I didn't say it was malicious, and I realize we're never going to agree on this, but my objection, on a general basis, is that it's perceived as perfectly okay to make jokes about some people's sports and for everyone to assume they're meant in fun. Even if they are, bottom line, they're still made, and it's viewed as acceptable to make them, because some sports are perceived as more difficult and manly than others, and it's comparing apples and oranges to compare sports. They're all tough to play at their top level in their own ways and they should all be respected, particularly by other athletes. I've never heard anyone make a joke about how football is such an easy sport to play nor have I heard anyone imply that it's not macho or intimidating enough-- but I've heard plenty of jokes about a lot of Olympic sports, despite the fact that something like two man luge is inherently very dangerous and very tough to do well. Maybe lugers aren't being chased by 300 pound linebackers, but the g-forces they deal with, particularly if, God forbid, they flip over during a run, could just as easily send them to the hospital. But because it's a sport that looks funny to American viewers and a sport with which a lot of people are unfamiliar, I've heard people joke about it.