From the pomp and pagentry of the Opening Ceremonies (Who knew the Queen had a sense of humor?) to the first weekend's battles in the pool, the court and the pitch...I'm digging the Olympic Games. I know that we only care about shooting sports & cycling and gymnastics & swimming & track every four years but that doesnt stop me from diving right in. It's like a two week long mini-series and although the time difference allows NBC to script what they want us to see...it's still more compelling than most of what we see on the small screen. And with the improved picture quality and technological advances allowing us to see the races much more clearly, it makes it an even better experience.
Case in point...last nights gymnastics events. Now I really couldnt care less about gymnastics...especially the floor exercise which seems more like dance 101...but the other events and the quality of the US team this time around made we watch last night. The drama of Jordyn Wieber (a heavy favorite) missing out on advancing to the all-around finals and sobbing as she left the floor...coupled with the crying with joy of Aly Raisman who unexpectedly will join Gaby Douglas in the finals. The high flying vaulting of McKayla Maroney...the absolute power of Douglas on the uneven bars....these are athletes...maybe the best pound for pound athletes at the games...and close ups in high def of their hands and feet show the punishment that they take in their pursuit of the gold. And why when a dream ends ...like it did for Wieber last night...the emotion that comes out is raw and real.
The French got their revenge in the pool last night as well as they chased down Ryan Lochte in the final leg of the 4x100 meter freestyle relay and won gold. Michael Phelps won his first silver medal ever and 17th overall...one away from tying for the most medals ever.
The less said about the Brewer bullpen the better. Rookie Mark Rogers looked good in his major league debut...it will be guys like Rogers that will make up the Brewer rotation next season...and he's coming back from major arm problems, so a good outing in his frist big league start is a major step.
If you want baseball excitement...check out the Woodchucks...with an ever changing roster they have won 17 straight games at home and ripped off a 4 game lead in the chase for the second half championship in the Northwoods League. You don't have many more chances to see the Chucks at home. They host battle Creek tonight and then hit the road for the rest of the week. They only have three home games remaining after tonight. Of course you can hear all the games on Foxsports1390
Songs Of The Day (from my I-pod) Buddy Guys Birthday today..he's 76
I've Got News For You-Buddy Guy
Hoochi Coochie Man-Buddy Guy