CUT YOUR LOSSES

There's no getting around it, the time has come to bite the bullet

Now fans are barred from all Olympic events. Image via: Wiki Commons.

Earlier this week I wrote that the 2020 (now 2021) Olympics organizers blew it by not postponing the already postponed Games by another year.

Now I'll double down: organizers need to cancel the Games, send all the athletes home and just take the loss. I believe these Olympics will not cross the finish line.

Toshiro Muto, head of the Olympics organizing committee, has said he isn't ruling out a last-minute cancellation of the Games before official opening ceremonies Friday. A recent poll shows that 83 percent of Japanese do not want the games to be held over COVID concerns.

I'd say these Olympics are plagued but that would be redundant. Tokyo's rate of Coronavirus infections hit a six-month high this week. The rate has tripled in the last month as Japan's fifth wave of infection, boosted by the highly contagious Delta Variant, roars through the Asian nation. Only 20 percent of Japan's population is fully vaccinated amid reports of vaccine shortages and bottlenecks in supply.

Tokyo is under a state of emergency. Athletes are instructed to stay in the Olympic Village, only to leave for training or competition and must depart Japan within 48 hours after their event. Public watch parties have been canceled. Media members are not permitted to ride public transportation, eat in restaurants, visit tourist attractions or walk around town.

Several months ago, organizers hoped that 10,000 fans – all local residents - would be allowed in the main stadium. Now fans are barred from all events. However, a few thousand sponsors, officials and athletes will be at opening ceremonies.

These will be some opening ceremonies. Last February the head of the organizing committee stepped down after creating a furor with his comment that women talk too much. Then the opening ceremonies music director quit after it was revealed that he bullied disabled classmates when he was younger. This week another ceremonies director was fired after it was revealed that he told a joke about the Holocaust in a comedy routine 23 years ago.

Emperor Naruhito will attend opening ceremonies but will leave out the word "celebration" as is traditional in his remarks.

This week, the Czech delegation has been accused of not taking necessary precautions on its chartered flight to Tokyo. Now five members, including three athletes, have tested positive.

Athletes are not required to be vaccinated to compete. So far, 79 athletes, coaches or staff have tested positive for COVID. U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew said, practically bragged, that he is not vaccinated. He said, as an elite athlete, he didn't want to risk a single day of training in the event he had a bad reaction to the vaccine. He is staying in the Olympic Village with 4,000 other athletes.

The original budget for the Tokyo Olympics was $6.7 billion. Costs have soared four or five times that. And now there will be no money from ticket sales.

Toyota has dumped all of its TV commercials showcasing the Olympics. Instead the carmaker will air generic commercials. Despite a rule that prohibits athletes from making any political or social actions, the Tokyo Olympics will allow athletes to take a knee or raise a fist during introductions of their event. This will not go over with some back in America. Already the U.S. women's soccer team took a knee before a match. So did the other team. So did one of the linesmen.

And now here's Frank with the weather: temperatures are predicted in the high 90s – the hottest Olympics ever – with super drippy humidity. The Olympic stadium does not have a roof.

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We'll see if Watson is in pads on Tuesday. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

The Houston Texans had their last practice before pads come on for the first time on Tuesday. There was plenty to see on Monday.

1. Deshaun Watson had his usual extremely light level of work. He did very little throwing to teammates, though he did throw to the tight ends in 1-on-1 drills.

2. Texans head coach David Culley said "nothing has changed" when asked if Deshaun Watson will be in pads Tuesday. Culley has maintained that answer for a couple of sessions now.

3. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was back after missing Saturday with an excused personal day. Taylor has been the best quarterback in camp by a wide margin. Taylor makes better decisions with the football than other quarterbacks, but he does struggle on deeper passes. Taylor missed wildly on one deep ball and was a little wobbly on another.

4. Nobody in camp can cover wide receiver Brandin Cooks. This could be the easiest training camp of his life. He easily gets open in 1-on-1 situations.

5. Rookie wide receiver Nico Collins continues to flash his abilities in camp. Collins easily shook loose from defensive back John Reid and took the route vertical for an easy score. Collins later had a tough catch in traffic.

6. It's only been a few days, but the competition for inside wide receiver reps is tough. Former Bears wideout Anthony Miller has looked quick and nothing like the "draft bust" the Bears fans watched. Keke Coutee has rarely lost a rep, but Desmond King did win a few times over Coutee in the opening days of camp. Former Bengals wideout Alex Erickson finds himself constantly open. The cuts at wide receiver are already shaking out to be difficult.

7. Davis Mills bounced back in a sense that he couldn't be worse than he was on Saturday. The performance from Mills on Saturday was abysmal, but head coach David Culley said he liked how Mills responded today. With Tyrod Taylor back, there were fewer reps for Mills, but he had some impressive throws to go along with an off-target throw or two. Mills was far better than Jeff Driskel on Monday. Driskel tossed two interceptions right to defenders, including one that would've gone the wrong way for a score.

8. This linebacker group is interesting. With a new defensive scheme under Lovie Smith, the type of linebacker is very different from previous years. There was a clear emphasis on cover ability as these linebackers were added to the team.

9. Kamu Grugier-Hill and Kevin Pierre-Louis have both had some significant wins for the linebackers in coverage.

10. Rookie tight end Brevin Jordan looks the part physically, but he's had a rough few days, including a drop on Monday.

11. With the pads coming on Tuesday, it will be fun to watch the rebuilt defensive line clash with the many combinations of the offensive line. There will be no J.J. Watt who historically stirred up the team on day one of pads. Laremy Tunsil's cool confidence about the offensive line over the weekend leads me to believe they are a confident group, while there are spots to be won on the defensive side of the line.

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