How to get me to watch the Olympic Games

I haven’t had the slightest interest in the games, and haven’t watched a single minute of them. But now I learn the Russian artistic swimming team had a spider theme, so now I’m regretting missing it.

Has the Olympic committee considered requiring all of the events to have a spider motif? How much would I have to bribe them to get them to consider it?


  1. weylguy says

    Could those motifs be intimidating the opposition? I’d sure like to avoid those black widows, I’ve heard that alligator lizards eat them and their egg sacs,so maybe that’s what I’d be wearing.

  2. hemidactylus says

    The subtle semiotics are that the spiders represent the curious tendency of Putin’s opponents to encounter toxins.

  3. Walter Solomon says

    No need to regret missing it. Apparently everyone who’s watching these games are doing so online anyway.

  4. davidc1 says

    The modern Olympics was the brain wave of a Shropshire Surgeon ,Willian Penny Brookes .Apart from that mistake ,he was a thoroughly nice chap ,social reformer and all that stuff .

  5. wzrd1 says

    @weylguy, maybe, but to be actually intimidating, a reptilian theme works better. The more rapidly constricting, the better.

    As for Olympic sports, I’m most into wrestling, martial arts, marksmanship, archery and a favorite, fencing. Actually competing in most of those myself.
    For fencing, I’m a French grip guy, a roll of the fingers moving the point nicely and more rapidly than competing grips.
    I trained our eldest and paid good money for fencing classes, where she moved on to captain her college fencing team. Took her in foil, epee and saber in the driveway repeatedly, blowing one knee once.
    Good times! Fat, old and ugly, still put th blade where and when it was needed and only one of my own knees paid a price beyond a few touch point bruises.
    She took me repeatedly on slide preparation events. ;)
    I won on TEM grid preparation, alas the TEM’s being re-retired shortly after by the school district.

  6. maireaine46 says

    I love those costumes! They should get a medal for best outfits. I thought of PZ when I saw them, glad someone sent them to him. I admit to watching many olympic events.