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2018 Winter Olympics are ON! Less Sports Imperialism This Time; Sanders Olympic Policy Explained!

Yes the Winter Olympics are ON and the best news happened some time ago:  The NHL decided (probably because of a money issue) not to allow their athletes to play in the Olympics.  Sometimes the right thing happens for the wrong reasons.  (There are minor league players and the Russian hockey league did allow their players to play; I was hoping they would boycott and the hockey would even be better but you can’t have everything!)

So there is less sports imperialism at these games and of course, I want to see lots of curling and see USA do well at curling.  Probably a great chance at the first and not the second but again you can’t have everything!

But the BEST PART of the Games is the Opening Ceremony when the athletes come out with their flags and winter appropriate attire (except apparently for Tonga) and NBC tries not to start a war with its coverage.

Now a recap of the Sanders Olympic Policy (stated for the summer games):

  • Root hard for USA in all non-pro sports especially…
  • Sports like fencing [biathon, curling, ski jumping, etc.] where we do not traditionally do well!
  • Root for the USA [reluctantly] in sports like Golf where there are all pro athletes but a blog blackout on those sports…
  • Unless a new nation wins a pro sport and we’ll cheer with flag (I have a small flag of most of the Olympic nations) and national anthem AND
  • The Victory Lap Rule goes for any other new nation and we’ll extend that rule to first gold medal too!
  • At least for men’s basketball – they’ve on their own.  It takes more than wearing the USA to truly represent the USA.

It is stated for the Summer Games because it is doubtful that we will have any new nations win their first medal or first gold medal BUT who knows!  I will of course root for the new and tiny nations where I can and for USA of course IF NOT a pro sport.  I do not watch the pro sports although I do not regard alpine skiing as a pro sport although that is arguable and I will probably watch hockey.

I would love to see several nations medal for the first time and their athletes will be national heroes and might even be feted by a real prince or be on a postage stamp!

If Nigeria happens to medal in bobsled, I will apply the Sanders Olympic Policy as a protest against this.

For all you tiny nations, may this year be a Miracle on Ice or whatever surface your sport is played on.  But follow the non-imperialist sports coverage right here and you won’t find it set to Yanni, as Michael Callahan wrote six years ago, unless you want to listen to Yanni while you read this blog!


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

2 Responses to “2018 Winter Olympics are ON! Less Sports Imperialism This Time; Sanders Olympic Policy Explained!”

  1. GeneThePopulist says:

    You should be asking why N Korea can be holding 3 Americans, and BSVP Pence isn’t putting the cuffs on Kim Jung Un’s sister to exchange for the 3 Americans.

    You are very strange. Boycott the Olympics, its all rigged anyhow. It would be a far different story if you or one of your family were locked up in N Korea, now wouldn’t it Sanford? Would you be cheering then?


  1. […] I seriously considered giving the team the treatment I routinely give the pro athletes in the Olympics: USA on your jersey does not entitle you to my support. […]

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