The Vancouver Olympics were an impressive display of Canadian pride and ambition, culminating in the most dominating hometown performance in the history of the Winter Games. You know who else liked dominating the Olympics, don't you? HITLER!
We missed this gem of a column by Gil LeBreton in Sunday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, but it's worth revisiting thanks to this amazingly well-crafted lede:
After a spirited torch relay ignited pride in every corner of the country, the Olympic Games began and quickly galvanized the nation.
Flags were everywhere. The country's national symbol hung from windows and was worn on nearly everyone's clothing.
Fervent crowds cheered every victory by the host nation.
But enough about the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Wow. Just ... wow. He's not done though. Gil goes on to lament, at some length, about the blitzkrieg of Canadian TV Olympic coverage that focused almost entirely on ... get this ... Canada! Can you imagine? Us Americans watching on NBC would certainly know nothing about hometown jingoism that ignores anyone who speaks English as a second language.
They showed us Canadian Games, all right. And in most cases, nothing but Canadian Games.
I'm not talking about TV coverage. I have no idea what Bob Costas and NBC were televising back in the States
Let me summarize it for you, Gil. They were televising Americans. And Cris Collinsworth.
It was Canada's party, and no dead luger, no critical British tabloid and no visiting Americans were going to spoil it.
That attitude is regrettable, because a good, if not especially memorable, Olympics followed.
LeBreton spends the next three paragraphs talking about American athletes and two non-Americans who happen to play for the Dallas Stars. Why the cover up of Jere Lehtinen, Toronto Star? Oh, and why was everyone talking about bronze medalist Joannie Rochette so much? PRO-QUEBEC BIAS, THAT'S WHY!