080808 Compete – Don’t Cheat!

Beijing Olympics 080808080808. Today the Olympic Games start in Beijing. The Chinese lucky number 8 on the date: August 8, 2008. China finally officially goes on the world map despite it being a founding member of the United Nations in 1945. Hundreds of Millions will be watching the opening ceremony on telly tonight. Forget the politics, racism and all the “stuff” people waffle on about. Let the games begin! Actually, maybe we will indulge in a just little politics and waffle…

Tamsyn Lewis vs The Do Gooders

Tamsin Lewis Speaks UpOK. I’ve got to bring this one up. Tamsyn Lewis made, what I thought was a pretty innocent and obvious statement a few days ago. She believes she will be lining up against athletes who cheat by taking drugs. Well, that upset a few people. Hello! What planet are they on? She only said what everyone in the world already knows. And that really upset the do-gooders and “Don’t Rock The Boat“, “Play It Safe” and “Keep Your Head In The Sand” people out there.

Now, if you see the photoshoot for the swimwear magazine below, you’ll probably understand why the others are really upset. Oh dear! Grow up people. Amazing what a bit of make-up does, by the way šŸ˜‰

It’s a Game. Compete – Don’t Cheat!

Tamsin doing the photo spreadYou have to laugh! Poor Tamsyn. She likes publicity, scrubs up OK when she wants to and the rest don’t like that. Especially in Tall Poppy Australia where you cannot speak up against the grain or YOU WILL be torn down to the same level as the cellar dwellers. Maybe the upset athletes should answer by taking a drugtest and compete on even terms. Now there’s a thought! It would be pretty ignorant to think an Aussie athlete (or many others) wont take drugs if they know it’s unlikely to be detected.

Like all other Aussie athletes, I hope Tamsyn Lewis does alright in the games (hopefully no one spikes her urine samples). She will now have everyone speaking against her for being honest. Speaking your opinion should not be a crime. It may be in China but lets not turn that way here in Australia where we already have a reputable human rights record. Well, at least if we forget about being nominated for appalling breaches of human rights issues. Oops! Did I slip that one in?

Above All – Have Fun

In the spirit of the Olympic Games: It’s supposed to be about participating above all. I’m sure it will be a great Olympic Games and possibly the best one yet. The Chinese culture is older than most western countries and they know how to put on a show. Hopefully they wont have kids competing and men lining up in the womens events like they did a few years back. LOL (sarcasm alert!). I’m sure the only difference between the male and female athletes in their swimming team of the 90’s was the names… Oops! I did it again. Hopefully I didn’t upset anyone. Seriously, some of those women looked very scary… I’m sure their East German coaches had nothing to do with it, at all. šŸ˜‰

Participation Awards

How funny would it be if they did what they do in Aussie Primary Schools? Give everyone a participartion award and treat them like a winner. No one wins regardless of the end result. It’s a bit like a wet rag in the face, actually. Then later in life, winning seems to more important than doing it fairly, it seems (for some). Anyone who has cheated at Monopoly would have to agree.

Have fun at the games this year. Go The Aussies! Show the world our proud sporting tradition. Now what was I saying in the opening paragraph about waffling on about “Stuff”?

(I removed a joke from this post as it didn’t pass the Do-Gooder code of practice. It was a cracker joke, I think. But the Do Gooder got the better of me. It has been posted in the comments section below)

Have a most Outstanding Olympics

Sean Rasmussen
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  1. Brilliant post. Thx Shaun!!

  2. Phew! Thanks Zarin. I was waiting for the upset ones… your response is much better

  3. John alias Greenfalcon says:

    Hey where can I get some of that makeup!?

    No, really you are right Sean people should get over it and just listen to the truth of what she has said. I know many people who just ignore the Olympics because it is just too much hype and its as much about the money spent on training as natural talent!

  4. Hi John.
    I’m wearing some right now. It doesn’t quite work on me… Take my word for it šŸ˜‰

  5. Ahhh yes… I recall the “female” chinese swimmers of the 90’s. I don’t think that even Arnie had shoulders that broad.

    Maybe they should have another competition apart from the Olympics where athletes were allowed to dope themselves up as much as they like. This would lead to more research being done on enhancement drugs and possibly be of benefit to medicine overall. Who knows?

    Maybe a topic for another blog…. šŸ™‚

  6. China had a surplus of boys under their one child policy and had a deficit of female swimmers. Hmmm… very suspicious!

  7. Gavin May says:

    Great post Sean, agree fully.

    Unfortunately censorship is already here in some forms, good to see someone speaking their mind for a change!

  8. Hearing a rep from the Aussie Olympic commity speaking out: “If Tamsyn has got any specific allegations, she should come direct to us”. Honestly! What a knob… it was a bit like listening to the AFL speak in their black mafia uniforms and Illuminati antics. Oops! I did it again šŸ˜€

  9. My you have certainly done your homework Sean & if I was marking your paper you would recieve 97 out of 100 . I was going to give you 100 except you left out the joke, other wise mate well done keep up the good work.


  10. Cheers Allen. 97 is good. Thanks!

  11. Well done Sean. I think that only the Aussie’s reading this will know what a “knob” is… I’m watching the opening ceremony as I type this. Here’s to fair competition!

  12. Hmm. Just as well, I think. I’m watching the opening ceremony too. I realised just how reliant we are on the alphabet. The countries are entering the arena all over the shop looking like Japanese tourists with their cameras. Oh look! There’s people on the stands! LOL. I wish the Chinese authorities banned cameras in the stadium like they did to channel 9 šŸ˜‰

  13. Hi Sean,

    You do realize you are starting to sound an awful lot like Britney Spears, don’t you?

    And RE: “Iā€™m wearing some right now.” …..there’s a name for guys like that in the states, you know šŸ™‚

    @ Simon, re: “Maybe they should have another competition apart from the Olympics where athletes were allowed to dope”

    ….they do. have you ever watched any powerlifting? Not that steroids are legal, or actually used of course (tongue in cheek); but then why would they need to separate out certain competitions as “raw” or natural? And why would the motto of the Raw Powerlifting Federation be “Where lifters compete, not technology” ?? Maybe weightlifting is just more vaguely honest about it.

    But I have to say I agree with you Sean and unfortunately the situation is not much better (if at all) across the pond. These people (worldwide) need to grow up and stop blaming the few honest athletes that are left in competition (can I get an ‘amen’ Marion Jones??? ha, ha).

    Anyway great post, all too true. Before I go, though, let me apologize in advance for the tromping the US athletes are about to give you all šŸ™‚

  14. Oh yeah. And no fair leaving the joke out. Anyone who would be offended hasn’t followed this far, I’m sure.

  15. Ah, it’s OK Mary. We don’t take US athletes seriously over here anyway šŸ˜‰ Actually, I think the Iraqi athletes got a bigger cheers than the US. LOL. OK, I don’t know that because the US haven’t entered yet šŸ˜€

    Mm. Maybe I have to be a bit careful about by my humor. re: makeup. Hang on! I’ll go and take it off now.

    Could I possibly put the joke in here? Maybe the anticipation is to feirce… What if it’s not funny anymore… the suspense is too intense…

  16. Actually, Ange, I get the knob reference (I think–unless knob means something else in Aus, which it could considering some of your other totally ambiguous sayings. I mean, really, can any of you tell me where the Bob’s your uncle thing comes from? The more I think of it, maybe that’s an expression not fit for children? I’ll just stop thinking on that now.)

    As for the joke, you are at a bigger risk of all of us not reading anymore. I never could stand that “I know something but I can’t tell you” business.

    Come on…I love cracker jokes at other’s expense. It’s how I’ve built my reputation šŸ™‚ We promise to go easy, we’ve all been in that position before. I know I have anyway.

    As for the rest…I guess the medal count will sort that out. No one ever cheers for the clear favorite, do they? šŸ˜‰

  17. Oh well. It better be funny. Actually, it’s not funny as much as ‘tongue in cheek’

    (Please read with Chinese accent)

    Confuscious say:

    “Chinese athlete that does not win medal in Beijing Olympics, shal have limb surgically removed to perform in Beijing Paralympics”

    I figured this will increase the medalcount… it’s all about giving for your country. Maybe taking a kidney would be a noble idea as it will benefit the organ donor scheme in China šŸ˜Ž

  18. Richard Colum says:

    yes i agree she have the right to speak out. we need poeple to do the same. thanks for bringing it up Sean.

  19. Actually it did turn out to be pretty funny. I had a chuckle! Of course I suffer with that awful American sense of humor, so maybe I don’t really count.

  20. Hey Mary,

    Considering the U.S Has 20 times the population of Australia and a bigger Olympic contingent the medal count per capita doesn’t get anywhere near to Australia’s.

    Nearly every Person in Oz has an Uncle Robert (Bob) somwhe in the family tree therefore the saying. Go Sean
    Maybe you could start a Blog Olympics and win Gold for Oz


  21. Thanks Mss1963.
    That is handy info about uncle Bob. I think I’m the only one that doesn’t have one. I think mine was Uncle Otto!

  22. phil browne says:

    Lets just wait and see what the medal tally is Mary action are better then words

  23. LOL. Cheers Phil. I think Mary has stirred up a hornets nest here. Now we all know Aussies are much tougher than the US troops, oops, I mean Athletes… right? šŸ˜Ž

  24. Guess I should have expected as much. As for the troops comment, I won’t even go there except to say that all those men and women deserve our respect and support, and I think we can all agree on that.

    I did enjoy clarification on the Bob’s your Uncle. Now I know, but can’t say that I’d reference most Bob’s I know as expert sources. But just for the record, (and last I checked US was ahead), are we counting Winter Olympics too? šŸ™‚

  25. LOL. This is good šŸ˜€
    NO! We cannot count winter olympics… not unless we are counting Two-Up or Kangaroo Bashing as an Olympic sport.
    Seriously, the US is always a ‘Force’ to reckon in most sports (Sorry about the force-thing). There has always been a healthy rivalry there, atleast from our vantage point as the US always get the higher medal tally.

    On the ‘per capita’ issue. I have calculated that the Aussie olympic squad equals 1 athlete per 52,500 people.
    (based on the 400 strong squad per 21,000,000 population)

    In comparison, the US olympic squad equals about 1 athlete per 602,000 people.
    (based on a 500 strong olympic squad against 301,000,000 population)

    So, the US needs to get 12 times more Gold medals compared to Australia to win the ‘Per Capita Olympics’ šŸ˜‰

    See! It’s all a matter of perception šŸ˜€

  26. BTW. Yes, they all deserve our respect šŸ˜‰

  27. I just realised that China are the real big losers of the Olympics as they only mustered up 1 athlete in every 2,250,000 people.

    An olympic squad of 600 athletes from a population of 1,350,000,000. That is disgraceful šŸ˜‰ LOL

  28. It’s a shame that the only real world joining, people uniting event in the world still can’t come away without big issues.

    I found the US mask wearing athletes a bit funny, not because of what they did but because the US journos were defnding them before anyone really even complained. Silly thing is most US cities suffer from smog too.

    Nice piece Sean

  29. There’s a Biblical Saying that goes a bit like this:

    “You can see the twig in the other persons eye, but not the beam in your own”

  30. And now for something completely different…………

    Did you know that the Chinese words for 88 sound like bye bye which is why if ever you are chatting on MSN, chinese people often sign of with a 88. Anyway, if 8 is lucky then 88 must surely be double lucky. So does that mean that if you are messing around on MSN and you say bye bye to someone and get on with what you should be doing you will be lucky?

  31. How dare she point out the obvious! Pretty silly move on her part though to be distracted by all that media attention at such a critical time.
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sign Language for Babies =-.

  32. Will the olympics ever be fair? Probably not with politicians running the show.

    Oh well all we can hope for is the illusion of fairness
    .-= Gee´s last blog ..Why You Should Just Ignore Fad Diets (Part 2) =-.

  33. Jazz Salinger says:

    Hi Sean,

    This is a great post. You’re really very funny and I enjoyed reading it immensely. I think we all realize that the Olympics aren’t fair but until the drug testers can keep up with the drug takers, we won’t know who deserves to really win.

    It’s heartbreaking when you find out that someone you’ve loved watching has won by cheating. For example, Marion Jones, Flo Jo to name a couple.

    Still, I love the Olympics. šŸ™‚

  34. What a timely blog post during the current competition offered by this blog. Not about the cheating stuff (bit hard to cheat in this competition, even for pro-spammers!) but everything else is very applicable.
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  35. Hello Sean,

    Telling the truth in Australia? You gotta to be kidding me mate!! I was working for a large firm a few years back and I did tell the truth about an incident. Working there afterwards with all the staff as part of there “team” was a nightmare. Maybe sometimes when we speak too loudly about the truth, it upsests the ones that like to be deceitful šŸ™‚

    Love watching the Winter Olympics, especially the skating.

    Thanks Sean for your humour.
    .-= Lisa Wood´s last blog ..Searching For Gratitude Rocks =-.

  36. G’day Sean,
    Not much of a sports fan, so my main comment is hoping that no-one cheated with drugs of any kind……………Ha Ha Ha what a joke – that may compensate for your getting 97 % from Allen.
    By now we will know who were the cheats.
    .-= Harry Lynn´s last blog ..How Proud Can One Be ? =-.

  37. It doesn’t feel like success if you cheat and you have to live with that regret all your life if you do. I don’t agree with standing second place to someone who took enhancers to get to first place but I would never go against my own morals just to win first. I can’t imagine what it feels like to wonder for the rest of your life if you would have won gold if you didn’t take the drugs.
    .-= Sarah Butland´s last blog ..You Are the Reason I Know It Will Happen =-.

  38. This makes me recall when my two daughters were at primary school. The older one was in grade 7 and the younger one in grade 4. The school had trouble making up the numbers at the swimming meets so the younger daughter was roped in to compete against grade 6 and 7. The winner got the most points but if you competed you scored a point, and every point counted. They were often long races and she always came last but the experience was character building and nowadays she is doing oustandingly well in her career.
    .-= Wal Heinrich´s last blog ..Think And Grow Rich Mindset Mastery =-.

  39. Hi Sean,

    I think the old rule may apply here and that is: It’s not whether you win or lose that matters it’s how you play the game.

    Lets try to keep politics out of sport. I think if we did this could take a lot of pressure off athletes to win by any means possible and even if it means not playing fair.

    Great post Sean. I enjoyed reading it.
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