I've always loved the winter olympics because they weren't a stupidly hyped as the summer. But this Olympics, and the coverage, has sucked. Let me rephrase that; during the seven times I've tuned in to catch some of the games, either it hasn't been on, or they're showing an hour's worth of women's hockey or frickin cross country skiing.
Plus, it's all in tape delay out here, so one would think they'd choose something other than biathalon or Canadian rake throwing (actually, Canadian rake throwing would be pretty fun to watch).
Jack Johnson of Team USA, a former Wolverine and currently a defenseman for the L.A. Kings, became the first active NHL player to march with his fellow Olympians at the opening ceremony. This article details the trouble Johnson went to in order to meet up with family and make it to the ceremony and back. Basically he spent a lot of money on a chartered plane.
"To have the opportunity to walk alongside the other Olympians from my country, and walk in the opening ceremonies is something I'll never forget. There was no way that I was going to let this opportunity slip by."
Horrible news out of Vancouver. Luger seriously injured (reports are that he has died but unconfirmed) in 95 MPH collision with a metal pole. Terrible way to start the Olympics. There is video of this out there but I'm not linking to it because it's truly scarring.
Yes, of course, I cheer for the Red, White and Blue, and, given enough alcohol, I definitely wouldn't be opposed to a drunken "U-S-A" chant at a bar.
But most of us have a different heritage or ancestors who hailed from points other than here.
Who will you be cheering for during this Olympics?
Which is fun EXACTLY every four years, because those Nordic shits can't seem to buy a medal in the Summer Games.
A while back Brian posted a photo at The Sporting Blog of US Olympic hockey team goalie Ryan Miller's mask. Or at least one side of it.
Apparently the designer liked Brian's description of the one side enough (it involved a flaming cyborg arm, so of course it was great) to send a photo of the other side.
Even if we don't win the gold (which we most likely will not), at least our goalie will have the ass-kickingest piece in the place.
The IOC approved golf and rugby for future Olympic games. As a golfer, I think this is awesome.
"Golf will stage a 72-hole stroke-play tournament for men and women, with 60 players in each field. Rugby will organize a four-day seven-a-side tournament -- instead of the more traditional 15-a-side game -- for 12 men's and women's teams."