I've got to be honest. Of all the things we've missed out on in the past year, the Summer Olympics in Toyko is nowhere near the top of the list.
I mean, I watch them. Why wouldn't anybody? If the whole world gathers for anything, how can you not turn your attention to it. Whether it's soccer or the Miss Universe pageant or a World War, something is going to happen that's worth at least some of your focus. I just personally find that the Olympics provide the lowest ratio of actual entertainment value/time invested than any other huge international event. As the great Dan Jenkins once put it, "The only thing more boring than Track is Field."
And swimming is just as guilty. Remember the Michael Phelps mania that gripped the nation over the like four straight Olympics where he won everything and set all the records. Good for him. But swimming fast in a pool is a pretty specific skillset that doesn't exactly translate to compelling drama. And when it comes to personality, no one's going to confuse him with Charles Barkley. The most interesting thing that's happened to Olympic Swimming in my lifetime was Ryan Lochte getting drunk, pissing on a gas station, making up a story about being robbed at gunpoint, getting suspended and losing all his sponsorships.
Source - Olympic swimmer Scott Miller was arrested in connection with a $2-million drug bust outside Sydney, Australia, according to News.com.au.
The 45-year-old athlete was one of two men picked up by authorities Tuesday morning Australian time. The report said Miller and a 47-year-old man were detained after methylamphetamine — or “ice” — was found hidden in candles. ...
Miller was picked up in his waterfront home in Rozelle. The suburb is known for its pub scene.
Miller won silver and bronze medals at the 1996 games in Atlanta, Ga. He was married to “Australia Top Model” judge Charlotte Dawson from 1999 to 2000. Dawson took her own life in 2014.
Holy moly. Some people spend their whole youth laser focused on the dream of medaling at the Olympics, and nothing else. And whether they succeed or fail, have nothing to move onto. Scott Miller created a whole new life for himself. He's like a younger, healthier Walter White, with a hydrodynamic swimmer's build. And easily gets captures the gold of the Most Interesting Olympian in the World.
You know those Up Close and Personal profiles they always do of these athletes to create storylines and keep eyeballs on the screen? But 97% of them boil down to whatever closest relative of said athlete is sick or dead and they're dedicating their performance to said person? Scrap them all in Tokyo and just focus on whoever is planning to build a multimillion dollar crime syndicate with a candle business as a front. To hell with your dead granny, 16-year-old gymnast. I want to hear about how you plan to operate your meth lab, keep your distribution lines open, pay off the cops and politicians, and whack any of competition that starts to interfere in your territory. That's what will keep our asses in the seats during your floor exercise.
So tough break for Scott Miller that he ran afoul of the authorities. But that's part of the price you pay for being the least boring Olympian of this or any generation.