The Summer Olympics: This Is Sport?

Some events should get medals for silliness

A lot of people want to go to the Olympics, and only so many tickets are available. So to keep everybody happy, you sometimes have to stretch the definition of sport. This, no doubt, is how the Greeks came up with the pole vault. And this year offers a bounty of stupid sports to mollify the masses. Not only did I score you gymnastics tickets, you valuable client you, but they're for this year's newest Olympic sport, trampolining!

And trampolining, if you think about it, isn't even so ridiculous a sport. At least it fulfills the basic requirement of promising very...

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