Olympics Get Bloodier and Preppier Simultaneously

Golf and Rugby Sevens just came closer to status as official Olympic sports, meaning that the globe's official quadrennial sports buffet just got simultaneously bloodier and preppier. Not that there's any sense to what the Olympics put in or not, since Rugby Sevens, though gaining popularity as a sport, is assumed to be in the games thanks to Jacques Rogge being a fan, and golf is likely in there because of its booming popularity in Asia. 
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↵Both are vastly superior to any number of Olympic sports, however, and could work in two very interesting things missing from the Games: Tiger Woods and violence. Aside from water polo, the Games lack team contact sports entirely, and even the looser, faster pace of seven man rugby would include serious contact. Like this, for example:
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↵The potential for things that go bang mean more viewers. And by viewers, I mean me hooting bloodthirsty screams on the couch when someone rearranges dental work on the rugby field.
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↵The other element, Tiger Woods, has already said he'd compete for the United States, which would be a nice little bump for a sporting event that often struggles to find athletes they can hang their brand on easily. Woods is an instant follow for the casual fans, a magnet for corporate money, and could fit the Games into his schedule with ease. Win, win, and win for the IOC.
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↵Of special note in terms of sports not getting picked up for the 2016 games: baseball. The note in the New York Times explaining why the IOC likely declined America's Pasttime.
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↵⇥Baseball, which joined the Olympic program in 1992, also was expelled after Beijing, and the sport has not always been a good Olympic fit: It is not a popular game in Europe, where the I.O.C. is headquartered, and Olympic leaders have little interest in keeping another sport with chronic doping issues. ↵
↵And now I collapse on the floor in hysterical laughter at the notion of the Olympics suddenly getting picky about sports involving doping. Feel free to join me down here. it's a hot day, and tiles are nice and cool.↵

This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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