As it stands, the summer Olympics probably has too many events (synchronized diving and trampoline immediately come to mind), so I’m always skeptical when a well-known athlete from some sport currently not part of the games mounts a PR campaign for inclusion.
Golfer Phil Mickelson has been beating this drum all year, but he might want to take some get-the-word-out tips from Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who still isn’t well enough to return to practice, but plenty healthy to share his sob story about his American Dream (campaign video after the jump).
Apparently, playing in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl isn’t enough for Manning; now he wants to win a gold medal. My advice: buy a trampoline. Because there’s a better chance he bounces his way to the medal stand than he earns gold by hanging 120 points on a hapless country that has been playing organized football for three weeks.
Whatever, Manning thinks it’s “completely bogus” that football has never qualified for an Olympic sport even though, you know, it’s an American concoction played primarily in … America. To which Peyton responds: “That makes it even easier then, right?”
To which I respond: Huh?
But there are sure to be others like Manning who feel the Olympics needs more fat guys in funny outfits running full speed into each other. If you’re reading this and saying, “hey, that’s me!” then fill out the petition to make football a part of the games. Or go find a hobby because, really, there are much better things you could be doing with your time.