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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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!!

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

US WINS GOLD in OLYMPIC HISTORIC EVENT! NBC Fails To Medal. Bryan Clay, #1 Hero of the Olympic Games!!

Poorest Coverage Of Decathlon EVER!

W e have often been amazed at how a single man can perform so many feats and get such a small reward. In the decathlon, a man must perform 10 events, and the grueling preparation to do it all is mind-boggling. As one man runs 100 Meters for a medal, the decathlete must compete in 10 grueling events to get the same reward.

There was a time when coverage of the Decathlon was quite good, but NBC dropped the ball this year showing just small snippets and then the final crossing of the finish line in the 1500 Meter that sealed the Gold for America.

Bryan Clay is a most handsome young man, and a true American, proud of his accomplishments, and yet American Television gave his efforts the slightest of coverage as he took the Gold in the most punishing event in the Olympics.

Not only did he do so, but this was historic. He was the first in 12 years to reach this accomplishment, and yet we in America received better coverage of Canoe Races and Ping Pong (Is that even a sport, c’mon) than we got of this great American.

Clay, in an interview said, “I’d love for this to be a spark for the decathlon and bring it back to the forefront of track and field”. Bryan, we would just like to see some respect for your efforts by American Television who would rather cover Chinese “Balls Of Fury” than American historic Gold!

Frank Zarnowski, a decathlon historian, stated, “He smashed them! He mastered the conditions, something that no one else there could handle.”

Bryan is an American Champion and our choice for Olympic Hero of the entire games. Step Aside Michael Phelps.

NBC is our choice for the Gold for Olympic opportunist with the least insight into America or what is important in our eyes or the games, and with more insight into how to sell commercials.

We hope Fox will get the Olympics next time around in 2012. They do everything better than NBC.

BRYAN CLAY, THE GREATEST ATHLETE IN THE WORLD!!

Redeem Team Keeps having Nightmares. Spain Outplays USA, but Falls Short of Gold

The Spanish outplayed the US for the first quarter, and with an array of players that are all paid millions, the US was trailing by 5 early, their biggest deficit of the Olympics. This was an injured Spanish team, and they were still beating the so-called Redeem Team.

Chris Paul, for the US, fortunately was strong driving to the basket, drawing fouls and sinking the basket, for 3-point plays.

Wade entered the game and exerted some obvious hustle, and the announcer noted “the team seems to play their best ball when he is on the court.” So maybe the US could show why they get paid millions to sink hoops.

Why can’t they just bring the championship NBA Team the Celtics to clean up this Spanish motley crew? If they could humiliate the Lakers, certainly they could make mincemeat out of a few Spaniards.

But the overly tattooed US Team looked kind of silly overall against a team that should have been a relatively easy target. At the end of the first quarter, Wade made a steal, but looked like a spaz going to the basket, throwing the ball away.

The US led after the first quarter, but not by much, and these are the best the US can offer?

Lucky for the US, as the game entered the second period, the Spanish team was missing free throws. Kobe sank a three to put the US up by ten. He is not getting enough credit in these games for his leadership. He sinks it when he has to and he is doing it from everywhere on the court. If he played like this against the Celtics, they would still have lost, just by not as much.

Dwight Howard of the US made a stupid foul. He let Gasol get by him and instead of just letting the shot go, he grabbed Gasol like a rag doll, and received an “Un-sportsman-like foul”. What excuse does a pro team up by 10 have for acting out like this?

Gasol missed both shots. Howard got lucky. And the Spanish, had they practiced their free throws, may have been in this game more.

Kobe traveled getting two on a fast break, but the ref missed it and he got the basket giving another break to the US.

Spain started getting sloppy, and the referees seemed to start getting much lighter on the foul calls, letting the US team take advantage of their aggressive play, leading to a 13 point lead. But Spain sunk a three to bring it from within 10.

An easy strip of the US by Rubio and a weak foul by the US led to Rubio sinking two free throws and reducing the US lead to 8.

On the ensuing play, Anthony got stuffed and Spain stole the ball. The US had to resort to a foul to keep Spain from getting within 6 easily. The US team looked like they were dancing with the Spanish players, grabbing them in ways the referees should never have allowed.

Kobe, our hero of this Olympics, took a weak shot by Spain and a fast break pass to sink an easy basket. Kobe was smooth.

But with the squeak of the sneakers, Spain snuck in another basket to keep it within 8.

Offensive foul US on a sadly missed layup led to the Spain throwing in 2 free throws to come within 6.

Now the weirdest play of the game. A quadruple steal. Spain steals from the US, who steals from Spain, who steals it back form the US and Wade finally steals it again from Spain. James went to the basket and sunk it and drew the foul. Spain blew a chance to come within 4. James missed, but Wade stole the ball again and sunk it for a 10 point US lead and Spain called for mercy with a time out.

At the half, it was within 9 for Spain, and the overpaid “redeem team” was looking vulnerable.

Spain immediately pulled within 6 and this was looking like a real play-off game. Something the US certainly did not expect after blowing out this same Spanish team by 40 points earlier in the Olympics.

The US looked like they had little heart. Maybe it was because there was no bonus paycheck in this game, but they threw it to Spain. The US countered with a steal, just to have Spain nab it back on their end of the court. Spain went for a three and missed.

The rest of the game was pretty much the same. The US did not give up their lead, but they didn’t expand it either. US Gets Gold by 11, 118-107.

The “Redeem Team” gets the Gold, but we are thinking after this kind of play, the teams they play for may want to renegotiate their contracts to save a few mill.

US Basketball All-Star Closer to Redemption. Advances into Olympic Gold Final After Defeating Defending Champs Argentina!

By Evan Roessle, Guest Writer

Was this to be a repeat of the 2004 Olympics in Athens? Team USA began that Gold medal game vs. an Argentinean team led by Manu Ginobilli. The US team’s inability to knock down three point field goals was evident as they lost 98-90, but what was more disturbing was the seeming lack of heart and the inability of the US to perform as a team.

Ginobilli scored 29 points, dominating the game with his effective three point shooting. Fabricio Oberto, Andres Nocioni, and Carlos Del Fino rounded out the field for Argentina, beating Team USA. The defeated US team was led by led by Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, and Kobe Bryant who were never able to become comfortable with one another.

This year, the team has been constructed differently, requiring players to commit three off seasons to Team USA. This has allowed Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, and Carmelo Anthony to gel, and become comfortable playing as a cohesive team.

As the game began, Team USA ran up a huge early lead, going up 21-4 in the first quarter. Argentina was playing their game from there and began to chip away, cutting the lead to nine by half time, but Manu Ginobilli, Argentina’s most important player had been lost to an ankle injury. Typically this would indicate a blow out by Team USA in the second half.

Luis Scola and Carlos Del Fino of Argentina took up the slack. Scola dominated down low, using his slick back-to-the-basket moves to score 28 points while Del Fino continued his hot shooting from outside, scoring 17 pts.

On the US side, Carmelo Anthony was the catalyst, scoring 21 points and converting all 13 of his free throw attempts. Chris Bosh and Dwight Howard combined for 20 rebounds, solidifying the low post defensively.

Howard also had two blocks contributing to strong defense throughout the game. After winning easily once again, 101 to 81, Team USA will face Spain in the Gold medal game. This will be a rematch of the group level game where Team USA disposed of Spain like a used Kleenex, embarrassing them by nearly 40 points.

If the United States can win they will return to the Gold Medal status they demonstrated in the Sidney games in 2000. People forget, the US only had one bad game in 2004 despite not playing up to their capabilities, and still made the Gold round. This year, the team is vastly improved and looks unbeatable.

Spain is likely to have learned from their earlier whooping. Expect them to come out playing tenacious defense and sinking 3s. If they can get by their desire to be Chinese, they could work the US Team and play them tight, but if they run around pulling the skin around their eyes into an oriental shape, they may find it difficult to hold onto the ball.