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Sunday, February 26, 2006

So Long Torino

If you're like me, you spent the last couple of weeks casually watching highlight reels of the 2006 Olympic games in Torino. Or maybe you didn't. If the reports are to be believed, this year's Olympic broadcast was thoroughly thrashed by competing primetime television. Amazingly, millions continue to tune in to American Idol, in it's 5th... 6th?... incarnation. What is wrong these people? When when I say these people, I mean everyone involved: the viewers, the Idol hopefuls, the patsies, the self-important judges and William Hung's vengeful spirit.

So we bid adieu to another Olympic tournament... a rather groundbreaking one for O' Canada, having raked in a record 24 medals, which put us in third behind Russia and the US in total medal count. Yes, the brains at the IOC might have knew what they were talking about when they initially projected a staggering 25 medal rake-in for our Canadian jocks. Now, high off their prophetic estimate, they are now talking about a 30-35 medal run when the Olympics roll into Vancouver in 2010.

Now that is a miracle... and miracles are the way things ought to be.

But for now, let us bask in our athlete's accomplishments in Turin and try our best to forget the embarrassment that was the Canadian men's ice hockey team. Time to dismantle those bobsled and luge tracks, euthanize those annoying female commentators (sorry to my female readers) and put Brian Williams back into cryo-freeze until 2010.

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