Should I feel outraged?
No. Sure, there is plenty of outrage out there. “The sting of this injustice is painful,” Wieber’s coach John Geddert wrote on Facebook in reference to the two-per-country rule. He continued:
“To penalize an athlete or country for being OUTSTANDING is not in the spirit of sport and certainly not the spirit of the Olympic Games. It is wrong and simply the trickle down effect of the entitlement generation where everybody expects/demands a piece of the pie regardless of whether or not they have earned it or not…
We will accept defeat with the same class and dignity as we accepted the numerous victories.”
Aside from the fact that the last sentence is directly contradicted by those preceding it, this statement is wrong for several reasons. The “entitlement generation” seems like a reference to Millennials — but it’s old farts who are making the rules. Also, saying that a personal defeat is a sign of everything that’s wrong with the world is not the dictionary definition of dignified. (Then again, maybe he means entitlement in the Medicare sense?)