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post #101 of 258

Like handball four years ago, Rugby Sevens has captivated me this Olympics. Fiji against Brazil was like watching men against boys.

post #102 of 258
tcj, yes! It's a blast to watch. And appropriately bite-sized. Wife and I fast forwarded through the FOUR hours of men's gymnastics and I thought, 'You could have so many Rugby Sevens games in this amount if time!'
post #103 of 258

Exactly. 

 

BTW, Michael Phelps' Palpatine is surely going to be this Olympics' McKayla Maroney meme fodder.

post #104 of 258

Great to hear the love for the rugby, even if it is rugby lite. If some of that enthusiasm could bleed into the 15 man game it would be wonderful.

 

There's been some insane results, not least BUCHO! WHERE ARE YOU BUCHO???

 

(those crazy cherry blossoms almost put us away too!)

post #105 of 258
It's a total bias, but every male swimmer from Britain, Australia and other colonies looks like he just got in from a pub fight over a soccer team. It's those goggles, I think.
post #106 of 258

Meanwhile, at the Olympics diving pool:

 

 

According to the officials it's completely natural that the water turns green by itself, though they're not sure why that is. But it's completely safe to dive in it, as long as you get the hell out of there as fast as you can.

post #107 of 258
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Looks like they're diving into a pool of Mountain Dew.

post #108 of 258

Brawndo! It's got what divers crave!

post #109 of 258
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It's got...electrolytes!

post #110 of 258
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Meanwhile, at the Olympics diving pool:

 

 

According to the officials it's completely natural that the water turns green by itself, though they're not sure why that is. But it's completely safe to dive in it, as long as you get the hell out of there as fast as you can.

 

post #111 of 258
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Meteor Shit!!!

post #112 of 258
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This has been bothering me: I really disliked the arrogance of Michael Phelps when he beat Chad Le Clos in the race last night.  His actions upon winning the gold were not those of a good sportsman, they were those of a petulant child.  That kind of behaviour has no place on the Olympic stage.  Be proud of your victory but don't crow about it and rub it into another person's face.

post #113 of 258

Phelps is a dork and a dick.  He seems an altogether unlikable person, like, I'd imagine, many who are the best ever at a particular thing.

post #114 of 258
Le Clos started that beef and that rivalry was what motivated Phelps to return. Phelps might not have been sportsmanlike, but I completely understand where it all came from and don't hold his behavior against him.
post #115 of 258
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Le Clos started that beef and that rivalry was what motivated Phelps to return. Phelps might not have been sportsmanlike, but I completely understand where it all came from and don't hold his behavior against him.

 

I don't care who started it, I just wish that Phelps could have taken the high road on the matter and simply let the gold medal speak for itself.  If he had won and simply turned to Le Clos and shook his hand, it would have shown class.  Doing the whole 'applaud for me, I'm #1 thing' is just wrong.

post #116 of 258
He has a deficit of grace and a surplus of ego. I'd find that unforgivable if Phelps wasn't all that, but his ego is matched by his talent.
post #117 of 258
Honestly, I sort of like when athletes are dicks to one another (also see that US swimmer giving the Russian doper the finger-wag). I just find all of the "humility" and all that to be so phony. I would rather the athletes display a real distaste for one another, if that is how they feel.

That might just be me, though.
post #118 of 258
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Meanwhile, at the Olympics diving pool:




According to the officials it's completely natural that the water turns green by itself, though they're not sure why that is. But it's completely safe to dive in it, as long as you get the hell out of there as fast as you can.

No, that's a problem with chlorination and/or filtration. A swimming pool should not 'turn green by itself' unless there is insufficient treatment of the water. There may be a problem with metals in the source water, but I think that would have been caught early unless the pools were only just fired up on Sunday.
post #119 of 258
I never watch Judo or Swimming outside Olympic competition, but every four years I feel like I can't get enough.


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Great to hear the love for the rugby, even if it is rugby lite. If some of that enthusiasm could bleed into the 15 man game it would be wonderful.

There's been some insane results, not least BUCHO! WHERE ARE YOU BUCHO???

(those crazy cherry blossoms almost put us away too!)

Yeah, it's all gone pear-shaped for the lads. Sonny Bill's achilles quitting on him reminds me of losing Tana Umaga in the very first game of the 2003 World Cup. That sinking feeling of seeing your most important talisman gone from the tournament way too early. Joe Webber's shoulder dislocation and the loss of Captain Curry weren't flash either, but more than that the guys just aren't playing well. Taking a gang of injuries doesn't excuse the surviving players giving so many gifts to the opposition.

Japan are pretty damn legit these days though. Their Union squad served notice that only a fool looks past them and their Sevens team has held up their end of the bargain really nicely. And England can beat us even when we're at full strength, so that was no great surprise either.
post #120 of 258
Loved the halftime speech by the Fijian coach.

"We're on the edge a cliff now and we either do one of two things. We either steam forward and sort them out ... and there isn't a second thing. Let's go get them."
post #121 of 258
Excellent from Fiji, showing once again why they're masters of Sevens Rugby. Too powerful and too smart, deserving World Champions and well on target for Rio gold.
post #122 of 258
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Honestly, I sort of like when athletes are dicks to one another (also see that US swimmer giving the Russian doper the finger-wag). I just find all of the "humility" and all that to be so phony. I would rather the athletes display a real distaste for one another, if that is how they feel.

That might just be me, though.

Yeah, might just be you. I love a little bit of sandpaper between competitors but at the end of the day there has to be some grace. Questioning the entire notion of athletic humility as "phony" is cold, man.
post #123 of 258
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I never watch Judo or Swimming outside Olympic competition, but every four years I feel like I can't get enough.
Yeah, it's all gone pear-shaped for the lads. Sonny Bill's achilles quitting on him reminds me of losing Tana Umaga in the very first game of the 2003 World Cup. That sinking feeling of seeing your most important talisman gone from the tournament way too early. Joe Webber's shoulder dislocation and the loss of Captain Curry weren't flash either, but more than that the guys just aren't playing well. Taking a gang of injuries doesn't excuse the surviving players giving so many gifts to the opposition.

Japan are pretty damn legit these days though. Their Union squad served notice that only a fool looks past them and their Sevens team has held up their end of the bargain really nicely. And England can beat us even when we're at full strength, so that was no great surprise either.

 

Well there you go ruining all my fun by being completely classy about it.

 

I really feel for Gordon Tietjens, he's an absolute legend of sevens rugby and this is likely his last tournament, it would be apt for him to bow out with a medal. Just not the gold!

 

South Africa look strongest out of all the teams in my opinion, so we could well be following you out the tournament in the next round.

post #124 of 258

Interesting point about Japan - They've only just got themselves promoted to the World Sevens series. Imagine what they'll be like after some regular competition!

post #125 of 258

South Africa vanquished. GB to win the gold against Fiji with a last minute drop goal, sealing it 3 - 0. BECAUSE THAT'S HOW WE ROLL!!!

post #126 of 258
Oh, hello again, Michelle Jenneke.
http://giphy.com/gifs/CyIkFYHRZYkHS/html5
post #127 of 258

Armenian weightlifter to turn down role in Over the Top remake...

 

 

 

 

post #128 of 258
Here I was getting ready to watch four hours of non-Finals swimming to get to gymnastics and bam, thanks NY Times alerts. Guess I'm a woman now because it's all about the journey.
post #129 of 258
They just drew the comparison in pregame of Fiji to Jacksonville, Fla. Way to fucking jinx it for these guys NBC.
post #130 of 258

Uh, nevermind. 

post #131 of 258
Fiji can do that to any team on their day. It's pretty much their national sport. Awesome result for them.

https://twitter.com/YaaraBouTV/status/763861689112539136
post #132 of 258
Love them, if there's ever a team truly deserving of it, it's them.

next olympics it's going to be Japan!
post #133 of 258
Is there a more dominant force in world sport than Hamish Bond and Eric Murray? They've won their last 69 races, undefeated since 2009. I don't think even Usain can match that.

post #134 of 258
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it was great watching Simone Manuel win (tie) the gold medal last night.  I love it when the favorites don't win, regardless of country, and I love it when the reaction of the winner is pure and genuine.  Just great stuff.

post #135 of 258
Yeah that tie was really sweet.




Also enjoying the way they're shooting the sailing. Due to the way the field can be spread at times it can be a tough sport to present in a fashion that works for spectators, but with the tech and the smart positioning of the camera boats, and some nice Brazilian mid-winter lighting, it comes off pretty cool. Especially the zippy 49er skiffs, where both crew often stack way the hell out over the side of the boat almost horizontal to the water.

post #136 of 258
It always makes me think of THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR:
post #137 of 258
It also helps that I'm biased af and we have a couple of gun crews in the 49ers.
post #138 of 258
post #139 of 258
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It also helps that I'm biased af and we have a couple of gun crews in the 49ers.

Speaking of bias, let's all take a gander at the latest update of the only medal table that really counts ...

http://www.medalspercapita.com/

post #140 of 258
That site lies. Everyone knows that the Independent Olympic Athletes rule that table.
post #141 of 258
Valerie Adams, sister of Oklahoma City Thunder star Stephen Adams and Olympic Legend, is about to defend her TWO Olympic Titles in shot put.
post #142 of 258
Wow, a three-way tie for silver in the 100m fly.

And another Olympic medal for the Bolles School in Jacksonville - Joseph Schooling from Singapore this time.
post #143 of 258

Thanks for Hope Solo for being such a poor sport that I'm kind of glad the U.S. lost now.

post #144 of 258

Katie Ledecky, man. She could have hopped on an inner tube and floated to the finish that entire last lap.

 

post #145 of 258
If the 1500m were an Olympic event (like it is in the NCAAs and the Worlds) she would win that by a pool length.
post #146 of 258

The US is swimming the shit out of the rest of the world.

post #147 of 258
Michelle Carter just pulled out a megathrow in her final attempt, under massive pressure, hitting the biggest distance in history by an American shot putter to dethrone Queen Val. Amazing finish.
post #148 of 258
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Thanks for Hope Solo for being such a poor sport that I'm kind of glad the U.S. lost now.

 

Hasn't she always been unlikable?

post #149 of 258
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Hasn't she always been unlikable?

Hope Solo is proof that hillbillies exist all over the country. She's also married to Jerramy Stevens, who . . . here ya go.

post #150 of 258
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Maya Dirado on the winner's podium during the national anthem was awesome.  I love seeing people enjoying the moment like that.

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