Filed under: bieijing olympics, olympics, Rants, sports, stories | Tags: 1500m, kenya, lisa dobriskey, nancy longat
Kenya’s Nancy Langat won the Gold in the 1500m this afternoon. But you’d be forgiven for not noticing it as Brendan Foster wittered on in True BBC biasedness about fourth placed Lisa Dobriskey.
Is it just me or Brendan Foster past his sell by date?
God we can be tedious bastards, us Brits. But we’re quick to criticise the Americans for it.
Anyway, because Brendan did not properly acknowledge your victory Nancy, I will.
Well done Nancy Langat.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, humour, jokes, life, olympics, Rants, sports, stories, tv | Tags: BBC, michael johnson, michael phelps, sue barker, usain bolt
Usain Bolt once again bolted up, this time in the 200m final, becoming the only man ever to set world records in the 100 and 200m Olympic finals in the same year. He destroyed the field again. What an incredible pair of performances.
In doing so he robbed Michael Johnson of his 200m World Record and Johnson responded, when asked by Sue Barker on the BBC tonight how he thought Bolt compared to Phelps (if one can even make a genuine comparison ) by saying, and I kid you not that (and I paraphrase) “Bolt had a far greater impact because Phelps never ‘rewrote’ anything.”
Och man. Have a word with yourself
He won eight gold medals, more than any other human being EVER. To add to his six from the last Olympics. That’s 14 Gold medals. What’s more he broke six world records.
Now, I’m not comparing the two but to say Phelps never rewrote anything smacks of a collosal ego.
What the subscript says is this.
“Bolt is great because he beat MY long standing world record.”
Filed under: bieijing olympics, independence, life, olympics, Scotland, sports, stories | Tags: chris hoy, cycling, gold medals, kierin, medals
The rest of the world must be rubbing its eyes in disbelief as Hoy and co have put the Great back into Great Britain. These Olympics have been startling.
Hoy is now a national hero (frankly he was anyway) and Scotland can take its place at the top table with pride. (Scotland on its own would be well inside the top 20.)
Well Done Chris and everyone else. You have made Britishness desireable once again.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, life, olympics, Scotland, sports, stories | Tags: lloyds tsb scotland cricket, scotland v england cricket match, scottish cricket
Life just now is like some sort of sporting nirvana. Yet, instead of being able to sprawl about, beached whale-like on the sofa at home watching the Olympics I have the tantalising proposition of a lifetime sporting ambition ahead of me.
Tomorrow I go to the first ever Scotland v England cricket match.
Now. That should be fun.
The weather forecast?
Filed under: bieijing olympics, life, olympics, Rants, sports, stories | Tags: michael phelps, swimming
I have to say I think some of the “He’s not that good, swimmers can swim 100 metres front, back and sideways and win a medal.” is total bollocks. If that was the case Mark Spitz would have won more than seven golds in his career, so too would Matt Biondi, Ian Thorpe – The Thorpedo, and how about Shane Gould?
The fact is they all fell so far short of Michael Phelps’ mark as to render the best swimming Olympian argument redundant. So, then one has to move on to other sports to dis the ‘best’ argument.
Steven Redgrave’s five rowing golds in succesive Olympics is nothing short of miraculous and I think that makes him a contender.
Carl Lewis’ multi disciplinary and multi-Olympics’ success does too.
But stand back a second and look at what this remarkable man has done and you have to say…
You’re the man.
By the way, he ain’t finished yet. 14 golds and counting.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, humour, jokes, life, olympics, stories, videos, Youtube | Tags: russian weightlifter, weightlifter hits wall
Filed under: bieijing olympics, life, olympics, sports | Tags: canoeing, david Florence
Honestly, I’m an expert in every sport in the world you know.
I was only commenting to my mate the other night about that David Florence from Aberdeen, saying what a great canoeist he was and only goes and pops up with a silver medal in the Olympics.
Shame he had a BBC microphone rammed up his face while the last three competitors potentially left him with nothing.
The whole thing offered him absolutely no opportunity whatsoever to run about at the side of the river screaming “Get it up you, ya twat!” as one after another competitor fell away.
Instead he had to be polite, unassuming, gracious and lovely.
Maybe he is.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, olympics, sports, stories | Tags: badminton, gail Emms, Nathan Robertson
A quality come back from Gail Emms and Nathan Robertson against their 2004 Athens conquerors in the first round of the badders.
What made it even better was they were up against a hugely vocal and partizan Chinese audience.
I think it finished about 2.30.
It was totally exciting and highly unlikely.
He was dead on his feet (having just come back from serious injury) but just kept grinding away and was rewarded by playing almost every shot in the winning rally.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, humour, jokes, life, olympics, sports, stories, Youtube | Tags: blake aldridge, tom foley
OK, it’s a Tom Daley story under his partner’s name. Seems the pair’s performance in the final of the unsynchronised diving has led to a bit of handbags at dawn. Poor old Blake; it’s really hard for him to say the blue eyed child of Olympic Britain was “a bit crap” without the world’s press coming down on him like a ton of bricks.
But he did.
Oh, and boy did it make a splash.
Good on ya mate. Top bombing..
I’m not qualified to comment but I think this guy might have done better.
At least on the first dive.
Filed under: bieijing olympics, humour, life, olympics, Rants, sports, stories | Tags: bieijing, bieijing olympics, britain, British olympics, olympic diving, olympics, synchronised diving, tom daley
I thought it was a novel concept to listen to synchronised diving on the radio. BBC Five Live covered Tom Daley’s exploits in detail this morning. The commentary went something like this.
“And he’s jumping up and down in anticipation of the dive and he’s up in the air…splash…and he’s dived.” Pause. “That was a mediocre reverse pike with full twist and…oh dear…another bad score.” Pause “Well, it’s only reallly a warm up for London 2012, we never expected him to do well anyway.”
One of the highest rated dives of the competition, by the Ruskies I think, was, to my admittedly untrained eye, completely unsynchronised. Put it this way, one of the bloke’s bodies was at one point reading 6pm on the clock face while his partner was at 3.15. They splashed down together and scored 92 points.
Am I missing something?