Boycott Suggestion Shows Disconnect From Reality

Photo: Mary T Meagher and the poster that would have to wait four more years until Los Angeles 1984

Editorial: And the winner of this week’s Most Stupid Comment by a United States Congressman Award goes to Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina. Congratulations Mr. Graham, you have won the following prizes: Full understanding that you possess not a lick of problem-solving skills. And, complete reality that you are incapable of learning from the past.

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Editorial: And the winner of this week’s Most Stupid Comment by a United States Congressman Award goes to Lindsey Graham, the Republican Senator from South Carolina. Congratulations Mr. Graham, you have won the following prizes: Full understanding that you possess not a lick of problem-solving skills. And, complete reality that you are incapable of learning from the past.

Comments

Lane Four

This man is an IDIOT! John, there is no way the threat of a boycott would even spark one bit of interest from anyone. And as strange as this sounds, there is no way that big business would allow for this to go through. There is too much to lose financially for the mega-corporations who bank on the Olympics for huge advertisement. Not a worry from me. We had to endure Carter and his stupidity but that will NEVER HAPPEN AGAIN!!!!!!!!

John Lohn

I agree it won’t happen again, but I wanted to show the ill-conceived thoughts of this senator and tie together the past and his clear ignorance of what shook out in 1980.

Lane Four

Never again. Never ever again. Morons like Graham (I won’t insult the title Senator by placing his name with the title) never learn. Thank you for keeping the 1980 Boycott fresh in the minds of those who did not live through it. A nightmare we must never experience again.

Ivan

Great article!

John Lohn

Those affected by the 1980 boycott should never be forgotten. Such a foolish decision. A friend of mine sent this comment last night from a 1970s article by the legendary Jim Murray of the Los Angeles Times.

“It’s time somebody took the bloody flag out of games little boys play…Sports as an instrument of international policy is spitballs against a battleship.”

Lane Four

The reason why Jim was a legend in the sports journalism field. may he rest in peace. We sure do miss him.

morrow3

The only fault I can find with this article is that you only found one stupid comment from the US Senators and Representatives. I guess if you narrow the focus down far enough, only one stupid thought gets through.

Plus he is so old, he probably voted for the last boycott. And we all see how well that worked to force Russian (the Soviet Union) to do our bidding.

John Lohn

The sad thing is he’s not ancient. He’s 58, so senility is not an excuse for his beyond stupid comments.

Not necessarily so.

Oh give it up. The athletes just lost a medal or two.

The USA France GB etc have lost several thousands of their finest ( no not athletes) in Afghanistan.

Maybe it is time we all thought about WTH has happened since 1980 & how we got to where we are .

I would trade every Olympic medal ever won for the lives of the fallen & injured from Afghanistan. It is they who have been betrayed.

Not necessarily so.

You also missed the boycott of LA. Americans loved it & got plenty more medals .

Are we crying for Salnikov – no.

Craig Lord

Not a single one of those lives lost were (or would be) saved by keeping athletes at home. You’re comparing planets and popcorn. And that’s the point – sport has nothing to do with the good, bad and ugly of world politics and war and should be left out of the equation. If you think “the enemy” cares if you show up at a sports event or not, you’re mistaken. It makes not a single difference to anything – except the athletes and all those who have worked to achieve something in their lives.

Craig Lord

Not a question of crying for anyone. The question is: will holding athletes back home from sports events achieve your goal? Answer: not a chance

Sandra Mills

When I heard of another boycott I was angry. So I went to my health club and started to tell others of my anger. Then I asked them if they remembered why there was a boycott in 1980. Not one person could remember!
So the boycott accomplished nothing but deprived young men and young women who had trained hours and hours for years and years to get a spot on the team of their chance to show others what they could do .

AND NOW 33 years later, another boycott? It was Afghanistan then and nothing has changed, we’re still there fighting the war. Will this boycott change anything?, as Craig said, NOT A CHANCE!

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