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Every Two Years: 2012 Olympic Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Dcc001, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. JWags

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    Who needs to be caught reading those magazines when you have eleventy billion gossip blogs you could read instead, nah'mean?
     
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    Did anyone see China beat Serbia's ass in the early rounds in women's volley ball.

    Also yay for the seldom seen volley ball ass.
     
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    Is it just me, or did the opening ceremony suck donkey dick, except for the James Bond bit?
     
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    I don't think they were bad. I thought it came off lack luster do to the fact that they were following the Beijing Games.
     
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    I had no idea what they were trying to do. It looked like what I imagine David Bowie's random thoughts look like. Then David Beckham got lost on the Thames driving James Bond's boat.

    We decided the show would have been infinitely better if they let Jeremy Clarkson take over the driving duties.

    Random aside, based on the athletes present, Poland and Norway must have ridiculously attractive women. Damn Aryans.
     
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    It is 7 am on Saturday and I am already parked in front of the TV watching the Men's Cycle Road Race. I promised myself I would not get sucked into two weeks of sloth in front of the TV. I estimate that vow lasted 8 hours. Fuck it, bring on the synchronised swimming.
     
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    How the fuck does tennis scoring work?
     
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    Sorry, I figured with your last post that you'd watched tennis before. I then realised I was being a douche and wrote this up instead.

    The scores probably goes to 15 points, and then 30 points, and then 40 points and then the game win or Deuce if the other player makes it to 40, and then Advantage (the first person to go 1 shot up during Deuce), then it's generally the first to win 6 games - generally, if it ends up as 6-5, a tie-break will be played for the first 4 sets. The fifth set must be won by two complete games by one of players (or pairs of players if it's Doubles). Ladies only play 3 sets but tie-breaks still apply to the first two sets and the final set must be won by 2 clear games. Hitting over the base line (the outer line of the square), in the tram lines (the two parallel lines that run down the side of the court) or into the net is considered Out in Singles and gives the opponent the point. However, as far as I know, hitting in the tram lines is allowed in Doubles, but hitting over the base line or into the net is not.

    I used to play a bit of tennis...
     
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    A close approximation is that games are first to four points, win by two.* Sets are first to six games, win by two.** And the match is (depending on gender) best of three or best of five sets.

    Serving alternates each game, and alternates by side of the court within games. One must serve in the little square.




    * As Durbanite said, the terminology is for some reason based around weird numbers: 15, 30, 40. Deuce basically means a 3-3 tie, and thus they keep going until someone wins by two. I played tennis competitively up until I was 18 and never figured out why it uses those numbers.

    ** Tie breakers are first to seven points with serving alternating on the odd numbers. Most places have tie breakers but some (Wimbledon) do not, and thus keep going until someone has a 2 game advantage.
     
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    After watching the women's 48kg weightlifting, I've realized that Hiromi Miyake is a cutie. (She's also tiny - 4'9".)

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    Also, after reading this Grantland post, I'm starting to think that Brian Philips has a point - rhythmic gymnastics looks kind of cool. Although it's so fucking girly. That, and the little froo-froo prances they do in between all the ridiculous feats of athleticism. It's like a weightlifter doing 20 lb bicep curls between all his lifts. I don't know if I can get over that.
     
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    I don't think anybody is actually sure where they came from, something about a clock being used to show the score waaaay back or a similar game to tennis where every time you scored you moved up 15 feet. Rather confusing, but they don't actually mean anything other than 1, 2, 3, 4.
     
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    In other weightlifting news, apparently Hysen Pulaku has tested positive:
    <a class="postlink" href="http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/weightlifting/story/_/id/8208367/2012-summer-olympics-albanian-weightlifter-first-london-doping-ban" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012 ... doping-ban</a>

    Not surprising, but sad to see him get kicked out regardless.
     
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    <a class="postlink" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yordan_Yovchev" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yordan_Yovchev</a>

    6 Olympic appearances? Are you fucking kidding me?!
     
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    I'll take Leryn Franco at 5'6". Thanks, though. She throws a javelin or something.

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    I'd like to throw her a javelin...
     
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    I would like to thank Misty May and Kerri Walsh for wearing their bikini bottoms for all the men back in the US.

    And Michael Phelps seems to have pulled a Mike Tyson: "I kick everyone's ass, I don't really need to train that much."
     
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    It's best of three sets for virtually all men's events too, with the lone exception of the Grand Slams. The men's tennis Olympics will also be best of three sets, which significantly increases the chance for an upset.

    The explanation I heard was that in France way back when, a single tennis ball cost 15 units to buy. (Some denomination of a franc) Two tennis balls cost 30 units. However, three tennis balls cost only 40.
     
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    This North Korean dude just set an Olympic record in 56kg clean and jerk... from the fucking B group. I think we're gonna see more records go down.

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    And he weighs 127 lbs. Ridiculous.
     
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    Dude, I called dibs. In my head. So fuck you.

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    She is dating one of the men's lifters (who is fucking huge) so yes, their Aryan babies will dominate the world.
     
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    Elizabeth Armitstead from Women's Road Race is a cutie:

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    I'm finding the cyclists aren't as jacked up as the gymnasts and swimmers. Also, dem legs. She could dislodge your kidneys with a single roundhouse.