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2012-08-06 01:45:52 PM
This Japan / France game is great! Tons of chances at both ends.
 
2012-08-06 01:46:41 PM
and NBC is showing the men's canoeing, fun stuff to watch
 
2012-08-06 01:51:57 PM
I love how some people are complaining that a teenager on the gymnastics team is "only" going to get $3 million in endorsement deals
 
2012-08-06 01:52:27 PM

WhyteRaven74: and NBC is showing the men's canoeing, fun stuff to watch


I keep thinking Hiawatha
 
2012-08-06 01:53:23 PM

thisone: I keep thinking Hiawatha


+1 internet
 
2012-08-06 01:53:44 PM
What a finish to the France - Japan game....

/starting to look forward to a world cup final rematch.
 
2012-08-06 01:54:59 PM
Oh, hey, a combat sport with an Azeri in it. That will end well.
 
2012-08-06 01:57:57 PM
And an Algerian runner has been sent home for basically jogging in the 800m prelim yesterday.
 
2012-08-06 01:58:30 PM

WhyteRaven74: almost time for track and field


Dammit...I was hoping to get something done before the US/Canada match.

/Go USA!
//I can't say Canada without thinking of this
///link slashie
 
2012-08-06 01:58:46 PM

WhyteRaven74: And an Algerian runner has been sent home for basically jogging in the 800m prelim yesterday.




That's not fair...he still completed it faster than I could
 
2012-08-06 01:59:11 PM
Dammit, Coca-Cola, I do not need a 'Team USA Spotlight'. I have one. It's called NBC.
 
2012-08-06 02:01:14 PM

fruitloop: //I can't say Canada without thinking of this


Thanks! It's been way too long since I've seen that ad.

/you made me love you...
 
2012-08-06 02:01:51 PM

Timmy the Tumor: That's not fair...he still completed it faster than I could


Unless you can't cover more than 200 meters of an 800-meter race, you are incorrect. Because that's what he did: kinda jog for a bit, quit after 200 meters and strolled into the infield so he could start concentrating on the 1,500 meter event he actually wanted to be in but will now not get to be in.
 
2012-08-06 02:03:19 PM

fruitloop: WhyteRaven74: almost time for track and field

Dammit...I was hoping to get something done before the US/Canada match.


And it's women's pole vault too...fark.
 
2012-08-06 02:04:03 PM

JohnBigBootay: They're the best and all but I sort of reserve my olympics tv time for shiat I don't get to see for three years and 50 weeks


I don't otherwise get to see the talent on the men's team get to play on the same team, which is why I like it. I also probably enjoy it because so many idiots hate that they're playing (idiots who, by the way, didn't cry about how unfair it was when Brazil set the points record or when Korea beat Iraq by 100 or when American college kids beat Thailand by 100. Oh wait, it's a travesty when America wins by a lot and it proves that they shouldn't be allowed to play. But when a nation that's actually good at basketball (bronze in 2010 world championships) comes within five points? Proof that the Americans are lazy and take everything for granted.

It's fun to watch all these "worldly" people be so completely disrespectful to athletes simply because they play a sport that's actually popular outside of the Olympics.
 
2012-08-06 02:04:14 PM

Timmy the Tumor: That's not fair...he still completed it faster than I could


heh
 
2012-08-06 02:05:18 PM
Boyd of Australia pole vaulting like... well, me, really.
 
2012-08-06 02:08:17 PM

fruitloop: //I can't say Canada without thinking of this


I have never seen that before. Thank you.

/go canada! we're due!
 
2012-08-06 02:08:44 PM

Gosling: quit after 200 meters and strolled into the infield so he could start concentrating on the 1,500 meter event he actually wanted to be in but will now not get to be in.


And the thing is, if Algeria had another runner who met the A qualifying standard, he could've pulled out of the race and the other runner could've taken his place. I'm not sure if Algeria has such a runner, but if they do, he's probably a bit pissed off right now.
 
2012-08-06 02:10:26 PM
And in every Olympics before this one, where there was no Q qualifying standard for things like the 800 meters, Algeria could've entered any of their runners into race to replace Mr I Don't Want To Even Try.
 
2012-08-06 02:10:35 PM

IAmRight: It's fun to watch all these "worldly" people be so completely disrespectful to athletes simply because they play a sport that's actually popular outside of the Olympics.


Thing about that is, in those sports, the Olympics tend to not be considered the biggest prize in the sport, and the medal-contending athletes may have bigger goals on their minds, in a total departure from the Olympics' general reputation. They, in essence, are giving the Olympics less respect than other athletes. They are treated in kind.
 
2012-08-06 02:10:47 PM

IAmRight: It's fun to watch all these "worldly" people be so completely disrespectful to athletes simply because they play a sport that's actually popular outside of the Olympics.


I don't hate that they get to play it's just not interesting to me really. It used to be - I'm probably just old.

As an aside I wish track and field events had more of a regular post-college commercial presence in the US. I think I'd actually pay to watch that shiat and even go see it live.
 
2012-08-06 02:12:18 PM
Coming up in a few minutes, women's shot put
 
2012-08-06 02:13:43 PM
Interesting that only three women are going at the opening height in pole vault.
 
2012-08-06 02:14:41 PM
Finally, something interesting; I've been bored to death by boats and bikes and volleyball and tennis.
 
2012-08-06 02:16:11 PM

Gosling: Thing about that is, in those sports, the Olympics tend to not be considered the biggest prize in the sport, and the medal-contending athletes may have bigger goals on their minds, in a total departure from the Olympics' general reputation. They, in essence, are giving the Olympics less respect than other athletes. They are treated in kind.


That's well said and I think it's a really good point. I think the guys respect the olympics. I think it's important to them. But it's not the pinnacle of their sport. The pinnacle of their sport is a guaranteed NBA contract, and after that, being an all star, winning championships, etc. The pinnacle for everyone is getting paid. Olympic gold is the only way for lots of these people to get paid or be known by the world at large... which leads to getting paid. For the tennis guys, olympic gold is not the pinnacle. Same for NBA. Probably also true for the male soccer players.

For every track athlete, gymnast, swimmer, archer, wrestler, table tennis, etc. ad nauseum the olympics is the be-all, end-all competition and that's just not the way it is for nba players. Not their fault but it is true.
 
2012-08-06 02:17:16 PM

WhyteRaven74: Interesting that only three women are going at the opening height in pole vault.


Funny thing is, for some reason the X Games spoiled me on high jumps and clearing bars this year. You see a motorcycle clear a pole 47 goddamn feet high and drive away.... what now, you know?
 
2012-08-06 02:17:19 PM

I_Love_Cheesecake: Mr_Ectomy: fark you, China. You have enough medals, you whore!

[www.radaronline.com image 415x535]
No medal is too much or child too young for the glory of the motherland!


Friggin robots....
 
2012-08-06 02:19:11 PM

JohnBigBootay: For every track athlete, gymnast, swimmer, archer, wrestler, table tennis, etc. ad nauseum the olympics is the be-all, end-all competition and that's just not the way it is for nba players. Not their fault but it is true.


Not so much for the track athletes, the top ones make quite a lot in the sport. The top runners can be paid upwards of a quarter million, even more, just for showing up to a race. Then there's the prize money for winning. The Hungarian who won the hammer throw? He'll be getting offered a good $50,000 or so to show up at track meets with the hammer throw because if the promoters can say the Olympic champ is showing up it'll help sell tickets. Not that selling tickets to track meets in Europe is exactly hard.
 
2012-08-06 02:19:57 PM
The German shot putter is named Schwantz, and I'm giggling like a little kid.
 
2012-08-06 02:20:24 PM

Sin_City_Superhero: [resources0.news.com.au image 310x465]

Olympic gunt


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you needed a NSFLunch on that bad boy
 
2012-08-06 02:21:00 PM
I did not know that Kriss Akabusi held the British 400 m hurdles record. PUMP IT UP!
 
2012-08-06 02:21:49 PM

WhyteRaven74: Schwantz


tee hee
 
2012-08-06 02:22:15 PM

Siamese Bream: tee hee


Exactly.
 
2012-08-06 02:23:37 PM
Looks like Adams of New Zealand has a very good shot at the Olympic record in shot put.
 
2012-08-06 02:27:29 PM

WhyteRaven74: Not so much for the track athletes, the top ones make quite a lot in the sport. The top runners can be paid upwards of a quarter million, even more, just for showing up to a race. Then there's the prize money for winning. The Hungarian who won the hammer throw? He'll be getting offered a good $50,000 or so to show up at track meets with the hammer throw because if the promoters can say the Olympic champ is showing up it'll help sell tickets. Not that selling tickets to track meets in Europe is exactly hard.


But again, the Olympics are the biggest track meet there is, and it's treated as such. And that's the general point.

And look at hockey. The NHL players are looking to get paid, the Russian league players are getting paid, but they all still treat the Olympic hockey tournament as a big huge deal worthy of the strongest effort they've got, and that gets rewarded by the fans. Especially the Canada/US games. The basketball tournament is just 'We Americans can still kick everyone's ass, right? Cool. On to the NBA season.'

And then baseball saw the US team rely entirely on minor leaguers. Baseball is not an Olympic sport anymore.
 
2012-08-06 02:27:55 PM
I am intrigued by the rowing events, such as with the one-man canoes, etc.
First, is that on a slow-moving body of water or a long still pool of water?
Second, I don't recall seeing them in previous Olympics. Have they been televised at odd hours, or just ignored? (I concede I haven't watched all hours all the time at previous games.)

Oh, and third, why are there two kinds of volleyball in the Games? I think someone got paid off to include the second one, whichever the preferred one was ...
 
2012-08-06 02:30:19 PM

WhyteRaven74: Not so much for the track athletes, the top ones make quite a lot in the sport. The top runners can be paid upwards of a quarter million, even more, just for showing up to a race


Sure they can. But who makes the most? Those who have won Olympic gold. I'm not saying they are all poor, I'm just saying the fastest, best, surest way to reach the top of the profession is winning an olympic gold medal. and even the best at their discipline who are well compensated are viewed as slightly lacking because of the lack of olympic gold.
 
2012-08-06 02:30:50 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: First, is that on a slow-moving body of water or a long still pool of water?


What they're doing today is at a manmade facility, basically a manmade lake. It's where they had the rowing events last week. And it's been around in previous Olympics.
 
2012-08-06 02:30:55 PM

Gosling: They, in essence, are giving the Olympics less respect than other athletes. They are treated in kind.


Says someone who has seen people intentionally lose in badminton, half-ass their way through countless semis and qualifying rounds, watched people quit mid-race because they cared more about another race, etc. And somehow the basketball players are the ones that don't care. Right. Also, for the Americans, our players have pretty much nothing to gain and everything to lose by playing. Yet they still go and voluntarily take their personal time which they'd normally be able to use to rest up after a long season and before another long season...and travel halfway around the world to hopefully never have a bad game.

JohnBigBootay: I think I'd actually pay to watch that shiat and even go see it live.


I'm not even sure what you'd do with that, though. It would just be exhibitions. Hey look, the fastest guy was still the fastest guy! There's no matchups, there's no contrasting styles, there's no "this guy just seems to have some mental edge over this other guy." There's just "go out and do your best."
 
2012-08-06 02:31:15 PM
breasts seem to be quite the disadvantage in pole vault.
 
2012-08-06 02:32:03 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: I am intrigued by the rowing events, such as with the one-man canoes, etc.
First, is that on a slow-moving body of water or a long still pool of water?
Second, I don't recall seeing them in previous Olympics. Have they been televised at odd hours, or just ignored? (I concede I haven't watched all hours all the time at previous games.)


It's on an artificial lake.

The kayaking was definitely at Beijing, because I remember seeing it and thinking "huh, I had no idea".

Oh, and third, why are there two kinds of volleyball in the Games? I think someone got paid off to include the second one, whichever the preferred one was ...

Proper volleyball and bums-on-seats volleyball.
 
2012-08-06 02:32:05 PM

JohnBigBootay: and even the best at their discipline who are well compensated are viewed as slightly lacking because of the lack of olympic gold.


Not necessarily, depends on various factors.
 
2012-08-06 02:32:27 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: First, is that on a slow-moving body of water or a long still pool of water?
Second, I don't recall seeing them in previous Olympics. Have they been televised at odd hours, or just ignored? (I concede I haven't watched all hours all the time at previous games.)


Canoe/kayak is a second-half-of-the-Games event. This is about the part where everyone starts to show the first signs of getting Olympiced out, so the second-tier events of the first half, like rowing, fencing and judo, end up getting more prestige than the second-tier events of the second half, like wrestling, taekwondo and canoe/kayak.
 
2012-08-06 02:32:54 PM

4NSpy: breasts seem to be quite the disadvantage in pole vault.


something something breasts something advantage something vaulting my pole something something
 
2012-08-06 02:33:08 PM

IAmRight: There's just "go out and do your best."


That's all there is in sports. Doesn't matter which one.
 
2012-08-06 02:33:16 PM

IAmRight: Says someone who has seen people intentionally lose in badminton, half-ass their way through countless semis and qualifying rounds, watched people quit mid-race because they cared more about another race, etc.


And those people were treated with the respect they deserved. Your point?
 
2012-08-06 02:34:05 PM

IAmRight: I'm not even sure what you'd do with that, though. It would just be exhibitions. Hey look, the fastest guy was still the fastest guy! There's no matchups, there's no contrasting styles, there's no "this guy just seems to have some mental edge over this other guy." There's just "go out and do your best."


What the hell is wrong with that? If the 'exhibition' is seeing some of the best in the world jump hurdles and pole vault and run the 10k meters, etc. then I am totally cool with that. Watching great athletes is fun.
 
2012-08-06 02:34:07 PM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Oh, and third, why are there two kinds of volleyball in the Games? I think someone got paid off to include the second one, whichever the preferred one was ...


Because they're two completely different sports?

It's like saying that tennis and table tennis are two different types of tennis.
 
2012-08-06 02:35:01 PM

fruitloop: sauce


I saw that commercial. Hoooooly crap. I wonder if they'll use that same commercial for different products.
 
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