Olympic Dodgeball

One of my favorite movies of all time is Dodgeball. Yes, you read that right. Every time it’s shown on TV, I find myself watching it through to the end, smiling and chortling the whole way. Oddly, my wife finds it similarly hilarious.

“Necessary? Is it necessary for me to drink my own urine? No, but I do it anyway, because it’s sterile, and I like the taste.”

– Patches O’Houlihan

During the London 2012 Olympics this year, I can’t help but wonder: Why isn’t Dodgeball an Olympic Event? I mean, there’s Handball. And all kinds of Shooting events. It seems like a no-brainer. The Ocho!

Anyway, I love the Olympics. I have fond memories of the ’92 Dream Team, Greg Louganis, Carl Lewis, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Dan & Dave…

Nowadays, I cheer as enthusiastically for Denmark as the USA, especially because the Danish medal-winners are few and far between, so it’s exciting when they do win. As of this post (more than halfway through the games), USA has 71 total medals, to Denmark’s 9. Of note, however, is that per capita, that puts Denmark way, way ahead of the US.

In fact, since the (modern) Olympics started in 1896, the total tallies per capita are perhaps surprising:

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