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2012-07-22 06:14:32 AM  

BizarreMan: ox45tallboy: FTFA: Ticket-holders for the Games were sent an email last week pointing them to a website with a list of banned items. These include liquids in containers greater than 100ml, alcohol, placards, laser pointers, pets, fireworks and vuvuzelas.

Okay, so someone on the Olympic Committee has at least half a brain.

This!


They just got a pass from me on all the rest.
 
2012-07-22 06:49:10 AM  
RIP Society

Killed by the corporation
 
2012-07-22 07:06:09 AM  

Norfolking Chance: So Coke, Addidas, McDonalds etc pay the best part of a billion pounds to sponsor the Olympics but some jackass in a marketing firm wants to be "cool" and "edgy" and try to pull some cheap ass shiat to get their brand on tv.

You want in on the Olympics then stump up the cash smegheads so less of my money will be spent on it.


Hey! What do you mean that me and my 15 really close friends that I just met last week at the audition can't wear our Pepsi branded t-shirts as we sit together in the first 3 rows right in front of the hard camera at the beach volleyball game? Free speech!
 
2012-07-22 08:11:27 AM  
Ravage the land as never before. Total destruction from mountain to shore!
 
2012-07-22 09:23:00 AM  

wingnut396: WhyteRaven74: Another Government Employee: They don't give a flying fark about any God Damned thing but the cash.

except the Olympics aren't particularly good about finishing in the black.

Eh, that is just the municipalities and other dupes, er public agencies that host it who get fleeced. The folks actually sitting on the commitee do fine, and that is what really matters.


Amen. (Lives in Atlanta)
 
2012-07-22 10:45:43 AM  
Just the fact this was on the table makes me even less interested in the Olympics.
 
2012-07-22 10:46:16 AM  

Great Janitor: Okay, I'll make you a deal, I won't wear anything offensive, but dammit, if I wear the shirt of the rival company of the company sponsoring the event, it's going to take the orders of a judge to get me to remove it before entering your building. Ban me for wearing it? Either refund my ticket money or Facebook, Twitter and an email to every news company in the area about what happened will proceed, plus I will get into contact with the sponsoring company and it's rival. When finished, you'll wish you had not banned me. Especially if I get a sleazy lawyer into the mix who agrees with me that it's a violation of my right to free speech (which is lawyer speak for: "You have deep pockets").


What could get real interesting about the London Olympics is that they're the first games where almost every person going has a phone capable of broadcasting video. The transport delays, problems at the games, it's all going to go right up on YouTube and Twitter

The games are going down the toilet anyway. Athletics is all that really matters, and the support for it is way down, probably because it became less competitive after all the old communist academies closed down. I can name 3 British athletes. I could have named 10 back in 1984, and I only know those 3 because the Olympics is being rammed down our throats every day (and honestly, the 10,000 metres is like watching farking paint dry).
 
2012-07-22 12:27:02 PM  

RoxtarRyan: Cause when I think of people who are in good athletic shape, I think of McD's and Coke.

/ this comment brought to you in part by Gatorade and Powerbar


I was watching the US track and field trials and every break had an ad for toaster waffles now with maple syrup built in!
 
2012-07-22 12:34:42 PM  

seelorq: TommyymmoT: The Puppy Bowl should have an olympic edition.
Though a week long Puppy Bowl might be a bit much.

+1.

Maybe they could couple it with some agility contests using some trained little f...barkers?

I've lost much interest in the televised Olympics since they started focusing only on the top talent and began systematically ignoring the participants from little countries who came only to compete. When I was a kid, simply getting there was the prize. Seeing how many tried made the medalists even more respected. Now, those not in contention are just ignored. Sad.


Anthony Nesty's gold for Suriname was the greatest moment of the '88 Olympics.
 
2012-07-22 12:45:27 PM  

LarryDan43: Do you realize how many bribes and backroom deals it takes to land an Olympics? Mayor Daley couldn't even get it done.

[cdn.breitbart.com image 475x356]


No, that is not exactly true. Daley had it in the bag, but then Blagojavich had to go and put Illinois corruption on the front farking page which scared the IOC. But hey that Olympics is going to Rio which should be a fabulous time.
 
2012-07-22 12:46:32 PM  

seelorq: TommyymmoT: The Puppy Bowl should have an olympic edition.
Though a week long Puppy Bowl might be a bit much.

+1.

Maybe they could couple it with some agility contests using some trained little f...barkers?

I've lost much interest in the televised Olympics since they started focusing only on the top talent and began systematically ignoring the participants from little countries who came only to compete. When I was a kid, simply getting there was the prize. Seeing how many tried made the medalists even more respected. Now, those not in contention are just ignored. Sad.


I still like the Olympics, but I wish they would go back to banning professionals.
 
2012-07-22 01:36:57 PM  

AliceBToklasLives: TheOmni: The more I hear and learn about the Olympics the more terrible it sounds.

I've lost the little interest I had.


Yep. I can't wait to listen to Comcast's wails and laments when no one bothers to watch it.

Thank UK right-wingers for actually selling the Olympics to their corporate masters. You're getting a taste of what we're going to see here, very soon.
 
2012-07-22 01:38:43 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: seelorq: TommyymmoT: The Puppy Bowl should have an olympic edition.
Though a week long Puppy Bowl might be a bit much.

+1.

Maybe they could couple it with some agility contests using some trained little f...barkers?

I've lost much interest in the televised Olympics since they started focusing only on the top talent and began systematically ignoring the participants from little countries who came only to compete. When I was a kid, simply getting there was the prize. Seeing how many tried made the medalists even more respected. Now, those not in contention are just ignored. Sad.

I still like the Olympics, but I wish they would go back to banning professionals.


This, emphatically. I was ashamed when we forced the "Dream Team" on the rest of the world. More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

Soon, the Olympics will only contain professionals, and only those who could afford to take time away from their sport because of their corporate sponsors.
 
2012-07-22 01:59:20 PM  

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2012-07-22 04:32:58 PM  
Erm ... while Lord Coe did say that, he was immediately contradicted by the people who are actually responsible for enforcing those rules:

Only large groups of spectators wearing "visibly branded" clothing are at risk of being banned from Olympic venues, 2012 organisers have said. -- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18922964

So, not sorry subby, wrong.

/ Old news is so exciting
// Facts - how do they work
/// Troll-tastic work, subby
 
2012-07-22 04:38:32 PM  

FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.


What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?
 
2012-07-22 05:19:57 PM  

gwowen: Erm ... while Lord Coe did say that, he was immediately contradicted by the people who are actually responsible for enforcing those rules:

Only large groups of spectators wearing "visibly branded" clothing are at risk of being banned from Olympic venues, 2012 organisers have said. -- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18922964

So, not sorry subby, wrong.

/ Old news is so exciting
// Facts - how do they work
/// Troll-tastic work, subby


The original un updated article wouldnt work. The article that did does have an update saying what you just did. It was posted yesterday. And the fact that someone had the gall to say this shows exactl who is in charge of the olympics and why we should be pissed off.
 
2012-07-22 05:43:13 PM  

FormlessOne: I still like the Olympics, but I wish they would go back to banning professionals.

This, emphatically. I was ashamed when we forced the "Dream Team" on the rest of the world. More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.


To be honest, though, professionalism started years earlier, it was just covert. A lot of British athletes had jobs (like in the army) that didn't actually involve much drilling and rifle practice - they just trained all day. Same with the old East Germany.

Amateur sport isn't even supposed to extend to that. It's about you going to work and then picking up your sport after work or on the weekend. A lot of that is about a fair playing field.

And when you have that sort of professionalism, you kill some of the romance and drama of sport. There won't really be any surprises in the Olympics this year, except which athletes get caught with EPO in their blood.
 
2012-07-22 05:50:16 PM  

WhyteRaven74: TommyymmoT: And then there's how the US treats the Paralympics. Which is actually a bigger issue.


What happened with the Paralympics?

/curious
 
2012-07-22 06:14:43 PM  

gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?



Some still have some limits, such as soccer who only allows 3 over aged 23 players.

The rules for allowing professionals is very new. Before it was college aged kids who weren't allowed to compete if they turned professional.
 
2012-07-22 06:22:25 PM  

ox45tallboy: FTFA: Ticket-holders for the Games were sent an email last week pointing them to a website with a list of banned items. These include liquids in containers greater than 100ml, alcohol, placards, laser pointers, pets, fireworks and vuvuzelas.


They're not allowing women in ?
 
2012-07-22 07:12:23 PM  
Pepsi presents New Zanzibar
 
2012-07-22 07:51:06 PM  

TheOmni: The more I hear and learn about the Olympics the more terrible it sounds.


I'm not watching another minute of them. i quit years ago when you either had professional athletes pretending to be amateurs while doping their asses up or you had Eddie The Eagle Edwards who, while closer to the Olympic ideal, was an embarrassment.
 
2012-07-22 11:35:45 PM  

gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?


Well, let's see. First, we have boxing - the AIBA has changed its rules to allow some professionals to box in Rio. Basically, any boxer eligible for the APB series is, by definition, eligible for the next Olympics, and AIBA will be evaluating & allowing professionals to become eligible for the APB series.

Then we have ice hockey. Again, the NHL is mulling over whether professional players should be considered for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

These are just two sports that pop to mind - there's been efforts to allow professionals in other Olympic sports, as well. We opened a door in '92 that we just can't shut.
 
2012-07-22 11:45:05 PM  

intelligent comment below: gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?


Some still have some limits, such as soccer who only allows 3 over aged 23 players.

The rules for allowing professionals is very new. Before it was college aged kids who weren't allowed to compete if they turned professional.


Yep. The push started in the 80's, when television & sponsors pushed their demands for exposure & ratings, and let's face it, you couldn't sell amateur athletes. You could sell professionals - they already had a built-in fan base and could be more easily marketed. Various countries complained about the technicalities associated with "amateur" versus "professional." However, it didn't really fall apart until 1992.

We did this, 20 years ago, just so we could brag about the "Dream Team." We couldn't field a competitive men's basketball team using only amateur players, because our best & brightest were going professional pretty much right out of school. We used our clout, combined with pressures supplied by both national & international sports organizations, to finally turn the Olympics from a representative ideal into a fully-marketed corporate franchise.

Now, the corporations call the shots for the Olympics - and not just for the athletes any more. The corporations get to tell the fans what to eat, how to dress, and where to go, and the IOC has enormous leverage within the host country.
 
2012-07-23 01:10:49 AM  

FormlessOne: gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?

Well, let's see. First, we have boxing - the AIBA has changed its rules to allow some professionals to box in Rio. Basically, any boxer eligible for the APB series is, by definition, eligible for the next Olympics, and AIBA will be evaluating & allowing professionals to become eligible for the APB series.

Then we have ice hockey. Again, the NHL is mulling over whether professional players should be considered for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

These are just two sports that pop to mind - there's been efforts to allow professionals in other Olympic sports, as well. We opened a door in '92 that we just can't shut.


Didn't Malkin or Ovey basically tell the NHL to F off and that no matter what the suspension, he was playing in the Russian games?
 
2012-07-23 01:32:07 AM  

FormlessOne: Then we have ice hockey. Again, the NHL is mulling over whether professional players should be considered for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.


Right. So, when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in Vancouver, he did so as an amateur? Or are you saying that your evidence that other sports want to start sending pros to the Olympics is that the NHL is considering whether to stop sending its pros to the Olympics. You're aware that's totally the opposite of what you said was happening, right?

Boxing, as far as I can tell, is the only sport that qualifies, and professional boxing and amateur boxing are worlds apart in set-up. And there's no evidence that pro boxers want to go to the Olympics, or that the Olympic Boxing movement want to turn pro.

In other words, you don't know what you're talking about.
 
2012-07-23 07:55:36 AM  

FormlessOne: intelligent comment below: gwowen: FormlessOne: More sports are now agitating for professional players to be allowed, now that we've opened that door.

What? Are there *any* sports for which
i) sport is represented at the Olympics
ii) professional players exist
iii) said professional players are ineligible to compete at the Olympics?

Which sports are they?


Some still have some limits, such as soccer who only allows 3 over aged 23 players.

The rules for allowing professionals is very new. Before it was college aged kids who weren't allowed to compete if they turned professional.

Yep. The push started in the 80's, when television & sponsors pushed their demands for exposure & ratings, and let's face it, you couldn't sell amateur athletes. You could sell professionals - they already had a built-in fan base and could be more easily marketed. Various countries complained about the technicalities associated with "amateur" versus "professional." However, it didn't really fall apart until 1992.

We did this, 20 years ago, just so we could brag about the "Dream Team." We couldn't field a competitive men's basketball team using only amateur players, because our best & brightest were going professional pretty much right out of school. We used our clout, combined with pressures supplied by both national & international sports organizations, to finally turn the Olympics from a representative ideal into a fully-marketed corporate franchise.

Now, the corporations call the shots for the Olympics - and not just for the athletes any more. The corporations get to tell the fans what to eat, how to dress, and where to go, and the IOC has enormous leverage within the host country.


So, what exactly is the argument that the Olympics should NOT be the best athletes in the world competing against each other? But instead, the best of the 2nd tier of athletes.
 
2012-07-23 09:46:26 AM  

gwowen: FormlessOne: Then we have ice hockey. Again, the NHL is mulling over whether professional players should be considered for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

Right. So, when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in Vancouver, he did so as an amateur? Or are you saying that your evidence that other sports want to start sending pros to the Olympics is that the NHL is considering whether to stop sending its pros to the Olympics. You're aware that's totally the opposite of what you said was happening, right?

Boxing, as far as I can tell, is the only sport that qualifies, and professional boxing and amateur boxing are worlds apart in set-up. And there's no evidence that pro boxers want to go to the Olympics, or that the Olympic Boxing movement want to turn pro.

In other words, you don't know what you're talking about.


Didn't read the links, did you?
 
2012-07-23 09:47:39 AM  

gwowen: FormlessOne: Then we have ice hockey. Again, the NHL is mulling over whether professional players should be considered for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia.

Right. So, when Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in Vancouver, he did so as an amateur? Or are you saying that your evidence that other sports want to start sending pros to the Olympics is that the NHL is considering whether to stop sending its pros to the Olympics. You're aware that's totally the opposite of what you said was happening, right?

Boxing, as far as I can tell, is the only sport that qualifies, and professional boxing and amateur boxing are worlds apart in set-up. And there's no evidence that pro boxers want to go to the Olympics, or that the Olympic Boxing movement want to turn pro.

In other words, you don't know what you're talking about.


So, when I actually give you two sports (you did ask, after all) that do, in fact, answer your question, and you acknowledge that one link is obviously correct and that you didn't read the other link, you then accuse me of not knowing what I'm talking about? Really?

You're an idiot.
 
2012-07-23 12:36:28 PM  
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2012-07-23 12:58:44 PM  

FormlessOne: So, when I actually give you two sports (you did ask, after all) that do, in fact, answer your question


Read the links. Ice Hockey does not fulfill the criteria. Professional players are eligible to play. Professional players have been eligible to play for some time. There are no plans for the IOC to make them ineligiible. The NHL may (and your evidence for this is thin) choose not to let their employees play, but
i) that's a matter for the NHL alone - who are not the world's only professional hockey league
ii) THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAID WAS HAPPENING.

So you score one for Boxing. And minus one for Hockey, because the NHL are considering doing THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT YOU SAID WAS HAPPENING. Fewer professionals not more professionals.

You're an idiot.
 
2012-07-23 04:07:28 PM  

TheManofPA: Luckily, they did override his comments. The McD's and Coke things with merchandise wouldn't be as bad, but man, could you imagine if you could wear only Adidas gear. Most of the populous wouldn't have been allowed in by wearing anything Nike and Reebok sports related (like most jerseys/hats).


Reebok is owned by adidas, so I reckon that would be ok.
 
2012-07-24 09:57:31 AM  
The greatest promotion they've had was when McDonalds would put the little peel-away ticket on the fries, and on it you would get a country and an event.

Bronze medal got you a soda, Silver medal got you fries, Gold Medal? Big Mac baby.

That was the last time I cared, but unfortunately, not the last time I ate McDonalds.
 
2012-07-24 06:32:12 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Another Government Employee: They don't give a flying fark about any God Damned thing but the cash.

except the Olympics aren't particularly good about finishing in the black.


Maybe they could end up in the black if they stop going to places where they have to build all the facilities. Aren't there enough stadiums in the world by now?
 
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