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2012-08-12 08:13:16 AM
USA also has a wrestler that earlier today advanced to the gold medal match against Ukraine later today.
 
2012-08-12 08:19:34 AM
CTV used a curling guy to call the marathon this morning. Most. low. key. call.... ever.
 
2012-08-12 08:21:10 AM
The marathon was a good race. US takes 4th, Meb deserved that one. It's a good way to finish his final Olympics.

Kiprotich made a hell of a move during the 24th mile, very very well run race, tactically.
 
2012-08-12 08:26:41 AM

SirGeorgeBurkelwitzIII: The marathon was a good race. US takes 4th, Meb deserved that one. It's a good way to finish his final Olympics.

Kiprotich made a hell of a move during the 24th mile, very very well run race, tactically.


gee thanks ugh
 
2012-08-12 08:39:46 AM
This offroad cycling looks incredibly dangerous.
 
2012-08-12 08:40:37 AM

Waldo Pepper: gee thanks ugh


As it's been over for 20 min at least it's not exactly a spoiler. If you aren't going to watch until NBC crawls out of bed & gets it's act together then coming into a thread talking about the current races/events is kind of a dumb thing to do.

That was a sweet move that Kiprotich made, behind by a few meters & then coming out of the blind turn in the lead. I was worried for him a couple of km before when he was grabbing at his thigh.

Mongolia going for a gold medal right now, who woulda thunk it?
 
2012-08-12 08:44:02 AM

Scruffinator: This offroad cycling looks incredibly dangerous.


Looks that way to me, too, but the CTV commentators mentioned before the race that this course wasn't as difficult as many would have expected for an Olympics.
 
2012-08-12 08:45:26 AM

Recoil Therapy: As it's been over for 20 min at least it's not exactly a spoiler. If you aren't going to watch until NBC crawls out of bed & gets it's act together then coming into a thread talking about the current races/events is kind of a dumb thing to do.


In this case, NBC was also showing it live...at least on the Chicago affiliate.
 
2012-08-12 08:45:48 AM

good_2_go: Scruffinator: This offroad cycling looks incredibly dangerous.

Looks that way to me, too, but the CTV commentators mentioned before the race that this course wasn't as difficult as many would have expected for an Olympics.


Yeah I'm sure it could be worse, but still.
 
2012-08-12 08:50:59 AM

TheMatchHare: In this case, NBC was also showing it live...at least on the Chicago affiliate.


Ah, in that case my bad. They've been tape delayed so much the past couple of weeks that I've just started watching the BBC online instead.

London did the runners well though, it looked like the entire course was really crowded with spectators.
 
2012-08-12 08:52:19 AM
They're interviewing Boudia right now on NBC. That's nice and all, but aren't there any live events right now or something?
 
2012-08-12 08:54:45 AM
I hope NBC breaks out Roundball Rock for today's game.
 
2012-08-12 08:55:08 AM

Recoil Therapy: TheMatchHare: In this case, NBC was also showing it live...at least on the Chicago affiliate.

Ah, in that case my bad. They've been tape delayed so much the past couple of weeks that I've just started watching the BBC online instead.

London did the runners well though, it looked like the entire course was really crowded with spectators.


Given NBC's typical coverage, it's an easy assumption to make.

While I did kind of wish the end had been an entrance to Olympic Stadium for tradition's sake, the whole course seemed to be well thought out and, as you said, the crowd support was really good. One of the better marathons I've watched sitting on my ass at home :)
 
2012-08-12 08:58:02 AM

TheMatchHare: Recoil Therapy: TheMatchHare: In this case, NBC was also showing it live...at least on the Chicago affiliate.

Ah, in that case my bad. They've been tape delayed so much the past couple of weeks that I've just started watching the BBC online instead.

London did the runners well though, it looked like the entire course was really crowded with spectators.

Given NBC's typical coverage, it's an easy assumption to make.

While I did kind of wish the end had been an entrance to Olympic Stadium for tradition's sake, the whole course seemed to be well thought out and, as you said, the crowd support was really good. One of the better marathons I've watched sitting on my ass at home :)


Why not make the finish in the stadium? I thought that's how it's always been done. There must be a good reason for it but I have no idea.
 
2012-08-12 09:00:37 AM
Ah, more celebration of Title IX on NBC broadcast. Am I the only one who wonders if that law harmed potential male Olympians?
 
2012-08-12 09:04:56 AM

Wolfmanjames: Ah, more celebration of Title IX on NBC broadcast. Am I the only one who wonders if that law harmed potential male Olympians?


As I don't wonder, no. I don't care how the law is actually written, in practice it totally farks the people it doesn't protect. Just like Affirmative Action. Can't wait til that one gets an anniversary treatment like Title IX has.
 
2012-08-12 09:07:47 AM

Gobobo: Why not make the finish in the stadium? I thought that's how it's always been done. There must be a good reason for it but I have no idea.

The organisers wanted the race in central London with plenty of landmarks for the runners to pass. It also gives a reasonably compact course, which means less road closures. Ending in the stadium would either mean a compact course out east which is less photogenic, or a long stretch from central to east which would close more roads. I think it worked. Nothing wrong with a finish on The Mall with plenty of spectators.
 
2012-08-12 09:08:30 AM
Oh, and fark me running, we're stuck with a tape delayed closing.
 
2012-08-12 09:13:05 AM

TheMatchHare: Recoil Therapy: As it's been over for 20 min at least it's not exactly a spoiler. If you aren't going to watch until NBC crawls out of bed & gets it's act together then coming into a thread talking about the current races/events is kind of a dumb thing to do.

In this case, NBC was also showing it live...at least on the Chicago affiliate.


Yeah, NBC showed it live, that's why I commented, I didn't think it was a spoiler... They aren't going to tape delay the 'thon.
 
2012-08-12 09:13:10 AM

FriarReb98: Oh, and fark me running, we're stuck with a tape delayed closing.


However,NBC will stream it live, uninterrupted (unlike the opening).

I'm watching rhythmic gymnastics on live stream, I totally love it. Some amazing stuff, and the gymnasts are women, not children.
 
2012-08-12 09:15:29 AM
I stayed up all night to watch every damned person finish.

The silver lining is that I now know that Bob Costas, who made a crack about Idi Amin at the Opening Ceremony, will now bear witness at the Closing Ceremony to the first playing of the Ugandan national anthem since Munich 1972. Suck it down, Costas.

Also? The last-place guy from Lesotho beat all three Ethiopians. The Ethiopian delegation failed to get anyone over the line.
 
2012-08-12 09:16:24 AM

Wolfmanjames: Ah, more celebration of Title IX on NBC broadcast. Am I the only one who wonders if that law harmed potential male Olympians?


I don't wonder at all, it's pretty much one of those things that everyone knows but never talks about. With colleges & universities getting rid of pretty much all male athletics except for the traditional money makers (football, basketball, etc) because of Title IX, I have no doubt that plenty of people that may have had the talent to compete in some of the lessor known/watched Olympic events never did because the support just isn't there.

Title IX can be a great thing on a personal level if you've got a reasonably athletic daughter as getting a scholarship to a school that wants to have a large male athletic program seems relatively easy (my neighbor has 3 daughters who each got a full ride to a state school for playing soccer (only one was really good)). For the country as a whole though.... no, just the usual PC nonsense that demanding something be equal makes it so.
 
2012-08-12 09:17:50 AM

jwrw: Gobobo: Why not make the finish in the stadium? I thought that's how it's always been done. There must be a good reason for it but I have no idea.
The organisers wanted the race in central London with plenty of landmarks for the runners to pass. It also gives a reasonably compact course, which means less road closures. Ending in the stadium would either mean a compact course out east which is less photogenic, or a long stretch from central to east which would close more roads. I think it worked. Nothing wrong with a finish on The Mall with plenty of spectators.


That makes perfect sense, what are you doing posting here??
 
2012-08-12 09:18:10 AM
HAHA, between rhythmic gymnastics routines, three people walk out on the floor and pick up stray sequins. I suppose they could interfere when they roll the balls around.

C'mon, people, tune in and watch this until the basketball game starts. It's amazing.
 
2012-08-12 09:18:44 AM
Anyone watch the 66kg wrestling semis?
Kumar looked a little bitey. Thoughts?
 
2012-08-12 09:18:48 AM

Earguy: However,NBC will stream it live, uninterrupted (unlike the opening).


With a bunch of unpredictable commercial breaks. Personally, I'm sticking with the Moldovan feed that I used in the Opening Ceremony. They yammer too, but they yammer in Moldovan so you can just pick through to the English, and their commercial breaks were scarce and brief.
 
2012-08-12 09:20:34 AM
I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.
 
2012-08-12 09:21:09 AM
Sappy Olympic spirit photo:
i.imgur.com
 
2012-08-12 09:21:31 AM

Earguy: FriarReb98: Oh, and fark me running, we're stuck with a tape delayed closing.

However,NBC will stream it live, uninterrupted (unlike the opening).

I'm watching rhythmic gymnastics on live stream, I totally love it. Some amazing stuff, and the gymnasts are women, not children.


Rhythmic gymnastics = Human Dressage = America's Got Talent
 
2012-08-12 09:21:47 AM

eyeq360: I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.


Buck up. It cannot possibly be more insane than Vancouver's Closing Ceremony. It can't. It's not physically possible.
 
2012-08-12 09:26:24 AM

eyeq360: I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.


I heard that The Who will be there too. Small consolation.


themeaningoflifeisnot: Rhythmic gymnastics = Human Dressage = America's Got Talent


t0.gstatic.com
NO! NO NO NO!!!!
 
2012-08-12 09:30:06 AM

Earguy: HAHA, between rhythmic gymnastics routines, three people walk out on the floor and pick up stray sequins. I suppose they could interfere when they roll the balls around.

C'mon, people, tune in and watch this until the basketball game starts. It's amazing.



I would, but I don't want to jinx the Israeli team.
 
2012-08-12 09:30:35 AM

Earguy: eyeq360: I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.

I heard that The Who will be there too. Small consolation.


themeaningoflifeisnot: Rhythmic gymnastics = Human Dressage = America's Got Talent


NO! NO NO NO!!!!


As long as Sir Paul McDouchebag doesn't scramble our eardrums again.

And sorry, but rhythmic gymnastics is dancing with tricks. Most of those "athletes" will probably go back to being band majorettes or dancing on some college spirit team.
 
2012-08-12 09:31:29 AM
Russia vs Brazil is damn interesting
 
2012-08-12 09:31:59 AM

eyeq360: I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.


Another sign that Simon's reign of terror is alive and well.

\just give me Brian May reprising his role from the Golden Jubilee and all will be forgiven
 
2012-08-12 09:33:04 AM

themeaningoflifeisnot: Earguy:

Rhythmic gymnastics = Human Dressage = America's Got Talent



Human dressage would be ponygirls... Er, not that I'd know anything about it...


I'll just slink away, not making eye contact. Will that be OK?
 
2012-08-12 09:33:39 AM

themeaningoflifeisnot: And sorry, but rhythmic gymnastics is dancing with tricks. Most of those "athletes" will probably go back to being band majorettes or dancing on some college spirit team.


Individual rhythmic gymnastics is good. Team rhythmic, well, you'd be better off having cheerleading on the program instead if that's the direction you want to go.
 
2012-08-12 09:35:44 AM

Earguy: I heard that The Who will be there too. Small consolation.


No, a Led Zeppelin reunion with Jason on drums would be consolation. A voice-blown-out Daltrey isn't.

\sorry, never been a Who fan, even before the debacle of Super Bowl XLIV
 
2012-08-12 09:37:42 AM

Gosling: themeaningoflifeisnot: And sorry, but rhythmic gymnastics is dancing with tricks. Most of those "athletes" will probably go back to being band majorettes or dancing on some college spirit team.

Individual rhythmic gymnastics is good. Team rhythmic, well, you'd be better off having cheerleading on the program instead if that's the direction you want to go.


Not saying the women aren't talented and beautiful and well choreographed. But it is in no way an athletic competition. Of course, neither are dressage and most of the shooting events, so I guess there's room for another non-athletic demonstration.
 
2012-08-12 09:37:49 AM
I just noticed: after all that Azerbaijan money that got thrown around, they walk away with just one bronze.
 
2012-08-12 09:37:51 AM

jwrw: Sappy Olympic spirit photo:
[i.imgur.com image 720x510]


ghey
 
2012-08-12 09:39:29 AM
I wouldn't be surprised if "Dream Team 2012" choked against Spain. -_-
 
2012-08-12 09:42:53 AM

FriarReb98: \just give me Brian May reprising his role from the Golden Jubilee and all will be forgiven


Apparently, he will be performing. Kate Bush is also rumoured, which would be incredible.

Captain Steroid: I wouldn't be surprised if "Dream Team 2012" choked against Spain. -_-


Once can only hope.
 
2012-08-12 09:43:40 AM

Captain Steroid: I wouldn't be surprised if "Dream Team 2012" choked against Spain. -_-


See, I wouldn't mind it, but that would make the Gasols gold medalists, which is just as bad.
 
2012-08-12 09:46:14 AM
Now that the olympics are almost over and there wont be NBC to throw feces at, what is the next target of FARK's army of whine?
 
2012-08-12 09:48:57 AM
I wonder what a foot race on the mountain bike course would be like.
 
2012-08-12 09:50:39 AM

FriarReb98: Earguy: I heard that The Who will be there too. Small consolation.

No, a Led Zeppelin reunion with Jason on drums would be consolation. A voice-blown-out Daltrey isn't.




Sadly, Plant blew out his voice decades before Daltry did. I saw the 02 Arena reunion.
 
2012-08-12 09:52:55 AM
Random non-Olympic basketball thoughts

4.bp.blogspot.com

Fark you

www.magicbasketballonline.com

Fark you

ksm913.files.wordpress.com

Fark you

sports-kings.com

Fark You
 
2012-08-12 09:52:55 AM

Gosling: eyeq360: I just heard on the news that the closing ceremony will feature One Direction and the Spice Girls as a celebration of British music.
My eardrums are weeping right now.
Buck up. It cannot possibly be more insane than Vancouver's Closing Ceremony. It can't. It's not physically possible.

That was a quirky one. Sure seeing Mounties and William Shatner was a potent combo, but it's not as bad as One Direction in any shape or form.
But how about Jackie Chan singing at the Beijing 2008 Olympics? That was an odd one.
 
2012-08-12 09:53:17 AM

mikaloyd: Now that the olympics are almost over and there wont be NBC to throw feces at, what is the next target of FARK's army of whine?


Dude, there's a Presidential election after this.
 
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