Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Fire, no reign

(Sort-of breaking, Sort-of news)

Leonid Tyagachev, the head of the Russian Olympic Committee,  resigned on Wednesday because 15 medals just isn't good enough for a former superpower.

He was going to get fired anyway because Russian President Dmitry Medvedev was all torqued off about finishing sixth in the medal count.  Even Austria (who didn't, by the way, stop in at the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympics Coveragetm kegger) scored more medals than the big bear.

(Apparently, Russian unemployment insurance treats quitting before you get fired and actually getting fired the same. Like Minnesota.)

They were late to the dance (see Finally, they're Russian in), but they did show up to BVWOC. That other big country with an identity problem, China, didn't show at all. If I find out that the Chinese government blocked my blog, well... can you say "human rights violation"? But I digress...
Leonid, I do have some good news and some not-so-good news.  The good news is there are jobs out there for smart guys like you. Most people understand that you did what you could but, hey, it wasn't you on the skis or the bobsled or the curling stone. Well, not ON the curling stone... but you get my point.

The not-so-good news is that even though I wanted to give you a little boost on a bad day, you are a pretty normal and average looking guy. I can't put you on the "Face that belongs on a ventriloquist dummy" list.

Sorry. But ask Payton Manning about it. He didn't make it either. Or Archie. Or Eli. The disappointment doesn't go away, really, but like many things - you learn to accept it and move on. Don't go lining up in front of your biathlon team or anything.

FYI - if it matters at all to you:
  • Russian Speed Skater Ivan Skovbrev was the only Olympic athlete to make it, and it was only for being caught on film at a bad (or good?) moment. So Russia was honored in a very unique way at the Games under your watch.
  • Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin don't even come close to making the list.
Feel a little better now, Leonid?

China. South Korea. Trinidad and Tobago.  Just a few world powers who obviously thought there were better parties to go to than the Budding Ventriloquist Winter Olympics Coverage (TM).  I guess, even in a global community, a guy needs to know who his friends really are, and who they are not.

Austria was just too busy playing with their Edelweiss for even a courtesy call. I think you all know one budding ventriloquist that's not watching Sound of Music again.
It's not who didn't show up, it's who did that matters, isn't it? I'm still picking up empty beer cans, for heaven's sake. What a ripsnorter!

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