Saturday, August 11, 2012

Welcome To The 2012 Volleyball Games

This isn't a rant but an observation: Is it just me or does there seem to be an inordinately large amount of volleyball going on at the 2012 Olympics?

I will freely admit that I haven't been following this year's Olympics very closely, as the day to day running of Bob Canada's BlogWorld and Stately Canada manor keep me hopping. But occasionally I will catch a glimpse of the Games in the break room at work and without fail every time I do, they're covering volleyball. Not now and then, but EVERY time.

Beach volleyball, indoor volleyball, volleyball with 2 player teams, volleyball with full teams, men's volleyball, women's volleyball... it just goes on and on. I'm actually starting to recognize some of the players. I'm beginning to wonder if there even are any other events.

I like volleyball as much as the next man, but I think we ought to give some other worthy events a chance, like Olympic Trampolining and Olympic Tug-Of-War.

Of course it's not hard to figure why volleyball is getting such lopsided coverage. Scantily clad, highly fit young women (and men, if that's your taste) jiggling and cavorting around in the sun and sand... If you're an NBC programmer who wants to keep his job, which are you going to air if you've a choice: nubile bodies jumping up and down on the beach or men and women built like Ben Grimm grunting as they strain to hoist 300 pounds over their heads?

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