Above are this year’s official Olympic Opening Ceremony uniforms. As you can see, they’re absolutely perfect. You don’t think so? Let me try and convince you.
Given that the Olympics are held only once every couple of years, it is important that the uniforms represent the times that they were worn in. Decades from now, we should be able to look back at pictures of athletes in the uniforms and know exactly what time period they were from. By going with a classic look the 2012 uniforms completely fail to do this.
The new uniforms perfectly embody 2014. The sweater design fits in very well with our current love for ironic (but not entirely ironic) nostalgia. A year after Thrift Shop, the athletes are going to be wearing their grandparents’ sweaters. The over the top Stars and Stripes demonstrate America’s continued sense of unapologetic nationalism in the face of the internationally embarrassing NSA scandal. The Polo logo on the front represents our love for branding and commercialism. The year 2014 is printed nice and large so that we won’t forget what year it is. All of these elements combine to make a very memorable uniform that serves as an icon for the times.
Maybe the year on the sweater is cheating, but still.
I just watched the controversial Miley Cyrus thing. You can watch it above.
First off, it’s way overblown.
Second, I think the most off-putting thing about it, and perhaps this is what people are reacting to, is that Ms. Cyrus seems like she is trying way too hard. If her schtick is that she’s the good girl turned bad, that’s not a bad thing to go with, but she doesn’t really seem to have thought it through any further than that. It seems like her entire plan was to just go out there, stick out her tongue and gesticulate a lot, and that was going to be it. She just doesn’t seem confident in the persona she’s created. I think that internal tension and lack of confidence comes through in her performance and that is why it feels so weird to watch her and Mr. Thicke on stage together.
Now, to cleanse your pallette, he’s Lady Gaga’s excellent performance of Applause from earlier in the night:
I’ve written before about my feelings regarding the NCAA and athlete pay. Regarding the investigation into Johnny Manziel, I think that if he did indeed break the rules and sell autographs, then he should be suspended. I don’t believe that this is because he did something morally wrong, and I definitely don’t think that the rules against players profiting from signatures are just. But college football fans need to face what it means to actually enforce the rules on the books. If the NCAA determines that Manziel broke the rules and they do not suspend him, they’ll be letting themselves off easy.