Okay, so ice dancing is an easy target. Quite frankly, I didn’t understand why all the comments from friends on FB were so negative towards ice dancing….until I realized that the Olympics people were torturing us on a Friday night with the compulsory part. Where you have the couples skating in circles to the same damn music, which stops halfway through the song. This is supposed to be entertaining….how, exactly? And I happen to like skating.
Though with the men’s skating, guys – I get that you’re kind of stuck between a rock and a hard place as far as what to wear is concerned. Given that you’ll be mocked regardless, you might as well go with the Johnny Weir style of getup, with the pink tassels and glitter – it’s like he’s skating For the Cure or something, and he’s so over the top that it’s most excellent. But the guy from Italy wearing the overalls? Or the Overalls of Doom, as noted in one article? No. Just....no.
So where was I....oh yeah, things I don’t understand. And mind you, there aren’t many. But here I am watching the Olympics, and I have to wonder – don’t the commentators ever hear themselves speak, hear the words coming out of their mouth and how completely inane they are? As faithful reader Molly noted, it’s bad enough when you’re at a hockey game and some nimrod sitting behind you is yelling “Shoot the puck!!” when there are 4 people in front of the net and no way in hell the shot would go in.
But the ice skating. And the commentators who, again, should know better. Regaling us with such scintillating “insider” info such as:
- “Well, if he wants to win a medal, it’s really critical that he land his jumps.”
- “A clean program is key here! With solid landings! And no falls!”
I mean seriously, what are we all, retarded? Even the most neophyte of observers could figure that stuff out. Honestly, one of these days I want one of the commentators to “go rogue,” as it were, and say something like the following: “Okay, so if he can really nail the hip swivels, work that sparkle on his costume, and blow a few kisses at the end, I really think that’s what the judges are looking for, especially with the men’s long program.”
Would that really be THAT difficult??
And can I say, curling is NOT A SPORT!!! Anything that uses fricking squeegees as part of the activity is NOT a sport!
And on one final note, Deanna and I are getting ready to leave for the airport, with a big storm supposedly moving into Chicago just when we would be hitting town. And the ice dancing finals are on tv tonight. Hmm. Potentially stuck at airport, ice dancing on tv. This seems like a converging of apocalyptic events. Stay tuned.