London Olympics a cry-fest for the ages

August 09, 2012|By Kevin Cowherd

You know how they say there's no crying in baseball? Apparently they haven't gotten that  message at the London Olympics.

Have you ever seen so much blubbering in your life?

These athletes cry tears of joy when they win. They cry tears of sorrow when they lose. They cry tears of frustration when they go on morning talk shows to talk about how upset they are about what's being written about them.

(Yes, Lolo Jones, we're talking about you. Although if I were you, I'd probably cry, too. More on that in a minute.)

As the games draw inexorably to a close, we've seen a virtual Niagara Falls of waterworks over the past two weeks.

Where to begin? Great Britain's Andy Murray drops to a crouch and chokes back tears after winning the men's tennis gold medal. Misty May-Treanor gets all, well, misty, after she and long-time partner Keri Walsh Jennings win the gold in women's beach volleyball. (Later May-Treanor choked up so badly she couldn't finish the post-match interview on NBC.)

Team Canada's women's soccer players did so much keening and weeping in front of the TV cameras after their extra-time 4-3 loss to the U.S., I thought the trainers would have to hand out sedatives. And after the U.S. men's basketball team drubbed Nigeria by 200 points, or whatever it was, one of the Nigerian players could actually be seen sniffling in the background.

(Dude, you were what, shocked that you lost to a team comprised of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and the best NBA ballers on the planet? Please. Nigeria losing to the U.S. isn't exactly an upset. It ain't exactly like the U.S. losing to the Soviets in Munich in '72.)

On and on it goes with the tears. And don't get me started on the U.S. women's gymnasts. Apparently you're not even allowed to suit up for them unless you can go through a box of Kleenex after your turn with the vault or the balance beam.

Then there is Lolo Jones, who failed to medal in the 100-meter hurdles final and choked up on NBC's"Today"show while addressing  criticism that her stardom has more to do with her attractive good looks and marketability than her accomplishments on the track.

Then again, when you're the American indoors record holder in the 100-meter hurdles and  you've worked for years to get where you are and you're called "the Anna Kournikova of track" in an article in the New York Times, you probably have a right to cry.

Because that's the cheapest of cheap shots.

Oh, look, I'm starting to tear up myself.

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