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Reply #70 on: August 18, 2016, 08:05:39 AM

And I'm assuming you've played some team sports in your life, and you know exactly what I'm talking about when it comes to teammates acting like disinterested or entitled or sulky jackasses. And you probably know how much you want to knock the block off those guys when it happens.

For the sake of the argument, let's just say it's all unwarranted, and she's the victim of largescale cyber bullying. I've always and will repeatedly said there's absolutely ZERO reason for athletes at any level to be on social media, or to look at what fans are saying. ZERO. If you're using it for branding, let the branding people handle it. If you can't let them handle it, there's ZERO reason to read the comments. Otherwise, it's only going to get you in trouble when you let trolls wreck your life, or you post a pic of you with a bong. Smarter athletes will realize this and ignore it.

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Reply #71 on: August 18, 2016, 08:27:43 AM

Maybe she can go live in the third world shitholes many athletes come from without her gold medals if she has it so rough #firstworldbullshit I could go into how she shouldn't even have been on the team after her performance in the team quals, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with her consistent underperformance, her failure to deliver on her 'storyline' (while watching Aly do so) and her general unlikeability and lack of class. It's that goddamned twitter, like her mom said.

Anyway. Some of the IBA judges got bounced, shocking to anyone who watched boxing. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/18/sports/olympics/boxing-referees-and-judges-removed-after-a-review.html?_r=0

We caught the earlier Rus v Kaz match (the olympics are one of the few times the fiancee will watch boxing with me) and even she thought the Kaz fighter won. I told her he absolutely did, maybe a split decision, but he was clearly the better fighter and appeared to score more points.

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Reply #72 on: August 18, 2016, 01:08:11 PM

The Irish Boxing fans are up in Arms about their boxer "losing" to a guy who literally had to bow out of the competition as he was too badly hurt during the fight for doctors to let him continue in the competition.

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Reply #73 on: August 18, 2016, 06:46:09 PM

Yes. I've been a team player. I was a competitive swimmer and volleyball player in high school and college. Had a guy actively throw a meet because his brother swam for our main rival team. That was a damn sight more than a teammate showing what others have deemed lukewarm support for team. I didn't fuck his shit up the way I wanted to when I was young, stupid and impulsive and I won't advocate the same for someone that falls far short of that.

As for your response Sky, third world shithole athletes? Like all the athletes that dropped out of competition rather than compete against Israelis? Or the ones that refused to shake hands? Fuck that noise. Most of them are too busy enjoying their time in the limelight and not dealing with the social media bullshit because they come from countries that actually appreciate their accomplishments and aren't a bunch of fucking bored trolls with nothing better to do with their lives than hassle someone from the anonymity of the internet.

Could she have handled herself better? Of course she could have, but the amount of shit she's getting for simply being who she is is ridiculous.

Tuned in, immediately get to watch cringey Ubisoft talking head offering her deepest sympathies to the families impacted by the Orlando shooting while flanked by a man in a giraffe suit and some sort of "horrifically garish neon costumes through the ages" exhibit or something.  We need to stop this fucking planet right now and sort some shit out. -Kail
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Reply #74 on: August 18, 2016, 07:15:04 PM

Maybe she can go live in the third world shitholes many athletes come from without her gold medals if she has it so rough #firstworldbullshit I could go into how she shouldn't even have been on the team after her performance in the team quals, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with her consistent underperformance, her failure to deliver on her 'storyline' (while watching Aly do so) and her general unlikeability and lack of class. It's that goddamned twitter, like her mom said.

So, like, do you actually feel as angry and impassioned about this as its coming across on the internet? You usually seem like a pretty level person, but if you care this much about this story just  take a step back for a second. Jesus.
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Reply #75 on: August 18, 2016, 07:26:58 PM

Yes. I've been a team player. I was a competitive swimmer and volleyball player in high school and college. Had a guy actively throw a meet because his brother swam for our main rival team. That was a damn sight more than a teammate showing what others have deemed lukewarm support for team. I didn't fuck his shit up the way I wanted to when I was young, stupid and impulsive and I won't advocate the same for someone that falls far short of that.

As for your response Sky, third world shithole athletes? Like all the athletes that dropped out of competition rather than compete against Israelis? Or the ones that refused to shake hands? Fuck that noise. Most of them are too busy enjoying their time in the limelight and not dealing with the social media bullshit because they come from countries that actually appreciate their accomplishments and aren't a bunch of fucking bored trolls with nothing better to do with their lives than hassle someone from the anonymity of the internet.

Could she have handled herself better? Of course she could have, but the amount of shit she's getting for simply being who she is is ridiculous.

Expecting the same response from a 20 year old kid as that of a grown man who gets paid millions for performing, and has been doing it for much longer, is a bit much, I agree.  If her coaches and teammates are OK with her, then why can't everyone else?
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Reply #76 on: August 18, 2016, 07:28:08 PM

Maybe she can go live in the third world shitholes many athletes come from without her gold medals if she has it so rough #firstworldbullshit I could go into how she shouldn't even have been on the team after her performance in the team quals, but I'm sure it has nothing to do with her consistent underperformance, her failure to deliver on her 'storyline' (while watching Aly do so) and her general unlikeability and lack of class. It's that goddamned twitter, like her mom said.

So, like, do you actually feel as angry and impassioned about this as its coming across on the internet? You usually seem like a pretty level person, but if you care this much about this story just  take a step back for a second. Jesus.

He's still bitter about people trolling No Man's Sky? awesome, for real

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Reply #77 on: August 18, 2016, 07:29:36 PM

I just learned that Ryan Lochte is 32.  I thought he was a decade younger.
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Reply #78 on: August 18, 2016, 07:37:56 PM

No, he just acts it.

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Reply #79 on: August 18, 2016, 09:05:39 PM

She's a kid who went from top dog to 3rd place on the team, give her a break.  Also, neither of the two American medalists in Shot put his hand on heart during the anthem and I bet you won't hear a single peep about it. Wonder why.

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Reply #80 on: August 18, 2016, 10:53:46 PM

She's a kid who went from top dog to 3rd place on the team, give her a break.  Also, neither of the two American medalists in Shot put his hand on heart during the anthem and I bet you won't hear a single peep about it. Wonder why.

The same reason some people use Obama's middle name when referencing him.

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Reply #81 on: August 19, 2016, 06:51:18 AM

She's a kid who went from top dog to 3rd place on the team, give her a break.  Also, neither of the two American medalists in Shot put his hand on heart during the anthem and I bet you won't hear a single peep about it. Wonder why.

Probably because nobody was seriously paying attention to Shot. In primetime we get blasted with day after day of 90% swimming, women's gymnastics, and track. I've seen almost nothing of the other events unless you want to cruise to the crap channels or you're watching all 5 hours in a row of the primetime broadcast.

You know how these thngs go, just like the Lochte thing. If it's a random shotput guy that lies to the police and says he was assaulted but actually wasn't it's nowhere near the same story as one of the big-time American swimmers getting involved in it.

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Reply #82 on: August 19, 2016, 09:44:44 AM

but the amount of shit she's getting for simply being who she is is ridiculous.

This.

At some point y'all need to take a look at yourselves and really wonder, is your criticism of some 20yo girl really worth it?

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Reply #83 on: August 19, 2016, 12:06:58 PM

I just learned that Ryan Lochte is 32.  I thought he was a decade younger.

God what a cunt he is.

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Reply #84 on: August 19, 2016, 03:01:55 PM

In other news the Paralympics are going to have to be scaled back due to budget shortfalls. Part of this is due to the fact that only 12% of the tickets have been sold, which is a real shame. The events are also suffering from the wider financial malaise affecting Brazil right now. This is a real step back from London, where the 2012 Paralympics were the first to sell out all tickets. As it stands some teams may not be able to send full teams or even any team at all since they rely on travel grants from the IPC. Some have gone out, but three weeks late

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Reply #85 on: August 20, 2016, 02:04:55 AM

Scaling back probably saved some lives. I wish I was joking.

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Reply #86 on: August 21, 2016, 07:51:20 PM

The handoff to Tokyo went epic.

http://youtu.be/OkXqVf5jcYY

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Reply #87 on: August 21, 2016, 07:56:24 PM

That video is not working for me, so here's the most important bit (via Twitter): Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as Mario.

https://twitter.com/lmfaofa/status/767529677955018753

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Reply #88 on: August 21, 2016, 09:49:22 PM

That was better than my video.

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Reply #89 on: August 22, 2016, 07:02:30 AM

In other news the Paralympics are going to have to be scaled back due to budget shortfalls. Part of this is due to the fact that only 12% of the tickets have been sold, which is a real shame. The events are also suffering from the wider financial malaise affecting Brazil right now. This is a real step back from London, where the 2012 Paralympics were the first to sell out all tickets. As it stands some teams may not be able to send full teams or even any team at all since they rely on travel grants from the IPC. Some have gone out, but three weeks late

Do Paralympic tickets usually sell? Can't really believe people are normally packing stadiums to see that...
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Reply #90 on: August 22, 2016, 11:44:12 AM

London sold out I think, or near enough to.

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Reply #91 on: August 22, 2016, 07:22:20 PM

No idea about the Para, but my sister volunteers at the special olympics and she says they are well attended.

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Reply #92 on: August 22, 2016, 07:28:52 PM

Do Paralympic tickets usually sell? Can't really believe people are normally packing stadiums to see that...

The Paralympics is very popular here in Australia and definitely some other countries. There's an appreciation of the guts and determination. The Sydney version was well attended in 2000.

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Reply #93 on: August 22, 2016, 08:15:05 PM

In other news the Paralympics are going to have to be scaled back due to budget shortfalls. Part of this is due to the fact that only 12% of the tickets have been sold, which is a real shame. The events are also suffering from the wider financial malaise affecting Brazil right now. This is a real step back from London, where the 2012 Paralympics were the first to sell out all tickets. As it stands some teams may not be able to send full teams or even any team at all since they rely on travel grants from the IPC. Some have gone out, but three weeks late

Do Paralympic tickets usually sell? Can't really believe people are normally packing stadiums to see that...

I seem to remember they were well attended in Vancouver in 2010.

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Reply #94 on: August 22, 2016, 11:24:22 PM

They are actually a pretty big deal. They did well in SLC and the Paralympic Flag is right next to the Olympic flag in the display here.

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Reply #95 on: August 22, 2016, 11:41:50 PM

In other news the Paralympics are going to have to be scaled back due to budget shortfalls. Part of this is due to the fact that only 12% of the tickets have been sold, which is a real shame. The events are also suffering from the wider financial malaise affecting Brazil right now. This is a real step back from London, where the 2012 Paralympics were the first to sell out all tickets. As it stands some teams may not be able to send full teams or even any team at all since they rely on travel grants from the IPC. Some have gone out, but three weeks late

Do Paralympic tickets usually sell? Can't really believe people are normally packing stadiums to see that...

Of course you can't.

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Reply #96 on: August 23, 2016, 03:57:39 PM

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/24/sports/russia-paralympic-games-ban.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

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RIO DE JANEIRO The highest court for world sports has upheld the decision to ban Russia from the Paralympic Games because of widespread doping, rejecting an appeal by the country and issuing what is considered the final word on the matter.
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Reply #97 on: August 23, 2016, 07:34:02 PM

In non-doping news, I've got a huge fake crush on Fu Yuanhui, the Chinese backstroker that took a bronze in the 50 and didn't realize it until she got out of the pool and went for an interview.

In a world of cool and (mostly) composed athletes, she's just this huge, adorable dork.

https://youtu.be/Jn0nPGfH1HI

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Reply #98 on: August 23, 2016, 08:05:40 PM

She's precious.

I bet she has a great credit score.
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