Kijiji fail …

Step 1: Post ad to sell item.

Step 2: Wade through and ignore repeated lowball offers.

Step 3: Answer a million questions pertaining to the item from people that say they want to buy.

Step 4: Set up meeting time for prospective buyer.

Step 5: Have prospective buyer bail because they were never going to buy in the first place.

Step 6: Repeat.

Step 7: Rip out hair.

Arbitrary Olympic Rules

There does not seem to be a lot of consistency surrounding how many competitors from each country are allowed to compete in each event. From my perspective it should be limited to one per country, allowing for substitutions due to injury. Otherwise, you have countries inflating their medal counts, as with swimming and it’s ridiculous number of super similar events.

As an example, in table tennis, countries used to be allowed to send three competitors per country. Of course China swept all the medals for men and women. In London, they made a change to only allow for two competitors per country, and China won all the golds and silvers accordingly. A quick look at the ITTF world rankings shows that if they did not limit the number of players per country they would have not only swept the medals, but likely taken fourth place as well.

1. Ma Long CHN
2. Fan Zhendong CHN
3. Xu Xin CHN
4. Zhang Jiike CHN

If only this extended to basketball as well, allowing for three American teams. That would make the tournament incredibly exciting to field three all-star teams all trying to get the gold.

It’s time to redo the summer Olympic program

In an already messy list of summer Olympic sports, Tokyo 2020 is looking to add some oddball sports. With certain countries putting so much emphasis on total medal counts, there is likely a lot of lobbying as to what gets in and what does not.

GET THIS STUFF OUTTA HERE

Team Sports
Most team sports should not be in the Olympics as they have better international events dedicated solely to those sports. Soccer has the World Cup. Basketball has the NBA Finals FIBA World Championships. As an aside, everybody else cares about FIBA, but the US seems to only care about the Olympics … well kind of care. Baseball has the World Baseball Classic. In the case of soccer, teams aren’t even allowed to field their best teams, and have to have most of the team be under 22 years of age. If these team sports are after thoughts, just remove them from the Olympics all together.

Individual Ball Sports
Like the team sports, tennis, table tennis and golf need to go. They already have their own big events, and everybody that competes is a professional. The last thing any of these sports need is another event amongst the packed schedule they already have each year.

Is this even a sport??!?!?!

  • Skateboarding is awesome, but it’s not an Olympic sport. The X-Games already exists, and happens every year. I cringe at the day they have breakdancing in the Olympics. A part of me inside will die a painful death. I’m not sure how skaters feel about skateboarding, but breakdancing is more art that sport. The more sport they make it, the more of its soul that dies.
  • All horse sports. Seriously.
  • Surfing for the same reasons as skateboarding. You could argue it is probably less popular than skateboarding, and may need the exposure but the Olympics probably isn’t the best way to do that. Unless someone from the US has a feel good story and is in medal contention, this is not even going to be covered.

BALANCE THE EXISTING SPORTS
There are too many swimming events that are too similar. Perhaps it’s NBC shoving Phelps down my throat for the past two Olympics, but there are clearly too many swimming events that are too similar. It’s not like they give out a gold medal for every single basket you score in basketball. Contrast that to the track events where the disciplines are way more varied. Track events are full of specialists and it is rare that a runner can be good at more than one event. No one cares about somebody winning 20 gold medals swimming slightly differently for slightly different lengths. It’s just as ridiculous as speed walking. The events should be using the fastest possible method. If a shark is chasing you and your life depended on it, you aren’t going to be rocking the breast stroke.

Cutting the cord

With the Olympics here again, the traditional television broadcast model is really showing its age against online content. The television broadcast is stuck on the one sport that is deemed to be the most popular, surrounded by more puff pieces about athletes than actual footage of the events. NBC is the biggest offender, not even airing the events in real time even though the time delay from Brazil is only one hour. They want to air the big events in prime time, coupled with tear jerking mini-documentaries about American athletes. At certain points they find time to actual show real event footage.

It is understandable that people may not be able to watch events as they occur when the time zone differences are too great. And the broadcasters can only show one event at a time and have to pick what they think will get the most views. Because of this, people missed out on the greatest dunk of all time and perhaps the greatest game that nobody ever saw. I remember staying up late into the early morning to watch that USA-Spain final.

Contrast that to CBC’s online offering. You are able to watch every single sport on demand or live. This is incredible for fans of niche sports like my dad with table tennis. In previous years table tennis would not get any coverage at all. You would have to find some random Chinese bootleg dvd months later to see the matches, but now you can see every single match online.

Broadcast television needs to figure this out. They still own sports viewing. It is still the best and easiest way to watch sports, but the online offerings are providing stronger and stronger reasons to cut the cord.