Hello and welcome back to the wonderful world of the Dogpound. As you are aware the Olympics are in full swing and due to the wonders of technology we can watch the games pretending that the matches have not been played but at the same time we can check the internet for the results. Sort of like taping a sports event and hearing the final score on your car radio on the way home. There have been some complaints about not being live but at the same time how many of us would watch it in the middle of the morning?? Not many, so in reality it really gives many of us the chance to watch these outstanding athletes who have sacrificed virtually everything to represent their country in these games. There, have been as usual, some speed bumps and the one I thought was the strangest involved the badminton matches. First it is still hard for me to imagine this as an Olympic sport. We played this game as kids and it was not a very challenging game or a physical game, but it is obviously played at a different level at the games. Also just a side bar…there is a guy at work that converted his attic into an inside badminton court…I do not lie! Anyway, several teams were kicked out of the games for not trying. Yes, at the game of games, they decided to try and get a lower ranked opponent by purposely losing. Well, they succeeded to well, they lost and they really lost. Four years, and in front of a world audience, they will be forever remembered not as medal winners but losers who did not try. Lesson to be learned here for sure.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
“The trouble with being a good sport is that you have to lose to prove it.” Croft Pentz
A man being mugged by two thugs put up a tremendous fight! Finally, the thugs subdued him and took his wallet. Upon finding only two dollars in the wallet, the surprised thug said, “Why did you put up such a fight?” To which the man promptly replied, “I was afraid that you would find the $200 hidden in my shoe!”
There were two grocers, Smith and Jones, in the same street. Smith had a sign in his window: “Avocados, 50 cents each.” A woman went in and asked for some. “Sorry, love,” said Smith, “I haven’t got any in just now; come back on Wednesday.” So she went on up the street to Jones. But his avocados were $2.00 each! But at least he had them in stock. “That’s a bit steep, isn’t it? Smith’s are only 50 cents each.” “Yeah,” said Jones, “and when I haven’t got any in stock, mine also are only 50 cents a piece!”
Time to wrap this up and go watch the taped delayed Olympic games. As always be good, play safe, and remember if you are going to lose on purpose, make it look believable.
JR and Max