Lords of the Rings....Listen Up!
Both are flipping through the 19 channels of Olympic coverage, currently, saddened by the fact their favorite sports are not represented in the Summer Games. Polo was the first Olympic sport to get the international axe way back in 1936, followed in 2005 when the nerd island that is the Olympic Committee extinguished the flames of both, baseball and softball. The unpopular idea was upheld in 2006, with a reach into the 2016 games.
And, what a shame it is. The reasoning, outright hypocritical.
The " Dream Team" debate for the U.S.A Mens Basketball Team supremacy is always the hottest news as the games grow closer. Since 2004, there is a windy whisper blowing through the head-bands of the select NBA elite saying, "Don't piss off Wheaties and go Allen Iverson on us!" " You must win." Usually, they do. By a large margin. While the NBA and the basketball game has grown an international face, it is still young, inexperienced and not true competition-worthy. Simply put - Team U.S.A can play one-footed, with their shorts on their head and, barring amazement from Spain or Argentina completely, it's gold and a cereal box for the American boys.
So, what does this have to do with baseball? Everything.
The main bramble of burped-up slogans and rhetoric for the banning of baseball was that it did not have an international voice, and the game needs to "clean" itself before consideration of re-entry. Basically, the MLB and Union would have to go Deutschey and accept the freaky-deaky drug regulations floating from nerd Island. This would include the ever-pleasant 5 a.m. "pee call" while you are still in your yellow-duck jammies, and not a trickle in sight.
No, thank you. That testing doesn't work, regardless. How many Olympic Athletes have tested positive in the past two weeks? A bunch. Yesterday, it took me five minutes to realize I wasn't watching Arena Football, and that I had stumbled onto woman's power-lifting. Touchdown!
The hypocrisy from the Olympic Committee is as sad as it is crazy and nutty. Koo-Koo! If there ever was an international game on the rise, baseball has taken that medal and held it, strongly. Besides the WBC, the current MLB starting line-up reads like an international facebook, complete with tweets in various languages.
What the game needs is to lose the amateur slogan, like basketball did back-in-the-day. What a "Dream Team" that could be. And, it wouldn't be just for the ole U.S of A. It would be the baseball elite representing their country, battling on the Worlds Stage. There has to be a fan-base for that sort of contest, not to mention that the playing-field would be more exciting to watch. Let's face it, there are a lot more countries that could represent a stronger competitive edge in the baseball realm, as opposed to basketball. My kid could beet the Angola basketball team, and I don't have any children.
So, why is this baseball "Dream Team" idea being covered in the sand like your Uncle at Myrtle Beach. For the same reason and basis most Olympic ideas are made. Money-Money........Money!
The Olympics are, and forever will be the biggest nude poster at the celibacy parade. Cash is king and the Olympic Committee like crownings. While the games preach and highlight amateur athletics at its' best, clean and cozy. The networks, lead by NBC, are pocketing serious dinero -and some American money, too - and that as they say, is that. It is a billion dollar operation and a billion dollar return, with tape-delays and inserted interviews, mixed with the glitz and glitter that would make even Spielberg do back-flips.
This is why softball and baseball were voted off.
There has to be a wide-variety of fans, really means, "we need to be able to take the games and re-air it on Prime-time, with huge ratings." Think I'm lying? They did it once already, this year, when they held the Phelps/Lochte swimmmy-meet off of live-television, then replayed it during the night-time hours. That's when the real advertising cheese is made.
Sadly, these rats don't believe, truly, that a 9-inning baseball game would attract the same kind of H'orderves. Money spent needs to be money earned. And, funny enough, that's understandable. It doesn't make it right but, at least the honesty would be put forth - like the Olympic Committee holds its' standards of excellence, too.
Be honest, gang. Don't say silly lies, like in the past, and hide behind steroids and fan-based whatever'ness. Just like the testing they perform, it is time for the Olympic Committee to drop its' pants to the heels, lift up their shirts to the chin, and show all that cash they have strapped to the chosen sports, and un-rightfully so.
Put that on your stand...with a fist.