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Winter Clothes? Yes, Really

April 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, France, Long Beach, Olympics, Travel

I’ve never really had winter clothes. Because I always lived in places that either were temperate or Just Plain Hot. Long Beach, then the Inland Empire, then Abu Dhabi. But here in Europe, in France, we can go weeks (!) without a single minute in the 60-degree (Fahrenheit) range in December, January, February. Granted, it’s […]

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NHL and Dropping Out of the Olympic Movement

April 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Olympics

This week, the National Hockey League announced it will not be taking a month off next season so its players can compete for their national teams in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. The first reaction from nearly everyone is … “what an awful decision”. The NHL’s players joined the Winter Games in 1998, […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.

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Today’s Earworm: 1984 Olympic Fanfare and Theme

September 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Earworm, Olympics

I was reading a story about the planned Los Angeles bid to host the 2024 Summer Games, and that took me back to the 1984 L.A. Summer Games, and I was looking at the wiki page … and on the right side of the page it had a link to a snippet of the “L.A. […]

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Hope Solo and Punishment That Does Not Fit the ‘Crime’

August 24th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Football, Olympics, Rio Olympics, soccer, World Cup

After the U.S. women’s national soccer team lost a Rio 2016 shootout to Sweden, a game that ended 1-1 in regulation, goalkeeper Hope Solo was not in a diplomatic mood. She rarely is after losing, God bless her. The Swedes got an early lead, then sat back and absorbed pressure, and when they conceded the […]

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The Olympics and a Chance to ‘Get Inspired’

August 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Olympics, Rio Olympics

The BBC’s coverage of Rio 2016 came with nightly references to a particular area of the network’s website: The “get inspired” feature. If you watched the Olympics and decided you would like to emulate Team Great Britain’s athletes … the BBC has advice on how to get started. I was thinking about how silly it […]

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Today’s List: Ten Thoughts on Rio 2016

August 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Lists, Olympics, Rio Olympics

The Rio 2016 Summer Olympics wrapped up today. The final few medals handed out, the typical Closing Ceremonies chaos the great migration to the airport in the morning … Here are 10 topics about these Games, the future Games, and the people involved in it all.

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Track and Field, Sleep Deprivation and Rio 2016

August 20th, 2016 · No Comments · Olympics, Rio Olympics

What will I stay up all night to watch on TV? Not much. Not the NFL. Not the NBA. Not even Major League Baseball. The World Cup? Maybe the Super Bowl. The Summer Olympics? As it turns out … absolutely … if the track meet is going on.

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U.S. Track Relay Teams and that Slippery Baton

August 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Beijing Olympics, Olympics, Rio Olympics

Apparently, USA Track and Field doesn’t care that it cannot come up with sprint-relay teams who can get a baton around a track. Any time the U.S. has a quartet of sprinters — male or female — running in a major event, American fans who have been paying attention know they may soon need to […]

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Oh, Wait: The U.S. Men Are in Bigger Trouble

August 19th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA, Olympics, Rio Olympics

I was critical of the U.S. women’s basketball team yesterday. It underwhelmed me in a semifinal victory over France. Then I saw the men play Spain tonight … And they were just as ragged as were the women … while playing significantly more competent opposition. Which means they are in a much more dangerous situation. […]

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