Remember when you were a kid and wanted to do something and an adult would ask you why and you'd wail, "Because!" and be told, "Because is not a reason?" That's what comes to mind after seeing Scott Russell demand you respect his authoritah bestowed by his CBC Sports blazer (and expense account) and just shut up-shut up-shut up about the downside of taxpayers underwriting the cost of the 2010 CTV Olympics.
"It’s time for the dissent to stop and for us to be gracious hosts.Please. Aattitudes will soften as as the days draw down toward the opening ceremony. The snow will pile up outside. You'll start seeing "multi-ethnic" (Russell's term) photogenic tweens wearing Olympic apparel and it will be too cold to go out, so your defences against being colonized by the Olympic Spirit will wear down, especially since the government doesn't have vaccine against it like there is for H1N1.
"Incredibly, there are a significant number of people in this enlightened nation who don’t get it. They complain about everything from the corporate greed embodied by the Games to the fact that the torch relay was first conducted in 1936 in Berlin, the so-called 'Nazi Olympics.' "
All that will come in time. It is just mind-boggling this aging Zack Morris would actually write, "It's time for the dissent to stop" and "Isn’t this an opportunity to move on from the business of investigating the Olympics to celebrating what they can possibly offer?" There's no irony in that coming from someone at a network which presented a very sanitized portrayal of life in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics, no, not at all.
People are smarter than credited to be by Russell and some of the CBC mealymouths. You can strike a balance the fun of watching Canadians go for medals and knowing the Olympics really is one part corporate billboard and one part a big swinging dick contest between nation-states. Of course, that is why Canada goes for the gold in the easier-to-win events which are dominated for affluent nations which can afford to build winter sports facilities (as opposed to those in the Summer Games which come down more to being able to run really fast or for an extended period). Honestly, after reading that you'd wonder if Russell is trying to get a job at CTV.
It's time to embrace the flame (Scott Russell, CBCSports.ca)