I know more about the stray dogs in Sochi than anything or anyone else…

February 12, 2014 | Drew Forrester

I’ll fully admit I haven’t watched one second — not even an accidental click to the channel where I say, “Oops, there’s the Olympics!” — of the Sochi Olympics.

Not one.

I’m guessing at some point soon I’ll watch the Men’s hockey competition, but there’s no guarantee of that, either.

I’m just not interested.

For starters, I don’t really know the names of the kids competing for the U.S.

I know Shaun White’s name, yes, but I have no idea what he does other than it involves some sort of board, some snow and, I’m assuming, some weed and Led Zeppelin on his iPod.

I’ve heard of Lindsey Vonn before…I know she’s very good at skiing and I know she dates Tiger Woods, but she’s not even competing in these Olympic games due to injury.

And I absolutely know a bunch of the U.S. hockey players, but those aren’t individuals…they’re a team.

Other than that, I don’t know these people we’re supposed to be in love with over this 3-week period.

Then again, maybe that’s the whole idea.

Maybe we SHOULDN’T know who Amanda Bigcans is…maybe we’re not supposed to discover how great she is at XXXXXXXX until she shows up on your TV one Tuesday night at 8:50 pm and captures America’s heart with a career-changing performance and Facebook meme’s everywhere the next morning.

It’s a unique catch-22 for those folks promoting the Olympics.

Do we want America knowing these young men and women BEFORE the games start?

Or would we rather spend a few weeks bringing them into your living room or man cave for the first time so you’ll watch tonight, two nights later and the night when he/she goes for their gold medal and your heart.

I know, personally, I have no idea who the competitors are and I have little idea if they’re supposed to win, come in as the underdog in their sport or are just there because we don’t have anyone else in the country really good at Curling and “since you’re cute and you have a nice smile, you’re on the team.”

I guess that’s because I haven’t cared enough to find out, honestly.

Blame it on having a 6-year and 3-year old who would rather watch Dora The Explorer, Alvin and The Chipmunks (1 and 2) or beat me in Wii bowling.

I’m not sure what’s worse.  Being a guy who talks sports for a living and not knowing the names of at least five U.S. Olympians — or being unable to go strike-spare in the 10th frame of Wii bowling to lose to your first grade son…again.




13 Comments For This Post

  1. The Armchair QB Says:

    Frankly, the kids’ shows and games are more…..entertaining!

  2. BmoreB Says:

    Yeah, the Olympics. I was hoping there would be an over/under prop bet on how many stray dogs would be saved. I haven’t seen it yet on any of the online betting sites so, no Olympics for me.


  3. OVER40DON Says:

    not enough coverage of events too many human interest stories although at 1;30 a.m. I saw some girl skiing downhill backwards going over jumps and spinning around.( thought skateboarders were nuts! ) My wife left the T.V. on as she fell asleep. So I watched that for 2 minutes.

  4. unitastoberry Says:

    Ditto no interest. Huge waste of money.Political BS etc.

  5. Mike from Carney Says:

    Bob Costas and the double pink eye is the main story. That’s how bad this Olympiad is. But at least I don’t need to hear his political drama BS. Go Matt Laurer (ugh)

  6. unitastoberry Says:

    I have an idea. Take all those billions spent globally on the Olympics every 2 years and find a cure for Cancer!

  7. Glenn in Timonium Says:

    I feel like I’ve been to Sochi. Yesterday the water main broke. When the flow restarted I had brown water.

  8. Robert Says:

    I’ll be the dissenter and say that I have enjoyed this year’s Winter Olympics as much as most prior years’ versions. I watch for the competition, except figuring skating, further I prefer the events where the scoring is objective. I’ve never paid much attention to the back stories, except for maybe Dorothy Hamill, upon whom I had a teenage crush; I still think she’s hot :) . Cheers.

  9. OVER40DON Says:

    unitastoberry, there are cures but the pharmaceutical companies can’t make any $ on natural or unpatented concoctions. what a crock of sh@* cancer research is to a large degree. just google natural cures for C

  10. Watch 8 Choke internationally Says:

    What Drew, you don’t want to root for the Russians with that choke artist that skates for your D.C. Caps?

  11. Tim Says:

    “Watch 8 Choke Internationally” Bahahahahaha.

    US / Canada gold medal game. Men and women.

    Please, ANYTHING but figure skating. Curling is better.

  12. unitastoberry Says:

    @ Over40don- I pray your wrong. That would be genocide.

  13. Dan Says:

    SIGH , , if only they had somthing interesting at the Olympics , , like indoor soccer , ;(
    is Kenny Cooper still alive?
    He could give a talk .

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