So far we are only a few days into the XXX Olympics and already a plethora of items have surfaced.Â First off, a big #Fail to Londonâ€™s weather, I mean itâ€™s the XXX Olympics, and your cool nights have forced the womanâ€™s beach volleyball teams to wear long shirts and pants. But hey, at least we have womanâ€™s field hockey, thanks Netherlands! Now, aside from ESPNâ€™s article on the frat party gang bang that apparently goes on within the Olympic Village, 1 item just blew me away and it was from Menâ€™s gymnastics.Â I know, but stay with me for a moment.Â During the Menâ€™s team event, there was a big controversy over the home Brits getting Silver, and the Japanese 5th place. The Japanese coach at the scene of the score announcement filed an inquiry, which I guess is a complaint to review what happened in the final event. But the craziest part was he had cash in his hand as he approached the judges.Â And apparently, not only is this OK, it is standard procedure!Â Per the rules:
After the score has been posted, a coach may inquire about the Difficulty Score, first verbally and then in writing. An inquiry may be resolved by using video review. The initial inquiry must be made prior to the completion of the next gymnast’s routine. The written inquiry must be submitted before the end of the rotation, and the Superior Jury reviews the inquiry. A fee is assessed for filing an inquiry; it is returned if the inquiry is upheld.
Really? You need to pay to have an inquiry performed?Â Here is a list of questions that immediately came to mind:
- Do they accept credit cards?
- How about pay pal?
- Is exact change required?
- What currency is valid?
- Whatâ€™s the exchange rate used?
- If you forgot your wallet, can you bum money off of another country?
- Is the coach reimbursed by his/her country for his payment?
Iâ€™m just blown away that a team has to pay AT THE OLYMPICS, with cash in hand to get something reviewed. Then, I started to think how this would apply to other sports.Â What about in the NFL, if they instituted anything over 3 replays in a game, you had to pay in cash, $175 for each additional review.Â Wouldnâ€™t it be great to watch Andy Reid on his 5th replay of the game, running around trying to find someone who can break 2 c notes? Guarantee he buys a hotdog from a vendor to get change.Â Or what about Bill Belichick, heâ€™d totally pay in pennies, just to be a dick.
Oh yeah, so the inquiry was upheld, the Japanese coach got his cash money back, and Japan ended up getting the silver medal, and Britain got the bronze.Â Good times!