As I was watching the Olympics on TV this weekend it has occurred to me that I just can’t get into them like I used to. When I was young I could watch the games for hours on end and I found the competition to be fascinating. Back then, or so it seemed, I could identify at least in some way with all of the sports that were televised. I vividly remember some of the epic battles in boxing, gymnastics, track and field and even swimming.
The athletes back then were true amateurs and there were many compelling behind the scenes stories. For some reason it just doesn’t seem the same anymore. Many of the athletes, although technically amateurs, are already multi-millionaires from the various endorsements that they have received. In addition, the networks now feel obligated to televise events that I have absolutely no interest in. I’m sure these are important to the athletes and their families but I simply have no interest whatsoever in (more…)