There are many things I can deal with as a sports fan. All I ask is that you don’t insult my intelligence.
The Bruins are my ex-hockey team because they spent the better part of the last twenty years insulting my intelligence. Manny Ramirez is one of the most hated athletes in the Crowe household now because he insulted my intelligence with his little knee-injury escapade.
The Chinese Olympic team and the IOC are insulting my, your, and everyone else’s intelligence by trying to pass some of these Chinese gymnasts off as 16-year olds.
For the love of God, one of them has a missing tooth. I’m pretty sure I stopped losing baby teeth before high school. Another one is the same size as my eight-year old.
Give me a break.
The fact that the IOC is turning a blind eye in the hopes of not insulting the host nation is insulting to every legit competitor.
The Chinese already have some inherent advantages.
They have the largest population in the world, which means they have a far greater pool of talent to choose from.
They almost literally kidnap any three-year old who shows some amount of flexibility and begin their training immediately, something that would be completely unheard of in the United States.
They also have a home-field advantage that has been more than apparent throughout the competition—you think it was a coincidence that Alicia Sacramone was “iced” before her balance beam routine?
Why give them the added advantage of being allowed to bring their best gymnasts, regardless of age, to the competition?
For all we know, there’s some American or Russian girl sitting at home because she’s only 14-years old who can beat the pants off of anyone in the competition.
Rules are rules, and the IOC needs to step in and right this wrong.
If they refuse to step in, fine. Just say something like, “So what if they’re 12. They were still better.” I could easily deal with that explanation. But to keep pushing this ridiculous lie that they’re all 16-years old is beyond insulting.
It’s so insulting that I’m more fired up about women’s gymnastics than I am about the Patriots signing John Lynch. And trust me, it takes a heck of a lot to get me fired up about gymnastics.
In other Olympic news, Michael Phelps is super-human.
Not only did the story break this week that he eats as much in a day as the entire U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team eats in a week, but he’s also on pace to win an astounding eight gold medals.
And in relatively easy fashion, I might add.
Phelps is the Tiger Woods of swimming, except even Tiger loses every once in a while. Phelps doesn’t lose. Ever.
It’s really remarkable, when you think about it. There have been dominant athletes, but how many of them simply never lose?
Just one, by my count.
Anyway, I’ve been supremely entertained by this year’s Olympics. As much as I doubted the Chinese’s right to host the Olympics, they’ve certainly put on a fantastic show.
The seven-year old Milli Vanilli, a ticked off Swedish wrestler, and 12-year old gymnasts aside, it’s been a relatively controversy-free Olympic Games.
Just exciting and enjoyable thus far, which is all we can ask of a sporting event.
Sean Crowe is a Senior Writer and an NFL Community Leader at Bleacher Report. You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. His archive can be found here. You can find everything he writes, including articles for other publications, here.