Thursday, August 14, 2008

Submitted for Your Consideration

Gee, twice in one month. If this keeps up I may just turn into a shameless sycophant praising other blogs so that they'll mention mine and distributing prizes to all and sundry in order to be acknowledged as the arbiter elegantiarum of the South Florida blogosphere. Still, I'll take that chance and proclaim Gusano's post on the Beijing Olympics the best that I've read on that subject. Best lines: "Crimes Against Entertainment" (title) and "[China is] a land where they preach 'brotherhood' but where it is against the law to have a brother."

http://www.babalublog.com/archives/009248.html

22 comments:

Fantomas said...

Olympic update.............................

It has come to light the Olympics has become the meccca of pro sports

Amateurism in the Olympics is over

The dream team are all pros, Yao Ming, Paul Gasol, Notwisky, they all play pro

In Soccer and tennis the biggest names in pro sports are competing for the gold medal

Same as in baseball, voleyball..

Now new information shows the chinese government will pay over 1 million dollars to gold medalists in addition gold medalist will also ontain endorsements from big chinese companies

Putin has increase the amount to Russian gold winners to 330k

the phillipines offers about 200k and other nations also offer prizes in cash

the question is

WHAT IS FIDEL CASTRO OFFERING HIS SLAVES WHEN THEY WIN A GOLD MEDAL

A 19 inch color Chinese tv, maybe a couple of hundred cuc.

No wonder why cuban atletes decite to emigrate...


There is no incentive to stay and the Cuban atheltes know about this stories from the olympic village

Fidel is not willing to open his personal account worth 1.2 billion of dollares to pay a few hundred thousands to his best athletes

Only in Cuba

Anonymous said...

Great comment fantomas, thanks

peter panecillo said...

Fantomas , the chinese are using children under 14 in the Women's Gymnastics
a violation of COI comite olympico Intternational

What do you have to say about that?

Fantomas said...

If proven true, one has to consider China is doing everything in its power to win the Gold medal count over US regardless of the consequences. . It is a matter of National Security and pride to the chinese to win it all

NBC coverage comments said...

Comments
Wednesday night beach volleyball is not much of a sport -- the ancient greeks didn't play it

Posted by: DAVE | August 14, 2008 at 02:33 PM

I know why the ratings went down--two reasons: first, no one likes watching tape-delayed sporting events. Second, they have shown the same 3 sports for four nights in a row. Also, no offense, but beach volleyball is not a prime-time sport.

Posted by: Casey | August 14, 2008 at 02:36 PM

I have not tuned in to even one minute of the Olympics. I am and have been boycotting all things Chinese for the past two years. The Chinese have provided us with faulty and even deadly products yet Americans still don't look for the country of origin when they purchase things. The Chinese have sent us lead-poisoned toys for our young children to chew on. They have sent us tainted toothpaste and dog food. Fish that they sent last year was heavily tainted with mercury. Other toys have had loose or easily ingested small parts or small magnets. I won't even go to a Chinese restaurant because they most likely purchase ingredients produced in China.

That China was selected to host the Olympics is unbelievable. Their history of human rights is non existent. They have pushed their poor out of their shabby dwellings to accommodate Olympians and visitors. Their weather has some of the worst smog in the world. Let the current Olympics and any attendant lingering health problems of Olympians serve to punish the O.C. and hopefully they will make better choices in the past.

Other than hearing that Coke supports the Olympics, I will not patronize Coke or any other advertisers. I am sick and tired and fed up with China.

Posted by: linda in nm | August 14, 2008 at 02:41 PM

I have not tuned in to even one minute of the Olympics. I am and have been boycotting all things Chinese for the past two years. The Chinese have provided us with faulty and even deadly products yet Americans still don't look for the country of origin when they purchase things. The Chinese have sent us lead-poisoned toys for our young children to chew on. They have sent us tainted toothpaste and dog food. Fish that they sent last year was heavily tainted with mercury. Other toys have had loose or easily ingested small parts or small magnets. I won't even go to a Chinese restaurant because they most likely purchase ingredients produced in China.

That China was selected to host the Olympics is unbelievable. Their history of human rights is non existent. They have pushed their poor out of their shabby dwellings to accommodate Olympians and visitors. Their weather has some of the worst smog in the world. Let the current Olympics and any attendant lingering health problems of Olympians serve to punish the O.C. and hopefully they will make better choices in the past.

Other than hearing that Coke supports the Olympics, I will not patronize Coke or any other advertisers. I am sick and tired and fed up with China.

Posted by: linda in nm | August 14, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Show something exciting and educational- archery, shooting, basketball, softball, etc. There are 100's of sports NBC can show but they kept showing the same old boring sports.

Posted by: Daniel | August 14, 2008 at 02:42 PM

Anyone looking at NBC would think that Beach Volley Ball is America's premiere sport. Where is the tennis, basketball and sailboats.

Posted by: Grindle | August 14, 2008 at 02:43 PM

The Olympic coverage is terrible. Too much of the panzy "sports" and not enough of the interesting stuff. There should be around the clock coverage of all the games, not just swimming, gymnastics, and volleyball. Where's men's basketball, weightlifting, boxing, you know, the real sports? So far, it's the worst games yet. And oh yeah, how much more of Michael "Golden Boy" Phelps are they going to drown us in?

Posted by: bugEYES | August 14, 2008 at 02:45 PM

Sweet!

Posted by: KansasGirl | August 14, 2008 at 02:46 PM

Why are the ratings so low?

You have 1 network controlling what we watch.
I want to watch the sports that I don't see everyday.

I remember the days when I was young when you couldn't watch anything on T.V. when the Olympics came on. You could turn on the T.V. any time of the day or night and there was always something to watch. Didn't like that sport? Change the channel and there was something else of interest on.

The innocent days of the Olympics are gone when professional athletes came into the picture. Sure we know that other countries don't have professional sports teams and most of thier teams play together for years. To see a pure amateur come on the scene to win the Gold was pure joy.


Posted by: Israel | August 14, 2008 at 02:46 PM

I'm tired of watching the sports that are subjectively "graded". It is quite obvious that the US is getting the shaft in gymnastics. Sure our men and women (yes, adults unlike the chinese children they're competing against) have made some mistakes, but when they do make a mistake, they are graded harshly, whereas other gymnasts making the same mistakes are still scoring much higher. It's completely rigged against the US and it's disgusting.

I'm incredibly dissappointed with the Beijing Olympics.

Posted by: Angela | August 14, 2008 at 02:51 PM

You know why? I'm no T.V. Exucutive....but the Olypics are, ahem, BOOOORING. Most of the events are not spectator friendly, or involve children obsessing over meaningless weird "sports" like gymnastics.....it's not a sport, it's a freaky event some people obsessed get really good at.....I'll take the X-games any day....no Olympics on my T.V.

Posted by: Hal | August 14, 2008 at 02:56 PM

I have boycotted baseball ever since McGwire cried in front of the congressional commitee. Then it turns out Bonds, Sosa etc were pumped up on EPO and the comissioner did nothing about it.

For the same reason I boycott the Olympics. There is an obvious problem and the IOC is sticking their heads in the sand.

Reading, writing and arithmetic are giving way to lying, cheating and stealing. This is what kids are learning today and it's a shame.

The gold is tarnished.

Posted by: Bob Simpson | August 14, 2008 at 02:57 PM

Until the IOC does something about the women's gymnastics team from China breaking the age rule I am done watching anything. I believe more than one of their participants was under the age of 16. What a bunch of deceitful cheaters and liars they are proving themselves to be.

Posted by: RufusVonDufus | August 14, 2008 at 02:58 PM

Anonymous said...

Fantomas the US will win the final total medal count but China gets the Gold lead

Anonymous said...

Fantomas the US will win the final total medal count but China gets the Gold lead

Anonymous said...

Fantomas the US will win the final total medal count but China gets the Gold lead

Henry said...

Actually, Manny, it's the "Pope of the Blogosphere"......

Me and you are so much alike, doncha think?

XXOO

fantomas cousin said...

Manuel can't handle Fantomas . His ignorance is bliss. He has chosen to ignore him and has instructed his kool aid kids gang to do otherwise

To not avail. Fantomas is resilient

Ms Calabaza said...

MaT,

you shameless sycophant, you . . .

:)

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas' cousin;

Well, I see that it doesn't run in the family, after all. Resilient, indeed!

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

Why don't you offer the Cuban athletes something? The widow's mite, perhaps?

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

faux Henry:

The person to whom you refer is the Antipope of the Blogosphere.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

ms. calabaza:

The fantomas engine is in need of tuning. I've never seen so many false starts in one day.

Fantomas said...

fantomas:

Why don't you offer the Cuban athletes something? The widow's mite, perhaps?


Quizas tu puedas darle algo del loot que tu gente Batistiana saco de Cuba back in the days

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

fantomas:

I think that an honest food stamp from you would mean a lot more to them than a souvenir $1000 bill circa 1950 from me.

Vana said...

Yes great post by Gusano, he says it like it is, when has the MSM cared about human rights abuse? never, they are in love with bloody regimes.

Fantomas said...

I think that an honest food stamp from you would mean a lot more to them than a souvenir $1000 bill circa 1950 from me.


what is a food stamp , never seen one

king kong said...

With all due respect to athletes everywhere, even Phelps, whose drive for a record eight gold medals is THE Olympic storyline, or Aaron Rodgers, who is replacing Brett Favre at quarterback in Green Bay, none of them can comprehend the pressure facing Liu, who shoulders the expectations of 1.3 billion people. Unlike Liu, if Phelps falls short, an entire country won't mourn.

``Liu is under intense pressure,'' said his former coach, Sun Jie.

Perhaps the best way to comprehend what it's like for Liu, who skipped the opening ceremony and who has been sequestered since the Games began, is to digest what the other Chinese athletes are saying.

``Sometimes,'' gymnast Chang Fei said the other day, before the Chinese men won the team gold medal, ``I feel it's hard to breathe or even cry under the pressure.''

Robles Record

And expectations for him don't even begin to approach that of Liu, who became a national hero after winning the gold medal in Athens. His face is on billboards around Beijing, and he appears in Nike Inc. commercials.

About the only place Liu hasn't been seen is on the track. At the finish line, at least.

Liu withdrew from New York's Reebok Grand Prix in May after granting interviews on the observation deck of the Empire State Building. He was then disqualified from the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, because of a false start that many track observers say was intentional.

Meantime, in June, Liu's world record was toppled by Cuba's Dayron Robles, setting the stage for one colossal race in Beijing.

These days, Liu only communicates via his personal Web site. In his latest posting, dated Aug. 13, he says Robles is the stronger of the two.

``From an overall comparison, he is stronger than me,'' Liu wrote. ``It is clear he is the best hurdler out of everyone coming to the Games.''

All that matters, though, is what happens on the track on Aug. 21.

During his New York visit, while descending the 86 floors from observation deck to ground level, 1,050 feet, Liu spoke once.

``King Kong,'' he said.

Appropriate reference for a man with one heckuva monkey on his back.

(Scott Soshnick is a Bloomberg News columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.)

To contact the writer of this column: Scott Soshnick in Beijing through the New York sports desk at ssoshnick@bloomberg.net

Last Updated: August 14, 2008 01:10 EDT

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