Tuesday, February 7

I Need a Win!

The Olympics start this Friday evening. I LOVE the Olympics! More importantly, right now I need the Olympics. Oregon lost in a heart-breaking football game to Oklahoma. Seattle lost the big game that I was sure we were slated to win against Pittsburgh. And just the other night, in one of the few regular season games that I will probably watch entirely, the Blazers lost to Denver, after having led throughout. I'm feeling a little deflated by sports these days.

I am looking forward to the swelling with pride (and a little jealousy) at seeing my team in red, white & blue march into the stadium, the Olympic flame overlooking the ceremonies in the background. I anticipate the lump in my throat at hearing our national anthem at the countless medal ceremonies. I love the emotional catharsis of weeping as sports announcers recount, with the obligatory slow-mo and soft-focus effects, the stories of the athletes' determination and sacrifice that brought them to these games. The Games.

I feel better already.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

the nuggets rule

rolonac said...

We LOVE the Olympics! Nathan was born during the 92 summer games. I had them on all the time!!
I can't wait to TIVO the ones in the middle of the night!
USA! USA!

kristi w said...

That reminds me that Trinity was born during the '00 Olympics. We had them on all through the hospital stay. We thought that was a good omen for her athletic future!

randy said...

I always get a kick out of seeing which "sports" they have invented and included from one Olympic games to the next.

Steve Maxwell said...

Sorry about the Sooner/Duck game. Maybe you guys can get revenge in September. OU has to come to Oregon for that game.

Cheryl said...

I was bummed about the Seahawks loss as well. I was rooting for them! (Did you hear that the coach's wife and daughter were in the Congo on a medical mission...now, that's just cool.)
I love the Olympics too. Go USA!!!

KMiV said...

Kristi,
I didn't get too excited about the Winter games until they moved them to two years later. Now I love them. I also know that moving here to Oregon has made me aware of how embarassing it must have been during the Tonya Harding years of the Olympics!

I look forward to these games also!

rebecca marie said...

meh. i'm not that into the olympics. i WISH i were, cause right now is a huge sports draught for me. and, i think i just wrote "draft" rather than the word that means "dry spell" but i'm not going to bother with looking it up. drought? yeah, i think that's it.

also, ron, it was not embarassing, it was awesome. those of us locals would just hope for tonya sightings. i used to get my nails done by jeff galooley's (her ex) wife. ha ha ha ha.

Anonymous said...

sooners will dominate again in september

Allan W. said...

The "open" video was indeed phenomenal, replete with choruses and stunning scenic footage of mountains, italian cities (Il Duomo!), and snow, snow, snow. Gorgeous and glowing.

Allan W. said...

I can't help but be riveted by the Winter Olympics. Maybe it's just my Colorado heritage, but I have always loved Winter sports.

In the bike-racing offseason, we spent cold, sunny afternoons cross-country skiing and snow-biking. We'd deflate our MTB tires to next-to-nothing, and half-ride, half-slide up & down foothills & valleys. Once you fell off, starting up again was so hard! We'd come home wet and frozen and drink hot Gatorade and tea.

There's an Olympics on snow and ice! Yay!

Allan W. said...

Randy, I'm with you. Curling: so not a sport.