Tag Archives: Olympics

Sorry, Charlie

SPOILER ALERT — this blog talks about last night’s shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars.

In hindsight, it was inevitable.

charlie whiteHost Tom Bergeron and the judges were aghast that Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated just one week shy of the finals.

But with his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis also in the competition (paired with popular-bad-boy dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy), Charlie was dead in the water.  The two were bound to split their fans’ votes, and Maks is way more popular than Sharna.

Meryl wins.

The celebs that remain have their unique voting blocks as well.  Candace Cameron Bure (of Full House fame) can’t go a show without evoking Jesus’ name, so she has the conservative right sewn up.  Singer James Maslow of the boy band Big Time Rush has the hottie vote.  And Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy is dancing brilliantly on two artificial legs — artificial! — and paired with Derek Hough, who is popular enough to win with almost anyone.

So yes, strangely enough, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White was the clear underdog.

The Olympic domino effect

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

sochi water

 

 

 

 

 

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

bob costas ick

 

 

 

 

 

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

matt-lauer-2014-winter-olympics

 

 

 

 

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

babies crying

 

 

 

 

 

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?

Raise your hands

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

go usa mittens

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).

On target

I have thoroughly enjoyed our guessing game.

Have you?

white and red dotsFor those of you just joining us, I posted this picture in yesterday’s Egg and asked for guesses as to the building’s identity.

The entries have shown range and creativity — everything from a pig to a museum, a ship to a stomach ulcer.

So close, and yet so far.

Actually, the photo depicts one of the shooting arenas at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich in the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London.

Now, before you say, “No fair!  I would have never seen that,” the shooting events at the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics were held here.  So you might have spied it on NBC’s Olympics coverage.

And if you did, you would no doubt remember.  I mean, how cool is that?

Nole

Novak Djokovic or Roger Federer?

As the US Open Tennis Tournament begins at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing tomorrow — and Rafa Nadal is out due to injury — the rivalry is back in the forefront.

Not to discredit Andy Murray’s gold medal at the Summer Olympics…but still —

Novak or Roger?

This video answers that question for me.

Who can be one of the greatest tennis players of all time and still have fun?  Put on a good show for the kids assembled at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day?  Not take himself — or his celebrity — too seriously?

I’d support that guy any day.

Perfect pairing

If today’s announcement of the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars celebrity/pro pairings was on your entertainment radar —

You’re at the right blog.

When DWTS earlier revealed the celebrities for the season — all past winners, runners-up and audience favorites — I knew I would be torn between three:

  •  Actor Giles Marini
  • Olympian Apolo Ono
  • Race car driver Helio Castroneves

They danced in different seasons — the latter two winning DWTS with pro Julianne Hough, who is not returning — but head-to-head?  How will I choose?

The pro dancer pairing, of course.

And based on today’s announcement alone, I am prepared to predict the winner of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars:

 

Actor Giles Marini and dancer Peta Murgatroyd…and here’s why:

  1. Giles should have won Season 8, but Olympian Shawn Johnson — who is also dancing in All-Stars — secured the popular vote.  He deserves redemption.
  2. Peta won DWTS last season — her first as a pro — so she clearly has the chops.
  3. Just look at the two of them.  Together, how can they lose?

Can’t wait for the season to start and be proven right!

Selling the games

We’ve all probably watched the Olympics at some point and imagined ourselves, standing at the medal ceremony, singing the national anthem with a gold medal around our neck.

It’s a nice dream.

But how about a trash bin that was actually used in the athletes village bathroom?  Did you dare dream you’d own one of those?

Be still your heart — you can.

In fact you and 2,505 folks willing to pony up the 2.5 British pounds can turn your toilet into an official Olympic shrine by shopping remainsofthegames.co.uk.

And you won’t just score trash bins, no sirree!  We’re talking traffic barriers and clocks, fire extinguishers and TV stands — all kinds of items the Olympic athletes used during the games.

Want a mattress slept on by an Olympic swimmer?  Now’s your chance!

How ’bout a mirror that was looked upon by a gymnast, track star or beach volleyball player?  Get your credit card ready.

Now…isn’t that better than a medal?

Breakfast at Wimbledon

Guess which Olympic sport I’m watching this morning?

Murray vs. Federer, for the gold medal, in a Wimbledon final rematch — it will be EPIC!

(Now, sit down everyone…and put down your balls.)

Chip off the…

Do you chocolate chip cookies?

I mean, really chocolate chip cookies?  Then today is gonna be a great day for you!

Today is Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!

That means chocolate chip cookie ers everywhere are going to celebrating.  And by celebrating, I mean buying and cooking and eating their favorite cookie of all time.

I mean, really — how can you not chocolate chip cookies?  All that chocolatey, yummy goodness?  It would be practically un-American!  And you don’t want to be un-American smack-dab in the middle of the Olympics.

So, show your and eat a cookie.  You won’t get a medal, but…

You will get a cookie.