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 blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.