Originally Posted by segbrown
Dude, I didn't care one iota until he came up with JOIN BODE. Now, what does that say? It's an imperative: Go my way. Join me.
He set himself up. He tells us to go his way, so we looked. I wasn't so impressed with what I saw.
In fact, I was a little annoyed. Why does he think I want to JOIN him?
Uh, hate to flog the dead creature (not even sure it's still a horse after beating it so long, just a little pulverized flesh), but Bode wasn't asking you to join Bode. The Nike marketing machine was
. In all fairness, it should have been joinnike.com, but that wouldn't have gotten so many people to the website to register in Nike's database and maybe buy some sweatshirts and shoes.
I am personally very interested in this whole Bode phenomenon because:
1. So many people act as though Bode owes them something, as if he were a friend or relative or even an acquaintance. He signed no contract with the public, and I doubt many of us could claim to know him on a personal basis. And our expectations of him don't even jibe with what the guy is and has always been. . . an iconoclast. So just because the media and his sponsors decided to make him the poster boy for this Olympics he was supposed to conform to (puritanical) U.S. expectations? I never saw him do it before, and I seriously doubted this winter would be any different, so I am not surprised or let down.
2. So many people seem to have trouble separating Bode's actual
actions/words/successes/failures from what they have heard in the (manipulative) media or from folks associated with his various sponsors. Maybe we are as dumb as the marketing & media folks think we are?
3. People keep using the word *failure.* He may be many things, but I have a darn hard time calling him a *failure* by any measure. He's certainly not the first guy to go into the Olympics as the next big hyped thing and then lose. Remember Dan O'Brien at the 1992 Olympic trials? Bode is without a doubt one of the all time greats in skiing. He won the WC overall last year. He was ranked third in the world coming into the Olympics. He's a good skier, and that's what he set out to be as far as I can tell. Not some sort of spokesmodel.
4. People also keep deriding him as a terrible role model. So drinking with Playmates not be the most *clean* endeavor--although I think there might be a few men here, even the Bode-beaters, who would hop on that bandwagon themselves given half a chance
:-- but in most respects I'd like my kid to be like Bode. He has reached the pinnacle of success in something. He seems comfortable with himself. He cares about his family and the place he came from. He doesn't whine or complain or blame others (except maybe some rocks) when he loses.
Don't call me a staunch Bode defender, please, when you flame me, as has been done in previous posts. I like the guy, sure, and always have. . . but that doesn't mean I think he tried his hardest or was in the best shape coming into the Olympics. I don't, however, think he deserves the sort of beating he is getting (which is serving some mysterious end for the beaters that I really
don't understand). It certainly would make an interesting sociology study, examining why this guy who has never cared a whit for anybody's opinions has elicited so much emotion--ire, outrage, protectiveness, loyalty from the American populace. . .