Monday, August 6, 2012

2012 Summer Olympics: August 6

8:45 p.m. - Got caught up in the awesome soccer finish.  Definitely ready for the gold match against Japan.  Then I watched the current Dream Team win another game and posted a fantasy football article.  Olympic coverage is kind of bare right now, but I think they're showing my cycling replays in the prime time slot. 

4:22 p.m. -  Hand ball on a free kick so we got a penalty kick.  Abby Wambach got a penalty kick and tied it 3-3.  She has five goals in five games.  This is like a 10-10 baseball game.

4:21 p.m. - I mean, I know I'm dumb and I don't watch much soccer.  But we're lining up for a free kick and the announcer says, "These are things you practice."  Good to know!

4:18 p.m. - Just witnessed my first soccer hat trick, courtesy of Canada's Christine Sinclair.  3-2, Canada.

4:15 p.m. - Canada kicked one in their own goal for a 2-1 lead, but then an American girl got another one to tie it at 2-2. This is actually a pretty fun game. And here's my Cubs article for today.

4:00 p.m. - USA just tied it 1-1. This assures that I'll get to see at least one more goal. It's OK that the USA goal was a side throw that actually hit like two Canada people and then rattled in. The announcers don't even know who to credit the goal to.

3:45 p.m. - OK, I can't really keep up with the 32 sports and 302 events that NBC is claiming to have coverage of. I need like a live bracket or schedule that says something like, "You are watching x. The team that wins will advance to x round." It needs to keep popping up like every 10 minutes. That way I can actually care. This US/Canada Women's Soccer broadcast at least announced at the beginning of the game that the winner is assured of a medal. But if I had missed that, I would be lost. I'm actually watching hours of this stuff every day. I couldn't imagine someone tuning in for 30 minutes here and there and having much of a clue about what they are watching.

2:15 p.m. - Watching cycling, but writing about LSU football.

1:30 p.m. - This women's sprint omnium elimination race is cool. The last one across the line is eliminated each time. Except when their lights flash on their bikes, telling them they're out, some of them ignore it and just keep going. So it's kind of confusing. "What flashing light? I don't see it."

12:50 p.m. - "Hey, whatcha doing back there? You still going REALLY slow? Cause I am. Look how slow I'm going. I almost stopped just now. You still going slow? Let me know when you're ready to go fast."

12:45 p.m. - The thing about this cycling sprint is that nine out of 10 times, the guy who starts in the back seems to come from behind to win. It's almost an advantage to start out slower. The guy in the lead keeps looking back to see what they're doing. They slowly climb the hill. Then they come flying down and take the lead on the one super fast lap. Crazy sport.

12:00 p.m. - Wedge and I have decided that this indoor cycling sprint might be our favorite Olympic sport. The strategy to go very slow at first is perplexing. Gold medal coming soon, I think.

11:15 a.m. - My thoughts on the Saints/Cardinals game from last night.

11:00 a.m. - I lost my TV to some Disney Junior action, so I've got the table tennis rolling online. No commentary. Table tennis without commentary is just as bad as it sounds. But at least I can fully hear the Queen song playing now. (I can't believe this is the 2012 Summer Olympics and we're still using Jock Jams as entertainment.) Anyway, this guy just took off his shirt to wipe off his body after a table tennis match. Plus, with the online coverage, we get behind-the-scenes looks between matches. Which is like the judge doing a crossword puzzle or something, and the receptionist-looking lady on the other side having to get up and wipe the table. From all the sweat, I guess.

10:05 a.m. - So... I think if you come in last place in a men's event, you should then have to face the women's gold medal winner in that event. Just to show we don't always need separation.

9:30 a.m. - Whoa. Doubles table tennis. This just seems uncomfortable to squeeze all of these people into this small space. I think it's time for a bigger table!

9:03 a.m. - In college football news, here's that ECU Pirates 2012 schedule I know you're all waiting for...

9:00 a.m. - OK, shooting. I don't think I can give this approval as a "sport." I mean, when you do something sitting and then you have to do it standing... not very athletic at all. I'm not saying it's not a skill, and I'm not saying I could do it. But it's not a sport.

8:25 a.m. - Women's table tennis, China vs. Korea. I've watched like three matches of table tennis so far and I still don't know how they're serving it. I also think it's hilarious that the "table" is like the size of a coffee table. You could hold hands with your opponent in this sport.

8:00 a.m. - Russia vs. Serbia volleyball. Russia is winning this one easily. My favorite part of the volleyball is how all the guys run up the the net to fake like they're the ones who are going to spike it. I think in basketball, everyone should run and jump to the goal, and then the point guard can just pick one to alley-oop it to. They can't guard all four guys in the air.

7:35 a.m. - Most of last week, I sat here writing about sports and watching various Olympics coverage. I don't know much about any of it, but I decided that I'd go ahead and blog about it this week. If anyone reads my thoughts, feel free to chime in and even educate me. I figure this is better than tweeting a bunch of stuff. Also, maybe Wedge will jump in from time to time as well. Unless he identifies his posts with his name though, just assume this rambling nonsense is coming from me.

I am not an Olympics expert. I am a fan of baseball, football and basketball. I like to watch other sports, even if I do not know what is going on, and the Olympics are fun to watch. If my thoughts upset you in any way, feel free to comment or ignore me.

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