Your cheating heart

If you are like me, you have been catching as much of the Olympics as possible.  It is exciting to watch our team go for the gold!  The Olympics itself represents some of the best athletes in the world competing at a high level with high expectations.

So, anytime we hear the word “cheating” in reference to the games, we are concerned and maybe even disillusioned. We probably assume it has something to do with drugs. Someone has been caught with a steroid cocktail.

But, in this case, that isn’t true. O yeah, there have been some suspicions and some assumptions about certain athletes but we have a first in this Olympics… at least it appears to be a first.

Some athletes have been disqualified for “fixing” the outcome of some matches in order to have a more favorable draw in the tourny.  In other words, they were trying to lose.

What makes this even more disgusting is that is happened in the powerful Olympic sport of …. drum roll… “Badminton.” Now, I don’t know about you, but I am already a bit floored that this is even an Olympic sport.

I mean it seems more like something that might happen at a family picnic. What’s next? Horseshoes as an Olympic sport? Or, maybe even corn hole (bean bag toss)?

I know you might be thinking of the fact that we already ping pong, a game normally relegated to basements and garages… Why not Badminton? Well, ping pong has been given the other name “Table Tennis” giving it refinement and moving it to a legitimate sport in my mind.

Back to the incident. Apparently people were booing during the matches in question. Again, were they booing at the poor play or the fact that they wasted time to go and watch Badminton in the first place. Who knows?

Regardless of how you feel about the “sport,” the fact that someone cheated is pretty sad. Cheating is one of those things that is just not cool whenever and however it occurs. It is basically another form of stealing, a close cousin of lying.

It shakes the integrity of the games and takes something away from everyone.  It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It makes you want to throw something at your TV set… especially when it happens with something as innocuous as a little bitty birdie.

At the center of cheating whether it happens in sports or in a classroom or in relationships, are people who are insecure, who are afraid to stand on their own merit. When we cheat, we say that we aren’t satisfied with who we are, what we have, or where we are going. We basically say “We aren’t enough.”

Sad stuff really.  But before we take out our badminton rackets and pound someone, maybe we need to take a hard look at ourselves.  Are we cheating in any way? After all, cheating takes many forms.

For instance, we may be cheating others important to us with our time allocation or we may be cheating the government in our taxes or we could be cheating our spouses with stolen glances toward someone else.

Don’t forget the old adage, “Cheaters never prosper.” Eventually, it will catch up with us. Hopefully, not while the whole world is watching.

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