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There was more than enough good to balance out the bad. And for those who were paying attention, Davis was cheering Hedrick on during the 10,000 meters. Apollo Anton Ohno was aclass act, too.

Heck, Warren Sapp has packed more bad sportsmanship into an average NFL season than our whole team exhibited in these games.

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1 posted on 03/07/2006 5:57:39 AM PST by Mr. Silverback
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2 posted on 03/07/2006 5:59:31 AM PST by Mr. Silverback (GOP Blend Coffee--"Coffee for Conservative Taste!" Go to www.gopetc.com)
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The Olympics: People I have never heard of doing things I don't care about.


3 posted on 03/07/2006 6:01:10 AM PST by Skooz (Chastity prays for me, piety sings............Modesty hides my thighs in her wings......)
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The Sweden-Finland Gold Medal game was the best hockey game I've seen in years. They played like national teams. The American team looked like it was back in the old days where Bean Pot rivalries superceded the unity that Herb instilled in Mike Eruzione. Maybe Mike should be the coach next time.


4 posted on 03/07/2006 6:02:36 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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Mirroring the democratization of winter sports, formerly the preserve of the rich and the locals.


5 posted on 03/07/2006 6:03:40 AM PST by HostileTerritory
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The American media ... were understandably disgusted

Well, no, the American media were not "disgusted," they fed the flames. The egregious NBC coverage of people like Bode Miller was positively fawning.

6 posted on 03/07/2006 6:05:39 AM PST by r9etb
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Time to bring back only armatures to the games. The Pros have ruined it!
7 posted on 03/07/2006 6:05:51 AM PST by Bommer (Have you insulted a false prophet today? http://pages.sbcglobal.net/bommer/mofactor.html)
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I think you must have spent too much time watching curling.


9 posted on 03/07/2006 6:06:55 AM PST by em2vn
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>>>>we have no one to blame for this sorry display but ourselves.

Baloney!

1) Any American who screws up anywhere gets front page headlines immediately. That's how our media works. The picture the media painted of our Olympic Team was distorted.

2) The team finished 2nd in total medals and absolutely dominated at at least of the venues. It sort of reminded me of the coverage of the last Summer games. The US team won an absolute avalanche of medals only to be ignored because a bunch of stupid NBA thugs got schooled by Puerto Rico in the prelim rounds.
11 posted on 03/07/2006 6:10:21 AM PST by .cnI redruM (Spreading liberal beliefs is as wrong as spreading AIDS.)
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Heck, Warren Sapp has packed more bad sportsmanship into an average NFL season than our whole team exhibited in these games.

Ain't that the truth.

12 posted on 03/07/2006 6:10:53 AM PST by Obadiah
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"The American media and the public were understandably disgusted with the behavior of some of our best and our brightest."

None of these people come close to being our "best and brightest". And BTW, can we please go back to banning pros from the Olympics? It was much better to watch our amateur players struggle against pro-equivalents from commie block nations, than to watch bored old pros who think they are the world's best, get beaten by a bunch of unknowns.


13 posted on 03/07/2006 6:12:00 AM PST by BadAndy (I miss the days when people didn't celebrate their perversions.)
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Side note, and clearly not the point of the article, but I like the irony that the CCCP jacket is like the coolest looking thing that Weir weenie wore during the Olympics.


15 posted on 03/07/2006 6:13:20 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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"Heck, Warren Sapp has packed more bad sportsmanship into an average NFL season than our whole team exhibited in these games."

Sorry, don't mean to nit pick, but this is one of my pet peeves. Let's find something that's worse, and that justifies what's bad? No. There was much bad behavior. Let it stand on it's own. Then you can say it's ok, or it's not ok, but let's not look for equivalences.


17 posted on 03/07/2006 6:16:18 AM PST by brownsfan (It's not a war on terror... it's a war with islam.)
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"Just win, baby"


24 posted on 03/07/2006 6:31:18 AM PST by wreckedangle
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Self-fulfillment. That certainly rings a bell. Isn’t that the very same idea that so many American parents and teachers have been instilling in their kids from their earliest days? We have been telling them, in effect, that life is all about doing whatever will make them happy—go after their own desires, unmindful often of what happens to other people. This idea of exalting the self has so permeated our culture that now even some of our most disciplined and hardest-working citizens—our athletes—have fallen prey to it. The old Olympic ideals we once took for granted now seem like a foreign language to much of this generation.

Lyrics (partial) from: 'What Have We Become?" by DC Talk

What have we become?
A self indulgent people
What have we become?
Tell me where are the righteous ones?
What have we become?
In a world degenerating
What have we become?

this chorus is wispered in the background - any guesses on the wisperer?

Speak your mind, look out for yourself
The answer to it all is a life of wealth
Grab all you can cause you live just once
You got the right to do whatever you want
Don’t worry about others or where you came from
It ain’t what you were, it’s what you have become

25 posted on 03/07/2006 6:38:33 AM PST by 70times7 (An open mind is a cesspool of thought)
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Self-fulfillment. That certainly rings a bell. Isn’t that the very same idea that so many American parents and teachers have been instilling in their kids from their earliest days?

There is nothing wrong with competition or following your dream.

What's wrong is not recognizing one's abilities as a gift. One has, then, a responsibility to the Giver of the Gift.

26 posted on 03/07/2006 6:50:36 AM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It. Pray for Our Troops!)
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I agree that a lot of this was overblown, mainly because the U.S. athletes have received far more coverage here in the U.S. than their foreign counterparts.

This kind of nonsense isn't unique to U.S. athletes. In fact, the biggest "negative" story out of the recent Olympics should have been that bizarre case involving the disgraced coach of the Austrian ski team, who -- in a scene that sounds like something out of a Cold War spy thriller -- was chased out of the athletes' quarters during a pre-dawn raid, fled the city, and was later arrested while sleeping in his car on the side of the road in some mountain pass in the Alps just across the border in Switzerland or Austria.

28 posted on 03/07/2006 7:38:23 AM PST by Alberta's Child
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Team spirit? Speedskaters Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis...their very public bickering.

I disagree that both of them were at fault.

Hedrick skated in a team event, Davis did not. Davis was not a team player.

I wrote a note to the U.S. Olympic Committee asking them to not invite Davis back.

29 posted on 03/07/2006 8:23:24 AM PST by Designer (Just a nit-pick'n and chagrin'n)
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There was more than enough good to balance out the bad.

Completely agree! Unfortunately, NBC's agenda was to highlight the bad.

Way too much coverage on "Bode" and the "fued" between Hedrick and Davis was overhyped. They had too many hours to fill for their compentence level, and it showed.

Lot's of really good stuff, much of it already mentioned - Joey Cheek, Apolo Ohno, Shawn the flying tomato, the men's curling team.

The men's hockey team has been unfairly criticized, as well. The games they lost, they could have won, and they were all against the top medal contenders. They weren't blown out or embarassed by anyone. For the most part, they played great defense (a few breakdowns as exceptions).

IMO, they played better than we had any right to expect. The best players were on other teams. Could we have done better? Absolutely. Should we have? I don't think so. Canada was the team that didn't live up to it's potential.

The best two teams played for the gold.

Enough about hockey, we had over 200 athletes who competed in these games, and unfortunately, a few bad apples has allowed the media to paint the whole team with a bad brush. Totally uncalled for. And, unfortunately, some of us here have bought into it.
32 posted on 03/07/2006 8:59:58 AM PST by Texas2step (<><)
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A class act that hasn't been mentioned is Michelle Kwan. She was very gracious in her speech when she stepped down, and she made her decision soon enough that Emily Hughes was able to participate.


33 posted on 03/07/2006 4:03:20 PM PST by Rocky (Air America: Robbing the poor to feed the Left)
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I thought the Olympics were great.

As for folks complaining about 'pro' athletes competing, each and every athlete started out as an amatuer and worked their way up to the top. If they are the best at the sport then they deserve to be at the Olympics.

Also, I liked the fact that the gal snowboarder had the guts to try and give a little extra show for the crowd. The fact that she fell because of it just made the games more fun to watch - at least she tried to push the envelop (besides it was snowboarding -- )

36 posted on 03/07/2006 6:55:03 PM PST by 13foxtrot
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