Well, I watched more than I planned to. But then I almost always do ... the Olympics.

An ill-advised attempt to open a balky fire safety door at St. Victor with a robust shoulder thrust resulted in a pretty nasty bone bruise on the top of my humerus (upper arm bone). Side note — the door didn’t move a millimeter.

The orthopedic surgeon ordered rest and ice for the still painful shoulder. Hence, a lot of watching TV … mostly the Olympics.

The point I’d like to make is that in spite of all the troubles, expenses, and myriad other problems, the Olympics is one of our best ideas ever.

Most sports evolved from activities of war like throwing stuff (like the javelin, hammer throw, etc.), running toward or away from the enemy (races and jumping events), fighting (boxing, wrestling, judo) and team sports (attacking your enemy, defending your territory).

Why not have these activities done in an organized way in a spirit of competition and mutual respect? With all the nations of the world involved? As a precursor to the elimination of the more deadly competition between nations that we see all too often?


Sure, but why not.

I’ve printed it before, but here it is again … the Olympic Creed: “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

If everyone, athletic or not, lived by that creed, we’d be living on a better planet.


The annual Calumet City Labor Day Parade is on Labor Day at 10 a.m., Wentworth Avenue at Michigan City Road south to Memorial Park.

And at the park from 1-4 p.m. will be a bunch of fun activities including free access to the water park and plenty of live musical and other entertainment. There will be “Kiddie World” characters, face painting, line and step dancing and food for purchase.

St. Victor Trivia at Our Lady of Knock on Sept. 10th at 7:30 p.m..

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.