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Beijing Olympics 2008

Discussion in 'Other Sports Talk' started by JEFF4i, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Thunderstorms today, so no golf.

    Thank God my cable provider carries the Korean and Chinese Olympic channels. At least I can watch something besides Women's Basketball, Women's Softball, and "Why the US team Mom's all use tampons instead of napkins interviews" - all staples it seems, of the CNMSNBC coverage.

    Table Tennis - hell yeah! Japan vs. HKG in the bronze medal team competition. Simply amazing.

    Heavyweight (or as I like to call them - sssmokinweight) women(?) weightlifters. Saw Jang Mi-Ren of Korea set the world record in the snatch (oh, stop...) by lifting 140kg, then follow it with a world record clean of 180 kg, which she promptly outdid with her next lift of 183 kg. That's 402.6 lbs dead lifted. Aye carumba....

    Badminton is on now the Korean and Chinese channels, and Argentina vs. Netherlands on the Olympic soccer channel.

    Gotta' go.
     
  2. usa1950

    usa1950 Divots like a 72 Playboy

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    I don't know... my youngest son is in pre-school with other 4 year olds and he specifically says no hitting.
     
  3. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    I saw the replay of Phelps' 7th gold in the 100m Butterfly. He won by .01 sec.

    Problem is, it looked to me like he clearly came in 2nd. His arms were at his hips as his the guy next to him (who was declared the silver medalist) were about to touch the wall. Granted, he got them up and forward prety quick, but to me it was pretty clear that Phelps touched 2nd.

    Anybody else see this?
     
  4. Harry Longshanks

    Harry Longshanks bow-chicka-bow-wow

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    I didn't see it, but IIRC those races are electronically timed. When the swimmers touch the final wall, there is a plate that stops the clock, right?

    Phelps has freakishly long arms so maybe he touched on the prior stroke? Or maybe the other guy failed to touch the wall?
     
  5. Eracer

    Eracer No more triple bogies!!

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    Hmmm...that I don't know. If they are electronic, then it's hard to argue. SI has a frame-by-frame look from the underwater cameras at the finish. I'd call it inconclusive from those pics. But it does show how far behind his arms were at the last stroke.
     
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    Can you post a link? I'd like to have a look.

    EDIT: Nevermind. Found it:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/0808/oly.phelps.sequence/content.1.html

    ai.cdn.turner.com_si_multimedia_photo_gallery_0808_oly.phelps.sequence_images_opgm_37116_mid.

    ai.cdn.turner.com_si_multimedia_photo_gallery_0808_oly.phelps.sequence_images_opgm_37117_mid.

    Racer, notice the plates against the wall of the pool - they are sensors to stop the clock.

    The photos are inconclusive, but based on the position of Phelps hand (more arc = more pressure = closer to wall), I'd say Phelps got it by a hair. But I'm like you - how the hell did he get his arms there that fast?!?!? Dude's an alien!

    The article did say, however, that Phelps went for the extra stroke, while Cavic tried to glide in.
     
  7. Wi-Golfer

    Wi-Golfer Golfer on hiatus. Supporting Member

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    You are the king at finding obscure shit on the net & you can't find a link for this????????????????
     
  8. Harry Longshanks

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    Have another look.
     
  9. Eracer

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    Those pics are what I saw at the end of the race. As they approached the wall I said, "No way Phelps wins." How he made up that much in the last fraction of a second...well, maybe he's like David Blaine, and Barry Sanders, and can stop time.
     
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    Huge upset by the Men's Water Polo team, in beating Croatia. If you are an American Water Polo fan, this is the equivalent of 1980 Olympic Hockey.

    Do you believe in Miracles? Yesssssss!


    Watched the Ladies Team Table Tennis this morning. China over Singapore. Freaking incredible. I can play a bit (winning some $ in the dorm in college, beating nearly all takers) and these gals were incredible.

    Anyone know when the men will be on/playing?
     
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    usa1950 Divots like a 72 Playboy

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    Re: The Phelps photos above. Phelps' right hand is on the wall, his fingertips are bending back. The other fellows fingers are not yet on the wall.

    Phelps took the extra half stroke, and more inportantly, kept his head down. Notice the "head up" finish of the other guy... slowing his "glide" finish even more.

    Not that I am an expert or anything... just what Rowdy Gaines was saying on the broadcast/interview/replay... whatever I was watching.

    8 freaking gold medals. Ridiculous. I made sure my kids (12 and 10) stayed up and watched it..... they will remember it as perhaps the best athletic feat of their lifetimes. My son was off the couch jumping up and down on the last 50 meters... he said his heart was pounding. We were at the 2006 World Series Game 4 and the clinching Game 5 for our beloved St, Louis Cardinals... he said his heart has not pounded like that since then.

    Pretty apt description I'd say.
     
  12. Eracer

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    Great match, and a good win by an underdog, but comparing it to the 1980 Hockey team?

    The Croatians have won a single medal - Silver - in the 108 year history of the Olympic sport. The US has won eight medals over that period.

    No way the 2008 Croations are the same dominant team the Russians were in 1980.

    If it was Hungary (14 of the last 54 medals, and Golds in 2000 and 2004) defeated by the Republic of Lichenstein, maybe.

    But Croatia?
     
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    Fair enough... I did not search Craotian Water Polo History... just going by the announcers apparently ridiculous overzealous stroking of all things USA.

    This just in.... Michael Phelps took a leak, and did so in world record time!!

    I sit corrected, and you now know more about Hungarian Water Polo than your neighbor, guaranteed!
     
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    Youngun5 Beware of the Phog!

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    in the phelps photos above...it also looks like the other guy raised his hands so that he'd hit the wall with more of his palms than fingertips...which would make him have to go another 2-3 inches....which when we're talking .01 is huge.
     
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    Anyone else disgusted by Bolt in the finals of the 100? Showboating 15m from the finish. A-hole needs to show some respect for the games.
     
  16. Eracer

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    Fear not, whever I need to know anything about football, you're the man!
     
  17. DaveE

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    Looked like the unbridled joy of a 21 year old to me.

    The guy was begging his coach to give him the chance to run the 100M less than a year ago and then he runs the most dominant 100M I've ever seen in the Olympics.

    Agreed he hasn't learned the diplomatic way to handle the Olympics yet but I don't think for a minute that he was intentionally showing any disrespect.
     
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    I don't like showboating in sports. Get the ball in the end zone, run the bags after a walk off grand slam, finish the race, then celebrate.

    I would also have banned Sergio for spitting in the cup.

    Respect the Game.
     
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    Just shows how two people can see the same thing and come away with completely different impressions.

    And I agree the Sergio spitting thing was disgusting though totally different (to me) than an over exuberant celebration.

    On the subject of Phelps. In the swimming world, what he did would have to be compared to Tiger beating Jack's major record. Can't even imagine the odds of 8 or 8.
     
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    Yep, and no bloody noses either!

    I agree about Phelps, an incredible feat.
     

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