Sunday, August 12, 2012

I Am Watching the Olympics (Day 16)

Marathon winding down and through London its last couple of miles ... a man from Uganda is pulling away, ahead of two Kenyans ... an American in fifth ... Lexington's Tom Hammond on the mic ...

Previous reports:

-- watching Day 13 and end-of-day OES (Aug. 9)

-- watching Day 14Isaiah 40 and end-of-day OES (Aug. 10)


  1. Kenya takes silver and bronze, and baseball-capped Meb Keflezighi of San Diego rolls in fourth.

  2. Croatia beats Hungary for men's handball bronze. France and Sweden today play for gold.

    Italy beats Bulgaria for men's volleyball bronze (rats). Brazil and Russia today play for gold.

    Russia beats Argentina for men's basketball bronze. Spain and the United States at 9 a.m. Central today play for gold, and a U.S. win would bring Team USA to a historic 45 golds for the London games, and I'm glad I won't be able to watch.

  3. HURRAH! The Team USA men's basketball team--ahead by one after three quarters--gets by Spain, 107-100, for gold.

  4. HURRAH! HURRAH! And the United States gets to 46 gold medals as Jake Varner--a 26-year-old from Bakersfield, Calif., who won an NCAA championship at Iowa State--wins 211.5-pound freestyle wrestling! United States gold, Ukraine silver, Azerbaijan and Georgia bronze.

  5. Meanwhile, at the not-Olympic men's golf tournament ...

    1. Rory McIlroy, Team GB, 10-under
    2. Ian Poulter, Team GB, 8-under
    3. Carl Pettersson, Sweden, 5-under
    3. Justin Rose, Team GB, 5-under
    5. Keegan Bradley, United States, 4-under
    5. Adam Scott, Australia, 4-under
    5. Bo Van Pelt, United States, 4-under

  6. Men's volleyball: Russia gold, Brazil silver, Italy bronze.

    The gold-medal match was astounding. Brazil won the first two sets and had match point in the third--only to lose the match, three sets to two. The big change was that the Russian coach shifted his 7-foot-2 star from one position on the court to another; the change was the volleyball equivalent of shifting a left-fielder to shortstop in the middle of the World Series, the NBC commentator said.

    And now NBC is airing a promo for the February 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia. "The Socchi Winter Games promise to be the most thrilling ever," they say.

  7. I enjoyed the closing show a great deal. The big-screen Freddy Mercury was probably my favorite single element--either that, or the auto race with the Spice Girls on top of the cars. Also, I think Ryan Seacrest is a perfectly suitable recipient of the Dick Clark baton.

    1. Wait a minute ... The Who played in the closing ceremonies?... THE WHO PLAYED IN THE CLOSING CEREMONIES! ... What the heck? I watched the whole NBC broadcast, and NBC did not show the Who.

      I guess this is what I get for liking the Spandau Ballet Chevy commercial. NBC shows me Annie Lennox and George Michael, but they bump the Who.

    2. I wonder if he, too, is hacked that NBC cut out the Who:

      Billy Graham ‏@BillyGraham
      Billy Graham responding well to bronchitis treatment, watched Olympics last night, ate breakfast this morning.
      10:19 AM - 13 Aug 12