Monday, August 23, 2004

Judge not, lest ye be judged.

All events where judging is required to determine a winner should be removed from the Olympics. There is always controversy. Ok, maybe that's too extreme, maybe there should be about 20 judges who all score an event, and then 5 or 6 are randomly chosen to count. Judges from the country of the athlete who is being judged will not be considered. Or, better yet, if there is a Canadian competing, there will be no Canadian judge at all. My sister had some good ideas too.

With respect to drugs, I say, if an American gets caught using drugs, then every American in the games is booted out. I'm all for punishing the entire country for one moron's poor judgement. Do you think people would still take drugs if they knew that the whole country would lose their medals if they got caught? I'm sure some would, but the country who produces that idiot deserves what they'd get. There's a ton of drug use still going on. The current methods of deterring it don't seem to be working.

While I'm ranting about the Olympics, the medal total should be divided by the total number of athletes that that country has competing, or by the total population of the country, or maybe by the budget that the country spends on their Olympic program. It would make the totals more meaningful. For example, if the States won 60 medals, and they had 300 athletes there, they'd get a score of 0.20. If Canada won 10 medals, but only had 50 athletes, we'd tie the States with a score of 0.20. I'm not looking at the actual numbers, so if this method still makes the States #1, I'll have to think of something else...

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