Even as Wrestling is declared OUT, negotiations continue to include the NHL in the Sochi Olympics
Young children, both boys and girls, everywhere were devastated. Wrestling, after all, is one of the founding sports of the Olympics and it is just wrong to eliminate it.
Then almost directly on the heels of the exclusion announcement comes "the negotiation" announcement. Manhattan is a busy place for the next couple of days with meetings between the NHL, NHLOA, IIHF and the IOC. After all, an inclusion of this magnitude requires a lot of talking, negotiation, ego boosting, palm greasing.
So, if you will allow me for a moment, I'll pull out the Soap Box and make my point.
The Olympics, in my opinion, are about amateur sports. I have never approved of the Olympic committees allowing professional athletes to compete. After all, we all saw Miracle on Ice. Some of us actually saw it happen live on TV. If you are one of those people, it is a piece of time that will live forever in your memory. Even mine, and I'm Canadian.
Then there came the Dream Team. Yes, professional basketball players. Sorry, the the allure of basketball and hockey in the Olympics wore off as soon as those professional players were allowed to play.
They have already allowed the pros in the Olympics, were the games oh, so much better?
I think not.
But then, what does my opinion count? I'm just a fan of the game. What about you? What do you think?