Having been in Key West for the past week, I haven't been able to watch my beloved Sox. I instead have sated my sports appetite on the Olympic games. I don't care what anyone says. I love the Olympics, especially the summer games. It gives me an opportunity to watch sports that I seldom get a chance to watch such as swimming, diving, gymnastics, and track& field. I enjoy these sports very much, and although I probably would not make the time to follow them year in and year out, I find them exceedingly entertaining when I have the chance to watch them at the highest level.
Some like to criticize the Olympics saying that they do not carry the same prestige as they once did, that no one cares about these sports, or that corporate sponsorship has ruined the games. Somehow I am able to see past all of that. I still see a purity of competition and camaraderie. For two weeks, countries are able to put aside political differences become a community. Does this happen across the board? No. All you had to do was watch the Croatia/Serbia water polo match to see years of bloody conflict and resentment boiling just below the players' skins. But I still feel that every few years, we get to see sports in its purest form, athletes who are there for the love of their respective games, and sportsmanship that transcends arbitrary lines in the sand.