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US Politics and its Impact on Athletics in 1980

This is my history project for Mr. Matthews’ Honors History class.  I think it deserves AT LEAST an A.  NOTE: This is about athletics in 1980, NOT the Oakland Athletics in 1980.  That’s a whole different topic entirely!

US Politics and its Impact on Athletics in 1980

by

Travish

Mr. Mathews

Honors History

September 24, 2015

In 1980, U.S. President Jimmy Carter boycotted the Summer Olympic Games because it was in Moscow.  Moscow is the capital of Russia, but at that time Russia was called The Soviet Union.  Some people will abbreviate the words Soviet Union, but it was not called S.U.  It was called USSR.  In USSR, they called it CCCP.  The reason for this is they have a different alphabet in that country.  That is not why Jimmy Carter banned the Olympics.  Jimmy Carter said we won’t play in the Olympic Games because we don’t like the Russians.  The was a very controversial statement at that time.  America was at cold war with CCCP.  Cold wars do not have anything to do with snow.  Second of all, it wasn’t even cold because it was the SUMMER games.  So, when you think about a cold war, think about a war without shooting because that is basically what it was.  Instead of killing people, you fought your enemy by not sending your best athletes to their country to run the 400m.

This is an example of fighting without using bullets.
This is an example of fighting without using bullets.

“In July 1980, a public opinion poll showed that only 21 percent of Americans approved of Carter’s performance, the lowest score on record for any president.” (2013 World Book Encyclopedia Volume 3 p. 257).  That’s the worst score in history, you idiot!  Mr. Matthews said George Bush had the lowest score but this is EVEN WORSE.  The only good news about this is that Mr. Matthews was wrong.  Everyone hated Jimmy Carter because he did not send the Americans to fight the USSR in the Olympic Summer Games and so he was removed from power.  He never became the president again.

“One of the problems that became increasingly obvious to us was the almost universal discrimination against women, not only in America but throughout the world.” (Jimmy Carter, Beyond the White House p.233)  Well, you discriminated against women when you did not let them play in the Summer Olympic games so that makes you a misogynist.  I don’t hate women.  For example, I like the girl that use to work at Subway (If you are reading this, my name is Travish and you can follow me at @kingtravish), Anastasia, and the Chive girls.  However, I do NOT like Stephanie McMahon Helmsley because of numerous reasons too numerous to mention.  I will say this: I hope she gets beat up by Ronda Rousey.  I almost forgot!  I also like Ronda Rousey.  I ALSO like, Sam the astronaut.  Her name is Sam, even though that is a man’s name.  Her real name is Samantha Cristoforetti and she is a spaceperson (you can’t say ‘spaceman’ anymore because now women live in outer space, too.)

Here is some hard hitting research: I have broached the question everyone was afraid to ask (Did the president think US athletes were going to lose).  But first, here is one more follow up point before I drop the hammer: There is one other woman that I don’t like and she is that old woman at the library that always takes away my doughnuts.

Now I am going to drop the hammer.  THE RUSSIAN HAMMER!!

In an interview on July 19, 1996, Lloyd Cutler, the White House counsel for Jimmy Carter in 1980 “recalled that the Soviets had installed ‘90 million television sets’ to enable citizens to watch the Games, which Moscow had billed as ‘their contribution to peace.’ He said that Carter was persuaded that under such circumstances the boycott might foster internal questioning among Soviets.”

(http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/19/sports/olympics-bitterness-lingering-over-carter-s-boycott.html)

Lloyd Cutler is related to Michael Cutler and Jason Cutler because they all have the same name.  Jason Cutler once said in Over the Top to Lincoln Hawk, “Damn you.”  Lincoln Hawk responded, “No.  Damn you.” (Over the Top).  I feel like saying this (“Damn you”) to Jimmy Carter for ruining the Summer Games.  It is also worth noting that no one boycotted the World Armwrestling Championship in Las Vegas.

Here is the best part of this saga, “To try to build support for the boycott in Africa, Carter sent American boxer Muhammad Ali on a goodwill tour through the continent to persuade African governments to join. The trip backfired, however, when Ali himself was talked out of his support of the boycott during the course of his meetings.” (http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/qfp/104481.htm)  

HAHAHA Jimmy Carter, you are the biggest IDIOT!  Muhammad Ali had won a Gold Medal for boxing in 1960, but he threw it in the Ohio River (Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, My Own Story).  Likewise, Jimmy Carter threw away his own presidency by making so many stupid decisions like boycotting the Summer Games.  Ali was too smart to play Carter’s game, so he basically stuck his middle finger up at Jimmy Carter, Stone Cold style.  And, as for games, the best game is Donkey Kong, but I also like Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Oh hell yeah!
Oh hell yeah!

The vice president at this time was Walter Mondale.  He loved the idea of a boycott of the Summer Games and said it “could capture the imagination of the American people.”  (http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/)  

Well, Walter Mondale ran as Vice-President in 1980 and he lost 489-49 (public record).  He was never Vice President again.

Walter Mondale tried to become the President of the USA in 1984 and he lost 525-13 (public record).  I don’t need to source these statistics because they are a matter of public record.  It is a matter of public record that boycotting the Summer Games was the stupidest idea alive (public record).

Let’s revisit how STUPID this was: “Julian Roosevelt, an American member of the International Olympic Committee, asserted, ‘Any boycott isn’t going to change the Soviets’ mind and isn’t going to get troops out of Afghanistan. I’m as patriotic as the next guy, but the patriotic thing to do is for us to send a team over there and whip their ass.’” (http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/)  

This reminds me of when the Rock whipped John Cena’s candy ass at Wrestlemania 28.  John Cena, if you are reading this, no one likes you (public record).

The most controversial aspect of Jimmy Carter’s actions are that he possibly did not do this as a tactic of being in a cold war.  Let’s examine the question together: did he prevent US athletes from going to the 1980 Olympic Summer Games because he was afraid they would lose?

Resolved: Yes.  He thought they would lose.

This is highly likely and backed up by A LOTS of evidence.  I will present the evidence to you but you have to make your own decision as to his motives.  (This is not a persuasive paper, but we have to examine all the possibilities.  This is a history research paper).  When considering the facts, one must use a measuring stick.  That means everything has to remain constant.  So, it isn’t fair to compare the 1980 basketball team to the 1960 hockey team.  No.  They have to be the same sport.  The sport I will use as my measuring stick is wrestling.

Ivan Kolloff debuted in 1967.  This was when the world nearly blew up from the bay of pigs.  As you can see he was the United States Champion and he dressed like Count Dracula.
Ivan Kolloff debuted in 1967. This was when the world nearly blew up from the bay of pigs. As you can see he was the United States Champion and he dressed like Count Dracula.
ikita Koloff debuted in 1984.  He was called the Russian Nightmare.  He was also the United States Champion and his shirt says CCCP.
ikita Koloff debuted in 1984. He was called the Russian Nightmare. He was also the United States Champion and his shirt says CCCP.
Nikolai Volkoff debuted in 1987.  He is also the United States Champion and his shirt says USSR.  he looks like Tingle from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
Nikolai Volkoff debuted in 1987. He is also the United States Champion and his shirt says USSR. he looks like Tingle from Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
in 1985 there was Ivan Drago, but he was a boxer.  He was not the united States Champion.  He is notable though for his power which was capable of killing Apollo Creed.  Think about that.
in 1985 there was Ivan Drago, but he was a boxer. He was not the united States Champion. He is notable though for his power which was capable of killing Apollo Creed. Think about that.
Today there is Rusev and Lana.  As you can see they are the United States Champion.
Today there is Rusev and Lana. As you can see they are the United States Champion.

Well as you can see, there were many powerful Russians back then and they always killed Americans or won the Unites States Championship.  Jimmy Carter knew this.  Jimmy Carter was the President of the USA, so you know he wasn’t an idiot.  He knew if the USA went to Moscow to play in the Summer Games the results would be that the USA would lose or die.


I tried to find more compelling evidence to demonstrate Jimmy Carter was afraid the USA would lose, but my hard-hitting research did not find any, and the librarians I spoke to were idiots.

Sources:

Jimmy Carter, Beyond the White House

http://www.nytimes.com/1996/07/19/sports/olympics-bitterness-lingering-over-carter-s-boycott.html

Over the Top

http://2001-2009.state.gov/r/pa/ho/time/qfp/104481.htm

Muhammad Ali: The Greatest, My Own Story

Donkey Kong

Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/

Public Record

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/10/the-failed-carter-boycott-of-the-1980-moscow-summer-olympics/

Wrestlemania 28

Rocky IV

 

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The Robot From Rocky IV: A Research Paper

How did Rocky afford this robot? All these questions and more are answered in my paper!
How did Rocky afford this robot? All these questions and more are answered in my paper!

Here is my paper on the Rocky IV Robot.  The assignment was to write a research paper about a historical figure of the 20th Century.  I think I will get a better grade than I did on my last paper because this paper is longer and I used the hourglass approach to paper writing.

This is an assignment for Mr. Matthews history class.  The assignment is a research assignment of a historical figure of the 20th century.  For this assignment, I chose to write about the Robot from Rocky IV (Rocky 4).  First I am going to answer some questions.

Why is it called Rocky IV?

IV is the symbol the Romans used before they invented the alphabet.  I don’t know why Rocky uses this system to number his movies because he is Italian and not Roman.

Anastasia asked these questions on Twitter:

How can Rocky afford a robot?

This is a good question.  On the first thought, it would seem like he won A LOTS of money after he beat Apollo, but we never see him buy a robot.  We do see him buy a car, house, black leather jacket with a tiger on the back of it, turtle food, dog collar, and several watches in Rocky II.  That was after he LOST to Apollo Creed so after he actually beat him he probably won even more money.  Probably enough to buy a robot.

On the other hand, here is a little known secret reader: all heavyweight champions of the worlds get robots.  I learned this from Riddick Bowe.  He was a heavy weight champion of the world.  He didn’t win his belt from Apollo or Rocky, but he won the belt from someone and when he did he got a robot.  In case your wondering: yep, that means George Foreman got a robot too.  I can’t use this as a source of information for my paper but you can just believe me on this.  Still don’t believe me? Okay, i might as well tell you, Riddick Bowe USE to follow me on twitter.  He liked my comments about Apollo and he started following me.  I asked him if he got a robot after he won the belt and then he wasn’t a follower anymore.  My theory is he needed to hide the truth.  This is called a trade secret when heavyweight champions of the worlds get free robots but no one else knows about it.  And if you don’t believe me all you have to do is become the heavyweight champion of the world and you will find out for yourself.  I don’t think this translates to wrestling heavyweight champions but I’m not sure.

Why is the robot changed to a female? (both of these questions were from Anastasia on Twitter.  She got re tweeted by Stone Cold Steve Austin, so Anastasia if you see Stone Cold, ask him if he has any robots).

The answer to this question is very interesting.  Robots don’t have a gender.  Think about that.  They don’t have those kinds of body parts if you know what I mean.  So they are not boy or girl robots.  However!  they can change their voice.  Paulie said the robot talks like a girl because she loves him.  So, to answer this question: a robots voice depends on who they love.  I hope I meet a robot one day and she falls in love with me, but not because I want to marry her.  I just want to have a robot that’s all.  If I was going to get married, it would be to the girl from Subway, or maybe Kristen but I’m worried that Mr. matthews wants to marry her mom and I do NOT want him to be my step dad!

Spoiler Alert.

have you watched the trailer for the movie Creed?  It is about the son of Apollo Creed.  If you watch that trailer you will know what I saw in it that made me really sad.  It was Paulie’s grave stone.  I miss you Paulie.  Well I want to reassure everyone that I THINK robots are safe.  However, the video is sketchy in the way of details so we have to take into account the possibility that Paulie was killed by his own robot.  This is the most controversial part of my research.

Do you wonder what a world would be like if it was run by robots?  Well, let’s find out the answer together.  Robots WILL run the world if everyone becomes the Heavy Weight Champion Of The World.  But, just like Mr. Matthews says when i told him I will be President: not everyone can be president, Travish.  Some people have to work at McDonalds.  Well second of all, I’m not going to work there because I would rather work at Godfather’s pizza.  They have better food, and they have Ms. Pac-Man (Editors note: They USE to have Ms. Pac-Man, they don’t anymore.  But there is still room there for a video game, and I asked them if they will get Donkey Kong and the girl there said maybe.  But you know McDonalds will NEVER get a video game so don’t waste your time thinking about that!)

At any rate, I hope wrestling champions don’t get robots because then there would be so many robots they MIGHT take over the world, and it wouldn’t matter if i was president or not because thats a war we cannot win and I’m not going to lie.  Think about that.

I hope you like my paper.

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