Buzz Bissinger

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And so the Olympics are upon us ....

May God help us.

Since I have already gone on record with a Times Op-Ed article in April saying the games should be banned entirely because of their incontrovertible history of corruption and politicizing, I know I shouldn’t watch. But given my abiding interest in the bizarre spectacle that I call SportsWorld, I won’t be able to entirely ignore the endless soap operas.

I will pay close attention to the Beijing pollution index, waiting for that inevitable moment when the Chinese, with their very serious paranoia and their obsessive drive to create a perfect summer Olympiad, not only ban all cars, factory work, construction and outdoor breathing in the city, but simply move the entire population of 17.4 million temporarily to Queens.…  Seguir leyendo »

In 1894, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, having refused the military and political careers typical of a French aristocrat, settled upon the revival of the Olympic Games as his life’s work. He saw sport as a higher calling, a religion. And he saw the Olympics as an event that would enhance and heighten moral virtue: “May joy and good fellowship reign, and in this manner, may the Olympic torch pursue its way through ages, increasing friendly understanding among nations, for the good of a humanity always more enthusiastic, more courageous and more pure.”

He is considered by many the father of the modern Games, first held in 1896 in Athens.…  Seguir leyendo »