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Sochi Olympics Fever 2014

By on February 10, 2014

Seesaw Sports, where Dan Salem and Todd Salem throw down on the NFL, MLB, NBA and more. Two brothers from New York yell, scream and debate sports.



The 2014 Winter Olympic games began last week in Sochi, Russia.

The opening ceremony was an elaborate, extravagant and over-the-top spectacle of…something. It was expensive and unnecessary, but really the entire Olympic games is that as well.

Every two years, the winter and summer Olympics are supposed to build the feeling of patriotism and joy for amateur athletics. It is a reason to watch athletes and sports you would never ordinarily care about or pay attention to. It does all of those things very well. There are very few things more exciting than watching a young athlete competing at the highest level for their country.

However, it seems to me that the Olympics does something more than build patriotism. It also destroys race relations. It encourages, nah Demands that you root against someone strictly based on their nationality. How is this a good thing?

How soon until the build-up of xenophobic feelings overwhelm us all and Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders are team captains, picking sides for the bipartisan Olympics?



Wow, you just took the Olympics to a very dark and despondent place. I’d like to first acknowledge that yes, the Olympics are an awesome thing for the world. It brings sports to the masses, universalizes people and is a great show of hard work, dedication, and competition. I love the snowboarding and skiing events personally.

As for your ridiculous accusation that the Olympics is ruining race relations, you are obviously confusing race with nationality. This is the root of the very problem you brought up, that people use race so arbitrarily that it has become a catch all for prejudice in general. There are lots of different types of people in the world and the Olympics strive to do just the opposite of what you said. Sure, we are rooting for America. But we root for America no matter the race of the athlete wearing our flag. And all athletes from all the countries involved are placed on an even playing field, to compete as equals for the world to watch. The entire world unites and you want to spin it as encouraging hate? Who are you? Haha.

I understand the point you’re making; we are growing as a society towards universal acceptance. Its unlikely we will ever get 100% there, but each step we make is important. And the Olympics only bolsters this. Every two years we are exposed to the greatness of other countries and their people. We may root against them, but its only a select few fans who wish harm upon the opponent. And those fans are not huge Olympics fans anyhow.

I’d also like to put to bed the idea of former star athletes drafting teams. This is great bar stool chatter, but the actual draft falls way short of expectation. Let’s get Shaun White and Bode Miller to draft Olympic squads. Woo! Now tell me who should be first pick? Do you have any idea? And should you draft a Curler over a Ski Jumper, or go all crazy and pick the Ice Dancer instead? This is a ridiculous conversation.

What excites you most about the Olympics? I know there is at least one event you wish you could do well.



[Part two - Sochi Olympics get Red Hot]



About Dan Salem

Dan (@thedansalem) was born in New Fairfield, Connecticut and grew up with his younger brother Todd. He attended Boston University, majoring in Astrophysics. Dan's freshman roommate at BU was an aspiring director and he quickly got into acting. When Dan met his wife, actress Mandi Mellen, it solidified his love for both acting and writing. After graduation, Dan moved out to Los Angeles with Mandi to actively pursue his dream of working as an actor in Hollywood. Dan stars in the comedy web series Pillow Talk and has embraced his love to write as well. He completed his first novel entitled 'STAR' in 2013 and writes two bi-weekly sports blogs; Seesaw Sports on and TD Sports Debate on NFL Spin Zone. Dan loves power yoga, snowboarding and learning new sports. He's a die hard NY Yankees and NY Jets fan and a Douglas Adams devotee. He lives happily in Brentwood with Mandi, just a stone's throw from the ocean.

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