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  1. I guess I'm curious how this reporter is incorrect. I just googled it and there are pictures all over the place of the facilities in Athens today and his description seems accurate (although I couldn't find any gypsys outside the stadium.
  2. And your response to Bolt's showmanship (chastised by Rogge) and the Brazilians disrespect during our anthem was?
  3. I would like change my #5 choice. That was stupid. Bryan Clay, winning the decathlon and becoming the "World's Greatest Athlete" as well as the Mens Basketball Team showing some class for a change I put in that position.
  4. Let me comment on that. Until now, I DESPISED Kobe as well as most of the members of the Redeem Team. My opinion has been changed. This is the most cohesive team since 1984 with Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Shaq, etc. They went out and watched other events, they got involved in The Olympics and they carried off these games with class. Gentlemen - you did us proud.
  5. Great. I have Mastercard and American Express. It is going to be Atlanta all over again.
  6. I think the lesson of these games, despite us being at the top of the medal total, is that attention needs to be payed to what in North America are obscure sports. The Chinese pulled in the majority of their medals in areas that are not big in North America. Athletes in the martial arts, pin pong, badmitton, etc. need to be recognized as well and given the same attention that the T&F and swimming athletes get.
  7. I support them as well. It was one of the biggest egregious examples of questionable judging in the history of the Olympics. That gold was theirs. Anyone who says otherwise is re-writing history. However, I do not approve of them not showing up for the medal ceremony. Pillan - The Swedish athlete made himself look like a jack ass on the podium. I just call it as I see it.
  8. See what I said in my earlier post about this and pull your undies out of your crack:
  9. About what I expected. As I said earlier I always wondered what it would have been like to attend the Berlin and Moscow games. And now I know. Technically well-run. No mad priests charging runners on the Marathon course or radio personalities breaching security to stand in a tu tu at the top of the diving platforms in these games. From that standpoint these games were probably the best. Opening ceremonies were good, although the stories of fakery and what some of the performers had to endure prior to them starting kind of dampens them. The lighting of the cauldron I would put in the top 5 of my personal favs. Competitions were great but there was a lot of sketchy judging in several of the sports. I personally haven't seen such judging since '76. There has been such judging since then but those instances were more isolated. In Bejing it seemed more widespread. I do not buy for a minute that all of the Chinese gymnasts were of age. A new form of cheating appears to have come out of these games, in addition to doping. All in all, very well executed, very well done. But I just didn't get the spirit or the fun vibe I got with Atlanta and Sydney. At this point, with the SOG's I have personally seen I say (1) Los Angeles (2) Sydney (3) Barcelona (4) Bejing
  10. 5 - the Cuban drop kicking the ref. Priceless 4 - Carol Huynh winning gold. Every Olympics there is some Canadian that is endearing - 3 - Dara Torres - an inspiration to people who are close to the same age as she is 2 - Bolt - amazing 1 - Michael Phelps. What more needs to be said
  11. They are not just kind words. I honestly believe it. This years NZ team is very impressive. Congrats!
  12. I have to say - I am very impressed with NZ! 9 medals thus far for a country so small is highly impressive. I still think that someday, a Kiwi is going to break out and surprise the whole world in swimming.
  13. I prefer mine peeled, thanks. And the smaller prawns - the bigger ones freak me out! Perhaps my earlier post didn't post correctly. You see, I see Australia and us essentially being the same except for the unfortunate habit we seem to have of getting involved in or starting wars. And bossing people about *sigh* So I am your biggest fan. Your post put things in perspective - especially with the Melbourne analogy. So congrats!
  14. Fantastic news! I am sorry I have not dropped into the German virtual hospitality room before now. I have been a little busy with work and when I get home, I seems to be addressing U.S. issues, trying to make those pesky Brits understand how we really count the medal tally (just kidding!) and watching the games coverage at the same time! I love watching Germany in the Olympics now. As you know, I am from a different era of these games. But the performance of Germany in these games is second to none. So here is raising a big glass of brewskie to you and congratulating you on just being Germany - and doing a great job. *clink*
  15. O.K. - you asked first so you get first dibs (after Ice) at making this your signature after the Olympics are over.
  16. WOOT! Congrats! Now where are those shrimp I came in here for????? Aussies - what the hell is going on here? You are supposed to beat the US in several swimming competitions? I thought it was understood that Aussies always took swimming medals and the US T&F medals. The stars are no aligned in these Olympics!
  17. This whole thing as to whose medal count is what is stupid. I am thrilled at GB's finish (even tho it as the expense of my fav country Australia) Bravo!
  18. You know, I have never given Sweden much thought because - well, they were always like Canada, Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Germany, Italy, etc. - they were just there and class acts. You and your athlete have brought Sweden's stature down. I do not take well to people who bring down the Olympic principals. In my country or anyone else's. I would like to thank you, however, because up until now, I thought that Juan Carlos and Tommy Smith's display in Mexico City and the US Basketball Team's display in Munich were the worst displays of athletic good-will I have ever seen. Sweden will now go down in history. In fact, you have overshadowed the Cuban kicking the referee in martial arts in this Olympics. Thus endeth the lesson.
  19. I was joking about St. Louis. It was rather one-sided. So the end of the surge is in sight. As of 3:00 p.m. pt, we are at 107 medals for these games, 5 better than Athens. Looks like we will be still be in first place in the medal standings when all is said and done as the Chinese are now 11 behind us.
  20. Another Jack Ass along with that Swede on the medal platform. However, I love it! I can think of a few referees I would have loved to have done that to when I played basketball in high school.
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