Go back to that U.S. boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, a protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
Pretty effective, eh?
Four years later, the Russians counterpunched with a revengeful 14-country boycott of the ’84 Games in L.A. – which included Afghanistan. They said there was too much “anti-Soviet hysteria.”
Thirty years later, Lindsey Graham apparently is ready to start another sports Cold War.
The Republican senator from South Carolina said this week the U.S. should consider the b-word for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia — especially if Moscow decides to grant asylum to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
“I love the Olympics,” Graham said, “but I hate what the Russian government is doing throughout the world. If they give asylum to a person who I believe has committed treason against the United States, that’s taking it to a new level. . . . the Russian government is empowering some of the most evil, hateful people in the world.”
Hate to say it, but Graham’s hateful rant could have some merit. He’s just looking out for the athletes’ best interests.
Haven’t Apolo Ohno and Shani Davis done all they can anyway in speedskating?
What chance does Evan Lysacek have as repeating in men’s figure skating?
If you’ve seen Shawn White halfpipe once, haven’t you’ve seen him 1,000 times?
And it’s not like the U.S. men’s or women’s hockey teams are ever going to break that glass ceiling and win gold in their sport anyway, right?
Boycotting Olympic events historically no little in constructive resolutions as far as world politics go. But if this one goes through, we already can plot Russia’s countermove — Snowden not only gets free room and board, but he also carries the Russian flag into the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies.
How much would Graham crumble over that?
Meanwhile, the entire MLB has dipped to three percent from last year’s overall total, and eight teams have double-digit percentage drops.
So the moral here is: You can’t have enough bobble head giveaways?
== Doesn’t the Kings’ new eight-year, $47 million extension with captain Dustin Brown make it that much more difficult to trade him before the 2017 season, when it’s then obvious that all his injuries have added up and he’s become a shell of his former self?
== How difficult must it be for Tigers players such as Prince Fielder ($23 million), Miguel Cabrera ($20 million) and Justin Verlander ($20.1 million) to justify their employment status this season while the city of Detroit begs for bankruptcy?
== Jimmy Buss’ prediction that Kobe Bryant will be back during the preseason . . . was that message delivered from his fanboy booth at Comic-Con?
== How did Shaq not get a cameo role in “R.I.P.D.”?
Can’t she just be happy they’ve spelled her name correctly?