Because what would an Olympic be without a new catchphrase?
• We start tonight with Bob and track analyst Ato
Boldon, talking about Usain Bolt's 100m dash the other night.
Their conclusion? He's fast, and has the potential to be
even faster. Oh, and he dissed the other competitors by pounding
his chest before he crossed the finish line. Agreed, but
it was still fun to watch.
And for those of you who didn't stay up last night, we get
a repeat of China's Liu Xiang pulling out of the 110m hurdles
due to an Achilles injury. This is old news if you were up
late last night, but since many people didn't know about
this, I'll count it as events.
As Bob Costas gives us the last of the Liu Xiang news, we
discover that even halfway around the world isn't far enough
to go to escape those goofballs who hang out behind the TV
talent and wave a flag around. At least this guy wasn't on
his cell phone at the same time telling someone, "Hey!
I'm on TV! Woooo!!"
Back to taped coverage. American Lolo Jones is running in
the 100m hurdles semifinal. Go LoLo! It's fun to say. Try
it! She's finishes first and moves on. Next heat: Damu Cherry
and Dawn Harper. Not as fun to say as Lolo, but they both
Bolt fluff! He only takes 41 steps in 100 meters! Before
Bolt destroyed the field, who even knew they counted such
Anyway, after the fluff he qualifies in the 200m semifinal,
he's barely trying. In fact, when he looked to the side and
notice that U.S.A.'s Shawn Crawford was even with him, he
just turned it on a bit more. It reminded me of Dash's race
at the end of "The
Hmm... maybe Usain
Bolt is a "super." That
would explain a lot.
Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia fluff. She's a hot Russian pole
vaulter. What is it with hot Russian athletes? Remember when
all Russian female athletes were large and wore gray? Anyway,
Yelena likes high fashion, lives in Monte Carlo, and wants
to go to Hollywood. Win the gold and you're on your way,
Stephanie Brown Trafton wins the first U.S. women's discus
gold medal since 1932. And who was her Olympic idol? Mary
Sideline reporter Bob Neumeier is obviously doing his homework
to find out something like that.
Now LIVE to beach volleyball, where May and Walsh face down
a different Brazillian team for the chance to play for gold.
Notable in the pregame chatter is that when announcer Chris
Marlowe talked about May and Walsh's winning streak, he
called it a "Phelpsian" feat.
My guess is that won't be the last time we hear that word.
Tim Daggett joins Bob and Bela in the studio to talk about
the gymnastics judges, specifically about the judges in the
women's vault the other night. Nothing is resolved. This
watching any one of those afternoon forum shows on ESPN or
like listening to sports radio. All it does in the end is
make you stupider. Fluff!
Off to men's gymnastics. First up on the rings, Jordan Jovtchev
of Bulgaria, who is 35 years old. Yes, thirty-five! Three
times as old as the Chinese women gymnasts! Whoops! Did I
say that out loud?
Incidentally, Jordan was in the '96 Atlanta
games and liked the U.S. so much that he stayed here. Where?
Home of Jonathon Horton, Bart Conner, and Nadia Comaeci.
We leave gymnastics for the Bird's Nest and the women's 400m
hurdles. I can't even describe how much I'd rather listen
to Tom Hammond and Ato Boldon cover track than Al Trautwig
and Tim Daggett cover gymnastics. I never feel like yelling, "Shut
up, Tom" at the television during track and field events.
That's something to work on for 2012, NBC.
In the men's 400m hurdles, the U.S. goes one-two-three! Take
The Chevy Gold Medal Spotlight tonight is the women's uneven
bars. Uh-oh... I can tell just from Al's stilted speech pattern
that this is about to be fluff. And it is! Nastia and her
dad are gymnasts! They're related! They're a team! It's a
gymnastics buddy movie! It's fluff!
Lookee there! Nastia has
a mom! You'd never know as much as they focus on her
dad. My bad! Apparently, when Nastia performs, mom gets so
nervous that she can't stand to be there. I guess she's settled
down a bit now that her daughter has three medals.
Al stirs the pot again with the
very first Chinese gymnast, He Kexin, asking "does she
look 16 to you?" Don't
ask me, Al, ask Bela! Tim says she makes a few mistakes,
but she still gets a 16.725.
Commercial time! A Chinese lass gets off the bus, and causes
a Chinese man to fall in love at first sight. Then, in
his clutzy way, he knocks over a
of things and ends up in the hospital, where she just happens
to be the new doctor in town. Of course, now she can't
go out with him because he's her patient, and she'd be
violating all sorts of ethics laws.
This potential unethical love story was brought to you by GE!
Now Nastia. She looks good, and Tim says her routine should
come out on top and...
She's tied! But somehow, not tied.
The computer for some reason says that Kexin's 16.725 is
worth more than Nastia's
16.725. How does THAT work? High-ranking Team Rockwood member
Sandy says that Bela's going to go crazy. I think Bela's
be EXTRA crazy. He'll probably rip Bob's head off by accident.
last Chinese gymnast to attempt the uneven bars is Yang
Yilin and NBC's graphic says she's 15 years old. Eh? I thought
16 was the limit. What's going on here? She finishes with
a lower score than Liukin, but Nastia is still officially
in 2nd place.
Liukin gets a silver on a tiebreaker. She looks
pretty calm about it. Imagine for a second if Michael Phelps
had the same exact time as someone else but was awarded the
silver based on a "tiebreaker." No FINA official
would have made it out of the Water Cube alive.
Live with Bela and Bob! Bela berates the entire scoring
system and the "lack of competence of certain judges." I
think he makes a good point in that every other sport at
the Olympics doesn't have a problem awarding two golds, two
silvers, or two bronzes if there's a tie. Why should gymnastics
be any different? The IOC really screwed up here.
Al asks Tim does He Kexin really think she won the gold?
Well, duh, Al. Even I think Kexin won the gold. I just
think Liukin did, too.
Oddly enough, the very next even was the men's vault, which
also ended in a tie. Again, there's a tiebreaker. WHY? Why
not two golds? Gymnastics rules are stupid.
Back at the Bird's Nest, Russian hottie Yelena Isinbayeva
wins gold, and the U.S. vaulter Jen Stuczynski finishes second.
We didn't really see much of her vaulting, but we do get to
see her aloof coach, Rick
Suhr, berating her after winning
the silver medal. Let me reiterate: AFTER winning the silver
Dude! She just won a silver medal! Maybe you could congratulate
her instead of chewing her out!
Bob has a short fluff piece on America being sleep-challenged
by staying up to watch the Olympics. Bob? Are you reading
this blog? Fluff!
Cris Collinsworth has a top five list of his favorite things
of the Games so far. He likes the Opening Ceremonies, U.S.-China
basketball, Phelps winning the 100m butterfly, Nastia and
Shawn, and finally, the 4x100m swimming relay. I'm surprised
that he didn't take in a soccer game, given that he's America's
soccer dad. Fluff!
• We also get some... hmm... is it fluff?... on how softball
and baseball are about to be eliminated from the Olympics.
It sort of has some event coverage, but it's mostly about
how people are sad, so it's fluff.
Finally, we get the medal ceremony for discus winner Stephanie
Brown Trafton. Is she going to sing? Hmm... doesn't look
like it. But wait! She blinks back the tears and then,
"...gave proof through the night..." She's started!
And she finishes! Smiling, singing, crying... that's what
America wants to see in their gold medal winners. Great
Not too bad, tonight. It's always fun to see live events,
and the taped events were definitely dramatic. I hate to
admit it, but even the fluff wasn't that bad. It's been a
pretty good Olympics so far. Let's keep it up, NBC!