure, there are some great individual stories of incredible athletes overcoming adversity and doing remarkable things in competition. But it all gets lost in the collective obsession with medal counts and national anthems.

I’m cheering against all the big countries and rooting for the underdog athletes from small countries.

The real pall over this Olympiad is the very real threat of COVID, now resurging, which has already had a serious impact. Some athletes have been suspended due to testing positive. Speaking of positive tests, is there anything more ridiculous than the Olympics’ drug policy? Suspending a track and field star for marijuana use, which is legal in many places? Seriously?

Finally, no live spectators make these games as exciting as a state funeral. In years past, it was fun watching fans in the stands, weeping parents proud of their kids, and attendees in costumes – which all contributed to the Olympic Games being a festive occasion. Now, it’s a televised contest of signage. A competition of corporate ad agencies. Be prepared for a bombardment of banks and car logos and never-ending commercials so the television networks can try to recover the absurd amounts of money they overpaid for rights. Prediction: The amount of advertising will make many events unwatchable.

So – will we tune in and follow the 2021 Tokyo Olympics? Probably not to the degree of years past. But we will probably bet on it. In fact, I know I will bet on it.

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Posted by on May 2, 2021 in Blog, Sports Betting | 1 comment

Are Motivated and Desperate NBA Teams Good Late-Season Bets?

 

 

 

NBA Late-Season Betting: Does Motivation Really Matter?

The 2020-21 NBA regular season is winding down to the final two weeks. Teams have less than ten games left to play.  Many bettors shy away from this part of the season, preferring instead to wait until the playoffs begin (this year on May 18th).  For those looking to profit, overlooking these critical late season games is a missed opportunity, as this article points out.

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