The Daily Incite - August 12, 2008
August 12, 2008 - Volume 3, #68
I forgot how cool the Olympics are. I can hardly remember what I had for breakfast, the odds of remembering anything that happened 4 years ago is remote. On Sunday night, I remembered. Athletes from around the world, competing mostly for national pride. Not entirely, but mostly. I'll admit to getting caught up in the drama, the background stories, and ultimately the sacrifice that these athletes make for years at a time to chase one shining moment.
And if they screw it up, it's gone. Likely to never come around again. It's the ultimate drama.
By now, most (if not all) of you should have heard about the American 4x100 freestyle relay team. What a race! The Boss and I were literally screaming at the TV at midnight. Yes, we woke up the kids. And yes, we paid dearly for the hour after the race was over. The last time I got that fired up watching sports was the Super Bowl, and before that I can't even remember.
We were also totally engaged in the women's gymnastics preliminaries. Although "women's" is probably a misnomer. It seemed a bunch of those competing were girls. Little girls at that. But those girls can flip, turn, tumble, and vault like nobodies business. They are fearless and focused.
To me, the best part is to see the athletes dig deeper than they thought they could. They routinely do things no one thinks is possible - even themselves. They push through the limits and show the world what they are made of. I tip my hat to all the Olympians. Whether they take Gold or just show up and compete. It's a tremendous accomplishment.
The best seat in the house is usually right in front of my big ass HDTV. But I'm thinking the Olympics is something you should attend at least once, if the opportunity presents and fortune smiles upon you. By the 2012 Summer Games in London, the kids may be old enough to appreciate it. Hmmmm. I better start saving now.
Have a great day.
Photo: "YEAH, USA!!!" originally uploaded by mbtrama
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