Play by Play – 2/18/14 “Sochi Problems”



Happy Tuesday all!  Hope you had a great holiday weekend.  As the Winter Olympics power on, there have been countless issues with the location of the Olympics.  Such problems have dubiously been named “Sochi Problems.”  If you simply did a web search, you’d see countless tweets, articles, and posts from different media outlets and athletes about the different problems coming out of Sochi, Russia.  

Chase, give me your top 3 “Sochi Problems” from this year’s winter Olympics.

I wish I could say “The entire thing” but that wouldn’t be as fun.  The list is miles long to choose from and I predict we’ve seen only the beginning of these “Sochi Probz.”  Probably the first and most encompassing one would be the failure of developing infrastructure.  Russia had over 50 billion dollars to invest in this town.  That’s more than five times what was spent in Vancouver.  Hotels are half built, sidewalks aren’t complete, manholes are left wide open across the city, and the water looks like it has been exposed to more radiation than Chernobyl.  Unfortunately whoever was in charge of telling Bob Costas not to use the “dangerous” water dropped the ball on that one.  NBC had to bench their primetime announcer.  He looked like he was legitimately in pain.  I was deeply disturbed watching that.  Anyways, number two top Sochi Problems is the absolutely pathetic attendance of the Olympics.  Looking through the stands they’re never full.  Not even close.  They had some Russian person on NBC saying that “Russians arrive fashionably late.”  Paraphrasing that of course, but apparently in Russia, not showing up at all means they’re just waiting for the next day to go.  The third Sochi problem is more of a problem for them than us.  Russia’s reputation is already badly damaged and if they wanted to recover from this, they had to shine during the Olympics.  Everything had to be perfect.  And it was far from perfect.  Every day I turn on the TV and watch USA dominate, I am glad to live in a country where I don’t have to fear for my life when drinking a glass of water.


Zach what is your feeling on these problems in Sochi?

Well the first problem I have is with the issues of the bathroom sort. I think Conan O’Brien said it pretty good “There are 12 new events in this year’s Winter Olympics, 12. The new events include women’s ski jumping, luge-team relay, and finding a working toilet,” I mean seriously? Come on man! I guess in Mother Russia, you no flush the toilet, the toilet flushes you comrade. Secondly, why was Bob Costas ever put in the Primetime spot with the eye infection problems he had going on. You knew this whole thing was awful from the start when Costa’s first opening monologue was him explaining to the viewers that it was “an infection of some sort…” and doctors say “should be cleared up by the weekend.” Were those Russian doctors by chance? If so, I’d banish them to Siberia for being terrible. Lastly, my third problem is that Americans are not dominating the Olympics more. I’m not sure why it is that way, I realize at certain points we have been leading the medal count but, we should just be flat out winning 90% of the events and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.



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