The Tibetan protests on the occasion of the Olympic torch run is the sort of thing National Public Radio just eats up; it's got big government organizations, oppressed minorities, non-governmental organizations, and things (in this case sports) that pretend to further the cause of world peace. It even merited the attention of Frank DeFord, a senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated, who occasionally appears on Morning Edition to sort-of talk about sports. Personally I prefer John Feinstein. Or Stephan Fatsis.
Today he suggests it may be time to wind down the Olympics.
And to tell you the truth, I think the Olympics are yesterday's party. Once upon a time, before globalism and jet airplanes and cyberspace, bringing athletes together quadrennially in one place might have made sense. Today, it's an unnecessary excess.
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