Is it okay to not care about the Olympics?

I get why people like the Olympics. Even if they don’t care about the sports they like rooting for America (or their country of choice) or they like the human interest stories behind the athletes. I just…can’t. I don’t care about archery or badminton or canoe slalom the rest of the time, why do I need to suddenly care about who’s the most proficient at those things now?

It all feels a bit like the Army-Navy football game. I get why people appreciate it and I certainly appreciate the effort those players put in on top of everything else they’ve got going on in their lives. But is that enough to get me to watch a mediocre football game I have no rooting interest in? No thanks.

Not to mention that if you dislike the NCAA (I do) and the way they take advantage of their unpaid workforce, then the Olympics is like that on steroids. Yes, Olympic athletes get tons of perks for their efforts, but there’s no way they’re getting their fair share based on the kind of revenue being generated on their behalf. It just makes me so angry.

Anyway, enjoy the Olympics everyone!

271 Russian athletes cleared for Rio Olympics, 118 banned

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 03:  Team Russia athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games attend their welcome ceremony at the Athletes village on August 3, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 03: Team Russia athletes for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games attend their welcome ceremony at the Athletes village on August 3, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Russia originally planned to send 389 athletes to the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio before the World Anti-Doping Agency suggested a blanket ban that would have kept every one of them out of the games after discovering a four-year, state-run doping program. The International Olympic Committee, bastions of purity that they are, have decided that “only” 118 of those athletes are banned, meaning 271 of them will be able to compete after all.

Russia’s Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov commented that because athletes known to have been doping are now eliminated, “the Russian team is probably the cleanest in Rio.”

Suuuuuuure, buddy.

The list of Russian athletes cleared to compete include 29 swimmers, 18 shooters, 11 boxers, 11 judokas, eight tennis players, six sailors, five equestrian riders, three archers, one golfer, and canoeing world champion Andrey Kraitor.

We’d put a lot of effort into wondering how clean they really are but there’s so many other crazy things going on in Rio right now, who has the time?

Michael Vick would like to join the Dallas Cowboys

Indianapolis Colts v New York Jets

We’re coming up on another NFL season which means we’re ramping up another circus otherwise known as the Dallas Cowboys offseason. We’ve already had our first Tony Romo-related frenzy with FatRomoGate.

And of course we’ve already had Romo’s reaction to the overreaction. One year, Tony Romo will be able to go into an NFL season without some kind of criticism or media concern hanging over him. But this will not be that year.

Ensuring that is Michael Vick, the former NFL star-turned felon-turned mediocre NFL player, who discussed the possibility of filling a spot on the Cowboys’ roster on The Rich Eisen Show.

After the dog-fighting crimes that got him locked away and cut down his career in it’s prime, Vick put his head down and played well for the Eagles before settling into a backup role with the Jets and Steelers. The 14-year pro thinks he’s got another year left in him. And who loves to roll the dice on questionable talent like the Cowboys?

Alas, it may not be meant to be…

Oh well. There’s always the CFL, Mike.

Quick Hits

– New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is in hot water after being caught golfing on the same day he was placed on the disabled list. This is one of those things we know you have to bring up with Mets’ skipper Terry Collins but he really wishes you didn’t.

Of course, here’s how we really wish that exchange went…

– Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett got so fired up that Pete Carroll told him to hit the showers early following a dust-up with offensive lineman Mark Glowinski.

– The Yankees aren’t playing A-Rod but they aren’t ready to release him either. We’d say it’s getting weird but…it’s A-Rod. It’s always weird.

– It was the 23rd anniversary of the Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura brawl and the event was commemorated the only way it could be. With a stop-motion animation reenactment involving action figure versions of the former MLB stars.

– The question might be less “What is the most ridiculous scene in a sports movie?” and more “Can you make a sports movie without at least one ridiculous scene?”

– Bleacher Report and Notre Dame are buddy-buddy nowt. Everyone seems thrilled.

– “Open that door, D-Will.” That’s James Harrison egging DeAngelo Williams to open his dorm room and find 700 balloons waiting for him on his birthday.

– After Russell Westbrook re-signed with the Thunder, the mayor of Oklahoma City declared Aug. 4, 2016 as Russell Westbrook Day. He better not change his mind now.

– Pour some out for Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis tonight because dude cannot be feeling good after whiffing on a pass and allowing an own goal that cost his team a Europa League qualifying match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2N0_jv-Gz8

Fake news headline I wish was real

“Michael Vick Interested in Open Roster Spot With Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team”

One last glorious moment of procrastination

One of these cats is named John Cena. We’ll let you figure out which one. (via)

About Sean Keeley

A graduate of Syracuse University, Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse related things for SB Nation, Curbed, Neighborhoods.com, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Chicago.