In case you were under a rock for the entire weekend or can’t remember much of it because you spent it all sleeping after an exhausting work week (riiight), the Olympics up and started, beginning with a heinously long opening ceremony Saturday.
Aside: Part of the reason it’s hard for me to get into the Olympics is because the whole thing is on tape delay. Since I check ESPN.com a million times a day I already know what’s happened by the time I see it on MSNBC.
Anyway, I figured the launch of our new site is as good a time as any to run you through what you’re unaware happened during the opening weekend in Beijing.
-The first United States medal came in…drum roll…women’s saber fencing! Swords. Sweet. Mariel Zagunis now has a story to share with grandchildren who will dismiss her as an old loon. And not only that, President Bush the Senior was in attendance.
-Michael Phelps took a couple pretty important steps in his epic quest for eight gold medals. Seriously, nothing screams America like dominating something and then waving the flag in people’s face. Phelps is our best bet.
Also note that Phelps’ second chance for gold is in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and his future teammates set a world record in the prelims with a time of 3:12.23. It was thought these guys were the weakest link in Phelps’ quest for eight gold medals. Eh, not so much.
-Let’s move briefly to more serious and sad news. The cynic in me says a tragedy of this sort was just a matter of time, but nevertheless, a Chinese assailant stabbed to death the father-in-law of a U.S. men’s volleyball team coach. Yuck.
-The men’s basketball team handled China pretty handily, especially in the second half. It’s funny how high the expectations are for these guys, considering while up plenty for most of the game and winning by 31 points it still doesn’t seem good enough.
-The women’s basketball team opened play by blowing out the Czech Republic by 40 points with President Bush in attendance. Next up in pool play is host China. Not that anybody cares much about WNBA International, but it looks like the ladies are off to a fine start.
I suppose those are the high points. At least they’re the ones I care about. GO USA!!!!!!!