If it involves "judges", I don't care...
Well said. I used to love watching a lot of those judged Olympic sports over the years, but the BS that goes on within and "behind-the-scenes" of each one of them (including the Winter games) has just become too aggravating to invest my time and fandom in anymore. I usually go into each new Olympics telling myself to take it little easier on the Medal Tracker watching, but somehow I always find myself getting dragged back in. Then I get thoroughly annoyed with the U.S. team if we're not leading in the gold and total medal counts, as if it's some god-given right for us to do so, which it is obviously not. It seems the rest of the world is really catching up and/or surpassing the U.S. in many of these sports now (like swimming today). Maybe they all work harder than we do now, while our athletes (and fans, like me) are getting too arrogant/spoiled/coddled/distracted/entitled/etc. Or maybe I've just lost the proper understanding of the Olympic Spirit in my old age!
I'm still wondering if McCartney really choked up from emotion at the beginning of Hey Jude
last night in the opening ceremonies as the media's suggesting, or if he just temporarily couldn't kick his vocals into high gear at his age. Hopefully it was just a case of the former, though watching it, it seemed sadly more like the latter. At least he finished relatively strong. Pretty good ceremonies, and the James Bond/Queen bit was amusing, but it was definitely lacking the WOW factor of Beijing's performance (as expected). Hopefully the Brit's weather cooperates over the next couple of weeks though, or we could be in for some less than stellar competitions.