Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Olympics = Crack

Yeah, I'm kind of a junkie when it comes to the Olympics. I'm debating about whether to mount a flat screen in the bathroom, where I can see it from all angles.

I think it stems from the fact that it was one of the very few times that me and Dad would hang out late, past my normal bedtime hour, when I was a child. Perhaps that has something to do with all the events that I like, and those that are... there.

Track and Field? - Cool.

Swimming? - Neat-O.

Gymnastics? - Holy crap, that's a buff lookin' chick.

Handball? - WTF?

Not to belittle anyones choice of sport, or anything... I suppose that these guys and gals are in the top of their form, the best at their chosen field, but there's definitely some stuff out there that just doesn't do anything for me.

It's all relative, I'm sure that there's some of my readers that aren't particularly crazy about soccer - it's ok, nobody's perfect, ya know...

Speaking of soccer, I've actually never really been a great fan of Olympic soccer because that's what the World Cup is for. It is kinda cool in that we get to see some of the top players doing their thing. It does seem like there's significantly less theatrics in the competition, though, so that's a plus I guess. Always fun to see Brazil dominate.

Speaking of domination, I was getting a little bit miffed that I hadn't actually seen this Phelps guy doing his thing. Every time I turned on the toob, it was handball, gymnastics, diving, commentary, gymnastics, gymnastics, and China-background stuff. Mebbe it's all the fawning by the media over another particular guy, but I have to admit I was kind of reserved about my position on ole Mikey.

Then I saw him swim.

I guess I caught the race shortly after the start, and only knew that he was racing when one of the commentators mentioned his name.

That kind of got my interest.

I snorted when I realized that the green-line that the cameras superimposed over the swimmers was behind the lead swimmer, looked like their system was way off. The only time I had seen that kind of stuff was for the NFL games, and I just naturally figgured that it was supposed to mark out the lead swimmer.

Then I realized it was the marker for the world record.

You know it's a fast race when something like the 4th or 5th place guy breaks the old world record, and he's doesn't even get a medal.

Back to the events...


8 comments:

Snigglefrits said...

Murphy, you have my full blessings to enjoy my part of the Olympics. ;)

Jarhead said...

I totally have to agree with you man. I am like a fatman at an all you can eat buffet. I can't get enough of the Olympics (Minus synchronized diving that is). I find myself staying up too late and then draggin ass when I head out early.

Bobby G. said...

Sarge:
I just wish they would have showed more of the SHOOTING events...like when Army Specialist Glenn Eller III won a GOLD for the USA in double trap (record win - score of 190). He ALSO won the QUALIFYING record - (145 out of 150).
Now THAT is someone I'd share a foxhole with ANY day!
And he's got a standing invite for a cold one from me...ANY TME!

Here's the link:
http://www.army.mil/-news/2008/08/11/11572-soldier-wins-gold-sets-new-olympic-record/

Carry On!

B.G.

GeorgeH said...

"Handball? - WTF?"

I caught womens handball for the first time the other night.
It's like a cross between basketball and dodgeball, and probably a better game than either. They just need to ditch the floppy basketball uniforms for something skinpy.

Old NFO said...

I agree with BG- I have not caught a SINGLE shooting event, but they had handball on... Gack...I just hope they will show the modern pentathalon, but I'm not betting on it...

Murphy said...

snigglefrits - Not a fan?

jarhead - If there was a 'draggin' ass' medal, I'd definitely have a lock on the gold.

bobby g - Outstanding! No if only there were some Marines on the friggin' team...

georgeh - Now if Dodgeball were an olympic sport, then we'd be talkin'...

I'm always up for the skimpy.

old nfo - It'd be really cool, but I'm not holding my breath...

Snigglefrits said...

Not an Olympic fan, but still a huge fan of Murphy. ;)

Jarhead said...

If you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball