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FlyinKIng
August 7th, 2008, 03:49 PM
I'm not into the Summer games at all. I watch much more olympics when its the Winter games. The only game I'll probable watch is mens b-ball. Anybody else feel this way....


Decent article from LA Times about this..

The Olympics: Pro or con? - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/olympics/la-sp-olydwyre7-2008aug07,0,7462127.column?track=rss)

Joe Nathan
August 7th, 2008, 03:54 PM
I agree I like the Basketball and swimming. I like the excitement of the winter games...

mitchrock
August 7th, 2008, 03:54 PM
I like the opening and losing ceremonies. Otherwise, I usually wait for the Winter Olympics.

job
August 7th, 2008, 03:57 PM
Winter olympics for me.

Watti
August 7th, 2008, 04:03 PM
I prefer the Winter Olympics by far, which I think will likely be the standard around these parts.

But I won't say I have no interest in the Summer Olympics...

:think:

...actually, yeah I will. No, I'm not interested.

crAss
August 7th, 2008, 04:10 PM
I am a much bigger fan of Winter Olympics too. Haven't really followed the Summer Games in a long time.

UnderTheGUN
August 7th, 2008, 04:35 PM
The only thing I care about in the summer Olympics is that my wife will watch the opening ceremonies which are boring as hell. Other than that, they will not be on in my house because THEY SUCK.

FishMonger
August 7th, 2008, 04:45 PM
The answer is simple: No.

Dr. Naysay
August 7th, 2008, 04:51 PM
I'm only interested in the basketball because the ghoul in me kind of wants to see the meltdown if Team USA flops.

Other than that I've always thought the Olympics were a complete crock... but I'll probably skim through and catch a few events out of a combination of boredom, idle curiosity and inebriation.

USA! USA! USA!

KingsFan19
August 7th, 2008, 04:53 PM
I used to follow the Summer Games fairly closely but not near as close as the Winter Games. I guess I have lost some of the interest that I used to have in "The Games". I probably won't watch much of the olympics this year. I dislike basketball so I guess I'll find something else to watch or do during the games.

I just want the **** hockey season to start. I am tiired of waiting. There are no distractions that will help now.

Unruely35
August 7th, 2008, 05:04 PM
I'll be playing imaginary puma while watching mens swimming.

anything else is a waste of time.

FlyinKIng
August 7th, 2008, 05:17 PM
I'll be playing imaginary puma while watching mens swimming.

anything else is a waste of time.

Yeah, I'd like to see Phelps win it all.

ASUcruz
August 7th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Yes, basketball, swimming, track and field(mostly the track), boxing, baseball, soccer, and to a lesser extent wrestling all interest me.

Annapurna
August 7th, 2008, 05:56 PM
I used to like watching track, gymnastics and swimming, but I have no desire to watch this year.

Mr. Irreverent
August 7th, 2008, 06:01 PM
Boxing, soccer, and synchronized swimming.

SuxBeingU
August 7th, 2008, 07:10 PM
I woke up at 2AM to watch the Mens soccer game today I find the summer games far more intesting. I guess that come from not doing any winter sports

ASUcruz
August 7th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Anybody know what time the opening ceremonies are?

Trapper9
August 7th, 2008, 09:00 PM
nope. used to like Boxing but not really anymore. Only Hockey and Baseball will I follow.

Cross Traffic
August 7th, 2008, 09:21 PM
I don't believe anyone in the US is getting the opening ceremony live....it will be on tape delay at 7:30pm local time on the 8th.

I prefer watching sports we rarely see in the US like handball, field hockey, judo, etc.

FlyinKIng
August 7th, 2008, 10:17 PM
Yeah it is taped delayed, big time!

dl_king_11
August 7th, 2008, 10:48 PM
The only thing interesting in the Winter Olympics is hockey. I'm far more interested in seeing who is the fastest human being (100m and 200m, etc) than watching [I]curling[/] I can't wait.

Unruely35
August 7th, 2008, 11:47 PM
Since Tyson Gay is injured there is no competition in the 100m or 200m. Its gonna be Usain Bolt FTW unless he gets injured then its kinda up in the air.

The only reason to watch those events will be to see if Bolt pulls a Derek Redmond*. (Not that I hope he does, mind you... but thats the only way he's gonna lose the 100m.)





*Confess... how many of you had to google Derek Redmond??

HattrickTR
August 7th, 2008, 11:59 PM
The only reason to watch those events will be to see if Bolt pulls a Derek Redmond*. (Not that I hope he does, mind you... but thats the only way he's gonna lose the 100m.)





*Confess... how many of you had to google Derek Redmond??

Not I, because Visa Olympic commercials are highly informative.

But I'm interested in the summer games, especially the track, soccer, baseball, and basketball.

Unruely35
August 8th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Yeah, they say "...but he finished" when in reality he was disqualified because his dad helped him. His official place is DNF. So according to the IOC, Visa is Wrong. Dramatic license... even in a commercial.

IceDogsFan
August 8th, 2008, 09:19 AM
I'll watch Swimming & Track only.

I loathe Selfishball (basketball) and I hope against all hope the mens team goes down in flames.

FlyinKIng
August 8th, 2008, 12:16 PM
The only thing interesting in the Winter Olympics is hockey. I'm far more interested in seeing who is the fastest human being (100m and 200m, etc) than watching [I]curling[/] I can't wait.

And then 6 months later that fastest human tests positive for "performance enhancing" drugs. No thanks. I'd prefer watching curling were the only performance enhancing drug is BEER!:dance4:

Hipcheck
August 8th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Ill watch it but as I was thinking about it was reminded of the winter olympics in which I was cheering for the european ski teams over those in the US Ski team. Most of the profiles they did on US Athletes made me think they were complete aholes while some of those competing for europe seemed like 1/2 decent blokes.

No One
August 8th, 2008, 12:31 PM
i care about the Brazilian synchronized swimming.

that may be about it.

BeerMan
August 8th, 2008, 04:34 PM
summer games used to be interesting until the corporates took over and unloaded more commercial minutes upon us than the actual games.

the worst part will be that you will be teased about the upcoming events that you're interested in, all the while they show you something else less interesting for a couple of hours. at showtime, you'll end up seeing only a few minutes of tantalizing action.

that would be when I lose my interest and flip the channels, then forget about the games.

now, winter olympics, please.

Annapurna
August 8th, 2008, 04:37 PM
summer games used to be interesting until the corporates took over and unloaded more commercial minutes upon us than the actual games.

the worst part will be that you will be teased about the upcoming events for a couple of hours, then only see a few minutes of tantalizing action.

that's always when I lose my interest and flip the channels, forgetting about the games.

Spot on. I actually like watching the actual event, not highlights, so when the networks made the decision to show only what they thought we thought was interesting, well, I lost interest. ;)

FlyinKIng
August 8th, 2008, 04:48 PM
Spot on. I actually like watching the actual event, not highlights, so when the networks made the decision to show only what they thought we thought was interesting, well, I lost interest. ;)

At least they could have some kind of package for the gold medal winner from all the corporate mubo jumbo. Something like they'll pay for their school, or their kids or something. Or just get rid of the damn commercials all together!

Olympic coverage is on DirecTV on 750-753. FYI

FlyinKIng
August 8th, 2008, 05:42 PM
Kobe Bryant
This was the oddity of the night. Behind the Chinese president and the entire national team, the one athlete who appeared to get the loudest ovation was none other than Kobe Bean Bryant. The moment was so odd that even U.S. journalists were looking at each other in puzzlement. The Russian, Chinese and American presidents were here, but Kobe was the head of state tonight

mcsorleyminute
August 8th, 2008, 06:20 PM
I'll be playing imaginary puma while watching mens swimming.

anything else is a waste of time.

Men's swimming=broad shouldered half naked dudes.
Count me in.

lunchbox
August 8th, 2008, 06:26 PM
Men's swimming=broad shouldered half naked dudes.
Count me in.

half-naked?! all they're wearing are speedos. i'd call that NEAR naked, hubba hubba.

edit: if anyone recalls my mustache fascination... i'll also be on the lookout for whether or not this guy still has his:
http://towleroad.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/michaelphelpspornstache.jpg

Cross Traffic
August 8th, 2008, 06:30 PM
Also many events are being streamed online only...for example shooting will be on 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing | Athlete, Team Profiles, Olympics News | Free Photos & Videos | NBC Olympics (http://nbcolympics.com)

Lososaurus
August 8th, 2008, 06:31 PM
More of a fan of the winter olympics.

mcsorleyminute
August 8th, 2008, 06:33 PM
half-naked?! all they're wearing are speedos. i'd call that NEAR naked, hubba hubba.

edit: if anyone recalls my mustache fascination... i'll also be on the lookout for whether or not this guy still has his:
http://towleroad.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/michaelphelpspornstache.jpg

I'm a little worried about them catsuit thingies I heard the swimmers may be wearing this year.
Like, they should be illegal...cuz, um, cuz... they just should.
Yeah.

lunchbox
August 8th, 2008, 06:42 PM
I'm a little worried about them catsuit thingies I heard the swimmers may be wearing this year.
Like, they should be illegal...cuz, um, cuz... they just should.
Yeah.

say it ain't so!

Unruely35
August 8th, 2008, 07:42 PM
sorry, lunchy. the man is at work to cover up the goods.

YouTube - Speedo "Fast Skin Pro" Ad (Pedigree cuts)

Im suprised you havent heard about the LZR suits already. there is quite the controversy going on with them now.
YouTube - New Swimsuits Create Olympic Controversy

lunchbox
August 8th, 2008, 08:47 PM
well, i'll be damned. it'll be a shame if the mustache ride is nonexistent AND he's all covered up. maybe the euros haven't picked it up. *fingers crossed* i have no problem ogling those guys either.

redxalonso
August 8th, 2008, 09:50 PM
That opening ceremony is going to be very hard to top by the Brits.

Tht Chinese really showed their manpower, imagination, technology, and artistry in the opening event.

Mr. Irreverent
August 9th, 2008, 12:44 AM
That opening ceremony is going to be very hard to top by the Brits.

Tht Chinese really showed their manpower, imagination, technology, and artistry in the opening event.

Or they can just "get pissed" and start a huge brawl! ;)

FlyinKIng
August 9th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Speaking of half naked...womens beach vollyball is not bad either!

JackBarlow
August 9th, 2008, 01:18 PM
GO USA! How can you ppl not be watching and rooting for your country to win? Shame on you! GO USA!

stephburris
August 9th, 2008, 01:19 PM
Swimming and the equestrian sports (showjumping only. cross country stuff is lame). One of the guys on the US team is a local guy i've competed with for years.
AND a little trivia
did you know equestrian sports are THE ONLY sports where men and women compete as equals!?

Dr. Naysay
August 9th, 2008, 01:21 PM
did you know equestrian sports are THE ONLY sports where men and women compete as equals!?

Wait... you mean the horses are guys and gals or the riders? Cus... honestly... the riders aren't really doing much work are they?

borinka99
August 9th, 2008, 01:24 PM
did you know equestrian sports are THE ONLY sports where men and women compete as equals!?

Didn't know that, but I was flipping through channels yesterday and they had the guys that would just make the horses skip around or walk sideways or whatever (not sure what the event was called), but that had to be the most boring thing ever. Yes, even more boring than baseball.

mcsorleyminute
August 9th, 2008, 01:53 PM
sorry, lunchy. the man is at work to cover up the goods.

YouTube - Speedo "Fast Skin Pro" Ad (Pedigree cuts) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlouqY_78U4)

Im suprised you havent heard about the LZR suits already. there is quite the controversy going on with them now.
YouTube - New Swimsuits Create Olympic Controversy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnYaQgdazEQ)

I hate the LZR.

Chartrand
August 9th, 2008, 02:07 PM
Men's swimming=broad shouldered half naked dudes.
Count me in.

Are you into webbed feet, too?

Rob2716
August 9th, 2008, 05:12 PM
The amount of commercials drove me nuts, but the Opening Ceremonies were very cool.

With the number of Olympics channels available to me on Dish Network HD (including one each specifically for basketball and soccer), it's pretty hard not to find something interesting enough to watch.

FlyinKIng
August 9th, 2008, 05:15 PM
Wait... you mean the horses are guys and gals or the riders? Cus... honestly... the riders aren't really doing much work are they?

Wait....I thought that was womens basketball?!!!:grin:

Unruely35
August 9th, 2008, 05:17 PM
Effin Rob! How do you have a myspace link in your profile right there and have it link to nothing??




Nice joke ya slick bastard!

empire
August 9th, 2008, 06:37 PM
I love the Olympics.
It's the most positive force on this planet.
The best of the best from each country doing their best.
What more better in sports is there.

Rob2716
August 9th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Effin Rob! How do you have a myspace link in your profile right there and have it link to nothing??




Nice joke ya slick bastard!


Nah, I just don't give a crap about myspace and never checked to see if the linked worked properly. Of course, the username is Rob2716, but for the link it had to be #32138465132138465136213854645 or whichever number they assigned to me.

BIG JOE
August 9th, 2008, 06:47 PM
I only like the "young girls running around in tight leotards" event.

mcsorleyminute
August 9th, 2008, 07:14 PM
Are you into webbed feet, too?
Depends. Are we talking really big webbed feet?

Chartrand
August 9th, 2008, 07:19 PM
Depends. Are we talking really big webbed feet?

http://z.about.com/d/animals/1/0/h/9/shutterstock_304958.jpg



Sure.

redxalonso
August 10th, 2008, 12:26 AM
I hate the LZR.

As much as I dislike LZR, the controversy of the technology is ludicrous.

World records have been broken time after time before the invention of the LZR.

If they are going implement restrictions on swim gears, then it should be done in all racing events that relies on equipments that are constantly evolving with the use of technology. Cycling, Kayaking, Rowing, etc.

ketel&tonic
August 10th, 2008, 01:09 PM
I prefer the Winter Games as well. That being said though, I really only care about swimming and water polo. I was in competitive swimming for 12 years and I went to high school with one of the girls on the water polo team. Dara Torres was one of my idols when I was a wee little one and it's awesome to see her there hangin' with the kids. So I'm pretty biased as to what I watch. The controversy over the LZR suits is ridiculous. It's not like we're the only ones using technology. And it's not like you don't see any competitors in the old style suits anymore anyway. Everyone uses some sort of "fancy" suit. It's just the evolution of the sport.

I also watch cycling, some gymnastics (mainly cuz I want to see if anyone crashes and burns), and soccer.

But yeah...the swimmer and water polo bodies... *DROOL*

FlyinKIng
August 10th, 2008, 05:07 PM
Go Phelps!!!

mmmcammy
August 11th, 2008, 01:07 AM
please tell me someone saw that relay.

ah-freaking-mazing.

ketel&tonic
August 11th, 2008, 01:14 AM
Michael Phelps owes Jason Lezak beer for the rest of his life for keeping his 8-medal quest alive. He anchored that PERFECTLY. Insane.

KOPISTAR
August 11th, 2008, 01:16 AM
I'm proud to say that I witnessed history tonight in the Men's relay.

redxalonso
August 11th, 2008, 01:30 AM
Lezak saved Cullen Jone's ass with that comeback.

Great race.

TooCool
August 11th, 2008, 05:23 AM
Didn't know this topic existed since I never look at this area of the forums.

But I for one, LOVE the Olympics.

Sports = Good
World coming together to play sports = Good

So what's there to hate really?

Besides, this is the closest thing you can have to world peace. What I really love is that... although not everyone will understand each other, they are all passionate about the sport they are in, because they all have their own stories on how they got to be an Olympian.

I really enjoy the Swimming events the most. Gymnastics are great too, especially the women's one (easier on the eyes).

Hell, my TV is on NBC all day long and I never seem to turn it off when the Olympics are on.

One sport that I *really* like this year is... HANDBALL! Seriously! It sounded so generic, but it's a mixture of basketball, lacrosse, and field hockey. I was addicted to the online stream of the Handball matches.

Basically, they only come around once every 4 years. I try to take as much in as I can because they only play for like 16 days (which is way too short in my opinion, for a 4 year span). That and... I got nothing to do anyway.

For the Winter Olympics, I like it's respective sports as well... but I guess if I had to pick one over the other, I'd pick the Summer games.

Mr. Teeny
August 11th, 2008, 09:15 AM
http://z.about.com/d/animals/1/0/h/9/shutterstock_304958.jpg

I'm a little late to the party, but...

I'D HIT IT!!!!!






Wait...

Does that make me gay?

King Taco
August 11th, 2008, 02:06 PM
I enjoy all events, even archery.

mcsorleyminute
August 11th, 2008, 02:49 PM
I prefer the Winter Games as well. That being said though, I really only care about swimming and water polo. I was in competitive swimming for 12 years and I went to high school with one of the girls on the water polo team. Dara Torres was one of my idols when I was a wee little one and it's awesome to see her there hangin' with the kids. So I'm pretty biased as to what I watch. The controversy over the LZR suits is ridiculous. It's not like we're the only ones using technology. And it's not like you don't see any competitors in the old style suits anymore anyway. Everyone uses some sort of "fancy" suit. It's just the evolution of the sport.

I also watch cycling, some gymnastics (mainly cuz I want to see if anyone crashes and burns), and soccer.

But yeah...the swimmer and water polo bodies... *DROOL*


I was on the swim team in High School. I wasn't very good but two hour practices made me one chilled out kid.
Plus the dudes were hot.

Gymnastics would make a good drinking game.

You could call it "Stick It".
It could have kinds of silly rules!

FishMonger
August 11th, 2008, 02:54 PM
You crazy people and your schools with pools.

job
August 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
You could call it "Stick It".

I already have a game called that.

FishMonger
August 11th, 2008, 03:21 PM
I already have a game called that.

... it involves Post-Its

ketel&tonic
August 11th, 2008, 03:33 PM
I was on the swim team in High School. I wasn't very good but two hour practices made me one chilled out kid.
Plus the dudes were hot.

Gymnastics would make a good drinking game.

You could call it "Stick It".
It could have kinds of silly rules!

There's just somethin' about those swimmer bodies right? Sigh.

I like your idea for a drinking game...any sport can be made into a drinking game though right?


You crazy people and your schools with pools.

My high school didn't have a pool. Hell, the school I went to my freshman year didn't even have a swim team. I had to petition CIF to let me compete for the school! Switched to a different school my sophomore year, and our team had to practice at the "brother school's" pool. Pervy little boys always had a show when the girls came for practice and meets. I only showed up for meets since I just trained with my club twice a day.

FlyinKIng
August 12th, 2008, 01:27 PM
Anybody think that Phelps won't walk away with all 8 Gold's?

TooCool
August 12th, 2008, 02:37 PM
Anybody think that Phelps won't walk away with all 8 Gold's?

The only chance he won't get one of the Gold Medal is if his team chokes it on the 4x200 Free Relay Race tonight.

Two factors for this. He had another medal race earlier in the day with the 200 Meter Butterfly. Yes, the Butterfly is his easiest event, but I don't know if that'll be a factor in his fatigue for the relay.

Plus, in the last team relay... his teammates came through for him. I don't know if he'll have the same teammates for this one, so you never know.

Then on Thursday Night/Friday Morning (China time), he has a tough 200 individual medley. I believe it's fellow American Ryan Lochte that will give him a hell of a challenge. You would think that Lochte would get 2nd on purpose so Phelps could achieve the goal of 8 gold medals. But I don't think any athletes believe in that.

They'd want to go 1-2 either way, but who knows.

Friday Night/Saturday Morning (China Time), it's the 100 Butterfly. The Butterfly is his strongest event, so I think he can do it easily.

Last of all, he has another team relay. The 4x100 medley relay. I don't know what to expect here, but his teammates should be more than capable of handling it. By the time this race happens, we'll know if Phelps has 7 gold medals already or not. This could be icing on the cake, for his team to get it for him.

Who knows. It's definitely a tough task overall... since no one else can pull it off.

5/1 odds at the LGK Sportsbook, we'll see :)

FlyinKIng
August 12th, 2008, 03:07 PM
I'd put some money on that. Great odds in my opinion.

Birdman
August 13th, 2008, 01:22 AM
The only chance he won't get one of the Gold Medal is if his team chokes it on the 4x200 Free Relay Race tonight.

Two factors for this. He had another medal race earlier in the day with the 200 Meter Butterfly. Yes, the Butterfly is his easiest event, but I don't know if that'll be a factor in his fatigue for the relay.

Eh, they won by over 5 seconds and smashed the world record by over 4.......Guess they didn't choke like the Gymnastics teams.

mmmcammy
August 13th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Eh, they won by over 5 seconds and smashed the world record by over 4.......Guess they didn't choke like the Gymnastics teams.

the USA relay team seriously pwned everyone

too bad our gymnastics team didn't =[

KickEm
August 13th, 2008, 01:31 AM
the USA relay team seriously pwned everyone

too bad our gymnastics team didn't =[

Bella Karolyi was just on NBC outing the Chinese as having underaged athletes! Yoinks!!!

mmmcammy
August 13th, 2008, 02:10 AM
Bella Karolyi was just on NBC outing the Chinese as having underaged athletes! Yoinks!!!

haha, I saw that.

They act like no one notices that one of the Chinese gymnasts is probably about 8 years old.

ketel&tonic
August 13th, 2008, 02:14 AM
Now that the relays are done, Phelps doesn't really have any problem getting all 8 golds. BUT, don't count your chickens before they hatch, kiddies. ANYthing can happen.

Mr. Irreverent
August 13th, 2008, 02:50 AM
haha, I saw that.

They act like no one notices that one of the Chinese gymnasts is probably about 8 years old.

And she hasn't seen her parents in like 4 years. That's a pretty sick way of doing things.

TooCool
August 13th, 2008, 03:00 AM
Underaged or not, they're talented enough to hang with the "big boys" aren't they?

Doesn't it make the rest of the world look bad? They didn't win the gold AND lost to kids.

redxalonso
August 13th, 2008, 06:24 AM
Michael Phelps - 5 Gold Medals
Rest of US Olympic athletes - 4 Golds Medals

Cross Traffic
August 13th, 2008, 06:48 AM
Caught part of the US gymnastics choke, don't start crying when you **** up, it happens.

The Chinese gymnasts look like sluts, lay off the makeup, they look like mini versions of Tammy Fae Baker.

hokyfann
August 13th, 2008, 07:31 AM
Amanda Beard, Can anyone set me up with her? This is borderline stalking!!! she is fine. Natalie Coughlin isn't too bad either!!! Time to go get my lucky sock, womens swimming up next...

hokyfann
August 13th, 2008, 07:34 AM
Bella Karolyi was just on NBC outing the Chinese as having underaged athletes! Yoinks!!!
That nut case should know....He probably tagged one or more of them. :hungry: And who cares, If they can do that sh** at 4yrs old and can win, let them!!!

Chartrand
August 13th, 2008, 08:36 AM
Amanda Beard, Can anyone set me up with her?

I'm going to assume you already google image-searched her with "safesearch" off?

redxalonso
August 13th, 2008, 08:38 AM
That nut case should know....He probably tagged one or more of them. :hungry: And who cares, If they can do that sh** at 4yrs old and can win, let them!!!

No kidding. The Romanian team he led were all underage....ok, not all of them but some were underage.

Unruely35
August 13th, 2008, 09:30 AM
"Underage" is a relative term. The Gymnastics issue has been going on for months.

Bela and others have said in numerous interviews that they take nothing away from the athletes and clearly they are talented enough to be there. The issue is the Chinese government that will deny its own birth registry and have people obviously lie on the power of falsified passports to win. Karolyi may have had girls who we're under 16 on his Romanian team back in the 70's, but that was BEFORE the IOC and the Gymnastics governing body created an age limit. All anyone has ever said was make it fair and boot the obvious liars or remove the age limit.

trdi
August 13th, 2008, 09:48 AM
Michael Phelps - 5 Gold Medals
Rest of US Olympic athletes - 4 Golds Medals
Which doesn't mean that other American athletes are worse. It's just easier to collect 5 medals in swimming with so many disciplines. As I read somewhere couple of days ago, if athletics had 80m, 90m, 100m, 110m, 120m,... races, those sprinters would get most gold medals. How about giving another gold medal to the runner who is best in combination of 100m and 200m running competitions? And another one, who is best in combination of 200m and 400m running competitions?

My point is, that you can say Phelps is the best swimmer in the world, but you can't compare athletes from different sports. He is not any better than winner of marathon or long jump competition with only one gold medal. They are all great.

crAss
August 13th, 2008, 10:15 AM
Bella Karolyi was just on NBC outing the Chinese as having underaged athletes! Yoinks!!!

haha, I saw that.

They act like no one notices that one of the Chinese gymnasts is probably about 8 years old.

Yeah those underage Chinese girls made the US team choke so bad. :rolleyes:

redxalonso
August 13th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Which doesn't mean that other American athletes are worse. It's just easier to collect 5 medals in swimming with so many disciplines. As I read somewhere couple of days ago, if athletics had 80m, 90m, 100m, 110m, 120m,... races, those sprinters would get most gold medals. How about giving another gold medal to the runner who is best in combination of 100m and 200m running competitions? And another one, who is best in combination of 200m and 400m running competitions?

My point is, that you can say Phelps is the best swimmer in the world, but you can't compare athletes from different sports. He is not any better than winner of marathon or long jump competition with only one gold medal. They are all great.

It's easier to collect 5 gold medals in swimming? Can you name me at least 5 swimmers who didn't get caught doping and collected 5 gold medals in the same Olympics.

Chartrand
August 13th, 2008, 11:16 AM
http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2008/08/13/article-1044235-02424D1300000578-830_468x314_popup.jpg

YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!

redxalonso
August 13th, 2008, 11:49 AM
Here's the entire sequence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-SbdmcZim8

FlyinKIng
August 13th, 2008, 11:56 AM
I thought that Alicia Sacramone's delay was to concentrate, but she came up a little off. It doesn't deserve her coach to speak out bad against her thoguh, besides she's really hot!

FlyinKIng
August 13th, 2008, 11:58 AM
It's easier to collect 5 gold medals in swimming? Can you name me at least 5 swimmers who didn't get caught doping and collected 5 gold medals in the same Olympics.

Just to shut up the world, Phelps should hand his pee to the officials before every race. The guy is just that good and the world should just realize that we have a superb athlete!

trdi
August 13th, 2008, 12:53 PM
It's easier to collect 5 gold medals in swimming? Can you name me at least 5 swimmers who didn't get caught doping and collected 5 gold medals in the same Olympics.
I don't think that doping is a big problem in swimming since technique is so important. So I have to say I don't understand your point. And why are you talking about swimmers? Read again, what I wrote. Phelps will be the best swimmer at OI ever, so I don't understand the second point there."

trdi
August 13th, 2008, 12:57 PM
Just to shut up the world, Phelps should hand his pee to the officials before every race.
Phelps DOES the doping test after every race, because he is winning them all. I think that top 3 athletes always have to do it. if not top 3, then I am absolutely sure, that gold medalist has to be tested.

girl4kings
August 13th, 2008, 01:01 PM
I've been cheering for Phelps and all of our American Althetes during the games.

rinkrat
August 13th, 2008, 01:28 PM
I don't care about the Olympics or TV.

ketel&tonic
August 13th, 2008, 02:31 PM
Just to shut up the world, Phelps should hand his pee to the officials before every race.

He does. Before and after. Phelps was one of a handful, if not just 2 or 3, athletes who VOLUNTEERED for EXTRA drug testing just so he could shut the naysayers up.

FlyinKIng
August 13th, 2008, 02:35 PM
He does. Before and after. Phelps was one of a handful, if not just 2 or 3, athletes who VOLUNTEERED for EXTRA drug testing just so he could shut the naysayers up.

Good for him! I respect him even more now.

ketel&tonic
August 13th, 2008, 02:37 PM
I don't think that doping is a big problem in swimming since technique is so important.

LOL! It's not a big problem ANYMORE. Back in the day the East Germans were caught doing it, as were the Chinese women several years back. All of a sudden, a few Olympics ago, the Chinese women burst onto the scene and started sweeping up medals and world records, and they looked and sounded like men. Too many similarities to those Germans. Sure enough, in time, they got caught - the Chinese women had those same old East German coaches and team doctors. They'd take an athlete's blood, dope her up, and then shortly before the games, they'd transfuse her "good" blood back in, so she'd pass all her testing. Since the days where they all got caught, the Chinese women have NEVER been as good as they were back then.

gescom
August 13th, 2008, 02:47 PM
It's easier to collect 5 gold medals in swimming? Can you name me at least 5 swimmers who didn't get caught doping and collected 5 gold medals in the same Olympics.



Mark Sptiz, Michael Phelps, Matt Biondi, Kristin Otto... f***, i don't know, i think that's it.

FishMonger
August 13th, 2008, 02:56 PM
He does. Before and after. Phelps was one of a handful, if not just 2 or 3, athletes who VOLUNTEERED for EXTRA drug testing just so he could shut the naysayers up.

Good man

mitchrock
August 13th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Mark Sptiz, Michael Phelps, Matt Biondi, Kristin Otto... f***, i don't know, i think that's it.

Add Janet Evans to that list.

trdi
August 13th, 2008, 04:10 PM
LOL! It's not a big problem ANYMORE. Back in the day the East Germans were caught doing it, as were the Chinese women several years back. All of a sudden, a few Olympics ago, the Chinese women burst onto the scene and started sweeping up medals and world records, and they looked and sounded like men. Too many similarities to those Germans. Sure enough, in time, they got caught - the Chinese women had those same old East German coaches and team doctors. They'd take an athlete's blood, dope her up, and then shortly before the games, they'd transfuse her "good" blood back in, so she'd pass all her testing. Since the days where they all got caught, the Chinese women have NEVER been as good as they were back then.
I remember those times. I was watching 5000 metres running competition and instead of Kenyan and Ethiopian women, there were come Chinese chicks crushing their competition. I was like "WTF?!" when three Chinese women won with a world record. :umm:
Swimming is a relatively clean sport I don't doubt best swimmers. On the other hand 95% of cyclists are stoned all the time. Including Lance Armstrong, sorry. I was browsing the internet about Phelps and doping and it seems to me that most of the naysayers come from USA, sad.

Cross Traffic
August 13th, 2008, 05:08 PM
Congrats to Boise resident Kristen Armstrong (no relation to Lance) for winning the women's cycling time trial.

lunchbox
August 13th, 2008, 05:56 PM
part of phelps' advantage (besides his talent) is his anatomy:


his body _ perfectly suited for swimming with its long torso, large wingspan and big, flexible feet

Just your typical superstar: Phenomenal Phelps becomes winningest Olympian of all time - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/nationworld/sns-ap-oly-swm-the-amazing-phelps,0,5789554.story?page=2)

it's a shame some people (and yes as trdi says, americans) aren't taking that into account and are instead thinking that he's doped.

ketel&tonic
August 13th, 2008, 06:23 PM
part of phelps' advantage (besides his talent) is his anatomy:



Just your typical superstar: Phenomenal Phelps becomes winningest Olympian of all time - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/nationworld/sns-ap-oly-swm-the-amazing-phelps,0,5789554.story?page=2)

it's a shame some people (and yes as trdi says, americans) aren't taking that into account and are instead thinking that he's doped.

I believe his knees are double-jointed as well. Not to mention how limber the boy is.

As for the ones who say he's doped, jealousy doesn't suit them well. They need to shut up.

Dr. Naysay
August 13th, 2008, 07:30 PM
it's a shame some people (and yes as trdi says, americans) aren't taking that into account and are instead thinking that he's doped.

What about those of us who just don't give a ****?

redxalonso
August 13th, 2008, 10:46 PM
I don't think that doping is a big problem in swimming since technique is so important. So I have to say I don't understand your point. And why are you talking about swimmers? Read again, what I wrote. Phelps will be the best swimmer at OI ever, so I don't understand the second point there."

I wasn't trying to focus on doping at all.

In your original point, you made it sound like swimmers, regardless how well they do, should not be compared to other athletes because swimmers get more opportunities to win more medals.

FlyinKIng
August 13th, 2008, 10:48 PM
womens volleyball doing well.

lunchbox
August 14th, 2008, 05:14 AM
What about those of us who just don't give a ****?

je m'en fous, j'en ai rien ? foutre non plus!

trdi
August 14th, 2008, 08:50 AM
I wasn't trying to focus on doping at all.

In your original point, you made it sound like swimmers, regardless how well they do, should not be compared to other athletes because swimmers get more opportunities to win more medals.
Yes, athletes from different disciplines shouldn't be compared to each other. You can only compare them in their own discipline. Different sports, different opportunities to win medals. As for your post, you got some answers from other members.

Apart from this french guy Bernard (HGH for sure), you can look at best swimmers in different disciplines and see that perfect body is pretty much the same for all disciplines. Compare them... Popov, Thorpe, Phelps,... Now compare 100m runner to 400m runners. And compare 800m runners to 400m runners. And compare 110m hurdles runners to 100m runners. A 110m hurdles runner will never be able to win the 100m sprint today. And vice versa. They need to specialize their body much more.

When runners get 4 different ways to run, we can talk about comparing them to swimmers. But even then I am against comparing athletes from different disciplines. It usually shows disrespect of some sports, which of course comes from ignorance. All olympic champions are great. There is no greatest.

Deadmarsh28
August 14th, 2008, 09:41 AM
So that's what sports have come down to...athletes are achieving world records and the all the spectators immediately think "Oh, there's got to be something wrong!" Thank you, drug takers. :rolleyes:

But seriously, this years swimming really looks fishy. Swimmers from different nations are achieving world records at minute intervals, sometimes improving them by several seconds. And all this because of a new swimsuit? Or have training and technique improved that much?

Or look at French swimmer Alain Bernard, today's winner in the 100m freestyle race. He basically looks like Hercules, but weighed almost 44 pounds less last year...that's 44 new pounds of muscle...in one year? Even one of his teammates said, half-jokingly, that he apparently has found some good "vitamins".

Bottom line: Athletes are innocent until proven guilty, but I think that it's allowed to be doubtful about the whole situation...

Unruely35
August 14th, 2008, 09:46 AM
I think your point is a little off when comparing swimming vs. track and field.

Track runners are very nearly just as interdisciplinary as swimmers to a certain degree. Of course, youre not gonna see many short or middle distance runners to a Steeplechase or a Marathon. When it comes to sprinters vs. middle distance (in my experience) it has more to do with endurance and preference rather than a difference in body type.

trdi
August 14th, 2008, 09:47 AM
So that's what sports have come down to...athletes are achieving world records and the all the spectators immediately think "Oh, there's got to be something wrong!" Thank you, drug takers. :rolleyes:

But seriously, this years swimming really looks fishy. Swimmers from different nations are achieving world records at minute intervals, sometimes improving them by several seconds. And all this because of a new swimsuit? Or have training and technique improved that much?
It IS the swimsuit. You can give that swimsuit to any junior swimmer and he/she will have considerably better results.

That's why I think they should all get rid of the swimsuits, women included! Or at least have old records still recognized as valid until one of these heroes breaks it without the super swimsuit.

Deadmarsh28
August 14th, 2008, 09:57 AM
Women's races without swimsuit? I second that... :3smile:

Still, I'm not convinced about it's world record-breaking-effect, but even if it's true, why should one ban it? Every team had the opportunity to switch to Speedo's LZR Racer, those that didn't preferred (or were forced to prefer) other manufacturers. Tough luck then.

trdi
August 14th, 2008, 10:07 AM
I think your point is a little off when comparing swimming vs. track and field.

Track runners are very nearly just as interdisciplinary as swimmers to a certain degree. Of course, youre not gonna see many short or middle distance runners to a Steeplechase or a Marathon. When it comes to sprinters vs. middle distance (in my experience) it has more to do with endurance and preference rather than a difference in body type.
I have couple of friends who did well, winning national U18 titles in steeplachase and 1500m, others getting medals at European U23 championships in sprints and there's one other being one of the best at 5000-10000m.

What I learned is, that even if those two mid/long distance runners look similar in their clothes, they have completely different body constitution. They are best friends since they were 7 and they trained together most of the time. One kills other in their best discipline. The steeplechase guy is much stronger and much more explosive.

The sprinter guy is a 100kg beast and 200 meters race is already a marathon for him. While he could easily do 10.50 to 10.60 on 100m, his 200m times were much worse. In the 400m distance he claims he would not be able to even cross the finish line, hehe.

Body constitution IMO is the thing that sets your limits in running competitions you can be the best in. In swimming there is this perfect body constitution which is good for most of the disciplines. In running such body shape doesn't exist.


Still, I'm not convinced about it's world record-breaking-effect, but even if it's true, why should one ban it?My argument is, that swimming has been one of the basic, elemental sports, like running and boxing. When somebody set the world record, he was considered to be fastest swimmer ever. Today it isn't like that. When somebody sets a world record, he or she is considered to swim the fastest time ever. IMO it's a shame that we can't compare these swimmers to some of the world record holders from the past, those without the swimsuits.

Deadmarsh28
August 14th, 2008, 10:21 AM
My argument is, that swimming has been one of the basic, elemental sports, like running and boxing. When somebody set the world record, he was considered to be fastest swimmer ever. Today it isn't like that. When somebody sets a world record, he or she is considered to swim the fastest time ever. IMO it's a shame that we can't compare these swimmers to some of the world record holders from the past, those without the swimsuits.

You've got a point there, but that way you'd have to ban all kinds of new stuff from sports.

You should consider that present-day swimmers have access to more and more technology every day, from dietary supplements or detailed analysis/specialized training to recent developments in techniques (dolphin kicks, etc.)...the list is endless.

Sure, none of these have such a dramatic effect like the new swimsuit, but I hope you get my point.

FlyinKIng
August 14th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Talk about embrassing, anybody see the news about the Swede who throws his Bronze medal in a fit because he didn't get gold...


Angry Swede throws down medal, quits - Olympics - Yahoo! Sports (http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/news?slug=reu-wrestling&prov=reuters&type=lgns)

Cross Traffic
August 14th, 2008, 09:27 PM
Yeah that was a chicken **** move, you lost fair and square, there are thousands of wrestlers that would gladly take that bronze with no complaints.

trdi
August 14th, 2008, 09:32 PM
Yeah that was a chicken **** move, you lost fair and square, there are thousands of wrestlers that would gladly take that bronze with no complaints.
Well, what can you expect from an Armenian wrestler hired by Sweden? ;)

Chartrand
August 14th, 2008, 09:51 PM
Maybe he's in the same camp as Ricky Bobby?

http://web2.modmyprofile.com/mmc/celeb-quotes/ricky-bobby-if-you-aint-first.jpg

TooCool
August 15th, 2008, 02:58 AM
Yeah that was a chicken **** move, you lost fair and square, there are thousands of wrestlers that would gladly take that bronze with no complaints.

Don't they have a Gold Medal Match and a Bronze Medal Match in Wrestling?

Had he already been out of contention for Gold, and knew he didn't want the Bronze... why didn't he forfeit his Bronze Medal match so his opponent can win it? I bet he would like it.

But it's an insult to beat the guy in the Bronze Medal match and then throw it away.

Cross Traffic
August 15th, 2008, 06:44 AM
Well, what can you expect from an Armenian wrestler hired by Sweden? ;)

Didn't even think of that, since the last name seemed a bit odd for a Swede.

Also NBC is lying to the folks in the mountain time zone when the "LIVE" tag is on screen, figured that out when Phelps was supposed to race at 8:48 MDT, and it wasn't shown until an hour later.

IceDogsFan
August 15th, 2008, 08:14 AM
So I was watching a bit of Mens Volleyball last night and I don't get why there is a group hug in the center of the court after EVERY FRICKIN' POINT.

trdi
August 15th, 2008, 08:18 AM
So I was watching a bit of Mens Volleyball last night and I don't get why there is a group hug in the center of the court after EVERY FRICKIN' POINT.
Watch some WOMENS volleyball and it will become clearer to you.

FlyinKIng
August 15th, 2008, 11:54 AM
So I was watching a bit of Mens Volleyball last night and I don't get why there is a group hug in the center of the court after EVERY FRICKIN' POINT.

The girls and the guys do it, every point. But it's sexier when the girls do it, especailly when there's some butt slaping...:awesome:

GALLY
August 15th, 2008, 01:23 PM
With all the records going down in swimming I think they made the pool length a little short. It's only 49 meters.........let's start that rumor............

Liceroni
August 15th, 2008, 01:25 PM
That was a pretty intense women's all-around last night!

King Taco
August 15th, 2008, 03:35 PM
That sounds kinky when you say it that way.

Deadmarsh28
August 15th, 2008, 08:43 PM
Phelps just equaled Spitz' record with an ultra-super-duper-photo finish. Wow, thas was CLOSE!!

Cross Traffic
August 15th, 2008, 08:48 PM
....and the Serbian coach is filing a protest, uhhh the timing devices don't lie.

Deadmarsh28
August 15th, 2008, 09:01 PM
Seriously? I also thought that Cavic finished before Phelps...could be my tired eyes though. Either way, Cavic messed up big time. He simply had to stretch out his fingers to win gold.

Cross Traffic
August 15th, 2008, 09:03 PM
What a race by Torres, 41 years old and great sportsmanship shown before the race.

Liceroni
August 15th, 2008, 11:31 PM
Michael Phelps.

Just...WOW!

TooCool
August 16th, 2008, 01:26 AM
Didn't even think of that, since the last name seemed a bit odd for a Swede.

Also NBC is lying to the folks in the mountain time zone when the "LIVE" tag is on screen, figured that out when Phelps was supposed to race at 8:48 MDT, and it wasn't shown until an hour later.

They lie to us too! I especially hate it when Bob Costas keeps saying, "Oh this blah blah event went past midnight on the east coast."

I say to the tv. "No s***! The pacific time zone people have the 3 hour tape delay because of you, NBC. We too, stayed up late to watch the final result. So stop talking about the East coast, and say most of America."

Cross Traffic
August 16th, 2008, 07:00 AM
For those that want to see the attempt at #8 live (or as close to live as you are going to get) check out justin.tv and channelsurfing.net.

trdi
August 16th, 2008, 12:24 PM
I was almost sure Cavic was going to win the event - even the day before. He is the best swimmer in this discipline in the world. I guess for 8 medals you do need to win even the events where you aren't the best, meaning somebody needs to screw up big time. :)

TooCool
August 16th, 2008, 01:46 PM
Any Track and Field fans here? I honestly am kind of bummed that the Swimming and Gymnastics is pretty much over. In the past, I really could never get into Track and Field... so since swimming + gymnastics is over for the most part, most of the Olympics is considered "finished" for me. But I'm definitely going to Track a chance again, I guess.

I have a question though...

Since I found out on LGK here like 3-5 days ago that the middle lanes were of huge advantage, because according to the NBCOlympics Website... it says:

"Being in the middle of the pool is advantageous because waves reverberating off the side walls can slow a swimmer. Also, swimmers in the middle lanes are better able to monitor other competitors."

For Track, is this the same situation? Does it matter what lane you're in? From someone who knows nothing about track, and from High School Physical Education experience. It's obvious that running in the inside area is shorter than the outside ones. Is that the same case for the Olympics? Or are they all the same distance because of the different start markers?

trdi
August 16th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Any Track and Field fans here? I honestly am kind of bummed that the Swimming and Gymnastics is pretty much over. In the past, I really could never get into Track and Field... so since swimming + gymnastics is over for the most part, most of the Olympics is considered "finished" for me. But I'm definitely going to Track a chance again, I guess.

I have a question though...

Since I found out on LGK here like 3-5 days ago that the middle lanes were of huge advantage, because according to the NBCOlympics Website... it says:

"Being in the middle of the pool is advantageous because waves reverberating off the side walls can slow a swimmer. Also, swimmers in the middle lanes are better able to monitor other competitors."

For Track, is this the same situation? Does it matter what lane you're in? From someone who knows nothing about track, and from High School Physical Education experience. It's obvious that running in the inside area is shorter than the outside ones. Is that the same case for the Olympics? Or are they all the same distance because of the different start markers?
You didn't know about swimming lanes? It's funny what a guy like Phelps can do...

For running you are probably talking about 200 and 400m events. Runners prefer lanes 1-4. Simply because you have everyone else in front of you, you see them all. It's easier to control opponents if you are chasing them. Lane 8 is the lane they all hate. Apart from that, they are all the same.

TooCool
August 16th, 2008, 01:57 PM
You didn't know about swimming lanes? It's funny what a guy like Phelps can do...

For running you are probably talking about 200 and 400m events. Runners prefer lanes 1-4. Simply because you have everyone else in front of you, you see them all. It's easier to control opponents if you are chasing them. Lane 8 is the lane they all hate. Apart from that, they are all the same.

Thanks trdi :)

Yeah, I liked swimming before... but I didn't watch EVERY race until this year. :)

So when I started paying more attention to the races, I got curious as to why the winners were mostly from the inside lanes and not the outside ones. That's how I found out.

If Phelps had Lanes 1 or 8 for his swims, would he still have gotten all the gold medals he has right now?

trdi
August 16th, 2008, 02:03 PM
If Phelps had Lanes 1 or 8 for his swims, would he still have gotten all the gold medals he has right now?
Most of them. He probably wouldn't get #7. But that's all guessing. BTW, did you see the new WR in 100m sprint? That was great, the event of these Games for me. The guy was celebrating in last 10-15 meters and still set an amazing WR. 9.69!

Deadmarsh28
August 16th, 2008, 02:17 PM
Most of them. He probably wouldn't get #7. But that's all guessing. BTW, did you see the new WR in 100m sprint? That was great, the event of these Games for me. The guy was celebrating in last 10-15 meters and still set an amazing WR. 9.69!

That race was amazing. I'm still asking myself why he "wasted" those last meters...the WR time could have been way lower!

One broadcaster summed it up nicely: "That was not a 100m race, it was more like a 60m race! After that it was all over."

trdi
August 16th, 2008, 02:21 PM
I'm still asking myself why he "wasted" those last meters...
Who?

Deadmarsh28
August 16th, 2008, 02:34 PM
Who?

Usain Bolt, as you said, he celebrated on the last 15m meters. I'm just wondering why he didn't go all the way...

trdi
August 16th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Usain Bolt, as you said, he celebrated on the last 15m meters. I'm just wondering why he didn't go all the way...
Ooooohh! Haha, I thought you were talking about Cavic-Phelps race. Funny, just couldn't get your point.

And yeah, the race was just a total domination. it was over after 60 meters, he was celebrating AND... and... the wind was around 0.0! Imagine +2.0 help.

Cross Traffic
August 16th, 2008, 08:33 PM
We had a celebration in Boise today for Kristen Armstrong who won the women's time trial in cycling. About 1500 people showed up at city hall along with another 1500 that rode along with Kristen from the YMCA about a mile away.

Things like this make it fun to live in this quiet little mountain town.

Hockey53
August 16th, 2008, 09:26 PM
Phelps wins 8th Gold medal of the 2008 Olympics with the help of Jansen,Lezak and Peirsol. Great way to finish the swimming in the 4x100 relay.

SmytheKing
August 16th, 2008, 09:35 PM
Unbelievable accomplishment. Ranks up there with the best of all time. . .in sports.

Deadmarsh28
August 17th, 2008, 11:57 AM
Great to have witnessed that live on TV.

Eight gold medals? That's just...wow!:congrats:

Dr. Naysay
August 17th, 2008, 01:09 PM
Remind me again why we're celebrating a guy for winning 8 gold medals when three of them were for relays?

TooCool
August 17th, 2008, 01:11 PM
Great to have witnessed that live on TV.

Eight gold medals? That's just...wow!:congrats:

Did you really watch it live? Or like most of us here, the tape delay? =P

Now that swimming is over though, I guess I'll watch "selective" events. I could never get into track and field growing up, I will certainly give it a try... but it has not been impressive to say the least. Not even the fastest runner impressed me.

It's like they were dancing around before the start of the match. Some focused, some pretending not to be focused. Run for 10 seconds, and dance around the track and show of their pride for their country for another 10-15 minutes.

I really took a liking to Handball and Table Tennis from the online streams. Those are awesome to watch.

TooCool
August 17th, 2008, 01:14 PM
Remind me again why we're celebrating a guy for winning 8 gold medals when three of them were for relays?

He took part in the relays you know. If anything, the relays can screw him because he has to rely on his teammates to help him win. He can only do so much in the relay for his team.

Olympics is not about individual goals all the time. Team Relay shows the unity in the country.

Dr. Naysay
August 17th, 2008, 01:24 PM
Team Relay shows the unity in the country.

uh.......








it does?

I thought it was just 4 dudes that scored a better collective score than any other 4 dudes.

At swimming.

Deadmarsh28
August 17th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Did you really watch it live? Or like most of us here, the tape delay? =P

Yes, it was live. And not only that, it was only 4-something a.m. here when the race started.:woot:

Anyway, disappointment of the day was the win of Oussama Mellouli in the men's 1500m freestyle race. He was caught using amphetamines after the 2007 championships in Melbourne, but was only sentenced to a 18 months suspension (instead of the usual and mandatory 24 months), so he was able to participate in the Beijing Olympics and win yesterday's race. thumbdown:

TooCool
August 17th, 2008, 04:40 PM
uh.......
it does?

I thought it was just 4 dudes that scored a better collective score than any other 4 dudes.

At swimming.

Then my bad =P

Either way, he took part of the race.

FlyinKIng
August 17th, 2008, 05:01 PM
What you rate Phelps up there with Mary Lou, or has he surpassed her with all his gold's?

TooCool
August 18th, 2008, 12:33 AM
Found this from a Laker board I visit. I don't know anything about Dragon Ball, but this made me laugh.

http://i36.tinypic.com/2u8cif4.jpg

http://i36.tinypic.com/2u8cif4.jpg <-- Link if the picture doesn't show up.

FlyinKIng
August 18th, 2008, 02:55 PM
WTF is the China Baseball team thinking. Hitting 6 Americans because their getting beat down in the score! Props to our boys for not going out and doing what they should have done. Beat the **** out of them!!!!

trdi
August 18th, 2008, 03:35 PM
I can't believe baseball is Olympic sport at all. :shocked:

FlyinKIng
August 18th, 2008, 03:40 PM
I can't believe baseball is Olympic sport at all. :shocked:

Why? There talking about trying to make Poker a sport also!

trdi
August 18th, 2008, 04:09 PM
Why? There talking about trying to make Poker a sport also!
I'm just provoking a bit. For me baseball is in the same category as cricket, or maybe... I don't know which sport looks strange and uninteresting to you? Handball? It's all about cultural influence I guess.

Cross Traffic
August 18th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Baseball is gone after this Olympics.

As for the remainder of the games, I want to see the Taekwondo competition. Women's soccer, the USA had a SICK goal in their game against Japan.

Brazil vs USA for the gold medal at 6am Pacific on USA network.

Cross Traffic
August 18th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Just watching the baseball highlights from today. (USA/China) Nice shoulder tackle on a Chinese catcher that didn't have the ball by a USA player that was hit twice already. You can't block the plate without the ball r tard. The 6th hit by pitch was a deliberate bean ball that plunked him in the ear.

The Chinese team is THAT bad, the American managers they hired (former MLB manager Jim Levebre) can't turn chicken soup from chicken ****. Also don't celebrate hitting a solo shot like you won the World Series when you are down 9-1.

FlyinKIng
August 18th, 2008, 05:24 PM
Just watching the baseball highlights from today. (USA/China) Nice shoulder tackle on a Chinese catcher that didn't have the ball by a USA player that was hit twice already. You can't block the plate without the ball r tard. The 6th hit by pitch was a deliberate bean ball that plunked him in the ear.

The Chinese team is THAT bad, the American managers they hired (former MLB manager Jim Levebre) can't turn chicken soup from chicken ****. Also don't celebrate hitting a solo shot like you won the World Series when you are down 9-1.


No ****!!!:werd:

TooCool
August 18th, 2008, 06:54 PM
I'm just provoking a bit. For me baseball is in the same category as cricket, or maybe... I don't know which sport looks strange and uninteresting to you? Handball? It's all about cultural influence I guess.

I personally think Handball is AWESOME! I shrugged it off originally, but this year... I gave every sport a chance (the ones I don't know about anyway).

Handball is like basketball, with dribbling. But lots of passing... and it's like of like Lacrosse too, so it works. No USA team though, I guess they suck at it. But it's pretty entertaining.

trdi
August 18th, 2008, 07:24 PM
I personally think Handball is AWESOME! I shrugged it off originally, but this year... I gave every sport a chance (the ones I don't know about anyway).

Handball is like basketball, with dribbling. But lots of passing... and it's like of like Lacrosse too, so it works. No USA team though, I guess they suck at it. But it's pretty entertaining.I'm glad you like it.
It's one of the top sports in Slovenia and it's especially entertaining to watch live, in the arena. Only if you are there, you are able to see how physical this sport is. No fights are allowed but you have everything else and there are no helmets. 140 km per hour shots and no protection at all. :105smile: Headshots are of course especially dangerous. The goalies in this sport are heroes.

ASUcruz
August 18th, 2008, 07:45 PM
Baseball is gone after this Olympics.


If Chicago or Toyko get the 2016 games there is a chance they could be brought back.

Hoya
August 19th, 2008, 06:33 AM
Cejudo!!!

Henry Cejudo captures gold and a piece of the American dream - Los Angeles Times (http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-spw-olywrestling20-2008aug20,0,4592238.story)

http://www.latimes.com/media/photo/2008-08/41699404.jpg

rinkrat
August 19th, 2008, 09:39 AM
When I walk my dog at night I notice every TV is tuned into the Olympics. I usually am into them but I've been too busy this last few weeks to even turn on the TV let alone watch.

gescom
August 19th, 2008, 09:59 AM
When I walk my dog at night I notice every TV is tuned into the Olympics. I usually am into them but I've been too busy this last few weeks to even turn on the TV let alone watch.


hey, quit looking into other people's houses.

FlyinKIng
August 19th, 2008, 01:30 PM
If Chicago or Toyko get the 2016 games there is a chance they could be brought back.

Yeah, but I agree with TRDI this time. B-ball is really not needed since most of the countries don't play it. And at the sametime get rid of that wussie soccer thing also!

trdi
August 19th, 2008, 03:56 PM
Yeah, but I agree with TRDI this time. B-ball is really not needed since most of the countries don't play it. And at the sametime get rid of that wussie soccer thing also!
I would actually agree with football getting removed. I'm a fan but I just don't find it interesting. It's nothing compared to World Cup or even European Championship. Also the U23 regulation made it a third tier competition.

KickEm
August 20th, 2008, 12:45 AM
I can't believe baseball is Olympic sport at all. :shocked:

Are you OK with ping-pong and badmitten though? Yeesh!! They are both just tennis wannabes.

Might as well add horse-shoes and bowling.

trdi
August 20th, 2008, 01:10 AM
Are you OK with ping-pong and badmitten though? Yeesh!! They are both just tennis wannabes.

Might as well add horse-shoes and bowling.
I'm ok with table tennis but not with badminton (if that's what's yout meant?)

TooCool
August 20th, 2008, 02:34 PM
I'm ok with table tennis but not with badminton (if that's what's yout meant?)

I was watching Badminton one time, and the commentary said it was the 2nd most played sport in the world. The sad part is, is that America doesn't know about it. Period.

I personally don't care for tennis, so badminton is kind of simliar to it. Table Tennis just makes me blow up in laughter. Just with the small table, and how serious they look with their footing. Plus they yell and grunt all the time like tennis players. Pretty hilarious!

mitchrock
August 20th, 2008, 02:35 PM
Was bummed Lolo Jones hit the hurdle and didn't medal. She's hot!

trdi
August 20th, 2008, 03:11 PM
I was watching Badminton one time, and the commentary said it was the 2nd most played sport in the world. The sad part is, is that America doesn't know about it. Period.

I personally don't care for tennis, so badminton is kind of simliar to it. Table Tennis just makes me blow up in laughter. Just with the small table, and how serious they look with their footing. Plus they yell and grunt all the time like tennis players. Pretty hilarious!
You should try playing it against someone, who can play it. And you wouldn't be laughing for sure. It's all about fast reflexes and it's non-stop accelearation-stop process. It's one of the most physically demanding sports, meaning that you burn 800 calories per hour if you play it the way it's supposed to be played. Of course if you can't play it, you'll burn 300 calories per hour and wonder, what's this all about.

FlyinKIng
August 20th, 2008, 03:29 PM
You know what I can't stand, the damn whistle that goes off every 2 seconds in water polo. I have the TV on at my shop and thats all I hear is that damn whistle!

trdi
August 20th, 2008, 04:28 PM
You know what I can't stand, the damn whistle that goes off every 2 seconds in water polo. I have the TV on at my shop and thats all I hear is that damn whistle!
You know what's the sad part? The whistle should be heard at least twice that often. That's one of the dirtiest sports in the Universe. They have fingers up their asses all the time and those balls are squeezed at least 10 times during the match. Per person. Brrrr... What you hear is only when somebody is being drowned for more than just a couple of seconds, all those underwater maneuvers are not "seen." The rules and officiating take a lot of interest out of this sport.

TooCool
August 20th, 2008, 04:31 PM
You should try playing it against someone, who can play it. And you wouldn't be laughing for sure. It's all about fast reflexes and it's non-stop accelearation-stop process. It's one of the most physically demanding sports, meaning that you burn 800 calories per hour if you play it the way it's supposed to be played. Of course if you can't play it, you'll burn 300 calories per hour and wonder, what's this all about.

Oh trdi. It's definitely a tough sport to train for. All sports that are played professionally definitely is definitely tough.

I just laugh because I remembered playing it as a kid. And you know how kids play. Really slow and you just want to hit the ball. To see grown men and women scream and yell at every hit. It just personally made me laugh every time.

I think it's like someone here who made a Lacrosse topic. Something about them yelling every time they poke someone.

FlyinKIng
August 20th, 2008, 04:38 PM
You know what's the sad part? The whistle should be heard at least twice that often. That's one of the dirtiest sports in the Universe. They have fingers up their asses all the time and those balls are squeezed at least 10 times during the match. Per person. Brrrr... What you hear is only when somebody is being drowned for more than just a couple of seconds, all those underwater maneuvers are not "seen." The rules and officiating take a lot of interest out of this sport.

You lost me at "fingers up their asses" and " balls being squeezed". hahaha:pilot:

trdi
August 20th, 2008, 04:49 PM
Oh trdi. It's definitely a tough sport to train for. All sports that are played professionally definitely is definitely tough.

I just laugh because I remembered playing it as a kid. And you know how kids play. Really slow and you just want to hit the ball. To see grown men and women scream and yell at every hit. It just personally made me laugh every time.

I think it's like someone here who made a Lacrosse topic. Something about them yelling every time they poke someone.
Oh, I was screaming and yelling a lot, too. But it was mostly curse words only.


You lost me at "fingers up their asses" and " balls being squeezed". hahaha
Yeah, they try to protect themselves the best they can. Wearing double pants is said to help a bit.

FlyinKIng
August 20th, 2008, 04:59 PM
Usually you have to pay double for that type of action!

Chartrand
August 20th, 2008, 06:22 PM
Badminton is awesome. As fun to play as it is to watch.

Deadmarsh28
August 21st, 2008, 03:32 PM
Yeah, Badminton is awesome. Playing 2 on 2 with talented players is so much fun... 1 on 1 is a bit too exhausting for my blood :3smile:.

ketel&tonic
August 21st, 2008, 04:24 PM
You know what I can't stand, the damn whistle that goes off every 2 seconds in water polo. I have the TV on at my shop and thats all I hear is that damn whistle!


You know what's the sad part? The whistle should be heard at least twice that often. That's one of the dirtiest sports in the Universe. They have fingers up their asses all the time and those balls are squeezed at least 10 times during the match. Per person. Brrrr... What you hear is only when somebody is being drowned for more than just a couple of seconds, all those underwater maneuvers are not "seen." The rules and officiating take a lot of interest out of this sport.


You lost me at "fingers up their asses" and " balls being squeezed". hahaha:pilot:


Yeah, they try to protect themselves the best they can. Wearing double pants is said to help a bit.


Water polo is BRUTAL. Just look at all the multi-colored bruises all over their bodies. Or if you don't look as closely as I do, take my word for it ;) I know the double suit thing is also to protect against exposure in case a suit gets ripped when someone digs their toes into the seam and pulls you underwater with their legs.

Deadmarsh28
August 21st, 2008, 04:38 PM
Has anyone ever played water polo? We once did a kind-of-water-polo-thing in school...damn, even without physical contact it's challenging and exhausting as hell.

ASUcruz
August 21st, 2008, 05:01 PM
Has anyone ever played water polo? We once did a kind-of-water-polo-thing in school...damn, even without physical contact it's challenging and exhausting as hell.

Dude its hard to play pool volleyball. **** Water Polo! I'm not trying to exhaust my self silly at the pool.

FlyinKIng
August 21st, 2008, 10:26 PM
Womens relay is a embrassment to the US. They tried 3 times to hand the damn batton off and nope!

trdi
August 21st, 2008, 10:43 PM
Womens relay is a embrassment to the US. They tried 3 times to hand the damn batton off and nope!
Guys screwed it as well in 4?100m, I believe?

Chartrand
August 21st, 2008, 11:33 PM
I'd watch Womens water polo all day if the cameras just focused on them clambering out of the pool.

FlyinKIng
August 22nd, 2008, 12:13 PM
Guys screwed it as well in 4?100m, I believe?

Yeah, your right they screwed it up too. How long to the practise this and to screw it up is just horrible.

Chartrand
August 23rd, 2008, 08:18 AM
http://assets.espn.go.com/photo/2008/0823/oly_g_matos_300.jpg

ESPN - Matos banned for life after kicking referee following match - Olympics (http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/summer08/judo/news/story?id=3549903)


Bad boy.

mitchrock
August 23rd, 2008, 08:42 AM
The mens upset over Belgium in Water Polo was awesome to watch last night. First olympics I remember being exctied about seeing a water polo matchup.

FlyinKIng
August 23rd, 2008, 10:34 AM
The mens upset over Belgium in Water Polo was awesome to watch last night. First olympics I remember being exctied about seeing a water polo matchup.


:werd:

Mindpoet
August 23rd, 2008, 11:09 AM
Why the hell do we need the olypmics in the first place? Every sport has world championships every flippin year! the olympics is just a money grab ***** parade for every city that gets it, instead of upgrading health care or schooling systems, they spend billions of dollars on useless venues that are only used once and some that are still being paid for decades down the road (see the montreal winter games).

Not only that, but that stupid ass mother ******ing torch that they parade around all over the friggin world is such a scam. Not many people realize that the whole torch ceremony was originated in NAZI GERMANY by ADOLF HITLER. If you are supporting this useless 2 weeks binge of sporting events you should really do your research before you start saying how great it is.... if you want to watch sports, hit up the world cup for your favorite sport every year, its the same bloody thing without the world wide commercial twist!

Do we really need water polo to be on 100 channels at the same time for an hour??
OR BEACH ****ING VOLLEYBALL????

WHO CARES?????

Mindpoet
August 23rd, 2008, 11:13 AM
The mens upset over Belgium in Water Polo was awesome to watch last night. First olympics I remember being exctied about seeing a water polo matchup.

excited about water polo?????????

BRAINWASHED!!! THEY THROW A BALL AROUND IN A POOL!!! thats not a sport, thats a past time you do with your 3 year old.

Cross Traffic
August 23rd, 2008, 11:25 AM
That Cuban should be in jail right now for assault.

Dr. Naysay
August 23rd, 2008, 11:29 AM
That Cuban should be in jail right now for assault.

Chinese jail.

FlyinKIng
August 23rd, 2008, 12:48 PM
That Cuban should be in jail right now for assault.

No, put him in one of those concentration camps that their so famous for!

trdi
August 23rd, 2008, 01:26 PM
No, put him in one of those concentration camps that their so famous for!
Yeah, bad Cubans for doing bad things in Guantanamo Bay! :)

FlyinKIng
August 23rd, 2008, 01:29 PM
Yeah, bad Cubans for doing bad things in Guantanamo Bay! :)

:lol:

Deadmarsh28
August 23rd, 2008, 07:52 PM
Why the hell do we need the olypmics in the first place? Every sport has world championships every flippin year! the olympics is just a money grab ***** parade for every city that gets it, instead of upgrading health care or schooling systems, they spend billions of dollars on useless venues that are only used once and some that are still being paid for decades down the road (see the montreal winter games).

Nobody imposes the Olympic Games on a city. If you feel that cities waste their money, complain to them, not to the Games itself.

And do you really think that annual championships don't serve the purpose of making money? Better think again...


Not only that, but that stupid ass mother ******ing torch that they parade around all over the friggin world is such a scam. Not many people realize that the whole torch ceremony was originated in NAZI GERMANY by ADOLF HITLER. If you are supporting this useless 2 weeks binge of sporting events you should really do your research before you start saying how great it is....

Uhm...yeah...the whole world is too blind to see this Nazi conspiracy :rolleyes:.
The Nazis NEVER actually invented anything, they just adapted stuff and modified it.
The whole fire thing originated in the ancient Olympic games, the first Olympic flame was ignited 1928 in Amsterdam. The Nazis just added the torch...

Oh, and did you ever ask yourself where rocket technology originated? It was pioneered by one Wernher von Braun, a Nazi and a member of the SS. After WWII, von Braun helped the Americans with their space program and contributed big time in the Apollo program.

I guess you also condemn the moon landing as Nazi conspiracy, or should I be wrong? :rolleyes:


WHO CARES?????
Don't like it, don't watch it. 'Nuff said.

mitchrock
August 23rd, 2008, 10:45 PM
Deadmarsh28m the moon landing didn't happen.

FlyinKIng
August 23rd, 2008, 10:55 PM
Women 4x400 put it together. Congrats to them!

nki
August 24th, 2008, 07:25 AM
Jimmy Page rocked (I don't care if it wasn't live, Jimmy always rocks), Leona Lewis was ok, the sound sucked.

FlyinKIng
August 24th, 2008, 09:49 AM
Kobe clutch in the 4th nice! Props to Pau for keeping his team in there late.

Deadmarsh28
August 24th, 2008, 12:07 PM
Deadmarsh28m the moon landing didn't happen.

Stupid me, totally forgot that. :3smile:


Anyway, did anybody catch men's volleyball final? I always thought pro-volleyball would be dead boring, but that game was thrilling and absolutely awesome. Mad skills paired with incredible rallies...

Not as visually thrilling as women's volleyball though... :3smile:

TooCool
August 24th, 2008, 06:40 PM
Help guys. I'm going through massive withdrawal with the Olympics being over. This happens every freaking time.

And we're still like 6 weeks away before the Kings start their regular season. GAH.

I'm such a sports fanatic that just Angels baseball alone isn't enough to keep me from going crazy. =x

FlyinKIng
August 24th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Yeah, and for me fooseball sucks! I only watch college, were they don't protest over money or time played!

Deadmarsh28
August 24th, 2008, 06:50 PM
Help guys. I'm going through massive withdrawal with the Olympics being over. This happens every freaking time.

Same here.

Luckily I'll start to work next week, otherwise I'd REALLY miss those long night sessions of Olympic-Games-watching.

But hey, NFL starts next week, that should keep me entertained till October...:bananadance:

TooCool
August 24th, 2008, 11:16 PM
Poor Gasol. 2nd time in 2 months where he finished in 2nd place.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/dc/fullj.332fd647edd2352431f55fc8937fd28e/332fd647edd2352431f55fc8937fd28e-getty-oly-2008-basketball-podium.jpg

redxalonso
August 25th, 2008, 04:20 AM
Rudy Fernandez looks great.

Portland have plenty of depth to allow him to slowly adapt to the NBA. If and when he does, dude is going to be a star.

ASUcruz
August 25th, 2008, 10:42 AM
Rudy Fernandez looks great.

Portland have plenty of depth to allow him to slowly adapt to the NBA. If and when he does, dude is going to be a star.

He's probably going to start if Roy is still injured.

FlyinKIng
August 25th, 2008, 10:45 AM
Poor Gasol. 2nd time in 2 months where he finished in 2nd place.

http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/getty/dc/fullj.332fd647edd2352431f55fc8937fd28e/332fd647edd2352431f55fc8937fd28e-getty-oly-2008-basketball-podium.jpg

He'll get his. Next year WILL be the Lakers year! And when that happens I'm going to fly to Bean town and where my KOBE Championship shirt all over that F'ing town. (Just like they did when the Red Sux came to the Big A)

Chartrand
August 25th, 2008, 11:37 PM
He'll get his. Next year WILL be the Lakers year! And when that happens I'm going to fly to Bean town and where my KOBE Championship shirt all over that F'ing town. (Just like they did when the Red Sux came to the Big A)

Be sure to do this in Dorchester, and make fun of the Irish while you're at it.

angeela
April 14th, 2009, 11:10 PM
My answer is nope...

LetTigerIn
September 6th, 2013, 09:56 AM
Wrestling officials caught cheating before Olympic vote - latimes.com (http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-sp-sn-wrestling-officials-olympic-vote-20130906,0,3261713.story#axzz2e7whwYeT)

It's minor, yes, I know, but I like that amateur wrestling, like pro wrestling, has this storyline about cheating. The real question, of course, is why drop one of the first sports in the history of the Olympics, both ancient and modern, in the first place?!