All love here
Nuts to Adam "I hate the Olympics" Radwanski and all the rest of them. There's been lots to like so far:
*Congratulations Mike Brown. He broke the Canadian record in the 200m breaststroke three times in two days, finishing sixth in the finals.
*Martin & Dumont - tres bien. Allez!
*Steve Rushin at SI.com notes that Dutch swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband's name is a lot more fun when sung, to the tune of Camptown Races, no less.
*The city-centre setting for the cycling road races was spectacular.
*Mark Tewksbury has been somewhat of a revelation as a CBC broadcaster - I've found him very informative, with a bare minimum of cliches. 2nd day of competition, Steve "Thanks For Doing This" Armitage asks him how the strong winds were going to affect the swimmers. I fully expected something like, "well, they'll have to work a little harder, but they just have to keep their focus" - or some other true-ish yet totally uninteresting comment. Instead, he says, "I can think of 4 definite things:
- it's harder to move and control your arms when they're out of the water
- there will be a lot of dust which may affect the swimmers' vision or breathing
- it blows the over-pool flags around, making it tougher for backstrokers to gauge their distance from the wall
- it may well blow debris (papers etc.) from the stands around, creating an unpredictable situation"
My God, I think that qualifies as insight! Hopefully Steve & Byron will be retired before Beijing, and Tewksbury and Elliot Friedman become the new pool team.
*Our baseball team has a guy named Stubby, and he's damn good. Now that's a baseball nickname!
More to come over the next 10 days. You got to, acc-entu-ate the positive, and so on.