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Let the Games Begin

Tonight we’ve got the Yanks and Sox and boy it’s a big series for Boston. Meanwhile, the rest of the sports world will be focused on the opening ceremonies of the Olympics. Any of you guys care about the summer games? I’ll be checking them out for sure though I’m not passionate about any one event.

[Picture Credit: "Three Handstanding Gymnasts" By Mark Beard (1956) via Brazen Swing]

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22 comments

1 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2012 8:51 am

Any of you guys care about the summer games?

Not me. At all.

2 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 27, 2012 8:59 am

[1] Most predictable Banter comment ever. :)

I despise the IOC, London's WWII level "security", corporate sponsorship, dreadful NBC coverage..but watching the Track&Field is breathtaking and exciting. Shame the live coverage will all be at 4 in the morning here.

3 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:02 am

It's amazing how much I don't care about the Olympics. But I know the wife (and the whole neighborhood ferchrisake) will be going ape shit about soccer and boring-ass judo and any J swimmer who's got a chance.

You think the USA is navel gazing. Come out here. They don't show anything that any got a J athlete it it.

Boxing is cool. I wanna see Bolt. I wanna see Phelps. Women swimmers. I wanna see all the fast road races.

But I would much rather watch my Yankees thrash the Red Sox. Sweep the fuckers away. Ichiro rising. Booh-yah.

4 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:03 am

Jazz, your better half getting up for the opening ceremonies? My will no doubt. Tears will follow. She was in the flesh and in the stands at Tokyo 1964.

5 knuckles   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:08 am

I'd prefer to watch the Yanks-Sox, but I do enjoy a handful of the Olympic sports.
Track
Swimming
Rowing
Basketball, once they return to using college kids

6 Mr OK Jazz Tokyo   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:08 am

[4] More likely to see Princess Masako do a pole-dance at One Eyed Jacks than see my wife pay any attention to sports of any kind. It's taken 4 years for her to remember that it's the Yankees wearing the pinstripes.

My Erdinger Weissbier is done which means it's time to slumber. Actually not sure am ready for tomorrow's 4+ hour game..at least Youk is gone, that will cut down a bit of the pitch taking.

7 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:16 am

[2] I admit that I find track and field and gymnastics interesting in themselves, and the Olympics does provide one of the few opportunities to see these sports. When in university I went to several gymnastics meets (my wife used to do gymnastics many years ago and still has a passing interest). That was even more interesting simply from an organizational standpoint: several events, mens and womens, would be going on at the same time.

8 Boatzilla   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:17 am

[6] Oh dude, my dude. Got my French roast today. Going next door to the Old Man's place and watching on wide-screen hi-def. (He already axed me for the Yanks schedule.) I'm sure Okasan will feed me something. Dare I request bacon and eggs?

Your hommie is psyched. The Ichiro Era begins.

Word

9 lroibal   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:34 am

Growing up, I loved to watch the Olympic events that I wouldn't ordinarily get to see, regardless of who won the medal: the hulking Russian weight lifters, the Asian ping pong players, the eastern block gymnasts.
More recently the coverage has focused on profiling American athletes and the events they are favored to win. Brace yourself for more swimming stories.

10 RIYank   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:42 am

I love water polo.

Really.

11 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:44 am

I like the track and field and the gymnastics.

12 monkeypants   ~  Jul 27, 2012 9:50 am

[9] Try living in Canada. The focus is on the Canadian athletes and the sports in which they are favored. For the summer games, that's a pretty small topic. The coverage is excruciating and only adds to my general disinterest.

13 Alex Belth   ~  Jul 27, 2012 10:03 am

The Wife loves the Olympics so it'll be on regardless. However, she much prefers the winter games. Eh, it's sports so I'm easy.

14 Bama Yankee   ~  Jul 27, 2012 10:41 am

[10] I love the water polo too...but I still don't see how they keep the horses from drowning... ;-)

I've always been a big fan of the Olympics. Maybe it was watching the 1980 hockey team and then NOT getting to see the US compete in the Summer Games later that year. I guess all of that made me appreciate the Olympics more as a kid and it has carried over to my adulthood.

15 RagingTartabull   ~  Jul 27, 2012 10:41 am

the sum total of my interest in the Olympics is:

How will Carmelo do?

Will it carry over into the regular season?

so...yeah.

16 Simone   ~  Jul 27, 2012 10:43 am

I adore the Olympics. I totally buy into the Olympic spirit; the idea that by competing in the spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play with people from other countries, we can build a more peaceful and better world.

The summer Olympics are my favorite. I watch a little of almost every sport, but I love track and field. Mostly, I love watching the dramatic moments. Like when an athlete from a small country or who simply was not the favorite wins a medal and bursts with joy or even watching athletes who barely move struggle to finish a race. I feel honored to witness their efforts and accomplishments whatever the results. I have been brought to tears by the Olympics.

17 Ara Just Fair   ~  Jul 27, 2012 11:25 am

I love the Olympics. Except for the Soccer because that's boring no matter what. : ) And I am definitely not one for pomp and circumstance but that Opening Ceremony from China was the most draw dropping spectacle I have ever seen.

18 kenboyer made me cry   ~  Jul 27, 2012 11:59 am

I do enjoy the Olympics, and while my wife is also an interested Yankee fan, she is completely focused on some Olympic events so we can share the drama. We do get hooked on the spirit and the human interest stories. We get played like a violin.

Swimming (our son competes with his varsity and club teams)
Gymnastics (a favorite of my spouse)
Track & Field
Beach Volleyball (a favorite of mine ✌ , but not my spouse)
Boxing
Small sports like Fencing, Track Cycling, Rowing will have our interest.
I am not too interested in Basketball, since the US team should dominate this exhibition.

But i will be flipping back and forth, and must see Ichiro's first AB at Yankees Stadium.

19 Simone   ~  Jul 27, 2012 2:01 pm

I loved the opening ceremonies in China and Barcelona.

I cried when Luciano Pavarotti sang Nessum Dorma at the opening ceremony in Turino. I knew that he was a tremendous amount of pain and was dying from pancreatic cancer. He made that appearance out of love for Italy. It was gift to the world. It was an amazing moment that I will never forget.

20 bags   ~  Jul 27, 2012 2:01 pm

I love the swimming.

Phelps vs Lochte tomorrow in the 400 IM is going to be epic.

I like the water polo too. Those guys are badass.

Really. Both are impossibly painful sports.

21 thelarmis   ~  Jul 27, 2012 2:02 pm

i don't have the slightest interest in the olympics. not one iota of care. it's like college basketball and boxing to me...

GO YANKS!!!

22 Simone   ~  Jul 27, 2012 2:04 pm

[19] Correction: Pavarotti was seriously ill and in a lot of pain, but he had not be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as yet.

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