Monday, August 11, 2008

Notes on the Olympic Games

  • During the Parade of Nations portion of the Opening Ceremony I noticed that half of Zimbabwe's athletes were white. Also, the Flag Bearer of Botswana was white. I guess it's true what they say: Minorities really ARE good at sports.
  • When the French team entered the stadium the announcers mentioned that there's been talk in China of boycotting French companies because of French actions concerning Tibet. China, here's a tip: start calling deep-fried potato slices Freedom Fries instead of French Fries!
  • The Polish team has many attractive female athletes, and only some of them are lesbians.
  • When Estonia entered the Stadium during the Parade of Nations Matt Lauer dug deep into the trivia vaults. He informed us that an Estonian and a Finn contested the longest wrestling match in modern Olympic history in 1912: The two contestants went at it for ELEVEN HOURS in a Greco-Roman wrestling match. (Somehow this makes me think of Men on Vacation.) The execrable Bob Costas tried to upstage Lauer by adding, "That will rank as the longest Olympic contest of all-time unless they ever add Cricket." Well, Bob, you pusillanimous jerk, Cricket has already been contested at the Olympics. In 1900 the British convincingly beat the French in a two day contest. Just shut the fuck up, Bob.
  • The French stink at trash talking.
Finally, the Opening Ceremony was freakin' awesome. It was a fine mix of the massiveness of Humanity's imperial agrarian past with the technology that stemmed from the more indiviualistic scientific/industrial era. It will be interesting to see if China can successfully fuse these concepts on a more permanent basis. (They've already failed at this a couple of times, but perhaps the third time will be the charm.)

5 comments:

bill said...

Figures the dumbass book I'm reading on the Olympics doesn't mention cricket or the marathon wrestling match

Icepick said...

Wow, I thought I heard about the Cricket from your posts on the old Olympics.

Icepick said...

I added a Wiki link about Olympic Cricket in the post.

AnastasiaBeaverhausen said...

The opening ceremonies themselves were without a doubt the best I have ever seen - wish I could have been there live!
The only good thing to come out of NBCs coverage is their Asia reporter Joshua Cooper Rano - brief, informative, knows the people and the language, has a great voice and is a smokin hottie!

AnastasiaBeaverhausen said...

fine mix of the massiveness of Humanity's imperial agrarian past with the technology that stemmed from the more indiviualistic scientific/industrial era. It will be interesting to see if China can successfully fuse these concepts on a more permanent basis. (They've already failed at this a couple of times, but perhaps the third time will be the charm - I don't think they can go back now - they have come too far!