U.S. Senator Lindsay recently said that Team USA should skip the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia if Vladimir Putin gives asylum to Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower. I can think of a million better reasons to bring back Cold War tactics of boycotting sports events, but in the interests of keeping this post blog-length, here are just the top five::
1) The winter games will probably be rigged for the home country to win the most medals: Case in point: Russia Stacked Team With Stars for World University Games (Russia has won 292 medals so far, the US has 40)
2) Gay athletes are not welcome: Russia just passed a law basically banning homosexuality.
3) Russia has not been a good buddy, siding against the US in a lot of actual political issues. For example: When the US wanted to impose more sanctions on North Korea in order to discourage Crazy-Pants Kim Jong-un’s ramped-up nukes testing, Putin sided with Crazy-Pants.
4) Putin may have stolen a Superbowl ring owned by New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft. Dick move.
5) Putin in general: