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#21 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.08
They haven't won everything in Cricket since 1985.

If they can't win that, they aren't going to win much at all. Cricket is the national sport.

Congrats, India.




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#22 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.50
    Originally posted by It's False

    And of course, there's basketball. The men's team is great, especially with the old Dwayne Wade back, but the women's team is just a BEAST, as no one's come close to beating them yet.


And the softball team might be even better than the women's basketball team. It's too bad none of the ladies get attention unless they do gymnastics or swim.

Here's hoping Nadal wins the gold medal. That guy might be the most entertaining guy in sports.

Too bad pro wrestling isn't a sport. Then Canada would dominate.



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#23 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.93
    Originally posted by Quezzy
      Originally posted by It's False

      And of course, there's basketball. The men's team is great, especially with the old Dwayne Wade back, but the women's team is just a BEAST, as no one's come close to beating them yet.


    And the softball team might be even better than the women's basketball team. It's too bad none of the ladies get attention unless they do gymnastics or swim.

    Here's hoping Nadal wins the gold medal. That guy might be the most entertaining guy in sports.

    Too bad pro wrestling isn't a sport. Then Canada would dominate.


And I think softball is gone after this Olympics. What a shame as it is great to watch.



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#24 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10

I wonder if Don Imus would be allowed to call the women's basketball team BEASTS without getting fired.



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#25 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.90
There we go! Finally we're on the board with a Gold and Bronze in women's wrestling (who knew?) and a Silver in rowing. The state of emergency is over in Canada.
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#26 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.66
Holy crap, Usain Bolt. Just unbelievable. This guy is going to be fun to watch until he tests posit....er, as he continues to develop.



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#27 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.10
    Originally posted by The Goon
    There we go! Finally we're on the board with a Gold and Bronze in women's wrestling (who knew?) and a Silver in rowing. The state of emergency is over in Canada.


The chick that won the gold apparently trains in Calgary (but not in the Hart Dungeon).



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#28 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.35
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Holy crap, Usain Bolt. Just unbelievable. This guy is going to be fun to watch until he tests posit....er, as he continues to develop.

Yea, but what the hell was with the celebrating with 15 meters left? Sure, he got a world record, but he could have SMASHED the record if he stayed focused.



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#29 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by Big Bad
      Holy crap, Usain Bolt. Just unbelievable. This guy is going to be fun to watch until he tests posit....er, as he continues to develop.

    Yea, but what the hell was with the celebrating with 15 meters left? Sure, he got a world record, but he could have SMASHED the record if he stayed focused.


I think he was thinking he'd get dozens of chances to beat his world record in the future years - he's sure young enough - but never another chance to celebrate destroying a field like this in the Olympics.



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    Originally posted by thecubsfan
      Originally posted by SchippeWreck
        Originally posted by Big Bad
        Holy crap, Usain Bolt. Just unbelievable. This guy is going to be fun to watch until he tests posit....er, as he continues to develop.

      Yea, but what the hell was with the celebrating with 15 meters left? Sure, he got a world record, but he could have SMASHED the record if he stayed focused.


    I think he was thinking he'd get dozens of chances to beat his world record in the future years - he's sure young enough - but never another chance to celebrate destroying a field like this in the Olympics.


He said he didn't come to set a word record - he came to win. He did that. Phew!



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#31 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.10
Bolt was just scary good.
The quarter finals was even more fun to watch as he hit the brakes with about half the race left and just looked around casually.

It's sad that my first thought after the race was "Please don't turn out to be positive."

And then the Jamaican women came in first, second and second on their 100 meters. Wow.





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    Originally posted by SchippeWreck
      Originally posted by Big Bad
      Holy crap, Usain Bolt. Just unbelievable. This guy is going to be fun to watch until he tests posit....er, as he continues to develop.

    Yea, but what the hell was with the celebrating with 15 meters left? Sure, he got a world record, but he could have SMASHED the record if he stayed focused.


I thought that made it all the more fantastic. Plus, don't those guys get a bonus for breaking the record? Makes more sense to break it .03 at a time than by two-tenths. Tom Hammond and Ato Boldon were money in the commentary - Boldon was just giddy and it was great.

Let me say that the Chinese girl getting third over Alicia Sacramone in the vault - after LANDING ON HER KNEES on her second vault - was such a ridiculous rip-off that I can't believe they actually went ahead and did it. I think between the boxing judges and the gymnastics judges the incompetence has been astounding.



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#33 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
Yeah Sacramone got absolutly screwed over there. It was a total joke.

As for Bolt, great to watch, most likely too good to be true.
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#34 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
I don't think Sacramone got screwed individually so much as the system just sucks. Because judges are now deducting so often for such small things, your only hope it seems is the high degree of difficulty, because no matter what you're lucky to get over a 9.5 on the execution.

Seems to me your best bet is to do ridciulously hard routines, hope to do them semi-passably, take an 8.5 or so for execution, and ride the 7.0 difficulty score to a medal.



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#35 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
Yeah that seems like the winning formula. Doesn't matter if you can't come close to landing on your feet, so long as you tried something really hard.
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    Originally posted by wmatistic

    As for Bolt, great to watch, most likely too good to be true.



I know where you're coming from here, but I find it interesting that folks are making comments like that about a guy who won a single medal and not at all about the guy who just won 8.

Is there a perception (due to Ben Johnson, Marion Jones, et al.) that track & field athletes are more likely to be "dirty"? Is it that Phelps is truly believable when he insists he's clean (or that he's got the test results to back it up)? Or is it because Bolt so clearly blew away the entire rest of the field (a la Johnson in '88)?

For the record, I think Phelps is a one-in-a-billion guy: physically ideal for swimming thanks to genetics, a drive to succeed and exceed expectations, and, frankly, the kind of ideal role model I was starting to think was extinct.

But I'd also like to believe that Bolt and the Jamaican women are more a sign that Jamaica has dedicated itself to training the best sprinters in the world than a sign that performance enhancing drugs are still prevalent in Track & Field.
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#37 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.45
    Originally posted by tarnish

      Originally posted by wmatistic

      As for Bolt, great to watch, most likely too good to be true.



    I know where you're coming from here, but I find it interesting that folks are making comments like that about a guy who won a single medal and not at all about the guy who just won 8.

Exactly.

While we're at it...can the media get off the whole "Greatest Olympic Champion EVER" line? No? Ok, just thought I'd ask.

"Greatest SWIMMER Ever"? I got no beef with that. But you can't compare the 67 medals he's won to the decathlete who can win only one medal every four years, or guys like Alexander Karelin who went undefeated from 1987-2000 and has only 3 golds and a silver to show for it.



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#38 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.08
Well I think mostly my view is from knowing so many of track competitors have been dirty the past decade. The whole sport is infested, as bad as cycling ever was. So when I see something like this I think...hmm well if chances are that at least some of his competitors are using, then for him to blow them all away like that? It's hard to believe.

Swimming has had some issues, but they aren't as documented as track so I really don't know. I think there has been a little speculation on Phelps, but he's kinda the golden boy right now so most people aren't willing to even go there.

I'd like to think they're all doing it the right way but history tells us it's not likely, as least in track.
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Dear Mr Bolt. Please learn to catch a football,


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#40 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.90
I was thoroughly inspired by Simon Whitfield's performance last night(this morning in Beijing) in the Men's Triathlon. So much so, in fact, that I'm making completing a triathlon a goal for 2009. Maybe not the full Olympic distance, though.
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