Monday, February 15, 2010

The Olympic Games.....

Let the games begin!!!  So much for being on time.  I realize the games started a couple of days ago, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention them.

The Olympic games are really fun to watch.  It gives you something to watch on television that is different from what you normally see and introduces the viewer to new things.  You may learn something new about a sport, a country, a tradition, a food, or any number of things.  

The Olympics also brings about a national pride that sometimes needs to be rekindled.  There is nothing like cheering on a young man or woman that has sacrificed the better part of their lives to master a sport and represent their country on the biggest sports stage in the world.

For the better part of two weeks, the world is watching to see how "their" teams and individuals are fairing against the best of the best.  It really is something to behold.  It is also amazing that in a short period of time these athletes can endear themselves to your hearts for a lifetime.  There are many, but at the top would be the 1980 Men's Hockey Team.  The chant USA,USA,USA,  for me, will forever be synonymous with their gold medal win.

When I was growing up, I will remind you that we only had three channels on the television (four if you counted the local PBS channel).  So when the Olympics were on, there was very little they had to compete with.  Now with all of the different television channels on cable and satellite, the Olympics are up against a little more competition for the viewers.  I think you will be pleasantly surprised, if you make them a part of your routine every two years.  The Olympics come every four years, but now the Winter and Summer games have situated themselves so that they occur every second year from each other.

Give the Olympics a chance, I think as you get older you will come to realize that they are actually very enjoyable.

So now that I've gone all the way around the world (pun intended), I will get to the main reason for this post. 

What does the Olympic flag represent?

The five interlocking rings, represent the five inhabited continents of the world.  The colors represent every flag of every country that participates.  There may only be one color represented on a given country's flag, but rest assured that one of the six colors on the Olympic flag will be found.  No, you read that right, there are six colors.  The rings comprise of five of these colors, most people forget to count the white field the rings are placed on as a color as well.

In honor of Rich Brooks and his team, I leave you with this:  USA!USA!USA!

Big Daddy 

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