Hangover Sports Roundup
Fresh and unsung U.S. Olympic medalists
As always, the Olympic Games provided memorable sporting moments that will be talked about for years to come. Highlights of 2012 include Usain Bolt making history by winning three medals in back-to-back Olympics, and Michael Phelps becoming the most-decorated (and arguably greatest) Olympian in history. But with a limited amount of sports featured on the NBC primetime telecast, many athletic feats won't get the attention and respect they deserve. To be specific, let’s examine two athletes who not only won gold but are also primed to make history in future Olympic Games.
Outside of the wrestling and combat-sports community, Jordan Burroughs was a relative unknown despite his two NCAA titles and All-American status at the University of Nebraska. Burroughs’ success in college has caught the attention of the Mixed Martial Arts world to make the crossover. However, he had other plans by beginning his quest to become the greatest American wrestler ever. The 2011 World Championships saw Burroughs win the 74kg championship and made him a favorite to win gold in London. Burroughs embraced his role as the new star of American wrestling by changing his Twitter handle to @alliseeisgold. His confidence and swagger proved to be a valuable asset in defeating a difficult field of Iranian and Russian wrestlers. In the final, Burroughs achieved his destiny by overcoming his 2011 World Championship foe, Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi to claim gold. Along with extending his 38-straight international freestyle match winning streak, the 24-year old got a nice $250,000 bonus from the Living the Dream Medal Fund. When asked what his future held, Burroughs sees more championships and medals on the horizon. If he continues to win gold, he might be in line to replace Phelps as the face of the USA Olympic team.
The United States has always had a strong history in the sport of boxing in the Olympic games. But lately it has been struggling, with the men's team failing to medal for the first time in history. With talk of creating different plans to revitalize America's dominance in boxing, there was pressure on the women to deliver. For the first time, women were allowed compete in boxing. Most of the attention before the games went to Marlen Esparza who appeared in various commercials leading into London. Esparza captured the bronze in the flyweight division, but the youngest member of the team, Claressa Shields, earned the gold. Shields has a classic underdog boxing story growing up in a tough neighborhood in Flint, Michigan. Despite her personal struggles, Shields became the first woman to win a gold medal in women's boxing and was the only gold medalist for USA boxing. She's only 17-years old but experts are already stating she's the new face of boxing in America. With Holly Holm being unknown outside of New Mexico, Shields could fill the void that Laila Ali once had. And with Shields being fairly young, she’d surely excel in future Olympics, although she may capitalize on her newfound fameand turn pro. But if Shields turns her sights to the 2016 Rio Games, USA boxing future may lie with the women instead of the men.
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I think they should make a movie about this new insect species discovered via Flickr.
The 1904 Olympic marathon was super, super weird.
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How to dump alcohol in mass quantities.
At least 250 dead after Iran is hit with two earthquakes.
This super drunk guy survived being crushed in a recycling truck compactor twice.
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These zombie Disney princesses are, in my opinion, a little over-the-top.
I too thought the Olympic closing ceremony was a bit weird.
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Three American soldiers killed by an Afghan pretending to be a cop
The memorial for the Sikh temple victims is happening today.
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There was a bomb threat at Pro’s Ranch Market
A new early species of human was discovered
Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is supernaturally awesome.
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“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”
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Romani people in France continue to get merde-ed upon.
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Anonymous hacked Australia.
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Someone robs an elderly woman in the South Valley, so two APD officers help her out with gift cards and cash.
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The oldest person competing in the Olympics.
Dumbest Olympic dive.
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Young Sikh Americans speak out.
U.S. starts to clean up Agent Orange in Vietnam. You know. The birth-defect causing chemical our military dumped there more than 30 years ago.
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Top 10 things I’ve learned while watching the 2012 Summer Olympics
The Olympics are designed to instill in participants—and by extension, viewers—the principles of cooperation, team spirit, individual merit, sportsmanship, strength, bravery, tenacity, skill and international brotherhood. Most of what I absorbed from watching this year’s competition, however, involved the number of free condoms issued in Olympic Village (150,000!) and the mistaken belief that eating mass quantities of McDonald’s food will make you a great athlete. So, with the games coming to a close this weekend, I look back on all the things I learned from the XXX Summer Olympics.
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Mars rover Curiosity lands safely!
Gunman who killed 6 people in Sikh temple has been identified as an Army veteran and former leader of a white supremacist band.
Inmate mistakenly released from Albuquerque detention center is missing.
Some are complaining that Olympic gymnasts' uniforms are not patriotic enough.
It's a no on the whole "using a 3D printer to download a gun" thing.
State Public Education Commission considering 14 proposals for new charter schools.
Mmm ... chalupas.
Who is really the best Olympian?
Baldness and Breaking Bad.
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U.S. Olympians had a record-setting day with Gabby Douglas becoming the first African American to win the women’s gymnastics all-around and Michael Phelps three-peating gold in the 200-meter individual medley.
Not much change in the job market.
Balloon Fiesta vendors are worried about what they say could be price-fixing at this year’s event.
Where Chick-fil-A ranks in terms of major companies with controversial policies.
Speaking of which, today is “National Same Sex Kiss Day at Chick-fil-A.”
Santa Fe bus driver admits to multiple instances of sexual misconduct, but isn’t jailed.
Sexist photography at the Olympics?
French president fulfills his promise of cracking down on the rich.
Wojdan Shaherkani became the first Saudi woman ever to compete in the Olympics.
It’s tax-free weekend in New Mexico.
The worst commercial for ice cream of all time.
Mitt Romney gains the support of what appears to be a hunk of humanoid plastic that calls itself Jenna Jameson.
Proof that Ryan Lochte is the frat-boy version of Jeff Spicoli.
And because you know you need to know, a little more info on “Gangnam Style.”
London Olympics more than NBCFail
Despite the idea that the Olympics serve as something of a goodwill games for the world and the insistence on amateur status to compete—with some healthy exceptions, of course—there has been a lot of chatter about these particular games since they began in London on Friday.
Currently trending on Twitter is the idea of #NBCFail. Bloggers, Internet-savvy people around the world, and generally anyone who's living in the connected digital village of the 21st century have noticed that the American broadcast—
With so many positive stories emanating from these Olympics, not just for America, it's frankly shocking that so much of the coverage is focused on the negative aspects. Just for recap's sake:
Michael Phelps is now the most-decorated Olympian of all time.
His rival, Ryan Lochte, is coming into his own as the greatest swimmer of right now.
The American team of female gymnasts won gold for the first time in 16 years, and gave marketing companies some amazing stories to go with their team victory.
Beyond the English-speaking countries, Ye Shiwen of China swam a faster split than Ryan Lochte, which should have been an amazing feat, but was immediately clouded by doubts about doping. Ruta Meilutyte won the first gold medal for Lithuiana in the sport of swimming at the tender age of 15. Daniel Gyurta set a world record in the 200 meter breaststroke, winning gold for Hungary.
It's easy to look at the overall medal count and be disappointed, as an American, with the United States not topping that list. But the games stand for a bit more than just medal counts and avoiding spoilers. They stand for more than corporate sponsorships and post-competition careers as broadcasters. After all, let's not forget the last time the games were held in London: The Austerity Games of 1948 followed closely on the heels of a time truly worth complaining about.
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A smiling tribute to American blubber was stolen from Dairy Queen.
Horse owners like N.M. horse slaughterhouse.
Ex-APD officer who kicked a suspect in the head a bunch of times wants his job back.
Kofi Annan quits gig as Syrian peace envoy because no one's got his back.
Bone marrow transplants eradicate HIV.
What Robyn Lawley—the prestigious plus-size lacy underpants model—eats.
The lady who takes pictures of babies dressed like flowers and peas and things is totally nuts. (Satire)
The Olympic rings as fascinating infographics for nerds like me.
Is being an Olympic gymnast any fun anymore?
Swimmer Ryan Lochte digs one night stands, says his mom.
Kayla Harrison becomes the first American to win the gold in Judo.
How not to write about female musicians.
"Doctor Who" trailer for series 7 features dinosaurs.
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Billboard in Idaho compares President Obama to the Aurora shooting suspect.
200,000 flee as government troops advance on Aleppo, Syria.
La Cienaga man acquitted of cockfighting charges sues the county.
370 million without power in India.
How do the 1986 Summer Olympics compare to the modern games?
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Pussy Riot in Russia, but not the good kind.
You can't make a proper breakfastini without coffee and bacon infused vodka.
The nine most elusive meals in America.
This Arrested Development thing might actually be happening.
The Daily Word in Olympic fonts and shrunken heads
Food prices set to rise as a result of drought.
Jon Stewart breaks down Obama's "you didn't build that" controversy.
Los Angeles city council bans marijuana dispensaries.
USDA apologizes for suggesting that maybe one day a week you cool it with the meat.
What's going on at Michael Jackson's house?
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editorial department coworkers.
Cal Ripken's mom safe at home after kidnapping.
Man sued for downloading porn countersues for defamation.
Designers reveal the Rio 2016 Olympics typeface.
Please tell me you didn't buy one of those tortilla bowl pans.
Scientists prove shrunken heads are real, with science.
Webgame Wednesday: Super Snot Put
The Olympics are coming. Nitrome celebrates (sort of) with the release of Super Snot Put. The rules are simple: Flick your (apparently living) booger as far as possible. The, uh, "fluid dynamics" on this one are particularly realistic, adding to the clingly, flingy goodness of it all. Pick yourself a winner, people!
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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia talks to Piers Morgan.
Suicide bombing in Bulgaria targeting Israeli vacationers.
George Zimmerman gives his first interview, has no
Man attacked by swarm of bees in Las Cruces.
Attempted kidnapping in Philadelphia caught on tape.
Rockstar astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson explains why the original Star Trek Enterprise is the best ship ever.
Chick-Fil-A President Dan Cathy is totally not gay.
There is a town called Bikinis, TX and I want to go there.
Maybe you should just shut up and make some peach cobbler this weekend?
78-year-old actor Fred Willard arrested at Los Angeles adult movie theater.
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Hillary Clinton warns about a potential terrorist haven in Sinai.
Mark Hamill says Mitt Romney is “not actually human.” You’d have to think Luke Skywalker has an eye for that sort of thing.
Meanwhile, the Obama campaign likens Mitt Romney to Batman supervillain Bane. Bain. Bane. Get it?
The FDA approves the first drug to reduce the risk of HIV infection.
Michael Johnson thinks runners with prosthetic limbs have an unfair advantage.
Hundreds of London cabbies protest the 30 miles of “Olympic Games Lanes.”
Yet another sign 2012 may very well be end times; church groups plan pilgrimages to the Jets’ training camp to see Tim Tebow.
Prostitutes are wreaking havoc on dozens of street signs in New Zealand.
The Albuquerque Police Department reveals mobile surveillance trailers to assist SWAT situations.
I had no idea I needed this Legend of Zelda key holder so badly.
It might pay to complain to DirecTV about their dropping of Viacom’s channels.
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Happy Birthday, David Hasselhoff!
Olympics basketball forecast
Team USA had better watch out for Spain and Argentina
In 2008, the United States basketball team was on a mission to restore our title as the best basketball nation in the world. Named the “Redeem Team,” Team USA showed dominance resembling the classic Dream Teams of the past en route to the gold medal. They were under massive pressure from the nation to deliver following the disappointment of the 2004 team. This year’s team is more worried about bragging about upstaging the 1992 Dream Team and dunking exhibitions than defending the title. Despite being lead by LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, key players like Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose are injured.
But before the Olympics, America will play some tune-up games to get ready for London. They already passed their first test by embarrassing the Dominican Republic 113-59. John Calipari lent his services to the Dominican but it was no match for the athleticism and talent of the United States. However, the victory was bittersweet as L.A Clippers star Blake Griffin was injured in practice prior to tip-off. Now Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski must depend on No. 1 pick Anthony Davis to play big minutes against difficult international competition. Most basketball fans are assuming Team USA should destroy the competition, but with a limited time to gel as a unit and injuries, international teams should feel optimistic to pull off the upset.
Spain failed to capture the gold against Team USA in Beijing in 2008, but they pose the biggest threat to America's gold medal chances. NBA veterans Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka will dominate the middle and should give them an advantage over every other team in the Olympic tournament. Pau Gasol, Rudy Fernandez and José Calderon round out the rest of the pros to give Spain a combination of speed and experience. By avoiding the Americans in group play, Spain shouldn’t have in trouble make it to the medal round. When they final collide with Team USA, the only advantage Spain will have is their inside presence. Without injured point guard Ricky Rubio and the lack of a true superstar, they will have to hope America gets cocky and overconfident in order to prevail.
Similar to Spain, Argentina is on the quest for revenge. In ’08, Argentina went 4-1 in group play but fell to America in the tournament round. Manu Ginobili led fellow NBA pros Carlos Delfino and Luís Scola on one of the most experienced teams in the tournament. Even though Argentina finds themselves in the same group as Team USA, they shouldn't feel intimidated as they defeated the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games. They may lack the number of pros compared to other top international teams, but their success in international competitions make Argentina a contender to win gold in London.