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Posted: 28 July 2012 02:51 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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We almost never watch the Olympics, unless maybe gymnastics, ice skating, or something else and even then we loose interest in it at a drop of a hat- any hat.

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Posted: 29 July 2012 01:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 July 2012 03:05 AM

Is anybody excited about the Olympics?

If I have time, I will watch the opening ceremony with all the pomp, but after that I struggle to stay interested.

Writing this just made me wonder; do you think the Olympic games are promoting unhealthy competition between nations?  Are they rigged? Do you think they are a kind of cultural imperialism?  Just a moneymaking thing?

What are everybody’s thoughts?

I liked it much better when I had to wait 4 years between extravaganzas. Now that it is every two years, it is not as special, and it always seems as if the Olympics is always beginning or ending….making it much less special.

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Posted: 29 July 2012 01:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 July 2012 03:05 AM

Is anybody excited about the Olympics?

If I have time, I will watch the opening ceremony with all the pomp, but after that I struggle to stay interested.

Writing this just made me wonder; do you think the Olympic games are promoting unhealthy competition between nations?  Are they rigged? Do you think they are a kind of cultural imperialism?  Just a moneymaking thing?

What are everybody’s thoughts?

I believe the Olympics actually are financial losers. They are lucky to break even. But that is not the intent. Is is a gathering of young sports persons to compete in friendly competition. Lifelong friendships between people from totally different cultures are made and a mutual respect is forged during the competitions and ceremonies. 
IMO, unless it becomes too politicized, it is one the more positive common endeavors among peoples and countries.

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Posted: 30 July 2012 10:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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When I found out athletes and coaches go where the money for training is, I lost interest.  To me, if games are pitched as healthy competition amongst nations, source of national pride, etc., then the athletes better be FROM the nation whose flag they compete for. Otherwise it’s just about the individuals. And that’s ok BUT don’t lie about it being about nations then.  Plus the fact that on TV at least the networks only show the big money events sours it for me.

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Posted: 30 July 2012 12:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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For some Olympic themed hilarity, I bring you the tale of a man who tried to swim to America from France.  He’s just riddled with Olympic Fever.

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Posted: 30 July 2012 01:56 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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Dead Monky - 30 July 2012 12:10 PM

For some Olympic themed hilarity, I bring you the tale of a man who tried to swim to America from France.  He’s just riddled with Olympic Fever.

Can you imagine his surprise when he lands in Bordeaux and finds out the games are in London…. cheese

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Posted: 04 August 2012 11:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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I’m enjoying the Olympics, I like cycling, volleyball, and a couple of other events.  I still haven’t seen any archery, but would like to.  I could do without all the reverence about the sports.  I loved the opening ceremony, the five rings looking freshly forged were a great effect, that must have been spectacular to see it live.  I thought that Beijing did a better opening ceremony though, I still remember them lighting the Olympic cauldron, the flame running up the edges of the stadium to explode when it reached the cauldron.  Wow.  big surprise

The television coverage is good this year, they are showing some variety, and repeat a sport enough that you can follow it, rather than just seeing a glimpse of it.

To bad there’s so much money and cheating behind the whole thing, one-hundred athletes banned before the first day, just because the drug testers discovered a new drug test, but I suppose there are thousands of athletes and so one-hundred is a small percent of the whole.  I think that the badminton players were just being strategic when they tried to throw that match, I’d rather see them stay in the games.

Its a little sad though, to see the athletes devote so much time and energy… and what do they get in the end?  Its sad to see the gymnastics being judged down to the slightest little twitch, and down to a hundredth-of-a-point… the truth being that they are all amazing and wonderful.  smile

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Posted: 04 August 2012 01:45 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Dead Monky - 30 July 2012 12:10 PM

For some Olympic themed hilarity, I bring you the tale of a man who tried to swim to America from France.  He’s just riddled with Olympic Fever.

What spoil sports the Coast Guard are   mad
The guy was a shoe-in for the Darwin Awards   kiss

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Posted: 08 August 2012 10:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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mid atlantic - 27 July 2012 03:05 AM

Is anybody excited about the Olympics?

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What are everybody’s thoughts?

There was a time I though they were pretty near greatest thing on earth, after the space race.  But, I was very young and these Olympics are not those Olympics anyways. {me thinks, it appears overfeeding creatures creates monsters}

What do I think about them? Quite the rich man’s racket:

Athens

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By ELENA BECATOROS

The Associated Press

There’s still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens’ northern fringe.

Frogs.

They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool’s murky waters.

Beijing

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TheBlaze.com

Okay, to be fair, not all of the $40 billion dollars worth of infrastructure that went into the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been abandoned or destroyed (for instance, they still get some mileage out of that “Bird’s Nest” thing), but, good grief, they’ve allowed an awful lot of it to fall by the wayside.

for poops and grins, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Olympic_Committee
start at the bottom and work up.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 01:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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citizenschallenge.pm - 08 August 2012 10:23 AM
mid atlantic - 27 July 2012 03:05 AM

Is anybody excited about the Olympics?

{...}
What are everybody’s thoughts?

There was a time I though they were pretty near greatest thing on earth, after the space race.  But, I was very young and these Olympics are not those Olympics anyways. {me thinks, it appears overfeeding creatures creates monsters}

What do I think about them? Quite the rich man’s racket:

Athens

OLY607_1431938l.jpg
By ELENA BECATOROS

The Associated Press

There’s still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens’ northern fringe.

Frogs.

They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool’s murky waters.

Beijing

volleyball-jpg_194418-620x402.jpg
TheBlaze.com

Okay, to be fair, not all of the $40 billion dollars worth of infrastructure that went into the 2008 Beijing Olympics has been abandoned or destroyed (for instance, they still get some mileage out of that “Bird’s Nest” thing), but, good grief, they’ve allowed an awful lot of it to fall by the wayside.

for poops and grins, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Olympic_Committee
start at the bottom and work up.

Damn, what a racket the Olympics is.  Those abandoned arenas are not surprising though.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 05:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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By ELENA BECATOROS

The Associated Press

There’s still one group that loves the training pool for athletes at the former Olympic village in Athens’ northern fringe.

Frogs.

They appear to delight in sitting on debris that floats on the half-filled pool’s murky waters.


Well, at least that’s one positive thing we can all agree on, frogs are endangered. Go Greek frogs! Now any more empty venues for the honey bees?

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Posted: 10 August 2012 04:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Sorry if this annoys some of you, but I just heard the absolute greatest news — the Olympics will end this weekend.  My favorite evening TV viewing is MSNBC, and they’ve had ONLY Olympic coverage since it began.  I’ve been stuck with watching Big Bang Theory reruns.

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