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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ban the Luge

The Winter Olympics opened yesterday, sadly with the death of a luge sledder from the Republic of Georgia.
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I like competitive sports, but I don't see how careening down a mountain track at 90mph on a two foot sled is much of a sport.  Seems crazy.
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I guess most sports have an element of risk, but the ones where a mistake means death can be a bit annoying.  
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If you can get the same thrill by watching a golfer nail a twenty foot putt as you can by seeing some snowboarder contort himself some fifty feet in the air.... the golf wins hands down.
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Seems like anyone can be foolish enough to put themselves in peril of death.  To me, it is stupid, not good sports.
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The luge has no practical application.  Name me one location of Earth where the neighborhood kids grew up with their luge sleds.   Do they have Luge Little League????   The answer is no.
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How about the third man in the four man bobsled?    What the hell does he do?  Twenty feet of pushing then putting his ass on a seat and careening down an ice track.  Maybe a little strategic leaning thrown in.
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This is going to be a long Winter Olympics.  I'm already pissed off, and we haven't even seen men's figure skating yet.

Lauren Rathbone, former POTY, said...
I agree, but what I dislike more is the today show this morning.

showing the crash over and over. Everytime I saw it, I wanted to throw up. And yesterday I only got a glimpse of the news with the two kids running around. So I thought the guy was from Atlanta or something. Until later in the night when watching the opening ceremonies, Jason informed me that Georgia was a country. So take my comments for what they are, because clearly according to my husband my worldly knowledge is lacking.

This going to sound sexist.... but women know shit about geography.    I knew that the Georgia reference would throw some who had no inkling of the fact that the Republic of Georgia is in a region that formerly was in the southern part of the Soviet Union.   Notation about Katelyn removed under protest.

Tuna Lips said...

yea ought to consider bannin' the sort of douche baggery pansy chatter that sprigs up like a dandylion in the sidewalk now an agin 'round here. Mountain men ain't afeared o nuttin'.

Normally, I don't print anonymous comments ... but this one seemed so wacky that I wanted you Peeps to enjoy it as much as I did.  Now, not only do I think that the Luge is Stupid, but people who like it seem pretty stupid too.

Anonymous said...
I hate these calls to ban luge. Why keep it - because people enjoy it. Two deaths in 35 years is hardly a bad statistic when you realise how many people around the world enjoy this sport. What might seem stupid to you might be other peoples passions. While we're at luge why not ban computer games, swimming, soccer, golf (which is hardly a sport - a great game, but not a sport) etc etc. Or alternativly DON'T ban anything and live and let live. It's called respect.

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  1. Anonymous2:55 PM

    I agree, but what I dislike more is the today show this morning.

    showing the crash over and over. Everytime I saw it, I wanted to throw up. And yesterday I only got a glimpse of the news with the two kids running around. So I thought the guy was from Atlanta or something. Until later in the night when watching the opening ceremonies, Jason informed me that Georgia was a country. So take my comments for what they are, because clearly according to my husband my worldly knowledge is lacking. Lauren Rathbone

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  2. yea ought to consider bannin' the sort of douche baggery pansy chatter that sprigs up like a dandylion in the sidewalk now an agin 'round here. Mountain men ain't afeared o nuttin'.

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  3. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I hate these calls to ban luge. Why keep it - because people enjoy it. Two deaths in 35 years is hardly a bad statistic when you realise how many people around the world enjoy this sport. What might seem stupid to you might be other peoples passions. While we're at luge why not ban computer games, swimming, soccer, golf (which is hardly a sport - a great game, but not a sport) etc etc. Or alternativly DON'T ban anything and live and let live. It's called respect.

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