Now granted, beach volleyball seems awfully similar to regular volleyball, at least as I remember it from school (minus the bikinis, of course). And I recognize regular volleyball as a sport, so there's that. On the other hand, if we have regular volleyball, do we need the beach version too? Are we going to have regular basketball (if that is still an Olympic sport) plus Olympic H-O-R-S-E?
Here's another question. Was it as hard to get beach volleyball into the Olympics as it was for the women's marathon? Maybe if the Olympic poobahs of the seventies and before had seen the outfits that would eventually be worn by Paula, Deena, et al, they would have moved a little faster.
I have nothing against beach volleyball. It's not like there aren't other Olympic events that seem more like recreation than sport. But it seems like every time I randomly turn on the Olympics, they are showing beach volleyball! Does George Bush have something to do with this?
Of course, there's also men's beach volleyball. That's what was on when I turned on the TV tonight. But what's this? While the women compete wearing belly-baring bikinis, the men's costume consists of long baggy shorts and tank tops (no Matthew McConaughey-style shirtless chests here). Is it possible they thought that running around on the beach half naked might be considered a little... undignified?