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#1 2016-08-06 00:14:55

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Holy Olympics, Batman! The opening ceremonies are a fantastic work of art, so far (twelve minutes in. monkey ) I've hated the Olympics since they let professionals in, I hope they keep my enthusiasm peaked.

They opened with João Gilberto, kudos.

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#2 2016-08-06 00:55:24

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Ok, make it stop.

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#3 2016-08-06 02:27:10

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It won't stop.

I kind of liked the cute tricycles, but basically it's the same old ****.


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#4 2016-08-10 06:30:06

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Actually, my wife watched the opening ceremony and said it was pretty good. And only cost half the London version.


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#5 2016-08-10 10:15:27

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johnraff wrote:

Actually, my wife watched the opening ceremony and said it was pretty good. And only cost half the London version.

Still complete madness to take on that kind of negative spending out of  Brazilian government officials' personal slush funds public budgets given the current economic and social situation in Brazil and Rio itself. But the right people still are going to make a lot of $$$ so it will just go on happening.

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#6 2016-08-10 11:13:57

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@fellow mods/admins:  This discussion is starting to drift into meatspace politics.  We've already had one incident on this forum (courtesy of me, unfortunately) that veered towards torches and pitchforks...


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#7 2016-08-10 19:01:00

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Whatever happens in Rio, stays in Rio.


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#8 2016-08-10 19:19:38

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dolly wrote:

Whatever happens in Rio, stays in Rio.

Apart from the 22 live streams I'm flicking through big_smile


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#9 2016-08-10 19:28:37

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^Wow... that is a lot of sport stuff...you win the Gold medal for Rio flicking! big_smile


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#10 2016-08-12 02:23:13

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Holy Michael Phelps, Batman!

He has 20 minutes till he swims again. He beat the last race, the Individual Medley, by nearly 2 seconds.

I have hated the Olympics since they started letting pros in how many years ago? I think it's funny that the fiasco that was/is-maybe-not the Rio Olympics is the one that has me interested again.

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#11 2016-08-12 02:37:21

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I haven't been following the games too much, but what I've seen I LOVE the fencing masks. They look so intimidating with the countries flag as the visor...very futuristic looking as well... The lighting on the inside of the sides of each helmet, make it look at cyberpunky..

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#12 2016-08-12 02:38:59

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And NBC just showed the new trailer for Star Wars Rogue Wars. Nice.

Phelps is on the stand receiving his gold, I think he has 5 minutes till he's in the pool after this is done.

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#13 2016-08-12 07:15:00

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Horizon_Brave wrote:

I LOVE the fencing masks. They look so intimidating with the countries flag as the visor.

"It's not you against me, it's you against my country!"  Very nice touch.

@hhh:  I'm totally with you on the amateur/professional thing.  The root word for amateur is "lover", and the modern Olympics were originally intended to be for the love of sport first, with national pride a close second.  "The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well."  It's been the other way round since WWII and the Cold War, but with professional athletes in the Olympics, now it's even worse.

Don't even get me started on the Power of Olympic Sponsors; I've heard that Olympians can't even get a cup of coffee thanks to Coca-Cola's sponsorship.


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#14 2016-08-13 02:34:24

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The TV coverage here in Japan is unbelievably nationalistic. You'd think there were no other athletes competing except for those who come up directly against Japanese. There is a fixation with medal totals.

"Love of sport"? Bah!!

Is it like that in other countries too?


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#15 2016-08-13 09:39:20

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^ The American coverage also tends to focus on competitions where American athletes have a shot at medalling.

I think the phrase "medal count" vas an American inwention (to paraphrase Pavel Chekov), but I'm pretty sure every country that has a large contingent closely monitors the medal tallies.  Been this way for as long as I can remember, though my Olympic memory only goes as far back as 1984.

I haven't heard this in a while, but America used to have a joke about judges from particular countries (usually ones with ideologies that are incongruent with whatever is considered "centrist" at the time) giving low outlier scores, along the lines of "9.7...9.5...and a 5.6 from the Romanian judge".  Do other countries have similar expressions?


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#16 2016-08-18 16:31:29

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Glenn wrote:

blatantly nationalistic

At least most of the nations have that as a genuine excuse. Here in Singapore, they're celebrating one measly gold medal, won by a bloke who lives in the US and trains with powerhouse American swimmers. Sure, his parents just happened to be thinking below the waist while here, but where the hell does that "national pride" come from when the country did practically nothing in forging him as a swimmer?

Disclaimer: I think the idea of the Olympics has been long dead and sport should be sponsored by cigarette and alcohol companies. I'd at least remember your face if you were in Lucky Strike leathers.

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#17 2016-08-18 17:08:35

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I did enjoy the chance to see Big Ted in action in the heavyweight Judo rounds, he is incredible smile


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#18 2016-08-18 20:41:38

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glittersloth wrote:

Disclaimer: I think the idea of the Olympics has been long dead and sport should be sponsored by cigarette and alcohol companies. I'd at least remember your face if you were in Lucky Strike leathers.

Don't know about other sports, but American Football has long been sponsored by the bigger commercial beer brewers; the Bud vs. Bud Lite commercials during the Superbowl are considered a tradition. roll


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#19 2016-08-19 22:49:35

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Long ago, in the land that birthed democracy, the Olympic athletes competed in the nude. Does anyone else think that returning to that tradition might increase the number of people watching? I'm sure the corporate sponsors would love it.


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