Touched by the Olympic Spirit
In ancient times, Tarzan would attempt to steal the Olympic torch thinking it was going to be used to set the jungle on fire. This tradition still lives on today.After starting out with a bang, the 2002 Olympic Games are over. With their departure, we can look forward to the return of a wealth of rewarding NBC sitcoms about sassy homosexuals saying sassy things to their uptight heterosexual friends. But the Olympics leave with us memories of old heroes returning and new heroes arriving, of amazing athleticism, and so very much boredom. We can all fondly look back all those sports that confuse the hell out of us and serve as a bold reminder as to why we only do this damn thing every two years.
But whether you like the Olympics like a giddy schoolgirl or loathe it like a stepchild, you can't help but appreciate the long, amazing history and legacy of the games. They bring the world together, those Olympic games do! Let us now celebrate the Olympics, in its past, present, and future glory!
The Olympics of Past
The Olympics were named in honor of Mount Olympus, the gigantic mountain hideout and Superhero HQ used by various popular gods. At the top of the mountain deities like Zeus and Athena would play games of tackle football and ultimate frisbee. Eventually, man got word of these games and desired to emulate them. Not long afterward, a swanky Spartan nightclub developed a series of erotic games that captivated lonely and curious soldiers. The games caught on like Syphilis and spread to the rest of the population.
Soon Greece entire was partaking in the Olympics. Athletic men, women, and manchildren were dazzling crowds of millions with tremendous displays of sportsmanship. Back then, because of tight anti-drug regulations, everyone had to compete naked. Events like wrestling, squatting, running, and intercourse made the Olympics a smashing success.
Eventually everyone just kind of forgot about the Olympics for a long, long time. This coincidentally coincides with the point I decided to cut corners in my research. Then in 1896 everyone said, "Holy shit, remember the Olympics?" The games began again with renewed gusto and have continued to this day.
Along the way, the Olympics have provided the shell for countless yoke-like memories of great events, such as:
Berlin, 1936 - Adolf Hitler enters the games and races against African-American Jessie Owens. He loses, and blames his loss on Jessie Owens pulling a gun and attempting to rob him. Hitler is devastated, and begins a maddening descent into building a robotic exoskeleton for himself.
Munich, 1972 - Adolf Hitler attempts his revenge by once against entering the games. His robotic exoskeleton fails, and he explodes in a blaze of Olympic glory creating the most wondrous lightshow ever in the history of the games.
Moscow, 1980 - A global boycott of the 1980 Olympics ends with one lone Soviet athlete winning every single gold medal in every event. No bronze or silver medals were awarded due to lack of competitors.
Atlanta, 1996 - The games were nearly ruined after a dastardly plot to blow up Atlanta. Authorities captured five of the members of the Sinister Six, thwarting their evil plans before they could come to fruition. Doctor Octopus remained at large, and was able to detonate a single explosive. Thankfully he did little to hinder the spirit of the games.
Olympics Now!Ancient boxing used to be really awkward. Not only for the fighters, but for everyone watching.
Of course our present day Olympics have changed a lot since the olden days of ancient Greece and mid-nineties Atlanta. In the past, the Olympics were a barrage of hardcore javelin throwing, manic downhill skiing, spirited discus tossin', bone-chilling speed skating, gymnastic back flippin', and good old Hitler thwartin' fury. Now it's all confusing sports designed by twenty third century aliens more concerned with the gravitational rhythms emitted by the athletes than entertainment.
On top of that, desperation is leading the Olympic Committee into the world of experimentation. Recently, Curling became an Olympic event after housewives too frail to play hockey wanted to make a sport out of their daily cleaning chores of sweeping the floor. This type of experimentation can only lead to a dark future of dark Olympic sports. A future documented in the following dark and moody bulleted (but not the kind of bullets that kill Americans!) list:
Astronauts are still forbidden to compete in Olympic Sports. 2008 - Freestyle rap becomes an official Olympic Event. Controversy erupts when a Russian rapper is awarded the gold when an American clearly had the superior rhymes. A French judge completely ignored the American's brutal "Romeo" with "Show me a ho" rhyme combo.
2012 - Scandal rocks the Special Olympics when it is revealed there never ever was a Mount Special Olympus. The contestants are then rounded up like cattle and never seen or heard from again.
2027 - The Olympic Committee begins experimenting with other seasonal Olympics. The Fall Olympics fail to catch on, with it's crappy events of leaf raking and gutter cleaning.
2032 - The Olympics go virtual when no surviving human is capable of physical exertion. Duke Nukem Forever Dukematching becomes the most popular event.
2046 - The nefarious Andromada Syndicate enslaves the planet Earth. The vile alien controllers adopt the Olympics, only they replace all the games with ones where they shoot humans in the crotch. Ratings soar to record highs as humans become engrossed with watching other humans die violently due to groin-related injuries.
2052 - The Olympic games end in tragedy when subterranean mole men begin a surface invasion using the Olympic Flame as a weapon against man. With the dawn of the Reign of the Mole Men, Olympic games end forever.
Yep, it sure does look like we are in for some magical years as the glorious Olympic tradition lives on! I'll bet Old Man Zeus had no idea his tomfoolery would one day pre-empt NBC's Just Shoot Me! But sure enough, it has. And it will for many more years to come! Of course if precedent has anything to say, and it usually does, I sure as hell won't be watching!
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