This is, of course, impressionistic, and intended to provoke angry rebuttals. But watching how the nimble and feisty South Korean women’s handball team dispatched the mighty Norwegian lady-vikings (about 15 percent taller and maybe 20 percent heavier than the Asians), in a sport with rather clear score-keeping, could invite similar laments about the waning of the West. Which reminds me of that verse by the great Russian poet (in my improvised translation): “It would all be funny, if it wasn’t deeply sad.”
Oh, and what is the funniest article about the games so far? This one is easy - no need for lists and other props there. It came out yesterday in the The New York Times: "Beach Volleyball's Lure Isn't Just the Athletics." Of course, this title doesn't convey any new information. But the article is, indeed hilarious. And, in this age of mandated non-judgmentalism, it comes perilously close to proclaiming the sport a joke. In any case, you do have to feel for the male athletes who compete in it.