Is It Over Yet?: Several years ago, I worked at an easy listening radio station in Huntsville. It was my first job out of college. I worked the overnight or "graveyard" shift playing music that puts people to sleep.
We played all the beautiful music greats; Ray Conniff, Percy Faith and Mantovani. I made about $125 a week. I'm not complaining. It was a job.
Some of the deejays would write notes on the music sheets that corresponded with song selections. I can't recall the title of a tune, but I remember the comment; "Sounds like a funeral dirge. Wake me when it's over."
My thoughts exactly - the "wake me" part - on the Winter Olympics. The games are a bore.
How much did NBC shell out for this? There's only so much of the ice sports that one can stand. How many events can there be with skis? Is curling really a sport? We're not talking about the bodybuilding version that makes your biceps bigger.
If you're from Norway or Finland, I get it. You grew up on ice. It's all you know; however, there are other things to do around here.
Figure skating can be "must see TV" when somebody clubs a knee. Where's Tonya Harding these days? How about Jeff Gillooly?
The Summer Olympics have so much more variety. There are all the track and field events. It's got basketball, baseball and softball. Boxing is still a sport in the summer games, maybe not otherwise. They have gymnastics, golf, soccer, swimming and diving, tennis (table tennis too), volleyball, wrestling and weightlifting.
There are the big names in the summer games like Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps. We remember Carl Lewis, Mary Lou Retton and Bruce (I mean Caitltyn) Jenner. The winter games have Shaun White, Lindsey Vonn and a few more on skis and skates. Sorry, I don't know anybody in the luge or bobsled events.
So the games are over. They miss on the landing with an unceremonious thud. We have to wait four more years. I can hardly contain myself.