We are ready for the Winter Olympics here on West 10th Street. We've got our official USA mittens, our glistening pin collections from the games of yore, and The Miracle On Ice
on repeat...all.day.long. We are ready to be inspired and moved by the drama and achievements of the global athletes all vying for the podium. We're in such a state of post Super Bowl blues that we've found ourselves attending minor league hockey games in search of something, anything! Any kind of emotional salvation for our emptiness. We didn't find it...there wasn't one single fight...IN AN AHL GAME! What gives?
Anyway, we've have had enough of the endless reports in the media about the Russian Kleptocracy and the cost of staging the Games. It is the Russian's money do we care that the cost is approaching $50 billion? The money didn't come out of your pocket. It came out of the ground. Russia is awash in big oil revenue let them spend as they please.
Olympic Games have never made economic sense but they get to the essence of national pride and push the host nation onto the global stage. Every host country since the Germans in 1936 has used the games to further a nationalist agenda. These games simply make the residents of the host feel better about themselves in a manner that cannot be measured by the endless economic wonks that make a living making stuff up about the economic impact of the Games.
The media in the last couple of days has stolen the microphone and made the run up to the games about their spoiled over entitled selves and the fact that their accommodations are still works in progress. I feel sorry for the overworked and pressured Russian folks that are dealing with these spoiled obnoxious out-of-towners that seem to be bent of embarrassing their hosts because they have little else to do.
No more feral dog photos in my Facebook news feed about the heartless Russians rounding up and euthanizing the bulging population of animals. More disturbing is Russian forces most likely have been rounding up and killing folks in troubled places like Dagestan in the name of security. Puppy pictures get shared socially though easy for the bleeding hearts to Like and Share these simple minded posts.
So enough let the games begin. We will be breathlessly watching the sartorial dramas, be it Sean White and Lolo Jones or the collected curling team who probably have a second job at Home Depot. We'll be breathing in the drama and the achievement of the collected athletic elite. We won't have to attend AHL hockey games for the next 2 weeks.
Here is the "Official Team USA Song"
...and a favorite from the last Winter Olympics