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  1. Avatar Stillwater says:

    Certainly not optimal. It could be – COULD be – that the only way he could circle Russian homophobia with his square Sports At All Costs brain was to appeal to the soothing properties of the Tolerance mantra. It was perhaps – PERHAPS – a misstep to interpret the mantra as implying tolerance for intolerance.Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Oi. I’ve seen at least one article penned that similarly advocated not boycotting, but the argument had to do with the likely effectiveness of the boycott. I’m not sure I agreed with it, but it didn’t smack of the same nonsense that this guy seems to be trotting out.Report

  3. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    I was expecting it to be Don Cherry.Report

  4. Avatar Mo says:

    The most compelling argument in support of not boycotting the Games is that it will not change any policy* and the people hurt most by this will be the athletes, who have a limited window to participate in the pinnacle of their craft. I think tourists should boycott the games, but we should let the athletes play.

    * Which I agree withReport

  5. Avatar BlaiseP says:

    I’ve always despised the Olympics at a certain level. I’m always compelled to watch them, I love the competition, the grace and stamina of the athletes. I’m told there’s a lot of camaraderie between the athletes from various nations.

    What I can’t abide about the Olympics is the cheap nationalism of it all. If the Olympics should be about anything, they should be about the sports themselves, seeing the best athletes in the world compete for glory. Standing them on the podium giving them the medals, all fine and good. Playing the national anthem — bald-faced jingoistic nonsense.Report

  6. Avatar Damon says:

    There’s no way sportscasters are the worst–politicans FTW. Then car salesmen. Somewhere lower are these guys.Report

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