Godless Olympics thread

I’ve spent a good part of the last couple days watching the Olympics.  It seemed a good idea to create a thread where the godless can chat about the Olympics.  :)

I really enjoyed watching the mens swimming relay last night.  Phelps swam a helluva race.  It was good seeing him back in form.  I felt so bad for Ryan Lochte.

Being a basketball fan, I loved watching the US beat a very good French team.  I dislike Lebron James, so I hate how the commentary people take every opportunity to crawl up his ass.  Otherwise it’s a good time.  :P

Also…how do you not root for Gabby Douglas?  She is just as adorable as she is badass.

Anyway, chatter away.  I’ll be watching the games all day so I’ll chime in from time to time.  :)

  • Lukasa

    Aussie expat living in the UK here.

    I loved the Mens 4x100m freestyle final. Massive letdown for our boys, but the French swam a phenomenal race, and it was good to see Phelps recover from his unexpectedly poor performance in the fly.

    I’m also a massive basketball fan, but I’ve been enjoying watching the Women’s more than the Men’s. The Men’s is such a forgone conclusion for me (U.S. gold, the fight is just for silver and bronze), whereas the women’s is totally up for grabs. Right now, Australia are really struggling to beat a France team having a good game. The Opals had better pull through! =D

    • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

      Watching the Aussies vs. French myself. Helluva game. Gotta root for France though – I loves me an underdog. :)

      • Lukasa

        You see the first quarter? Some of the worst field goal shooting I have ever seen from the French. That said, if we weren’t shooting well from the line we’d have absolutely nothing. Not the Opals finest 20 minutes, for sure.

        • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

          Over on women’s rowing at the moment. Aussies are killing it here. A whole second ahead of the USA at the second marker.

          • Lukasa

            Glad to hear it, because the 3rd quarter is not going Australia’s way at all. =P

          • Lukasa

            If you weren’t watching the quarter you missed out, Opals went 12 unanswered at the end of the quarter. 1 point in it going into the 4th.

  • Richard

    I find the independent Olympians a fascinating concept, even if they were just three of them. Does anyone else think the games would be better if there was more of this?

  • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

    Unsurprisingly, I really enjoyed the fencing. One thing I noticed was how very good the reposts were this year. Whenever somebody tried to go for a huge lunge or really take a risk, their opponent would score. It really seemed to encourage more conservative play that focused on technique rather than trying to get in a lucky shot.

  • http://freethoughtblogs.com/wwjtd JT Eberhard

    Man, I’m getting all the political ads from the army of Missouri Republicans. They’re pretty deranged.

    • http://onth3outsidecorner.wordpress.com/ otocump

      Been seeing those too on some channels. Brain-melting pandering and worse. I’d say ‘I’m glad to be Canadian’ but this crap has a way of filtering up and down the political landscape and the 49th Parallel isn’t very good at stopping the concentrated DUMB.

  • http://onth3outsidecorner.wordpress.com/ otocump

    Apparently Aussies are pretty good at Field Hockey. Good on ya!

  • A ‘Nym Too

    Is it true that US viewers didn’t get to see the tribute to the victims of 7/7 that was in the opening ceremony?

    If it’s true that it was cut, then that’s appalling. I mentioned it, and how heartbreaking it was to watch, and none of my US friends knew what I was talking about!

    It was so closely tied to the Olympics, I can’t see any reason for it to have been cut, so I’m hoping it wasn’t. Does anyone know if it happened nationwide?

    • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

      Unfortunately, it is true. They played an interview with Michael Phelps instead.

      I’m equally appalled by this, and especially NBC’s excuse, which was that they gear their programming to American audiences. Which sounds an awful lot like, “We cut it because it wasn’t American enough.” What an incredibly stupid thing to do.

      • A ‘Nym Too

        Wow. That’s actually pretty. devastating TBH

        . We wouldn’t dream of snubbing victims and survivors of 9/11, or Katrina. We grieved alongside you when it happened, and there’s 9/11 programming in the schedules every year.

        It was moving, entirely appropriate, and relevant to the Games. Just googled and found out that the creator of the piece is very upset about it.

        Thanks for answering quickly!

  • Arjan

    I’m a dutchman and was really impressed with how Marianne Vos won the womens cycling road race. I was jumping through my living room. Did any of you see that? Or are you yanks not interested in cycling anymore after Lance Armstrong retired? ….Just kidding ;)
    If you didn’t see it look up the photos from the finish. Really heroic shot in the rain. Filled with awesomeness.

  • Arjan

    Here’s the picture. For a better view click on the icon ”fotoserie” on the bottom right of the photo.
    http://www.nusport.nl/wielrennen/2869952/ongenaakbare-vos-pakt-goud.html

    • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

      That is a pretty remarkably picture. Also, congratulations to Marianne Vos for what appeared to be a really well rode race.

    • http://reasonableconversation.wordpress.com Kaoru Negisa

      *remarkable. Sorry.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Australia’s Channel 7 commentators are trying ever so hard to be blase about it all. At the swimming events they are talking about the “200 back” and the “100 fly”. Pretentious twits!

  • grumpyoldfart

    Channel 9 (not 7)

  • Josh

    New Zealander here; so a lot of our coverage on the free-to-air channel is on rowing. One of our rowing teams already broke a world record in the heats – sweet. Expecting a couple of golds and other assorted medals in the rowing events.

  • sumdum

    I read some english tabloid called Marianne Vos ‘some bitch from Holland’. I know tabloids are low brow, but this is just too far, imho.

    • Arjan

      Wow…that’s really low. I guess the lesson is: Don’t beat british competitors ;)

    • Rufus

      It was the Daily Fail, I shouldn’t take it too seriously (I don’t think anyone in the UK does, it’s just about the most racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic [insert list of things that end -ist and -phobic here] rag that is published in the UK).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19217851 travisdykes

    Ive been enjoying the water polo when I can. The US mens vs Montenegro was a pretty exciting game. Cant wait till I have time to go back and watch online all the ones I’ve missed so far.

    Played for 8 years (4 in high school and 4 in college) so loving getting to see it actually on the TV in the US :-D

  • Anonymous Atheist

    I’ve been enjoying watching the Olympics, always watch as much of it as possible, but I have had an unfortunate number of eye-roll moments when NBC decides to show some of the athletes thanking God for helping them win and such. Tonight I just saw a track winner pull a Mary icon out of her shirt and kiss it.

    • Anonymous Atheist

      Ooh, they made up for it in the closing ceremony! Great performance of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ by the signing choir, with the real lyrics, starting with “Imagine there’s no heaven.” :D


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