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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #30 : June 01, 2012, 07:47:54 PM »
Watching Sky Sports News they always seem to have the Olympics rep on trying to big up events for tickets. There's still a good few on sale, they don't seem to be anywhere near as popular as they thought they would be.

Also can anyone see David Beckham not getting the sympathy pick for the football? He's an Olympic ambassador with huge drawing power. Just like his record England cap, he'll be put in there because of the name not for the (long gone) talent.


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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #31 : July 13, 2012, 04:02:08 PM »
Kobe Bryant came out today and said that the current US Mens Basketball squad could beat the original "Dream Team" from 92".

I have to disagree.   NO FUCKIN' WAY........

Their is still not a team in the universe past, present or future, that could beat the 92 US Mens team.  No way.  They were unstoppable. Look at their stats.

That first team was just so good. Every top NBA player wanted to be on the team.  Since 92" I watched the other US teams and they didnt play as smooth and effortlessly and just overpowering as that original Dream Team. Every single player on that team is a Hall of Fame player. Except Christian Laetner.

Their is also a "Urban Legend" around this team. For practice they would just play little pick up games for 10 minutes and do shoot arounds etc..  Then on the last practice before the start of the Olymoic Games, coach Daly said to divide up some starters and bench players and he wanted to play a 30 minute game and told them to play all out and give it "All you got" So, this scrimmage game was played with Barkley, Magic Johnson, David Robinson, Chris Mullen and John Stockton against a team of Jordan, Bird, Malone, Ewing and Pippen. But the legend goes that the people who saw this game including the other players, athletes from other nations, reporters, Olympic officials etc... all said it was the greatest basketball game they have ever watched.  Its called the "Greatest game no one ever watched"

I do think that the current team were sending to London is great. I dont see anyone beating them.  Just having Lebron, Kobe and Durant on the team makes them a favorite. But then Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler.... I think we will win the gold. May have a tough time against  the Serb's or Greece but we are better and should win out.

Now I know whats it like to be Spanish or Brazilian when the World Cup is on. ;D

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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #32 : July 14, 2012, 10:09:33 PM »
Kobe Bryant came out today and said that the current US Mens Basketball squad could beat the original "Dream Team" from 92".

I have to disagree.   NO FUCKIN' WAY........

Their is still not a team in the universe past, present or future, that could beat the 92 US Mens team.  No way.  They were unstoppable. Look at their stats.
Agreed. Even if you see that Bird was a shell of himself (the Gold medal game was his last ever, due to back pain) and that Magic wasn't 'magic' (due to his layoff), that team still was far deeper than this 2012 team. Not even close. Probably 4-1 in a 7-game series.


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Reply #33 : July 14, 2012, 10:16:10 PM »
Teaser: And on it went for eight days as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooter's house -- and that's what everyone called it, Shooters' House -- at all hours, stopping by an Oakley duffel bag overflowing with condoms procured from the village's helpful medical clinic. After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: "I'm running a friggin' brothel in the Olympic Village! I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."

This is a VERY entertaining read. http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/story/_/id/8133052/athletes-spill-details-dirty-secrets-olympic-village-espn-magazine

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Reply #34 : July 15, 2012, 02:50:44 AM »
Agreed. Even if you see that Bird was a shell of himself (the Gold medal game was his last ever, due to back pain) and that Magic wasn't 'magic' (due to his layoff), that team still was far deeper than this 2012 team. Not even close. Probably 4-1 in a 7-game series.


Look at that roster. Jordan, Bird, Magic, Pippen, Drexler, Malone, Robinson, Ewing, Barkley, Stockton, Mullen and Ewing.  Every player is now a Hall of Famer.  Every player wanted to play on the team and were dedicated to not just winning the Gold Medal but making a statement that USA Basketball is the best in the World. That was the best TEAM to ever play.

If they played the 2012 team I dont even think the 2012 team would win 1 game. 92' would go 10-0 in a 10 game series. They were just too well rounded and too good. Which really goes to show how good the 92' team was because I dont think the current 2012 team will lose a game in this Olympics.

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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #35 : July 18, 2012, 12:31:46 AM »
Cracking promo video for the Paralympics:

Channel 4 Paralympics - Meet the Superhumans (The video's owner prevents external embedding)

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Reply #36 : July 18, 2012, 08:51:47 PM »
Teaser: And on it went for eight days as scores of Olympians, male and female, trickled into the shooter's house -- and that's what everyone called it, Shooters' House -- at all hours, stopping by an Oakley duffel bag overflowing with condoms procured from the village's helpful medical clinic. After a while, it dawned on Lakatos: "I'm running a friggin' brothel in the Olympic Village! I've never witnessed so much debauchery in my entire life."

This is a VERY entertaining read. http://espn.go.com/olympics/summer/2012/story/_/id/8133052/athletes-spill-details-dirty-secrets-olympic-village-espn-magazine



No wonder Giggs was so keen to participate.

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Reply #37 : July 19, 2012, 01:32:35 AM »
Olympic ceremony youngsters told they should wear Adidas trainers

PRIMARY school children from Thame have been told they should wear Adidas shoes when they take part in the Olympic opening ceremony this month.

The eight youngsters from John Hampden Primary were told by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games they have to wear the sports brand or unbranded trainers at the event on July 27.

This means if they have another brand of trainers they should not wear them.

London 2012 spokesman Sutveer Kaur said: “We’ve advised comfortable, unbranded or adidas shoes.”

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/9821083.Olympic_ceremony_youngsters_told_they_should_wear_Adidas_trainers/?ref=mr

This Olympic sponsorship malarkey is ridiculous.

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Reply #38 : July 23, 2012, 09:41:24 AM »
I heard from a not too reliable source (the misses who tends to get things wrong that she heard) that according to the radio a certain Mr David Beckham will "have" a BIG part to play at the opening ceremony.

Now I do hope that this media image driven tosser is NOT the one to light the Olympic Flame as it will be a serious kick in the bollox to true Olympic Athletes who would be more suitable.


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Reply #39 : July 23, 2012, 10:20:17 AM »
This bollocks is so cosmetic it's f**king cringeworthy.
Borris Johnston Tory MP for London somewhere or other is in the news for reciting an Olympic poem, the government are promoting it like crazy, the Olympic torch is being foisted on on people all over the country, literally. In spite of the manic TV coverage and claims of 'thousands turning out' there are usually a line of individuals 1 deep on the pavement waving pathetic paper Union Jacks about.
What's it all about I hear you ask? As ever the making of money and the government will have it's finger in the pie  - there has already been an incident of financial irregularity with the G4S scandal and questions in the house.
The company has been exposed as having some really questionable working practices and is grossly unfit to perform it's contractual duties to a satisfactory standard, a director has resigned as they do.
So apart from the scapegoat director who no doubt took a pay off, who else should shoulder the blame for this fiasco which is now costing the tax payer millions?
How about that grandiose Tory Lord [finger to your foreheads] Seb Coe in charge of all things Olympic? He appointed G4S for whatever reason, financial inducements are not unknown in these situations, is it not patently obvious where the responsibility lies?
Bollocks to the Olympics.     

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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #40 : July 23, 2012, 09:08:23 PM »
I heard from a not too reliable source (the misses who tends to get things wrong that she heard) that according to the radio a certain Mr David Beckham will "have" a BIG part to play at the opening ceremony.

Now I do hope that this media image driven tosser is NOT the one to light the Olympic Flame as it will be a serious kick in the bollox to true Olympic Athletes who would be more suitable.

I would like to see Sir Steve Redgrave light it. Quite fitting for Britain's greatest Olympian.

I also hope it isn't Beckham but I fear it might be.  :roll:

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Reply #41 : July 25, 2012, 09:40:57 AM »
I would like to see Sir Steve Redgrave light it. Quite fitting for Britain's greatest Olympian.

I also hope it isn't Beckham but I fear it might be.  :roll:

Daley Thompson as well but Beckham should be fu**ed right off - Seb Coe was also involved in the Olympic bid but I dont see the cries for him to be running the 800m or lifiting the f**king torch.

I really hate Beckham.

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Reply #42 : July 25, 2012, 10:03:25 AM »
It should be Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards lighting it.

They could set up a ski jump, set him alight using the torch and have him flying through the air, arms and legs flailing about and landing with a thud into the cauldron.

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Reply #43 : July 26, 2012, 11:37:38 AM »
Having witnessed the rehearsal for the opening ceremony, prepare to be shocked and amazed. ;)

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Reply #44 : July 26, 2012, 11:47:57 AM »
Having witnessed the rehearsal for the opening ceremony, prepare to be shocked and amazed. ;)

I heard the same that it was amazing - not usually what i would watch but I will be now.

Its just the thought of Beckham being given a mjor role that annoys me - he has nothing to do with the Olympics.

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Reply #45 : July 26, 2012, 11:52:12 AM »
Having witnessed the rehearsal for the opening ceremony, prepare to be shocked and amazed. ;)

Been told by my mates that is is out of this world

Cant wait for it all to start of !!!

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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #46 : July 26, 2012, 02:54:05 PM »
Check out how many photos the Daily Fail have attached to this story about Voula Papachristou. Blatant pervery, haha:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2178836/London-2012-Olympics-Greek-athlete-Voula-Papachristou-banned-racist-joke-Twitter.html?ICO=most_read_module

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Reply #47 : July 26, 2012, 04:01:39 PM »
London 2012: Sir Roger Bannister hot favourite to light Olympic flame

William Hill has stopped taking bets on Sir Roger Bannister lighting the Olympic cauldron after receiving a flurry of big bets backing the man who ran the first sub-four-minute mile.

Coral bookmakers are still taking bets, even though Sir Roger has now emerged as the overwhelming favourite to perform the task at Friday's opening ceremony.

Although Sir Roger competed at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, he failed to win a medal, meaning that he would be an unusual choice to light the flame, which has traditionally been an honour bestowed on great Olympians.

William Hill confirmed that they had closed the book on Sir Roger at lunchtime. "He went from 6-1 to even money and he was 33-1 just a few days ago," said a spokesman. "It's the second time it's happened, but it seem a bit illogical as he's got no strong link with the Games."

A spokesman for Coral said they were still taking bets and that Sir Roger was currently on 5-6, having seen his odds slashed from 7-1. Sir Steve Redgrave, meanwhile, is at 5-4.

"It's looking that way, but we're playing it very carefully," said a spokesman, who added that they had also seen money placed on novelty outsiders including James Bond, Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

Coral said they had also seen "significant money" on Thursday on David Beckham (7 from 14), Tom Daley (12 from 50), Bradley Wiggins (25 from 40) and Muhammad Ali (20 from 100).

"It's been an incredibly popular betting event, with everyone in our list attracting a bet, but it's Sir Roger that's the stand out selection with the punters at Coral," added the spokesman. "It seems to be the best kept secret around at the moment, and as long as it stays that way we will keep taking bets on it."

On Thursday morning, the organising committee's chief executive, Paul Deighton, said the person who would light the cauldron had been chosen and Team GB's chef de mission, Andy Hunt, said the decision had been "unanimous".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2012/jul/26/london-2012-olympics-roger-bannister?CMP=twt_gu

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Reply #48 : July 26, 2012, 04:06:04 PM »


Naturally, the reference to pervy photos meant I had to take a look.  :f_whistle:

And you're right, there's loads of them. Out of character for the normally conservative Daily Fail.

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Reply #49 : July 26, 2012, 05:29:02 PM »
Just seen the torch go down Oxford Street.  I nearly missed it, I was expecting a runner but it was on the top of an open topped double decker bus.

The crowds were amazing, and I've heard that they have been huge all over the route today.

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Reply #50 : July 26, 2012, 10:13:26 PM »
Those pessimists saying "it's a waste of money", "F**k the Olympics" are being silenced hopefully. Really looking forward to this Olympics. Can't believe these 7 years are almost up. I remember watching the moment they were awarded the games and thinkng "that's such a long way away!". It's fantastic that so many people are happy and excited for this. Let's hope it goes well and that Britain can win lots! It won't be as big as Beijing but that's not what the Olympics are about.

Oh and let's all hope the opening ceremoy isn't a patch on that handover ceremony part of the Closing ceremony in Beijing. Remember? Leona Lewis and Jimmy Page god awful music act, David Beckham kicking a ball into the crowd and kids dancing around a double decker bus which top exploded (really apt considering what happened on 7/7) into a hedge? If there's any of that snooty drama teacher sh*te tomorrow I'm switching off!
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Reply #51 : July 26, 2012, 10:27:18 PM »
I heard the same that it was amazing - not usually what i would watch but I will be now.

Its just the thought of Beckham being given a mjor role that annoys me - he has nothing to do with the Olympics.

Ah to be fair on Beckham he played a massive role in Lndon getting the games 7 years back. He really did everyone proud in the promotion and presentation of the bid. Regardless of what I used to think of him he's done a lot of good in using his profile to great effect. As a British ambassador it's hard to think of anyone who has done a better job.

I would like to see Steve Redgrave light the flame though. Incredible athlete and an even better Olympian.
Ideally I would like to see Ben Ainslie involved as well. Often overlooked in the great british sportsman stakes but if he wins gold in the sailing again this year he'll be right up there with Redgrave in my opinion. Doubt he'll be involved tomorrow night as he'll probably be training.
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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #52 : July 27, 2012, 12:18:57 PM »
Two world records have been broken in the archery:

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London 2012: First two world records broken at Games
London 2012 has seen its first world records broken as the South Korean archery team set two landmarks at Lord's.

Im Dong-hyun, who is legally blind in one eye, set an individual record in Friday's ranking round.

In the team event, Dong-hyun, Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek set a new landmark.

South Korea's archery team is regarded as the best in the world and has won 15 gold medals since 1984.

Dong-hyun, who won team golds at the past two Games, broke his own 72-arrow mark of 696 by three points.

Then, alongside Kim Bubmin and Oh Jin-hyek, he helped score a 216-arrow total of 2,087, passing the world record by 18 points.

Lord's played host to the men's individual ranking round on Friday morning and will hold the men's team gold medal match on Saturday.

South Korea's men are reigning world champions and have taken four of the six Olympic titles since the sport was added to the Games in 1988.

Dozens of spectators were denied entry to the event, the first London-based action of the Olympics, as it was held behind closed doors.

Lord's venue manager Vanessa Bellamy said: "This has always been a non-ticketed event but it seems some people believed they could come down on the day."


http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/19013793

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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #53 : July 27, 2012, 04:19:07 PM »
Bradley Wiggins: We may be strongest team ever in an Olympic road race

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Enjoying a spin in the Box Hill area are the Team GB road race team of Mark Cavendish, left, Chris Froome and Ian Stannard, ahead of David Millar and Bradley Wiggins in preparation for the men's road race in the 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Bryn Lennon/Getty Images
Four weeks ago I was in Liege getting ready for the Tour de France, now I'm in a golf course hotel in leafy Surrey waiting for the start of the Olympic Games. It's been a crazy few weeks, and the last seven days was the maddest of all. A week ago I rode the time trial of my life in the Tour, with James Murdoch in the car behind, the power flowing perfectly and the last five kilometres spent knowing I was going to win, thinking of everything that had gone before: training on the Trough of Bowland in the rain, emptying the tank for Shane Sutton in Tenerife, the sacrifices my wife Cath had made so that I could train as I needed.

The last day in Paris was everything I had wanted: it had been a dream of mine to lead Cav out for the stage win while wearing the yellow jersey, and when I saw him going round the corner on the Place de la Concorde behind Eddy Boasson-Hagen, I knew the job was done. After it all died down, the team went for a reception at the Ritz, again with James Murdoch, and Jeremy Darroch, the head of Sky; there was champagne, quick speeches, with the riders all clearing the finger buffet because we were starving.

I flew back to the north-west with Cath and the kids. I'd insisted on going home, it was what I had wanted throughout the Tour, but it wasn't quite what I expected. We woke up to find a mass of press and other people at the end of the road, cars parked for half a mile down the lane, and it felt like we were under siege. I think I'd underestimated quite how big the whole thing was. By the evening I was like: 'I've got to go out on my bike for an hour', so I went out, but I couldn't get through the mass of people, and I had to give them a few minutes.

There was a line of cars following me as I rode, people taking photographs, people wanting me to sign things — some of them piles of pictures that they were going to sell on eBay, I suspect — and the next day when I went out for a pint of milk and a loaf of bread I was mobbed. The same thing happened when I took Ben to a rugby league training day; all the rugby people coming over, which you don't expect because cycling isn't their thing. We met Sam Tomkins and whereas he's been my lad's hero, there he was praising me.

So I'm having to come to terms with what people think of me, which is humbling to say the least. As cyclists we become famous in our own little world, we don't become celebrities. It's a sport that levels people out.

When you go on a club-run, if you puncture, you repair it yourself. You don't get someone else to do it for you. I still wash my own bike when I'm at home and it's covered in sh*t — I did that on Monday. I used to get laughed at and called names when I was a kid and wearing Lycra. So it all takes a bit of getting used to.

That meant it was a relief to get to Surrey. We're well protected here, with the media only allowed in on one day. We are outside London, but it definitely feels like being at the Olympic Games, because Doug Dailey, the GB logistics manager, is here. He's been there throughout my career at every Games since I was 19 at Sydney. I only seem to see him every four years, each time I've improved a bit and he says: "You've done a bit better since I last saw you." It's a more protective environment since the Tour, where you have people photographing you as you eat your dinner, as if you were monkeys in a cage.

We had a taste of what awaits when we went out training, with people who were just going about their daily business saying: 'Bloody hell, there go Great Britain.' The support was massive just in the villages around Surrey, and on Box Hill there were people everywhere looking for a glimpse. You can feel the buzz already.

This is what Cav has been living for for most of the year. The road race title is what he's been thinking about since he won the world's last September. He looks as fit as I've ever seen him. I told him I think black makes him look fat, but he looks different now he's wearing Great Britain blue. He's been rallying the troops, telling us what a fantastic team we are, and how he has no doubt we will be around him in the finale. It's probably the strongest team ever in an Olympic road race. We're all humble about what we have achieved but externally we must look like the dominant force.

There's no problem recovering from the Tour; it's the best way to prepare. This is a 250km race and we've had five days to recover since the Tour, sitting on our backsides in a nice hotel. It's no secret what we want to do. You can predict that we have the horsepower to bring it together on the Mall, and we've got the fastest rider in the world. If you can get Cav to two kilometres to go in a bike race, he's going to win. Someone needs to take on the mantle of leadership and Cav's done that. So I'll do whatever job is asked of me. If it's about getting him to 300m to go, I will do it.

You'd put far more money on him than on me. He's been there for me for the last month and now it's his turn.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog/2012/jul/27/bradley-wiggins-mark-cavendish-london-2012?CMP=twt_gu

Looking forward to the road race tomorrow. Mark Cavendish is odds on favourite to win gold.

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Reply #54 : July 27, 2012, 06:11:08 PM »
Fingers crossed for Cav!

Who's going to light the cauldron? Steve Redgrave? Roger Bannister? I think it will be more original than that - maybe a bunch of schoolkids. Looking forward to it nonetheless! Judging by the opinions of those who saw the rehearsal it sounds like Danny Boyle has done a great job.
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Re: The Olympics 2012
Reply #55 : July 27, 2012, 07:23:11 PM »
It should be Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards lighting it.

They could set up a ski jump, set him alight using the torch and have him flying through the air, arms and legs flailing about and landing with a thud into the cauldron.

Surely you can see the fatal flaw in that?

You could make the cauldron 90 feet wide and he'd still miss the bloody thing!

Would be funny to see him try, though. If he isn't dead, that is.

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Reply #56 : July 27, 2012, 07:47:56 PM »
Really looking forward to the ceremony tonight particularly as it's one of my favourite film directors involved.

Interested to see what Danny Boyle comes up with.

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Reply #57 : July 27, 2012, 07:52:03 PM »
What time does it start? I wasn't gonna bother with it, but after reading everything on here, have to watch it now.

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Reply #58 : July 27, 2012, 07:57:02 PM »
9PM UK time Kate.

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Reply #59 : July 27, 2012, 08:01:26 PM »
Fingers crossed for Cav!

Who's going to light the cauldron? Steve Redgrave? Roger Bannister? I think it will be more original than that - maybe a bunch of schoolkids. Looking forward to it nonetheless! Judging by the opinions of those who saw the rehearsal it sounds like Danny Boyle has done a great job.

Deffo everything crossed for Cav tomorrow!

I'd like to see Daley Thompson light the cauldron.  Another great Olympian who has actually competed in Olympic Stadiums.  Saying that, I would also be made up if it was Steve Redgrave, a true Olympic hero.

Just so long as it's not Beckham, he's done his bit to get the games here but he's not an Olympian.

Not long to wait now!

Kate, it's 9pm UK time.