Bumped. -BN Eds.
What's wrong with total incompetence? - Dan "Chianti" Guerrero.
You can use the "If UCLA were a nation" chest-thumping stat, as I did in my previous post. You can use total medals won by individual athletes including team sports as individual medals. You can weight the medal count so that a gold medal counts more than silver and bronze.
But, it just doesn't matter.
The results are all the same.
UCLA has posted its worst Olympiad in over 40 years (not including the 1980 Moscow Games due to the US Boycott). I'll break it down after the break.
UCLA's overall Olympic results are as follows:
This table does not count coaches as coaches do not receive a medal, but it counts every athlete who earned a medal even if it was for a team sport. So, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and our other team sport athletes are counted individually.
With 9 medals total, UCLA's medal total is the fewest since 1968. If you want to give a higher priority to gold medals, then using a point system that awards 5 for gold, 3 for silver, and 1 for bronze, it still comes out the same with this Olympiad having the lowest point total since 1968.
Perhaps, you only want to know about gold medals.
This year ties for the second worst gold medal count since 1964. The worst was 2008 with only 4. This year is the worst for silver and the worst for bronze since 1968 for each.
Since 1972, 3 of the worst 5 Olympiads (total medal count) or 3 of the worst 4 Olympiads (weighted point total) have occurred since 2002.
So, how does the Athletic Department try to spin this disappointment?
From Mike Sondheimer's blog:
This may not have been UCLA's best Olympic Games with softball being dropped and men's soccer not qualifying, but we still had participation in the top 5% of all colleges.
Really, Mike? Is that the best we can do? Blame it on men's soccer not qualifying and on softball being dropped? Softball wasn't an Olympic sport until 1996. How did we ever win all those medals from 1972 until 1992, Mike?
Oh, yeah....during the bulk of that time frame, we had revenue sports that were bringing in a lot of money to UCLA and paying for top-notch "Olympic sports" programs.
Please, Mike, do not offer excuses. Instead of excuses and spin, why don't we try putting together a serious plan to return UCLA to its proper place in all sports? Any serious plan needs to start with excellence in the revenue sports -- football and basketball -- as they pay for the non-revenue programs. It should include the expansion of non-revenue programs to bring back teams like Men's Swimming and Gymnastics, which would, of course, require the addition of women's sports as well to comply with Title IX.
How about actively marketing to UCLA fans instead of marketing to our opponents (like Fresno State)? How about totally re-thinking how the Athletic Department currently operates and fails to communicate with alumni and fans? How about listening to those of us with ideas instead of ALWAYS finding an excuse?
During the football Select-A-Seat Sunday, I asked a pretty reasonable question. I asked why they couldn't have scheduled things so that all existing season ticketholders got to go through the process on the Saturday of the Spring Game. What answer was I given? Bureacratical BS about how there would be too many people in each session, blah, blah, blah...blow me off. How should such a question have been responded to? "That's a great idea! We will do EVERYTHING we can to do that in the future!" followed by taking my name and contact information, following up with me and REALLY going the extra mile to prevent that again. It's called "customer service" and our Athletic Department needs to learn that there are many other entertainment and sports choices in Southern California and, by providing true customer service, you are building a long-term relationship with your customer base who, not only pays at least a portion of your salary, but also pays to help ensure the success of the Athletic Deparment and our student-athletes.
With no disrepect intended to our fine athletes, the results of this Olympiad are a black eye on UCLA. Only folks who don't care or who have their head in the sand can claim otherwise. The administration would serve itself well to admit this and fix it. Oh, yeah...and here's the best way to start it:
FIRE DAN GUERRERO. NOW.