Tuesday Aug 26, 2008

The Harding Scale

In light of the misdeeds of a few of the athletes of these past Olympic Games, and no method for journalists to keep them in their proper historical prospective, I'm introducing the Harding Scale of Olympic Disobedience or HSOD.

The scale, named after former Olympic competitor Tonya Harding, ranges from one to ten and is meant to gauge disobedience by these elite athletes against other athletes, coaches, referees, and assorted non-athletes. It is not meant to gauge offenses by the latter against the former (such as Munich, 1972) or self-abuse such as doping.

Here are some examples:

  1.Boasting or celebrating before your event is actually completed (Bolt).
3.Doing a McEnroe.
5.Putting down or refusing a medal because you felt you deserved a higher one.
7.Impulsive lashing-out at a referee, coach, or athlete (Matos)
9.Premeditated harm to a referee, coach, or athlete (Harding).

I'm reserving ten for if an athlete actually kills another athlete, referee, or coach. Of course, I'm hoping this never occurs...

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