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Olympic Medals or the Superbowl?

Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by dexternjack, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. dexternjack

    dexternjack World Traveler

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    I pose a question to all. What would your choice be for an accomplishment, Olympic Gold or one Superbowl?

    Think before you answer. For a gold medal, all of the world's eyes are upon you while our National anthem plays. For a Superbowl, you share that award with many others. There is a chance you are MVP, but doubtful.

    When I ask this, I mean a relevant sport in the Olympics, not badminton, some equine sport, trampoline or ping-pong, etc, but a known sport such as skiing, track and field, swimming, whatever.

    I get a little teary-eyed watching our athletes don that gold medal with our song playing, so I would choose a Gold medal, hands down. That is something me and my family would cherish forever. A NFL ring would be great too, but I don't think it compares IMO.
  2. TheCount

    TheCount Pixel Pusher

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    The group of olympic winners is much more exclusive. I'd rather have an olympic medal than a superbowl ring. Brandon Jacobs has two superbowl rings.

    It's kind of like asking if you'd rather walk on the moon or walk in the grand canyon. The Grand Canyon is great, but only 12 people have been to the moon.
  3. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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    Actually, there are probably more Olympic metals that have been handed out than Superbowl rings.

    You figure (after some Internet searching) there are about 86 metal events in the Olympics today. Times that by three means there are a minimum of 258 metals handed out. Due to the fact that many events are team events, even more metals than that are actually handed out. This doesn't take into account the Winter Olympics. So you've got to figure there are probably an average of *over* 300+ metals handed out every two years for the Olympics.

    The NFL provides up to 150 Superbowl rings each year. So that would put them close to even, except for the fact that the Olympics have been going for far far longer. From what I've found, there are Olympics written records from 776 BC. The modern flavor of the Olympic games has been played since 1896.

    Football like Basketball ans Soccar would probably be an Olympic event if the rest of the world actually played American football. The problem is, they don't.
  4. casmith07

    casmith07 Attorney-at-Zone

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    Olympic Gold in the 100m dash.
  5. notherbob

    notherbob Well-Known Member

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    Unless things have changed, Olympic gold medals are not gold but base metal that is thinly electroplated with gold so they have little intrinsic value. What you get is a prideful moment but no money. If you're a swimmer you get a lot of recognition but no endorsements. Nobody buys Speedos, caps, goggles or robes.

    I understand they give money to olympians these days but when i was young you had to be wealthy or have some kind of prvate sponsor to go to the olympics. That is one of the reasons why I quit swimming, there was little incentive to continue except pride and I already had enough of that to last a lifetime.

    Even so the Olympics are always fun to watch.

    Life is good..
  6. CATCH17

    CATCH17 1st Round Pick

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    My pockets are probably a lot fatter if im a Superbowl winner.

    Olympians couldn't be making a whole lot of money.

    Give me the Superbowl.
  7. Sam I Am

    Sam I Am Unfriendly and Aloof!

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  8. 03EBZ06

    03EBZ06 Need2Speed

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    If its an individual award, then I would go with Olympic Gold. However, if it's team award then Super Bowl Ring.
  9. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    If it's
    1) NFL scrub who gets a Super Bowl ring for being on the team
    2) Olympic Gold in any major event---100 meter, 200 meter hurdle, etc

    I take the Olympic Gold.

    If I'm the QB for a Super Bowl champ....give me that all day.
  10. Lonestar94

    Lonestar94 Well-Known Member

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    I like football. Superbowl!
  11. WV Cowboy

    WV Cowboy Waitin' on the 6th

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    That one Female sprinter (Ross) who recently won Gold, is married to a two-time Super Bowl winner.

    They have both in their trophy case, .. that's the way to do it.
  12. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    That did it for me. I'll take the Olympic Gold.:D
  13. Phrozen Phil

    Phrozen Phil Well-Known Member

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    Take a trip to some Eastern European beaches. Lots of Speedos on really ugly bodies.:ralph: There's your Speedo market.
  14. SkinsandTerps

    SkinsandTerps Redskins Forever

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    Depends on the person.

    I ran track back in the day, and played football. I would prefer the ring over the medal.

    Both are impressive, by any standards.
  15. Cowboys&LakersFan

    Cowboys&LakersFan Benched

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    Gold Medal. There's nothing better than winning for your country.
  16. Denim Chicken

    Denim Chicken Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the event:

    Super Bowl >>> Olympic Gold in Badmintom
  17. Muhast

    Muhast Newo

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    Depending how good you are, some of the athletes make really good money. You are sponsored by multiple companies to wear their gear during the olympics, and if you do well: Apollo Ohno, Michael Phelps, Nastia Lukin, Shawn Johnson you can be sponsored well afterwards (subway is a big one for athletes) you also see them on TV shows like Dancing with the stars etc.

    So while they won't make what an NFL star makes, they might be able to pull in close to what some NFL players make it in a year.

    I agree with casmith, I'd take the olympic medal over the superbowl if it is in the 100m dash so I could be the fastest man in the world.

    The Superbowl is a team award, you may have had a big role or a tiny role and you get a ring. The olympic medal is the ultimate individual accomplishment you can win in sports. You literally have the entire world watch you become the best in the world at that event. You get to stand on the podium and watch your flag and country be represented. There are no excuses in the olympics, you get one shot to make it through to the next round, and one shot to win in the finals. It's do or die, and if you lose you can't try again for 4 years. So most athletes have a 2-3 olympic window and that's it.
  18. ajk23az

    ajk23az Through Pain Comes Clarity

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    Olympic gold easily.

    I would want one in either the 50m freestlye, 100m dash, kayaking (white water rafting), or 200m dash.
  19. Cowboys&LakersFan

    Cowboys&LakersFan Benched

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    Doesn't matter to me. I LOVE this country to death. Whenever I see Team USA playing for their country I get goosebumps. There's absolutely nothing better than representing my country and winning a Gold Medal.
  20. Duane

    Duane Well-Known Member

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    I'd prefer an Olympic gold metal for an individual event.

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