Posts Tagged ‘lists’

My assessment of Winter Olympic sports

February 28, 2010

I’m not really that into who wins or loses the medal count in the Winter Olympics (although I find it interesting that the BBC puts Canada at the top of the leader board because of number of golds, while ESPN puts USA at the top because of total medals. I wonder if ESPN would put USA at the top if the medal totals were switched. It seems more American to praise winners rather than top 3 finishers, doesn’t it? Americans are, after all, the ones who denigrate soccer because of the ties, right? We also don’t like soccer because the MLS doesn’t feature the best in the world, while the NBA and MLB do. So why do we even count silver and bronze medals?). But I do know what makes for good sports… (more…)

Since we’re talking about awards

December 12, 2009

I wrote this a few months ago for Culture-Voice.com and thought it fitting in a way with respect to the previous post on the Nobel Peace Prize: (more…)

Why it was good that Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize despite his not deserving it

December 12, 2009

I mean really, what’s the big deal about the Nobel Peace Prize anyway? It comes with a hefty bag of cash but other than that, who cares? I can see how the prizes in Medicine or Physics or Literature can give some recognition in an otherwise recognition-free slog of research or writing, but they are still prizes given by a small group of people as fallen as the next group of people. Two-hundred people were nominated for the peace prize in February and we won’t find out who the other nominees were for several decades, but I will give $500 to anyone who remembers this post when the nominees are announced if George W. Bush was not one of those other nominees. Granted, no one reads this and $500 won’t be very much money then, but I’m pretty sure that someone nominated him anyway. (more…)