Random Olympic stuff which is becoming quite annoying
In surprising and disturbing news, it is becoming apparent that an Australian athlete’s appearance in a Telco ad is no guarantee of a London Olympic medal. Worse, it seems other nations have also turned up to compete.
In all seriousness, we’re five days into this thing now, and it’s getting to that point where minor annoyances are becoming irritating, and irritating things are becoming completely intolerable.
Like these things…
We’ve been suffering the verb “to medal” for years now. The verb “to podium” has now become commonplace too. It’s surely only a matter of time before an athlete tells us that they’re going “to Olympics” at Rio 2016.
Ray Warren’s pronunciation
Ray Warren is the greatest rugby league caller on the planet and is above all a polite and intelligent man. His pronunciation at the swimming, however, has been abysmal. We’ll let him off the tricky Chinese names, but Ray has made an absolute omelette of the French names. That fast French dude Agnel is “An-yel”, not “A-nel”. Camille Muffat should be pronounced “Moo-fa”, not “Moo-fay”. And what’s with the endless rugby league references? Seriously, Ray could work Darren Lockyer into a conversation about Shakespeare
There he was, our long-serving AOC boss, ready to serve up gold medals to Australians after the 4x100m relay. Then we finished fourth and Coates looked like he’d swallowed a mouthful of spiders. Then he bagged the empty seats in London and said “we didn’t have this problem in Sydney”. Oh, get over it John. Sydney was 12 years ago, the crowds are huge at most London venues, and you’re beginning to look like a victim of your own much-hyped medal targets.
The lack of yellow caps in the pool
It always used to be so easy to follow the Aussies in the pool. Now that only a few of them are wearing yellow caps, it’s not. Apparently the white ones increase “hydrodynamic speed”, whatever that is. Sounds like something dreamed up at the Ponds Institute.
Nine’s endless swimming
In news just in, it has just come to light that these are not in fact the world swimming championships. These are the Olympics, and they have 28 sports in total. Someone please tell Channel Nine.
Why do they always have the most annoying ad campaigns at major sports events? The Coles dah-de-dah-dah campaign launched at Delhi. In London, we’ve had the ads with the guys wearing letters, endless Swisse vitamins ads featuring an array of failed athletes whose presence appears to prove that the vitamins don’t work. We’ve also had the world’s worst Land Down Under ad, and a succession of ads giving unwanted life advice. OK Jeep, tell you what. The next time a Mum in a massive 4WD cuts me off at school dropoff time, I definitely won’t hold back.
Who cares who’s bloody sitting in the stands? Mind you, I guess the Royals were always going to cop a bit of attention at these games, and good luck to Zara Phillips for winning silver in the year of the Queen’s silver jubilee. Apparently the steed she rode was called “Prince Charles”.
The inevitable drug accusations
Every time a Chinese athlete wins anything decisively, it’s Rome 1994 all over again (the swimming world championships where tainted Chinese swimmers won 11 of 13 golds). Face facts, every nation remains strong for an Olympics or two after it’s hosted one, and China has 1.3 billion people to choose from. The fact Ye Shiwen swam one faster lap than a bloke, American Ryan Lochte, was taken totally out of context. She swam all her other laps much slower. Innocent until proven guilty, people.
The lack of an “oooh” moment for Australians
Can you imagine? I mean, can you actually imagine how big it would be if Australia had produced an athlete like Chad le Clos? Overnight, the South African knocked off Michael Phelps in an epic final lunge, as Phelps went for an unprecedented third straight win in the 200m butterfly. Wow. Australia hasn’t had a moment anywhere near that big at these Games, and may not. I want one.
Chickens on my work desk
Hey man, we’ve all got problems.
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