Tuesday, August 12, 2008

More Olympics

I'm probably doing overkill on the Olympics, but I've been pretty under the weather this week and watching a lot of games coverage.

Did you hear about this? Apparently during the opening ceremonies, China pulled a Singing in the Rain and had a little girl lip-synching over the singing of another little girl who was not deemed 'cute' enough for TV. Nice, China. They are seriously creeping me out, what with their militaristic opening ceremonies, child athlete factories, and 'women' gymnasts who now have passports that claim they are miraculously 2 years older than the last time their ages were posted.

Nevertheless, China is doing tremendously well at these games and I was kicking myself for not recording the men's team gymnastics final last night before I went to bed. China took the gold, as expected, after performing a number of flawless routines. Team USA actually pulled off a bronze (yay!). I did see recaps online this morning, including team leader Jonathan Horton frat boying his way through the post competition interview with "First off, I'd like to give it up for the Lord" and "...we got these sweet medals...". Also lots of 'wooooo'-ing and fist pumping I believe.

We're proud of you, Jon, but tone it down a notch

I've been enjoying watching swimming, but I'm a little disappointed at the lack of false starts. I used to like paying close attention to the starts of races, cruelly snickering when someone would tump off the starting block too early. Maybe at the Olympic level that just doesn't happen.


Update: I'm really getting sick of the news sites spoiling the results for me. This is a problem every time there's this much of a time difference, but it seems like it's worse this year. I can't go to my preferred news site to get actual news without getting hit with "US wins gold in wheelbarrow*!!". Thanks, preferred news site, couldn't you just have a link that says "wheelbarrow results here" ?

*not an actual Olympic event, but should be


JAL said...

Ugh, I hate that guy's stupid little face. OK, maybe that's a little harsh, but seriously, I kept expecting to see him in a Cobra Kai issued skeleton costume between rounds.

Anonymous said...

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mcsteans said...

thanks, reed!

Steven G. Harms said...

“Yeah, mad propz to the LORD because He saw fit to give me, a Christian from OU a BRONZE and not a GOLD like those godless atheist hosts of ours— hell yeah, the LORD knew that giving the patriotic, God–loving, evolution–hating USA the Gold would whooooo go to our heads and lead us into error and other Mesopotamian countries, so thanks for third place Lord—yeah!”

The League said...

I was actually pretty excited by the Bronze. The US Men's team wasn't expected to do well once the Hamm brothers dropped out. But then Goofus McGee went all "This is how we do it in the US!" while his pal Raj is trying to tell the TV audience to "never give up", and it was this really awkward collision of cliches.

Bronze is a serious accomplishment in my mind, and, in its way, counts as something important for teams that weren't expected to medal at all. But when you're declaring "This is how we roll in the US!" with no hint of irony, you look like a dork, sir. A major, major dork.

Also... it is somewhat bewildering how the Chinese Olympic managers have managed to slip in girls who are, pretty clearly, not 16 into gymnastics and nobody is saying anything but Bela Karolyi. I know they're the host nation, but... come on.

I don't mind them swapping out small children for some singing and dancing show (I think we all would have liked the other little girl, just for the record. She looks like a regular kid.), but if they're sneaking in underage kids to gymnastics, it sort of puts the whole Chinese Olympic squad under suspicion.

mcsteans said...

I am at the same time saddened and relieved that I missed the "This is how we roll in the US!" comment.

Steanso said...

I can't believe the Chinese snuck underage girls into the Olympics. We should probably nuke them.

The League said...

There is no greater travesty man can commit to man than being dishonest in Olympic gymnastic competition. A nuclear strike seem like its letting them off a little light, if you ask me.

Dug said...

It was an educational experience watching the Olympics in Canada last week (on "CBC"). The Canadians... didn't do very well, and I think the commentators said "This is not his/her strongest event" every 10 minutes or so.

Every post-event interview with the Canadians seemed to start with the equivalent of "What do you think happened out there?" followed by "Some say you have plateaued, how do you respond to that?"

At first we were cheering for the Canadians as the underdogs, but partly because of the TV overage we eventually just started making fun of it all with our own interview questions, etc. "So, explain your failure out there." "Wow, that really wasn't very good." "What event were *you* doing?" "Did you know the judges were watching?"

kristen said...

Dang it! We missed Props to JC too, being caught up in the onslaught of fail that is Canadian Olympic coverage. They kept tempting us with images of ponies - ahem, equestrian events (interestingly, Canadians have done well at these events in the past. Can't show that, it could ruin our theme!) Then they would show the horror of Canadian defeat in a sport that was infinitely more lame. We did see a good false start in one of the track events, however.

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