The Olympics – Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose
I spotted this little article over at Science Daily. This is a follow up to mine of 28:vii:’08.
“Ancient Olympiads were more like the modern PGA golf circuit than the amateur ideal advanced for most of the 20th century,” says Hugh Ming Lee, a professor of classics at the University of Maryland. “The Greeks and Romans awarded honors to the most accomplished athletes and paid them for their efforts. These professionals traveled [sic] a competitive circuit. The Vince Lombardi notion of winning is much closer to the original Olympic spirit.”
Ancient athletes resorted to various “potions” to gain a competitive edge. “The dung of a wild boar was honored for the powers it conferred on charioteers,” Lee points out. “Even the emperor Nero tried it.”
“If it weren’t for the nudity, the ancient games would have played well on modern TV,” Lee says.
Bring back the nudity, say I. Come to think of it, given the outrageously skimpy costumes worn by most of the athletes today, we’re d***ed close to nudity, anyway. Let’s dispense with the few remaining square inches of almost transparent cloth and get back to what the Olympics are really about – good, old-fashioned SportPorn!
Posted on 08/16/2008 6:08 AM by John Joyce