The Olympics random thoughts thread (may contain spoilers) (Read 1310 times)


HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

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    Heat 1: I liked how the Jamaican women bounced up and down when waiting to take the baton. Looks cute (like kids all excited to run), and I presume it is to keep muscles warmer.

     

    Heat 2: It was kind of sad how the later receivers had to thread through the earlier finishers.

    It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

      LOL, but waterpolo seemed to have it's fair share of rules. I'm still looking for the horses. And Ralph.

       

      I got the impression that basketball is a lot like water polo, except goals are worth 2 (and you get an extra point for long distance goals).

      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.


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        You also knee him in the crotch which nobody sees because it is underwater.  Water polo is a brutal sport.

         

         I thought there was a rule about pulling the swimsuit off first?  

          LOL, but waterpolo seemed to have it's fair share of rules. I'm still looking for the horses. And Ralph.

          As I wrote earlier, my son played, and it's boring.... rules I know (beside the soccer in water game).

          1. you may not touch the bottom of the pool

          2. ?

          3. ?

           

          Other observations:

          1. Water Polo is much different than Marco Polo (should have read the brochure better)

          2. You do not wear goggles even though you need to keep your eyes open in a clorine pool

          3. The swim stroke is much different from normal swimming (feet low, chest snowplows the water)

           

          After 6 games of watching live water polo, that's what I know.... Don't like it.

          2014 Goals:

          #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

          #2: 365 Hours training <NOPE, INJURED>

           

            As I wrote earlier, my son played, and it's boring.... rules I know (beside the soccer in water game).

            1. you may not touch the bottom of the pool

            2. ?

            3. ?

             

            Other observations:

            1. Water Polo is much different than Marco Polo (should have read the brochure better)

            2. You do not wear goggles even though you need to keep your eyes open in a clorine pool

            3. The swim stroke is much different from normal swimming (feet low, chest snowplows the water)

             

            After 6 games of watching live water polo, that's what I know.... Don't like it.

             

            if played in a pool more than 6 feet deep I think you could dispense with the first (and only?) rule. 

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            HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

              I think spearguns and underwater motorized speedo/James Bond things are also disallowed.

              It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

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                I think spearguns and underwater motorized speedo/James Bond things are also disallowed.

                 

                They allow those in the open water "marathon".

                 

                  LOL, but waterpolo seemed to have it's fair share of rules. I'm still looking for the horses. And Ralph.

                   

                  They no longer have real horsie polo, right?  Speaking of elitist sports.

                  Well at least someone here is making relevance to the subject.

                    I saw this:

                     

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                    http://sports.yahoo.com/news/olympics--china-s-olympic-goal--dominate-the-medal-count.html

                     

                    "The intention of the Chinese is to win every medal, every single medal," said Jeff Ruffolo, an American who has worked for the Chinese government to help plan several sports competitions including the 2008 Olympics.

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                    I hate to break it to him, but a single country cannot win more than 1 medal in some events.  I feel like I should call the embassy or someting to tell them their plan is flawed. 

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                    HobbyJogger & HobbyRacer

                       

                      I hate to break it to him, but a single country cannot win more than 1 medal in some events.  I feel like I should call the embassy or something to tell them their plan is flawed. 

                       

                      They're going to need to get a lot of people disqualified, at this point, to pull this off.

                       

                      Which brings up an excellent point. Suppose they get everyone in the final disqualified -- then do the medals descend based on semifinal times?

                      It's a 5k. It hurt like hell...then I tried to pick it up. The end.

                        The Olympics is like NASCAR, not like Football....

                         

                        In Football, I follow 1 team.  I follow my adopted home city (Dallas), and cheer for them.  (I don't wear a Romo jersey or a Whitten jersey, but I happen to know the basics of the local sports team).  When Dallas is playing I want them to win.  Other than that, it doesn't matter.  (with fantasy football, things change, but that's a different topic)

                         

                        For NASCAR, you MUST follow more than 1 team, otherwise you can be disappointed early.  A few years ago, I followed NASCAR (when I lived in Florida), and I followed Mark Martin, Tony Stewart, Rusty Wallace, and whoever else.  If one was having a bad day (crash, engine blown up, etc.), there was somebody else to cheer for.  Without following more than 1 team, you'd quickly check out of the race.

                         

                        I don't know if anybody else feels like I do, but in the Olympics, there are a few countries that I follow.

                        #1 USA (my adopted country)

                        #2 Canada (my birth country)

                        #3 The Netherlands (my heritage)

                         

                        For Americans watching NBC, there's plenty of USA to watch in the finals of races.  For others around the world, many don't have that luxury.

                        When "my countries" compete against each other, I have mixed emotions.  For example, the semi-finals women's soccer game a couple days ago between Canada and the USA was tough to watch!  Crazy tough.  3-3 score, double overtime (120th minute), and a header from the USA wins the game.  For me, no emotion.  No "hooray", no "crap".  Nothing.  Great game!  Glad I was part of watching that game live (I think it was live anyway).

                         

                        For those that didn't watch, I will say that the sportmanship of that game was special.  In the 110th minute or so (late in the game, and when it mattered the most), a USA defender got injured without a stop play whistle.  Canada got the ball and was able to "break away" with the USA 1 player down on defense.  If Canada scored, Canada would have won the game.  However, the Canadian player intentionally kicked the ball out of play so that the US player could be attended to.  Awesome gesture.  Internally, I'm wondering "now, what if the USA scores on this next possession?"  The USA, in return, throws the ball in, and a USA defender punts the ball all the way to the Canadian goalie as a "thank you" for not attacking on the previous play. 

                         

                        For me, that was the best part of the game!

                        Great game to watch.

                        2014 Goals:

                        #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

                        #2: 365 Hours training <NOPE, INJURED>

                         


                           

                          For those that didn't watch, I will say that the sportmanship of that game was special.  In the 110th minute or so (late in the game, and when it mattered the most), a USA defender got injured without a stop play whistle.  Canada got the ball and was able to "break away" with the USA 1 player down on defense.  If Canada scored, Canada would have won the game.  However, the Canadian player intentionally kicked the ball out of play so that the US player could be attended to.  Awesome gesture.  Internally, I'm wondering "now, what if the USA scores on this next possession?"  The USA, in return, throws the ball in, and a USA defender punts the ball all the way to the Canadian goalie as a "thank you" for not attacking on the previous play. 

                           

                          For me, that was the best part of the game!

                          Great game to watch.

                           

                          This is pretty standard practice in soccer if a player is down and there is no stoppage. At least in games I watch and have played in...

                           

                          I still think it is cool every time I see it, though.  You don't attack when the other team has a player down, and in return you get possession back once play resumes again.

                           

                           

                          "I aim to misbehave."

                            I don't know if anybody else feels like I do, but in the Olympics, there are a few countries that I follow.

                            #1 USA (my adopted country)

                            #2 Canada (my birth country)

                            #3 The Netherlands (my heritage)

                             

                            If you won a medal in the 1,500 meters while running for the USA would you circle the track waving each of these flags? 

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                              If you won a medal in the 1,500 meters while running for the USA would you circle the track waving each of these flags? 

                               

                              Kind of like this?

                              http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/10/opinion/navarrette-olympics-flags/index.html


                              MTA: this article is what lead me to write about the fans of multiple countries.

                               

                              No!  If I'm representing the USA, I'm waving the USA flag.

                              But, if my brother (blood brother or not) was running for Canada, I'd give him a hug after we crossed the line.

                              2014 Goals:

                              #1: Do what I can do. <DOING>

                              #2: 365 Hours training <NOPE, INJURED>

                               

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                                Mckayla is not impressed.

                                 

                                Edit: I have since been told that this is all the rage in facebook and that I am repeating dumbassery.  Apologies.  Not being on facebook, I do not have the pulse of the funhouse mirrored nation.  I will still leave it here for posterity.

                                 

                                I can has dumbass.