COF

COF

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Games of the XXX Olympiad

Emphasis on games....especially when it comes to Olympic boxing.

I'm not a sports guy. I'm a boxing/MMA guy, which are different from all the mainstream sports, and sometimes, in very unfortunate ways.

For almost a hundred years, professional boxing has been plagued by corruption, incompetence, bias officiating, and infestations of crooked sanctioning bodies. Boxing is the only sport where no one knows who the world champions are because there's four for every weight class--and that's only the four major ones; if you counted all the world champions, you'd prob have over thirty in each weight class.

Thats insane; but its also business. Sanctioning bodies get sanctioning fees for each bout they sanction: take it from there. 

But you would think, with amateur boxing, since there is very little money involved, all those things listed above would be non-existent or seldom.

Wrong.

ALL of those things plague the amateur ranks as well, and nowhere are they most apparent than in The Olympics where you can add national pride to the list.

In Seoul, South Korea,1988, American Roy Jones was ripped off in the finals when he lost to the South Korean fighter by an obnoxious margin. 99% of the world saw and knew that Jones had won, including the Olympic committee who swore to make sure nothing ever happened like that again. 

Their solution was to change the format so much that it boxing didn't even resemble boxing any more, it resembled an adult version of patty cake. The only scoring blows were ones landed to the face--not the side of the head, not the body, not anywhere else. Five judges with buzzers in their hand would score each scoring blow by pressing the buzzer, with three out of the five judges having to hit it within 1 second of each other.

That was their fix. From 1992 to 2008 we had to deal with that bullshit, and 2008 was the worst Olympics for the Americans ever with only one guy medaling, and that was a Bronze! But American weren't alone, everybody had a bad year that year, with no one shining. Many people thought the American team had earned the right to advance more, but how could you tell? The scoring system was so bizarre that ANYONE could have won or lost and still no one could be convinced.

So in 2012 the powers that be decided to change the format again. Its still a mess, but a little bit better. Now body shots count, but only straight shots to the head count, no looping punches.  And the scoring system?? Ugh. Five judges score the fights with their buzzers in hand, counting the scoring blows, and then at the end, a computer takes out the high and low numbers to each score, averages out the other three, and there is your score.

I can hear you laughing out loud from here.

While the system is a little better, fighters are still getting ripped off left and right, but this time, the powers that be step in when a wrong decision is handed down and revere them, which is good. A fighter from Japan beat the ever-livin shit out of a fighter from Tajikistan (or from somewhere around there) and lost. At least for a while, until the decision got reversed. Same thing happened with the last American we got standing. He pummeled his Indian for three rounds, and lost. Thankfully, the decision was reversed last night and hes moving on to the quarterfinals because for the first time in Olympic history, The American Boxing Team was that close to not medaling.

Hopefully, in 2016 they go back to the 10-point must system and train their judges better. Good Luck to the sole survivor of Team USA.

No comments:

Post a Comment