London Olympics 2012 To Follow 2008 Chinese Extravaganza, Murder and Cheating Controversy

And so we bid adieu to the Olympics. It was certainly an extravagant event costing the Chinese over 41 billion dollars to sponsor it.

This Olympics looked like trouble at the outset. An American, Todd Bachman was murdered, and there was an ensuing attack on his wife. Barbara Bachman suffered multiple stab wounds and had to undergo major surgery to save her life. Todd Bachman was the father-in-law, and Barbara is the mother-in law, of Hugh McCutcheon, the coach of the Gold Medal US Olympic Volleyball Team. Throughout the Olympics, the team wore the initials TB on their shoes in memory of the man that had died and took Gold in the process. The murdering psychotic that killed Todd Bachman leapt to his death after the incident.

After this murder, however, it was a peaceful Olympics. The Chinese hosted an extraordinary event and, for the remainder of the Olympics, provided a safe environment for athletes throughout the world. The media has been quick to criticize the large amount spent and the massive effort put forth by the Chinese to win Gold at all costs, but they overlook the fact that while this was an Olympics with winners and losers, our athletes all arrived home safely. The most egregious spectacle following the murder at the 13th-century Drum Tower was a kick to a referee by a Taekwando athlete. This was a hugely successful Olympics and the Chinese deserve kudos for delivering it to us.

Certainly, the closed society had its advantages for hosting such an event. Terrorists and security were of much less of a concern, because it would be much more difficult for low-lifes that would terrorize athletics in the games to penetrate China’s society. As we in the US have discovered, we have to give up some of our freedoms to protect ourselves from radicals and the mentally unstable, but even in China, it isn’t possible to defend against all random acts of violence.

As our readers know, we have shown that the Chinese were reprehensible in some of their activities during these Olympics. They clearly cheated in Women’s gymnastics, forging documents and covering up the age of their athletes. In addition, there appeared to be consistent judging errors in gymnastics, where even the Chinese audience booed the results despite their own athletes taking gold. When 41 billion dollars is spent on an Olympics, versus 12-13 billion in Greece four years ago, one has to believe that some money was channeled to provide an advantage to the Chinese in their events.

We also realize that the Chinese government clearly violated human rights prior to and during these games. Protests against China and the Olympics were suppressed entirely.

The Chinese ministry released this ominous statement prior to the Olympics, “Any group or individual who stages a gathering, parade, or demonstration during the Beijing Olympic Games period must respect Chinese law. As to those legal activities, police will protect them according to the law. As for those activities that are illegal, we police will handle them according to the law.” But the Chinese made sure there were no “legal” activities.

The law, essentially was to not allow any protests or demonstrations, and to use applications for protests within the law as methods for detaining or marking those that requested the protests as dissidents. The Chinese essentially rejected every single request to protest any action during the games and disciplined some that applied.

According to the Associated Press, “In the past few days, human rights groups and families of people who have applied for permits to protest in the parks say some people were taken away afterward by security agents, prompting critics to accuse officials of using the plan as a trap to draw potential protesters to their attention.”

The rights of individuals as we understand them were clearly undermined. Many had their property confiscated to allow China to easily sponsor the games. Yang Shuangjun, one such resident, was quoted as saying “I have lived all over since I became homeless, including tunnels, warehouses, on the street, and the houses of friends and relatives. What they have done to us is unlawful and unfair.” Unlawful in China is a relative term.

Sun Liwei, a 52-year-old former teacher, also had her possessions confiscated by the government. “My heart aches. I have always believed in my government, even though I have lost everything. My possessions, my home, and my job were taken away from me. I don’t feel like a citizen anymore.”

Human rights violations are nothing new to China and there were world-wide protests regarding such violations prior to the Olympics. Overall, the viewing audience was isolated from these incidents.

The question that remains going forward is how to follow up a 41 billion dollar extravaganza!! The primary nation that has to be concerned is Great Britain. They are to sponsor the next Olympics in London in 2012!! How will it compare?

Security concerns were a huge cost in Athens four years ago, and Great Britain has been the target of most major terrorist acts since 9/11. Much of the budget will likely have to be dedicated to just maintaining the safety of the participants.

We will see in four years. We hope the Chinese prove to be as great as they were this year, but we also hope they get exposed in the areas they cheated and get disciplined accordingly.



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8/27 Season 3 Recap & Prediction: America’s Got Talent Finally Redeems Itself!!

It was time, finally time, for America’s Got Talent to show America they listened to the criticism at myrealitytelevision.com, because it is criticism we read throughout the internet, and it is from our readers and others like you.  Week after week, people were getting ready to give up on how pathetic this show had become and told us why.  We told AGT, and we think they got the point, either through us or through the web.

Any way you cut it, tonight things were different.  We liked the format of the show from the start, eliminating last week’s introductory noise, and for the fist time in weeks, we preferred the show to the commercials.

It is possible the Olympic break gave AGT’s choreographers a chance to use their noggins and earn their pay.  We hope this lasts through the finale.

Last night, we called 4 out of 5.  Our only mistake was Cadence.  We think they weren’t good enough, but we were looking at a bunch of mediocre cowboy dancers as competition, so that could have gone either way

  1. Neal E. Boyd
  2. Jessica Price
  3. James Gang
  4. Cadence
  5. Extreme Dance FX

We want to give the audience huge credit for voting out the little girl stunt show.  They saw right through the nonsense.  She had a great cry for the cameras, and it warmed our hearts to see her go for the James Gang who actually have some talent.

Well, NOW let’s get on to this week…

1. Beyond Belief Dance Company (8/10)

21 Cheerleaders that call themselves dancers.  They needed a whining cameo.  “Oh we have sprained ankles, whine whine”. The Acrobatics were OK.  They had good choreography, not great, and were a bit random at times.  They were in sync for the most part.  It was difficult to rate them because of the poor camera work by NBC.  A large show like this requires you be able to see the entire act, and it was difficult because they didn’t keep the wide angle on, and the camera crew judged what they thought was important.  That is not good for a show where the audience is supposed to vote.  We did, however, get a great cliché from Sharon.  “You have to take it to a higher level”.  D’uh  Thanks Sharon.  Who doesn’t?  It was good fun.  And better than anything last night.

2. Paul Salos (7/10)

Sinatra Impersonator.  Paul is an elderly sympathy act at 72.  He isn’t bad, and starts off in a Sinatra-like suit with some ladies with canes having a Vegas appeal.  We give Paul credit, he actually does the singing; this is at least Karaoke, not just lip sync! He did “My Way”.  Now, you have to hear Sinatra to know this guy doesn’t sound much like him, but he is fun, and he has his moments.  So we have to put him through.  The finale kept him from getting a higher score.  Frank never said “My WEEE”.  If not for the finale, he would be tied with BBDC.  Judges played up to him, but if this guy is worth a million bucks, our website is with 2 million.  It took forty years for this guy to get this far, and for his ears to get this big.

3. Kazual (7/10)

Temptations like group.  The sneakers and outfits did not look good.  Good synchronization.  Good finish.  A bit flat at times.  Piers buzzed them and said exactly what we thought.  Good harmonies, but the solos weren’t good enough.  Fun stuff though.

4. Zoo-perstars.  (9/10)

Inflatable Dancers.  They look like team mascots.  There was a hysterical cameo.  It was totally sarcastic of the show’s condescending whining cameos.  The leader said, “This competition means everything to us. We have dedicated our lives, sacrificed our families, our friends…”, all while in an inflatable chipmunk outfit.  We were already laughing at all the pathetic heart-string sob stories in earlier AGT cameos.  “America will vote for us because we are pretty, short and sweet.”

We already did!!

Piers said “This is not Talent”, but he totally missed the point of the Zoo-perstars.  It was a satire of everything stupid in America’s Got Talent!  Piers buzzed them  immediately.  They danced to Macho Man in inflated mascot outfits and had us in hysterics.  The chipmunk leader completed the YMCA signature move with his feet while standing on his head. For the finale, the inflatable snail eats one of the crew. Even Piers was reluctantly laughing at the end. Standing O!!!

Piers showed Springer is not the only narcissist on the show; he actually told the audience to shut up?  Piers, don’t be a condescending prick or you WILL be deported.  Our only complaint about the act is they could have used funnier inflatable costumes, like an inflatable Hillary.  If they were to pull off a couple of more creative inflatable costumes, these guys could win a million bucks!!

5. The Wright Kids. (7/10)

No sob story cameo.  Basic family story.  Good job.  Kind of a child sympathy act, but good.  They did a Monkey’s tune, “Daydream Believer”.  First kid’s singing was a bit flat.  They look like they are playing instruments, maybe they are, but the background drowns them out.  In fact, you can’t hear the kids instruments at all.  Really, it is karaoke, but cute.  Standing O.

6. Jonathan Arons (7/10)

Good cameo, tough to get recognition, something new and fresh.  Again, good job.  No sob story.  No my dog died or I stepped on my pet caterpillar to string us along.

Jonathan plays a trombone with dancing.  Unique act.  Only mediocre trombone, but that is a small part of the act.  The performance is much better than the trombone.  Lots of fun background dancing.  The act was funny and performed to “Dancing in September”.  They did a Lawrence Welk style “Overhead flower”.  Piers, as much as we hate to say it, said it all.  He said Jon was “One sandwich short of a picnic, but you’re also incredibly entertaining…”.  Sharon added, “Great Fun”.

7. Specialist Daniel Jens (6/10)

Daniel is nothing but an Iraq Sympathy Act.  He actually forgot his words in his prior performance and if this show were real, would not be where he is.  He finally did a good cameo, not a whining act like the first.  His performance was in a rising mist (amazing what you can do with dry ice) and the guitar was actually in tune.  It was the chorus where he showed how poor a performer he really is.  At that point, he gave up his guitar and showed that none of the music was actually his, it is a CD.  Daniel has a fan cluster in fatigue T-shirts that say “America’s got Jens”, but he has no real talent.  Piers tells him like it is, he does not have the voice to play in Vegas, or anywhere else.  We give Jens credit for trying to finally be genuine here, no tear-jerking bull, but we never liked him.

8. Slippery Kittens (7/10)

This is a middle aged burlesque show.  There was a good cameo.  No crybaby antics.  “We are going to show you burlesque like it has never been done before”.

They started with sexy boy scout outfits in miniskirts.  These gals do have gams, and other attributes.  Great choreography!  Fun, but not exceptional talent.  Great for a USO performance though!!  Our troops would LOVE these gals!!  They finally discarded their boy scout uniforms for Red White and Blue outfits that look like bathing suits.  Piers buzzed because he hates everything American, but it was fun stuff.  Not a million bucks worth, but fun.  Standing O.  Too many tattoos on the leader, but legs!  This clearly played to the Oedipus complex, and did a pretty good job.

These gals will appeal to middle aged men throughout America!  MILFS.

9. George the Giant (5/10)

This is a 7’3″ guy that does weird things.  He said in his cameo, he only fits in on the stage.  Nice cameo.  No sob story.  Says he went to the hospital trying to perform his upcoming act.  “If that means risking my life, that is what I am going to do”.  Not unrealistic for a million bucks.

George came in chained, looking like Harry Houdini.  He strung himself upside down and then blew it.  He had kids brought in to beat him like a pinata.  Piers buzzed him immediately.  Sharon followed.  He escapes from his chains while being beaten by a fat woman with a baseball bat and coughs up a ton of candy.  Judges look on in shock.  Funny for 30 seconds, but no Vegas act.

10. Queen Emily (8/10)

Once again, it isn’t over until the “Fat Lady” sings.  This gal can whale.  Whoops…wale.  Sorry.  “This is a dream come true”.  Not a horrible cameo.  No real sob story.  “Nothing is impossible.”  Corny, but not stupid.

Emily came out dressed like Queen Latifah in a long red dress that has a cape with tons of cubic zirconia.  Her performance was to “Aint no Mountain High Enough”.  The long red dress looks good, and she fills it.  Emily had good supporting dancing and got a standing O.

Piers called her a superstar.  Someone that can beat Michael Phelps.  Piers has to have someone tell him how stupid he sounds.  He just demonstrated his total contempt for Amymerica.  Making any comparison of this woman to a man that just set the world record for most gold medals in an Olympics after 36 years is like comparing a breath mint to the cure for Polio.  It is downright stupid.  “You are now absolutely the front runner.”, Piers blathered (we are not so sure about that).  At first, the performance sounds great, but a review of the performance makes one realize the Queen is little more than Karaoke.  Her singing was drowned out by the background which was mostly the original Supremes.

Here are our picks:

1. Zoo-perstars. No false hype.  No nonsense.  This is just hysterical fun.  These guys are great comics.  Piers misses the point entirely.
2. Queen Emily. A bit of Karaoke.  We know she can sing, but she has to do it next time on her own or she won’t be here.
3. Beyond Belief Dance Company. We liked them because they were nothing but true effort and talent.
4. Slippery Kittens. We liked the show for its “Desperate Housewives” feel.  Some hot women dancing and performing burlesque.  It isn’t new, but it sure isn’t tired like many of the acts on this show.  Great job ladies.
5. Jonathan Arons. We have no idea why this guy sticks in our minds, but he was fun.  We laughed, we cried, well, we at least laughed.  He is funnier than the two presidential candidates by a long shot.  So we stuck with him.

What we think the audience will vote for:

1. Queen Emily
2. Zoo-perstars
3. The Wright Kids (unless they can see around the child sympathy act again)
4. Paul Zalos
5. Slippery Kittens

American Idol Has New Judge Kara DioGuardi, Does Simon Cowell Benefit Most?

We are sorry. During our coverage of the Olympics, we dropped the ball on this one. American Idol has added a fourth judge. That is so they have an extra judge in case of a tie. Whoops, perhaps the show could use a second grade math exercise there.

Kara is a Grammy nominated songwriter of reasonable repute, but few will know who she is.  We are guessing that shouldn’t matter much though. Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell were of limited notoriety before they started collecting their huge paychecks for criticizing talent that ultimately gets voted on by America.

Fox apparently is taking a big risk on this added attraction. From Paula Abdul’s input, there was no test to verify the chemistry of the group with a fourth judge, and there are considerable risks placing a new personality at the forefront of the show.

As we indicated above, the math of adding a fourth judge escapes us. It escaped Paula as well, “”That’s gonna be weird if it’s a split decision. I’m sure Simon will get to make the final call. It takes the fun out of all the hard work I do to push those kids through.” In other words, it gives the strongest say to the guy with the loudest mouth, Simon Scowl.

We will reserve our judgment on Kara at this juncture, but we question Idol’s messing with the recipe for the world’s most successful reality television show.

Season 8 of American Idol premieres January 2009 on FOX.



Olympic Swimmers Michael Phelps Versus Mark Spitz, Who Is Greatest?

In 1972, Mark Spitz, at 22 took center stage in the Olympics. There are few sports that allow an athlete the possibility of turning multiple gold medals; swimming is the only event that would allow anyone to set the record Mark did. He won an astonishing 7 Gold Medals. Three of his medals came in relays. All were world records.

His record stood for 36 years, and it took a miraculous Olympics for the US swim team combined with one of the most amazing swimming athletes of all time to break that record.

Michael Phelps won 8 Gold Medals to pass Spitz for a new record. Michael, as was the case with Spitz, had to turn to teammates in three relay events to win!! One of them was a shocker in the 4x100M Freestyle Relay.

We have many of these shining moments highlighted on our website. And guess what? Every event, every single event was a new world record!! Every one!!! Michael had passed Spitz in total world records in a single Olympics as well.

Here is a table of the results:

It is not fair to compare the times one on one, other than to show how far athletes have come setting world records over the last 36 years. But it is phenomenal the amount of skill, preparation and luck that went into both records. Michael won the 4×100 Meter Freestyle as a team member and that team barely pulled it out against the French Braggart Bernard thanks to a leg by Michael’s hero of the Olympics Jason Lezak. Michael also won the 100 Meter Individual Butterfly by 1/100 of a second, winning by a finger nail!

Who is the best?

We can’t say. Both are great. Let’s see how long Michael holds onto his record!!

8/26 Season 3: America’s Got Talent Goes Live… Our Top Picks & Prediction

The show started just like a “Girls Gone Wild” commercial.  We were waiting for the 2 for 9.95 DVD offer at the end.  We were certainly hoping the performers would have more talent than the choreographers of this show.

This was supposedly LIVE!!  With a couple of exceptions, the show was rather dead.

Acts by numbers with scores:

1. Xtreme Dance FX  (6/10)

Fun act.  One guy and eight gals clogging and breaking a bit.  Won over Peirs, which is not easy to do.  The stupid comment of the night came from guess who? He said they all looked just too young.  They have 5 year olds on the friggin’ show they patronize, and this group of 14-26 year olds are too young?  I am not even going to say the guys’ name; you know who he is.

2. James Gang (6/10)

Again a fun act.   Four guys that do a Broadway Style show to 20s music throwing in some rap-like singing and some amateur magic.  Of course, there was one loser judge that exclaimed in the massively overused cliche, “That is what this show is about!!”.  Again, we are not going to grace this page with his name.

3. Derrick Barry as “Brittranny” Spears (3/10)

Mediocre female impersonator that lip syncs and dances with some others to a Brittany song.  He does look like a girl.  If that was what it would take to be a millionaire performer on Vegas, some of the street walkers would have something to say about it.  We suggest he change his act’s name to Britranny!

4. Elite (5/10)

A young girl that pretends to do stunts with guys that throw themselves all over the stage.  It is cute.  But it is only being voted through because it is a child sympathy act.  If she were an adult, she would be booed off the stage.

5. Ronny B (2/10)

Vote for this guy just to annoy the judges.  He is going to go on the new reality show “So You Think You Can Spaz” next year.  Lousy singing, spastic dancing, and a cornball look.  What else would you want to pay for in Vegas?  Piers did get it right though saying, “You’re better than Hasselhoff”.  Alright, we didn’t say his name, Peirs did!

6. Cadence (5/10)

Cadence had an interesting act when they first performed with just plastic buckets.  It was tight and showed some personality.  In this act, they brought on drum sets, oversized bongos, etc.  They were all over the place and just making noise.  Then they tried to do a “Blue Man Group” imitation by smashing on buckets with water on top (so original) and they lost us completely.  No talent here.

7. Jessica Price (7/10)

This girl is a very attractive young guitarist that has a mediocre voice.  She did a horrible version of Time After Time (Cyndi Lauper).  The chorus was strong and she was better than anyone else thus far.  But we still think singers belong on Idol not here.  This is for unique acts, not more singers, especially not mediocre ones.

8. Shim Shee (5/10)

Parlor Card Trick that was so obvious how it works that it amazed us that only Peirs called him out on it.  If it wasn’t for the back-flip getting the card to stick to the shoe, he may have gotten a 3.

9. DC Cowboys (6/10)

Sync dancing in cheap suits.  Piers X’ed em.  Poor coordination, weak choreography, some cheap gymnastics. Somewhat fun for a cheap wedding act. Got their shirts off.  At least they are buff.  Sharon liked the bodies and enthusiasm.

10. Neal “Fatboy” E. boyd. (9/10)

“My Mom always knew all I ever need out of life was encouragment…”.  We agree Neal, along with about 10000 calories worth of pizza and junk food a day.  “The night before she died, my grandmother got to see me sing on the show…my very first audition, she says to me, you did good darlin’ you did real good, next day, she was gone.”  The tear jerker cameo.  Oh brother.

Fortunately, he gave up the cry baby act and finally sang.  If he cut the patronizing cameo nonsense, we would have enjoyed him much more.  The performance was boring, but the voice is powerful.  He got a standing O.  We don’t like singers on the show, we think they should be on Idol if they are any good, but there was such little other talent on this show, we will take Neal over the rest.

Our top 5

1. Neal E Boyd
2. Jessica Price
3. DC Cowboys
4. Xtreme Dance FX
5. James Gang

How we think America will vote

1. Neal E Boyd
2. Jessica Price
3. Elite
4. Cadence
5. James Gang

But really, other than Neal and Jessica, none have any talent, and not even the top two are Las Vegas draws.

History In An Olympic Frisbee! First Olympic Gold in Women’s Discus for USA Stephanie Brown-Trafton

Stephanie Brown-Trafton won the first Olympic Gold in women’s discus since 1932.  That’s right, it has been 76 years.  Many lives have come and gone in the time the US waited for this event.

Stephanie said, “I came to the Bird’s Nest to lay a golden egg, and that’s what I did.  It’s an awesome feeling. I knew I had the potential for a medal at these Games.”

“I’m just happy my first throw was the gold-medal throw. It’s an awesome feeling. I knew I was going to medal, then I got the gold medal.”

Photo Credits: Nick Laham / Stu Forster/ Michael Steele/ Getty Images / NBC

Men And Women Stop Dropping Baton, Win 4×400 Meter Relay for Dual USA GOLD!!

Two teams in the 4×100 Meter did the unacceptable, the unthinkable, the unimaginable. They dropped the baton. If you are slow to take the baton, you may lose a step. But if you drop it, you are disqualified, and someone should have explained this to the team before they stepped on the track!

Fortunately, the American’s learned from their experience. This time, the baton was not going to be a problem. Hopefully, never again would it be a problem for the US in the Olympics. You can come from behind, as Sanya Richards demonstrated, but you cannot recover from the baton hitting the dirt.

The US Women’s team consisted of Mary Wineberg, Allyson Felix , Monique Henderson and Sanya Richards. Sanya had to overtake Russia’s Anastasia Kapachinskaya to win the Gold and it was an exciting race to watch.

The Men’s team LaShawn Merritt, Angelo Taylor, David Neville and Jeremy Wariner broke the Olympic record winning Gold. Wariner looked much happier after this race than after losing to Merriitt in the 400 meter men’s individual event.

The men were very careful to not drop the baton this time. And that care did not make a difference in their winning time. How important is the pass? We hear it in every relay. And someone forgot to tell these guys; they had to learn the hard way.



USA Stanley Steamer Drives Over Brazil for Olympic Gold in Men’s Indoor Volleyball

Who’d uh thunk it?  Coach Hugh McCutcheon said, “There was no one in the world banking on this team winning the Olympic Gold Medal”.

He was, of course, speaking of the US Volleyball team that had beaten Brazil three sets to one.  Brazil was top ranked and favored heavily to win, but someone forgot to tell the US squad.

The US has won Golds in these Olympics in Women’s Beach Volleyball, Men’s Beach Volleyball, Men’s indoor Volleyball, and took a Silver in Women’s indoor Volleyball.

What is most striking about this is that 3 of the matches for Gold out of 4 were between the US and Brazil.  The US took the rubber match for 2 out of the 3 Golds.

Clay Stanley was steaming to lead the US team with a total of 20 points.

McCutcheon finished with “We need to get home…My work here is done”.

Initials TB and BB were written on the players’ shoes in honor of Coach McCutcheon’s Father and Mother-in-law.

Women’s Volleyball