Lindsay Lohan Is Probably Out

The internet is crackling over who will light the Olympic flame to begin the 2012 games in London tonight. Traditionally a former Olympian from the host country gets the “honour” but that certainly narrows the field for Britain. At any rate I still think England will surprise the world!

Tradition is big at the Olympics but we’ve had quite enough of it from the Queen’s Silver Jubilee.  Anyway, Royals don’t do this sort of thing so scratch William, Kate, Harry, Charles, and the Queen herself.

Muhammed Ali might have been a good choice but he already began the games in Atlanta in 1996.

Harry Potter?  Blecccch……Boy George?  What would he wear?

Paris Hilton is a champion in her sport but it’s not listed in the Olympics program.  The first Olympians performed their contests naked but that alone won’t qualify anyone.  Kristen Stewart is an up and comer but cheating is definitely frowned upon by the judges.

The Pope would have worldwide television recognition but there’s that pesky Northern Ireland thing.  Same with Nelson Mandela – universal respect but no one wants to piss off South Africa.  And anyone who’s Muslim need not even apply.

My guess?  Sir Roger Bannister,  the first man to run a mile in under four minutes.  Bannister didn’t win an Olympic medal when he ran in 1952 but he was an English athlete who stunned the world and remains a British icon at 83.

3 Responses to “Lindsay Lohan Is Probably Out”

  1. Bill says:

    Bannister is a very good guess. If he’s not up to it they could go with Sebastian Coe.

    Picking Mandela would piss off South Africa? Are you in some kind of time warp there, Frank?

  2. paolo. says:

    Apartheid is still alive and well in South Africa. Although it’s technically illegal, there are many people who resent the changes – especially the older ones. And international corporations go with the flow and don’t want trouble. One of my clients did her post-grad work there and says it’s prevalent still.

    Is there racism in America? Technically illegal but the only Blacks you’ll see in the exclusive power-broker clubs of corporate America are taking coats and waiting on tables. Same kind of deal.

    Although I personally would like to see Nelson Mandela light the torch – it’s not going to happen. Especially in England.

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