For the past two weeks there were so many good reasons to watch the Olympics. Instead of being overwhelmed by professional sports stars, we all had a chance to see and enjoy other superb athletes pursuing their dreams of winning a Olympic medal.
But sadly, the politics at the Olympics are as pathetic as those at the NCAA.
The NCAA recently ruled Colorado receiver Jeremy Bloom ineligible because he was taking endorsement money as a professional skier to help enhance his chances of participating in the Olympics. If he was computer whiz making big money at a summer job, he could still play football. But because he's a talented skier and earning endorsement money, he can't play football.
Then there is USC receiver Mike Williams. He put his name into the NFL Draft and hired an agent after his sophomore year when a court ruling said the NFL could not keep freshmen or sophomores out of the draft. But guess what? Another court later overturned the ruling. Williams returned the money he took from the agent and got his academic standing back in order. However, the NCAA has ruled him ineligible for hiring an agent even though a court ruling had cleared the way for him to play in the NFL.