In most team sports winning gold and bronze are worth celebrating, but that second-place silver is a punch in the gut.
Watch the final game between third and fourth place and see an ecstatic group of players winning the third-place bronze medal. Then watch the gold medal game to see a dejected bunch of silver medal winners.
Second place is worth celebrating in most Olympic sports. You see smiles on the silver medal winners.
Is there a remedy? My solution would take longer and not but would make each medal a victory.
Top 4 teams are in the finals. 1st plays 2nd: Winner gets gold. Loser of that game plays 3rd: Winner gets silver. Loser of that game plays 4th: Winner gets bronze.
OK. I know there are massive problems. You will not be ending with the ultimate game and there is a possibility that one of the two top teams will play three times. But wouldn’t that bronze medal feel like an achievement?
Onto this week’s cartoons:
That’s all the weirdness for today.
Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.