She’s Proud to be an American

And I didn’t even know how proud I was! But man, you put me in front of a television and turn on the Olympics, and it’s like all of the sudden I’m a confederate flag waving, war loving, reality TV show watching, KFC eating, true blue American. GO STARS AND STRIPES!

It’s crazy what the Olympics do to people. For four years I go solid without the need to watch any televised sports, and then BAM! Summer Olympics and I can’t git me ‘nough. I’m not even choosy. I prefer certain sports, gymnastics, running, diving. But really, I’ll watch them all. Give me a big slice of watermelon and a diet coke and I’m set for the night.

And that’s about all I can do these days anyway because watching the Olympics takes so much out of me emotionally. When someone falls, it KILLS me, when someone trips, or messes up, I DIE. It doesn’t matter what country they are from. We are all people! They have worked so hard! Given up everything! I just want everyone to do their best. Plus, I know, when put under extreme amounts of pressure to not let people down, say, oh in a game of kickball, I choke. The mistakes hit too close to home.

It’s the same emotional roller coaster when people win! They’ve reached their dreams! This is the moment they have worked for all of their lives! I love watching the gold medalist’s pride swell as they play the national anthem. And I get pretty upset when athletes don’t take it seriously, cause I’m bawling on the other side of the TV set.

I’m also shocked about how excited I am when the U.S.A. wins. I root for people I know nothing about just because they have the right colors on their spandex. I don’t even know where this patriotism rises from. It’s not like I want the other gymnast to trip, I just want Shawn Johnson to kick their ass.

Eric and I both have our favorite eye-candy. Eric is in love with Shawn Johnson, and I saw a Canadian Diver I was pretty interested in last night. And duh, we had to schedule our lives around Michael Phelps. It’s been intense and rough.

But still, I’ve been blown away about how into the Olympics I am. Eric said he watched a special that explained how marketers make the Olympics appeal to women. Apparently they tell all those behind the scenes stories, and share all those exposes to reel us in so we can make an emotional connection. It totally works. If I knew the personal life story of Boozer, and all the obstacles he’s overcome to play basketball, maybe I’d watch a Jazz game. Probably not, but maybe.

Anyway, if my blog has been suffering you can blame Brian Williams and his late night interviews on NBC, and the fact I have been plopped in front of the TV for hours and hours at a time and my brain has turned to mush.

But, even with my mushy brain, and my crappy blog, I have been inspired by the Olympics. I have been motivated to reach for my goals and shirk the odds that are against me. So, when I’m working hard, hour after hour in front of my tiny laptop, and I don’t think I can do it anymore, I won’t give up on trying to think of yet another way to have Paige Davis say R.C. Willey has really good deals, and I WILL NOT punk out on thinking up one more slightly cheesy headline about the InterMountain Farmer’s Association announcement of a new store opening up in Ogden. Why? Because I have learned no price, NO PRICE, is too high to pay for my dreams. And damn it, I’m proud to be an American.

Now go out there and make it happen.

xoxo

Alison

6 Comments

  1. Matt and Jennae Porter

    Matt is in love with Shawn Johnson too. And he calls Nastia Liukin “Nasty”, as in, “You Nasty girl, you nasty.” I love the olympics too. They are so fun to watch.

  2. mj

    Haha my bf totally doesn’t understand my devotion to the olympics. And I would like someone to please explain to me how the horses get there for equestrian events.

  3. Alison

    that is a really good point!

  4. Katie

    Amen, sister.

    Did you catch the backstory behind 2 of the women swimmers? I forget their names, but there was a French one who dated this swimmer from the Italian men’s team. Then, he broke up with her to start dating her best friend on the women’s Italian team and then the two of them leaked scandlous pictures of the first, French swimmer.

    After hearing this whole story they cut away to the two women swimming against each other. I wanted the Frenchie to swim her little heart out and make the Italian homewrecker pay. The Frenchie ended up loosing, but I was REALLY into the race after hearing that story.

    Those programmers know what they’re doing.

  5. LONICA

    Okay, so I have to admit, I’m something of a blog stalker. Seeing as I don’t know you at all, but only through my sister-in-law, Candace Rowley, who recommended your blog for all my addictive blog needs. Apparently, Dave was your husband’s roomate or something like that. Anyway, I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know that this has got to be the funniest post I’ve seen in some time. I thoroughly enjoyed it becase…well, it’s so true. Thanks for a good laugh. I can be found at http://www.scottandlonica.com/blog.

  6. just*don't*think*about*it

    Remember the diet-coke issue? Well the Olympics has topped the high rung in my addiction infested existence.
    I admit to watching the Little League World series as a cathartic substitute, like methadone for heroin. Waiting, waiting, waiting for 8 o’clock.
    I drop from the the top bunk as I get up in the morning, raise my arms above my head and shout “TEN” Hop out of my SUV, “TEN”, skip the last 2 steps of the staircase “TEN”… (well, lately I’ve been saying “sixteen point nine four seven!!”)
    Oh! gotta run, there’s a recap on Oxygen…
    Thanks for letting my share Alison.
    Amen.

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