Tag Archives: Sports

The Olympic domino effect

When you visit Sochi, the water in the sink looks like this.

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When you wash your face in that water, your eyes look like this.

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When your eyes look like this, you have to give your prime-time Olympics anchor chair to Matt Lauer.

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And when you let Matt Lauer anchor the Olympics in prime-time, babies cry.

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Don’t make babies cry, Bob Costas.

Stay away from shitty water.

Of mice and women

sochi logoI arrived home from Florida tonight in time to watch the Winter Olympics Figure Skating Team Competition.

The US was sitting near the bottom in 7th place…then the ice dancing team of Meryl Davis and Charlie White — the reigning Olympic silver medalists — knocked one out of the park and moved the Americans up to 3rd.

Meryl Davis looks like a china doll on the ice and sounds like Minnie Mouse.  I get a bit of a complex just listening to her speak.

Is this what a woman is supposed to sound like?

Attention getter

In my business writing seminar, I often get on a soap box about the resume cover letter. It should be the most persuasive bit of writing we do; instead –

It is often dull, template-driven drivel.

soap boxHere is an opportunity to sell the finest product we know — OURSELVES — and yet most of our cover letters put the reader to sleep.

Grab their attention, I tell students. Make your letter stand out from the 500 others that will probably cross the HR director’s desk. Show you did your homework and write the letter just for them.

I was reminded of my usual rant when Jamie Casino’s law office commercial went viral on the Internet.  (It aired during the Super Bowl, but only on the local Atlanta station.)

Casino could have produced your standard law office ad, and no one would have remembered it.

But this one has the world talking.

These guys

I’m spending Super Bowl Sunday with a different team…

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Thanks PBS!

Ringer?

Who will win the Super Bowl — Seattle or Denver?

(You’re probably just impressed I got the teams correct.)

It’s true I don’t follow professional football that closely. But I was fascinated by a fact I learned today about the Super Bowl rings that are awarded to both teams in the big game.  That’s right –

BOTH TEAMS

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So, let me try to put my finger on this…

All those retired players doing color commentary and interviews on TV with all those massive rings weighing down their hands.  We can no longer assume those are Super Bowl Champions?

I guess not.

Heck, they could just be wearing consolation bling.

Laid up

I’m watching college basketball on ESPN –

Kentucky vs. Arkansas

Living in Manhattan, I am very excited to watch an SEC game.

The Razorback crowd in Walton Arena is loud and obnoxious.  The referees seem a bit partial.  But no matter the outcome, the game has to end better than this high school game in Washington last night.

Tie game. Seconds left. Grandview High stole the ball from Prosser High with enough time to score and win the game –

And this happened.

Secret lives

Two logos –

Hilton Under Armour

Hilton and Under Armour.

Am I the only one who sees the amazing resemblance?

Does this mean that, underneath the shee-shee image the Hilton is trying to project, they are secretly wearing he-man underoos?  Or are all those burly men sporting Under Armour out in the forest secretly jonesing to spend a spa day in a quilted robe drinking cucumber water?

My vote?

Both.

Raise your hands

There may still be questions about the United States’ participation in the Winter Olympics in Sochi…

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But the team has my support!

Want your own way cool mittens?  Go to TeamUSAShop.com to support the US athletes in Russia.

Then we can meet on the street and do the secret Olympics handshake (which I don’t know, but I’m hoping you do).

Bleeding blue

My 2014 started off with a sinus infection. So while I was lying low at home, I decided to crack open one of my Christmas presents –

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The Sixth Man movie on DVD.

I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries of late, courtesy of HBO OnDemand, but this is the first one on a topic that I know so intimately –

Growing up a UK Wildcat fan.

The producers look at the fans from every angle, talking to current and former coaches, players, TV and radio announcers, and the fans themselves.  At times we fans appear merely passionate, other times borderline psychotic.  But as even the celebrity fans they interviewed attest, being a UK fan is more akin to religion.

The film revisits some of the pivotal games in UK history — and the fan reaction — so, of course, Christian Laettner’s fateful shot in the UK/Duke game is discussed at length (but not shown because we have all seen that damn thing enough for one lifetime).

Laettner himself appears in the documentary and apologizes for his place in UK history.

Still hate him.

It’s just beginning

Yes, it was in the opponent’s basket.

But ya gotta admit — this accidental shot by UK Wildcat James Young in last night’s exhibition match against Montevallo is one for the ages.

Now, that’s how you save a ball from going out of bounds…