Sports and Canada
When I write about sports, one of two dynamics is usually in play.
Either I’ve read a distressing new survey and temporarily lost faith in humanity, or the sports scene is hotter than a firecracker.
Last week, both forces were at work.
Westin Hotel & Resorts released a survey of its guests in a dozen countries about traveling and sleeping habits. It seems 62 percent of the more than 12,000 guests queried said they take over-the counter-relaxants, or prescription or stress-relieving medication during overnight trips away from home. Forty-two percent indicated they would prefer a sleeping pill on their turndown pillow instead of chocolate.
We know many people these days go to sleep in the cradling arms of Big Pharma. But, the survey also disclosed 51 percent of the surveyed prefer a good nights’s sleep over “great sex,” an amazing jump from 31 percent of respondents who wanted sleep over sex during Westin’s similar survey 10 years ago.
If the survey is any indication, people the world over are increasingly seeking escape in sleep under the influence of medication and drugs.
I don’t spend much time with sports, but I’m very happy great sports news filled the week to take my mind off the survey.
In Berlin on Aug. 16, sprinter Usain Bolt of Jamaica did the unthinkable by running a 100-yard world record in 9.58 seconds, slicing 0.11 seconds off his record set last year at the China Olympics. Then Bolt went out Thursday and cut 0.11 minutes off his own world record in the 200-meter dash.
When this sprinter races, the photo finish line looks like a pyramid lying on its side. Bolt is at the tip, far ahead of the other runners who are grouped in a pack within steps of one another at the base. Bolt, a veritable Michael Jordan in running spikes, has put track in orbit.
Brett Favre is back, good news for football fans and geezers who like keeping up with a legendary geezer who loves his sport so much he can’t give it up.
Baseball great Pete Rose seldom makes the news any more since he was banned from baseball for the sport’s cardinal sin, gambling. He made headlines this week when 75 percent of the respondents in a USA TODAY/Gallup poll said they think steroid use in baseball today is a more serious offense than Rose’s betting on his team when he played.
Maybe I’m making too much out of a couple lightweight surveys that have little to do with determining the fate of the world. I’m sure enquiring minds would rather know what is going on up in Canada and if it can it be bottled.
In the Westin Hotel survey, Canada was the only country where more people, 52 percent, answered that they would prefer “great sex” than those who said they would rather have a good night’s sleep.
Which proves whenever things are bad, they’re not bad all over.