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What, You Thought I Was Kidding?

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I do not kid about dressage. I don’t even know what it is, but I’m sure not going to kid about it. (Go here for a better description. I read it twice, and I’m still not sure what it is or why it’s an Olympic event.)

But think about dressage this way: In most other sports, the uniform is functional, and often enhances the wearer’s performance. The LZR in the pool, an aerodynamic skin suit on the bike, and — allegedly — those Nike forearm and shin sleeves in track and field. Exactly what function does this serve? I mean, other than looking fancy? The coat and collar are one thing, but that flaming top hat has to be a bitch. — Bryan

 

73 comments to What, You Thought I Was Kidding?

  • Steve | August 10, 2008 at 8:50 am |

    Watching S. Korea v. Italy right now. S. Korea appears to have tape or a cover-up patch over their confederation patch. Italy looks like they’ve replaced theirs with a very generic “Italia” patch. The referees have the standard FIFA patch on their jerseys. Yet the swoosh still shines on

  • Steve | August 10, 2008 at 8:58 am |

    And the US (playing on what looks like a pretty crappy field for the Olympics) is once again crest-less while the Dutch appear to have a generic patch (definitely not their usual one).

  • Sage Confucius | August 10, 2008 at 9:05 am |

    Dressage reminds me of those forms that figure skaters used to have to do. They are functional in some sense but boring as hell to watch.

  • Howie | August 10, 2008 at 9:07 am |

    but that flaming top hat has to be a bitch.

    Now that is funny!

  • scott | August 10, 2008 at 9:37 am |

    Love dressage. It brings some class and elegance to the games.

  • Taha | August 10, 2008 at 9:38 am |

    [quote comment=”284095″]but that flaming top hat has to be a bitch.[/quote]
    Maybe it keeps her warm? or she’s one of the X-men

  • James Craven | August 10, 2008 at 10:10 am |

    There was a dispute that the Brazilian soccer teams were wearing blank jerseys due to a dispute between Nike and the Brazilian Olympic Committee, who wears a home made brand of unis (see the women’s basketball team for more).

  • rangers85 | August 10, 2008 at 10:11 am |

    [quote comment=”284093″]And the US (playing on what looks like a pretty crappy field for the Olympics) is once again crest-less while the Dutch appear to have a generic patch (definitely not their usual one).[/quote]

    It’s rained a decent amount over there today and pitch was torn up from the wetness. Plus not sure but that may have been the second match on that field today.

  • The Ol Goaler | August 10, 2008 at 10:23 am |

    Here’s a different case of “logo creep”… if you look closely, you can see Troy Glaus wearing this logo on his T-shirt… so does he lose points for not having his top button buttoned, but gain points for showing an additional team logo?

  • Eric B. | August 10, 2008 at 10:54 am |

    Yeah, dressage isn’t very 21st-century-friendly. But keep in mind that ballroom dancing, chess and even poetry reading used to be Olympic events back in the early days before they were dropped. They just somehow forgot to purge this one, too.

  • oilfan | August 10, 2008 at 11:02 am |

    Dressage is much like Modern Pentathalon – it’s roots are military in nature. The uniforms worn in are much the same. Some riders still wear the top hat to doff in the salute at the start of the routine, but some will wear a riding helmet now, so they will salute instead. At least that was how it was explained to me when I stumbled across it the other day.

  • Stuby | August 10, 2008 at 11:32 am |

    NBC had Dwyane Wade’s name spelled “Dwayne” on the graphics. C’mon guys.

    Also Yao Ming going FNOB; Most of the other Chinese players are going with surname followed by initials.

  • Stuby | August 10, 2008 at 11:36 am |

    Sorry, actually looks like quite a few of the Chinese players have FNOB. I guess if they have 3 names, they go surname followed by initials.

  • Azul Army | August 10, 2008 at 11:38 am |

    [quote comment=”284095″]but that flaming top hat has to be a bitch.

    Now that is funny![/quote]

    I second that!

    I was also thinking, if the horse does all the work, it should get the medal. Maybe the rider can get an apple or a carrot since they pretty much just sit there looking fancy.

    Bryan- Your get a “9” score for today. You would have gotten a “10” if you had found a picture of a Dressage rider with excessive eye black.

  • BigBootyLover58 | August 10, 2008 at 11:57 am |

    I agree.

    The clownish eye black should have been Photoshopped in. Once again, Bryan drops the ball.

    j/k!

  • Jim | August 10, 2008 at 12:07 pm |

    all the different uniforms and sports on display in the Olympics right now and this is the best this blog can come up with? This site is going downhill.

  • Joe F. | August 10, 2008 at 12:15 pm |

    The bengals unvieled they’re uniform schedule.

    http://www.bengals.c...

  • Jason Gomez | August 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm |

    Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this “sport” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics. About yesterdays topic, handball is a blast to play, have done it highschool and college.

  • Michael Emody | August 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm |

    I think the purpose of the dressage uniform is to say:
    1. I’m better than you.
    2. My horse is better than you.
    3. There’s a rabbit under my hat, and he’s better than you.
    Oh, and by the way – get off my land!

  • Stuby | August 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm |

    [quote comment=”284111″]The bengals unvieled they’re uniform schedule.

    http://www.bengals.c...
    Don’t they understand that some people (namely us) need to know what color pants will be worn with these jerseys?

  • =bg= | August 10, 2008 at 12:40 pm |

    [quote comment=”284102″]Yeah, dressage isn’t very 21st-century-friendly. But keep in mind that ballroom dancing, chess and even poetry reading used to be Olympic events back in the early days before they were dropped. They just somehow forgot to purge this one, too.[/quote]

    Poetry?

  • Elbridge | August 10, 2008 at 12:48 pm |

    Volleyball captains wear completely different uniforms…Wouldn’t a “C” do?

  • Dom | August 10, 2008 at 1:05 pm |

    Heres how Manny supposdly got the number 99

    http://www.fannation...

  • kj | August 10, 2008 at 1:06 pm |

    Actually, the captains generally have a line under their number. The different colored jersey is the libero.

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • MikeyB | August 10, 2008 at 1:35 pm |

    [quote comment=”284116″]Volleyball captains wear completely different uniforms…Wouldn’t a “C” do?[/quote]

    It’s called a libero.

    Usually, I like Bryan’s weekend posts, but the last two have kind of feel flat.

  • Eric B. | August 10, 2008 at 1:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”284115″][quote comment=”284102″]Yeah, dressage isn’t very 21st-century-friendly. But keep in mind that ballroom dancing, chess and even poetry reading used to be Olympic events back in the early days before they were dropped. They just somehow forgot to purge this one, too.[/quote]

    Poetry?[/quote]

    Okay, after doing a little deeper research, I realize I misspoke a bit there. I thought poetry was included back in the 1896 games, but it turns out it was just an event in the ancient Olympics, not the modern version. (My apologies.) Not that there isn’t a movement afoot to bring it back:

    http://www.purplecar...

    But the list of other discontinued or demonstration-only sports is pretty eye-opening — tug of war, ballooning, bridge, Finnish baseball, “water motorsports” (in 1900 and 1908… what must that have consisted of?), military patrol, surf lifesaving, bowling, and even American football (a hundred years ago). A fuller list is down a ways on this page:

    http://en.wikipedia....

  • Jon | August 10, 2008 at 1:57 pm |

    [quote comment=”284117″]Heres how Manny supposdly got the number 99

    http://www.fannation...

    I had to re-read that article about 6 times. Manny has a barber??????????????

  • Kek | August 10, 2008 at 2:02 pm |

    boy, some of these posts show what I would call typical American arrogance. I guess if it doesn’t involving hitting a ball out of the park or tackling and hitting (with enough equipment on that it makes the rest of the world that plays soccer, rugby and aussie rules laugh) it’s not a real sport?!

    I’m no expert in dressage (I actually prefer to watch the jumping events) but to say that the rider does nothing might be the dumbest thing I’ve heard on UW (and there have been a lot!).

    Oh, and sports involving horses aren’t “sports”? There are a lot of trainers, jockeys and if they could talk…horses, that would beg to differ.

  • Jeff | August 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm |

    Watching the Indians / Blue Jays game just now, and David Delucci is working a seriously torn pair of pants (and was wearing them in his at-bat, so guess he’s not changing until they’re completely shot).

  • Jeff | August 10, 2008 at 2:45 pm |

    Amend that-3 Indians are working the torn britches (Garko, Cabrera and Delucci)! Just wait for Sizemore to (as usual) join the crowd…

  • Brad | August 10, 2008 at 2:47 pm |

    I’ve always appreciated the Bengals taking the step to add game uniform information on their website, even if it’s not always complete. I find it ironic that they are the only NFL team that has never worn some sort of team (non-NFL mandated) commemorative/anniversary patch on their jerseys dating back to their 1968 debut. The 40th anniversary patch last season was beautiful (even though 2008 is the 40th anniversary – 2007 was the team’s 40th season), as have been past team anniversary logos that were made into patches, but none have ever been worn for even one game.

  • Juan Grande | August 10, 2008 at 2:53 pm |

    I live in the Tampa/St. Pete area. I went to Sports Authority yesterday and found an entire rack of Chris Simms Buccaneers jersey on super-discount. Red jerseys, black jerseys, white jerseys, even practice jerseys. I guess they don’t have too much faith about Simms staying with the Bucs.

  • Joe 3 | August 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm |

    “I think they light the riders hat on fire before the horse stops-drops-and rolls.” rimshot!

    “Ghost Rider!” rimshot!

    “At least its a dry heat” rimshot!

    At least theres no logo creep.

  • Shawn | August 10, 2008 at 3:28 pm |

    The entire Mets infield is showing stockings today.

    They’re also losing 8-2, so I wouldn’t recommend getting used to it.

  • Scott | August 10, 2008 at 3:29 pm |

    Olympic quandry that’s uni-related:

    Anybody see the women’s field hockey game US v. Argentina?

    What were the think white stripes on a couple of Argentinian women’s legs? The only thing I can think of is that it’s tacky material to keep their skirts from flip-flapping everywhere?

  • Steven | August 10, 2008 at 3:35 pm |

    Brazil went in All Blue today(well, Last night anyways), no Badge. It was a Nike set, similar situation to the US uniform. Argentina(Adidas) and Honduras(Xoma) still had their badges.

  • Jonee | August 10, 2008 at 3:57 pm |

    As a former equestrian, I can tell you dressage is the ultimate test of rider control. It’s supposed to look like, of course, that the rider is doing nothing. It’s not easy making the horse do those precise moves at specific points in the ring. That said, it isn’t the most spectator-friendly sport. What I’ve seen of dressage so far has been the first part of the 3 Day Event, which also consists of cross-country and show jumping. The riders and horses that compete in dressage exclusively will be a better representation of the equine ballet that the sport truly is.

  • teamcinnamon | August 10, 2008 at 4:03 pm |

    Carlos Ruiz on the Phils is wearing the high socks today. They appear to be branded with some logo on them.

  • Original Jim | August 10, 2008 at 4:15 pm |

    [quote comment=”284128″]At least theres no logo creep.[/quote]

    You haven’t seen the boots. Nike boots.

    Complete with swoosh.

  • =bg= | August 10, 2008 at 4:16 pm |

    [quote comment=”284126″]I’ve always appreciated the Bengals taking the step to add game uniform information on their website, even if it’s not always complete. I find it ironic that they are the only NFL team that has never worn some sort of team (non-NFL mandated) commemorative/anniversary patch on their jerseys dating back to their 1968 debut. The 40th anniversary patch last season was beautiful (even though 2008 is the 40th anniversary – 2007 was the team’s 40th season), as have been past team anniversary logos that were made into patches, but none have ever been worn for even one game.[/quote]

    M I K E B R O W N

    Irony? How bout a guy that’s so conservative, yet has those unis IMO. Just TOO much going on. They should return to the 70’s Virgil Carter look.

  • amy | August 10, 2008 at 4:34 pm |

    While the majority of the dressage rider’s uniform is tradition (think the fuzzy hats worn by guards at Buckingham Palace), the stock tie around the rider’s neck is functional — it is designed so that it can be used as a tourniquet.

    And you think this isn’t athletic? Go riding and see you you feel the next day. The horses are amazingly athletic and it takes a great deal of athleticism from the rider as well. Still don’t believe me? Watch the endurance portion of the three-day event.

    The three-day is the original test of horse and rider for military-useful skill. Dressage demonstrates the fine-tuning of a horse responding to its rider. Endurance day is well, endurance. Show jumping is a test of fitness as well, since it measures recovery.

  • Brian | August 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm |

    [quote comment=”284112″]Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this “sport” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics. About yesterdays topic, handball is a blast to play, have done it highschool and college.[/quote]
    I agree with you that baseball and softball should remain Olympic sports.
    However, I have a friend whose an equstrian and I assure you she’s quite an athlete, and it takes a great deal of skill to do what she does.

  • AFLFAN | August 10, 2008 at 4:48 pm |

    [quote comment=”284130″]Olympic quandry that’s uni-related:

    Anybody see the women’s field hockey game US v. Argentina?

    What were the think white stripes on a couple of Argentinian women’s legs? The only thing I can think of is that it’s tacky material to keep their skirts from flip-flapping everywhere?[/quote]

    That was tape. They said on the broadcast that those women had muscle problems in their legs.

  • Ryan | August 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm |

    It looks like the Speedo suits are ripping all over the place. Clearly not impacting performance, but looks like crap…

    http://img371.images...

  • Lose Remerswaal | August 10, 2008 at 5:09 pm |

    Got a good picture of the patches on Pawsox player Jeff Bailey at Fenway yesterday. One for the team, one for the 125th anniversary of the International League. Which, for some reason, the oppponents (Charlotte Knights) didn’t wear.

    http://i36.tinypic.c...

  • Azul Army | August 10, 2008 at 5:28 pm |

    [quote comment=”284123″]boy, some of these posts show what I would call typical American arrogance. I guess if it doesn’t involving hitting a ball out of the park or tackling and hitting (with enough equipment on that it makes the rest of the world that plays soccer, rugby and aussie rules laugh) it’s not a real sport?!

    I’m no expert in dressage (I actually prefer to watch the jumping events) but to say that the rider does nothing might be the dumbest thing I’ve heard on UW (and there have been a lot!).

    Oh, and sports involving horses aren’t “sports”? There are a lot of trainers, jockeys and if they could talk…horses, that would beg to differ.[/quote]

    Easy there, champ. Just trying to bring a little levity to the board of “dumb comments.” I’ve read about dressage and how aussie rules football and rugby are superior to American football and you can now count me as enlightened.

  • Azul Army | August 10, 2008 at 5:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”284139″][quote comment=”284130″]Olympic quandry that’s uni-related:

    Anybody see the women’s field hockey game US v. Argentina?

    What were the think white stripes on a couple of Argentinian women’s legs? The only thing I can think of is that it’s tacky material to keep their skirts from flip-flapping everywhere?[/quote]

    That was tape. They said on the broadcast that those women had muscle problems in their legs.[/quote]

    Could it have been kinesio taping? Link here for more info.

  • Forrest | August 10, 2008 at 5:51 pm |

    [quote comment=”284112″]Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this “sport” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics.[/quote]

    Horses ≠ Horsepower. Equestrian is definitely more taxing than sitting around on a bench all day or standing in the outfield. Catcher might be the only baseball position that’s as hard as this sport.

  • Taylor | August 10, 2008 at 6:00 pm |

    [quote comment=”284123″]boy, some of these posts show what I would call typical American arrogance. I guess if it doesn’t involving hitting a ball out of the park or tackling and hitting (with enough equipment on that it makes the rest of the world that plays soccer, rugby and aussie rules laugh) it’s not a real sport?!

    I’m no expert in dressage (I actually prefer to watch the jumping events) but to say that the rider does nothing might be the dumbest thing I’ve heard on UW (and there have been a lot!).

    Oh, and sports involving horses aren’t “sports”? There are a lot of trainers, jockeys and if they could talk…horses, that would beg to differ.[/quote]

    Excuse my “American arrogance”, but soccer is a “niche” sport in the USA, rugby is something played by drunk college frat boys, and Austrailian rules football, while cool, isn’t big enough to be cared about over here. When was the last time ESPN started with scores from the Aussie league?

    The “big three” sports in America are football, basketball and baseball. These sports have action, hitting, tackling, etc. Not that other sports don’t, but I’ve never seen an alley-oop in synchronized swimming or a flea-flicker in rowing.

  • DarkAudit | August 10, 2008 at 6:14 pm |

    [quote comment=”284105″]NBC had Dwyane Wade’s name spelled “Dwayne” on the graphics. C’mon guys.

    Also Yao Ming going FNOB; Most of the other Chinese players are going with surname followed by initials.[/quote]

    The graphics aren’t coming from NBC. They’re standardized and provided by the world feed at the International Broadcast Center. Take a look at the feeds from the sports NBC isn’t covering. They’re the same.

  • Jason | August 10, 2008 at 6:37 pm |

    has anyone ever seen a team with sponsors and last names on their practice jerseys? I was watching tsn last week and the argo’s practice jerseys had numbers, rona sponsors and last names, just wondering if any other team has ever had so much information on their practice jerseys

  • Scott | August 10, 2008 at 6:48 pm |

    Olympic quandry that’s uni-related:

    Anybody see the women’s field hockey game US v. Argentina?

    What were the think white stripes on a couple of Argentinian women’s legs? The only thing I can think of is that it’s tacky material to keep their skirts from flip-flapping everywhere?

    That was tape. They said on the broadcast that those women had muscle problems in their legs.

    Could it have been kinesio taping? Link here for more info.

    Could’ve been, interestingly enough it was vertical on their legs (not horizontal, like you’d often seen with knee bandages). Bizarre.

  • Scott | August 10, 2008 at 6:50 pm |

    [quote comment=”284140″]It looks like the Speedo suits are ripping all over the place. Clearly not impacting performance, but looks like crap…

    http://img371.images...

    Wow that looks awful, good catch.

  • Mike | August 10, 2008 at 7:08 pm |

    [quote comment=”284122″][quote comment=”284117″]Heres how Manny supposdly got the number 99

    http://www.fannation...

    I had to re-read that article about 6 times. Manny has a barber??????????????[/quote]

    L’Montro is/was actually Manny and David Ortiz’s personal stylist. The Boston Herald (because they apparently had nothing else going on that day) ran a story on it and how he cuts hair for most of the Red Sox. At the time of the publication, he also worked exclusively with Boston’s players.

  • mrhp28 | August 10, 2008 at 7:20 pm |

    [quote comment=”284149″][quote comment=”284140″]It looks like the Speedo suits are ripping all over the place. Clearly not impacting performance, but looks like crap…

    http://img371.images...

    Wow that looks awful, good catch.[/quote]
    That’s not the suit ripping. That is the design on the USA suit.
    http://www.usaswimmi...

  • Jeremiah | August 10, 2008 at 7:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”284140″]It looks like the Speedo suits are ripping all over the place. Clearly not impacting performance, but looks like crap…

    http://img371.images...

    Actually it seems that’s the design. If you look at teams during relays, the ones that are wearing the Speedo al have these apparent “rips” and “tears.” Makes me think of these which are also terrible.

    [quote comment=”284144″][quote comment=”284112″]Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this “sport” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics.[/quote]

    Horses ≠ Horsepower. Equestrian is definitely more taxing than sitting around on a bench all day or standing in the outfield. Catcher might be the only baseball position that’s as hard as this sport.[/quote]

    As pitcher playing college baseball at the NAIA Division I level I take offense to this comment. I’d like to see you go out on a mound and make anywhere from 90-120 pitches, attempting to throw a 5 oz. baseball over a 17 inch wide plate past a hitter who has the capability of hitting the ball back at you harder than you threw it. Wake up the next morning and tell me that isn’t hard.

  • who cares | August 10, 2008 at 8:33 pm |

    [quote comment=”284151″][quote comment=”284149″][quote comment=”284140″]It looks like the Speedo suits are ripping all over the place. Clearly not impacting performance, but looks like crap…

    http://img371.images...

    Wow that looks awful, good catch.[/quote]
    That’s not the suit ripping. That is the design on the USA suit.
    http://www.usaswimmi...

    It looks like the suits are made out of white mesh with the black membrane painted on and it’s this black membrane which is flaking off like iron-on decals flake off of old t-shirts.

  • =M= | August 10, 2008 at 8:37 pm |

    [quote comment=”284145″][quote comment=”284123″]boy, some of these posts show what I would call typical American arrogance. I guess if it doesn’t involving hitting a ball out of the park or tackling and hitting (with enough equipment on that it makes the rest of the world that plays soccer, rugby and aussie rules laugh) it’s not a real sport?!

    I’m no expert in dressage (I actually prefer to watch the jumping events) but to say that the rider does nothing might be the dumbest thing I’ve heard on UW (and there have been a lot!).

    Oh, and sports involving horses aren’t “sports”? There are a lot of trainers, jockeys and if they could talk…horses, that would beg to differ.[/quote]

    Excuse my “American arrogance”, but soccer is a “niche” sport in the USA, rugby is something played by drunk college frat boys, and Austrailian rules football, while cool, isn’t big enough to be cared about over here. When was the last time ESPN started with scores from the Aussie league?

    The “big three” sports in America are football, basketball and baseball. These sports have action, hitting, tackling, etc. Not that other sports don’t, but I’ve never seen an alley-oop in synchronized swimming or a flea-flicker in rowing.[/quote]

    You should probably stop proving the other person’s point for them.

    Look, I know you were going for a cheap joke there, but as a non-college student, non-fratboy, non-drinking rugby player, I think you ought to give the sport a try before painting with such a wide brush. Go ask Dhani Jones how tough rugby is (he trained with a lower-level European team this spring, and it wore him out). I look back at my football-playing days, and laugh about how easy and slow it was compared to rugby.

    It’s too bad rugby has such a stigma in the US- I really think if more people had a chance to see it, it would become pretty popular over here.

  • LI Phil | August 10, 2008 at 9:01 pm |

    [quote]Take a look at the feeds from the sports NBC isn’t covering.[/quote]

    the underwater basketweaving, naked tai chi and cup stacking?

  • Mark in Shiga | August 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm |

    [quote comment=”284117″]Heres how Manny supposdly got the number 99

    http://www.fannation...

    Funny story, but the sad part is the insanely short list of available numbers. 28 and 33 were the only choices left under 50 so it’s not like Manny had much of a selection.

  • BS | August 10, 2008 at 9:58 pm |

    Kek, if you are reading this, I responded to your comment from last night:
    Misti May Treanor wearing a headband with “NAUTICA” on it. Where’s the outrage?

    Where are the viewers? Watching baseballand preseason football and not relatively unattractive chics playing volleyball. America’s two favorite past-times outweigh chics in bikinis.

    Nonsense. Summer games come every four years. That’s more interesting to me than regular season baseball that you can watch ANY time.

    As far as preseason football goes, you go right ahead and keep watch those meaningless games…it gives the NFL owners the right to continue to rip off fan bases by charging regular season ticket prices for what are nothing but glorified scrimmages.

    …and you totally missed my sarcastic point in the first place. Everytime a swoosh ends up on a piece of clothing there are a flock of folks in here ready scream bloody murder (I believe the owner of this fine blog once referred to the swoosh as the “mark of the beast”). It was just an ill attempt at humor, which I guess wasn’t that good since I had to explain it!!

    Don’t take everything so literal!!!!

    I was using double sarcasm… Check the ratings, MLB and NFL preseason will outrank almost all of of the Olympics(other than basketball, gymnastics, and swimming).

  • Stevo | August 10, 2008 at 10:02 pm |

    [quote comment=”284146″][quote comment=”284105″]NBC had Dwyane Wade’s name spelled “Dwayne” on the graphics. C’mon guys.

    Also Yao Ming going FNOB; Most of the other Chinese players are going with surname followed by initials.[/quote]

    The graphics aren’t coming from NBC. They’re standardized and provided by the world feed at the International Broadcast Center. Take a look at the feeds from the sports NBC isn’t covering. They’re the same.[/quote]

    If you watch the events on Telemundo, you’ll see that the graphics are in English, so yes, they do come from the World feed.

  • who cares | August 10, 2008 at 10:25 pm |

    I call this photo of Mark Spitz, “Up to No Good.”

    http://www.richardli...

  • LI Phil | August 10, 2008 at 11:34 pm |

    michael phelps owes jason lezak a coke

  • Johnny O | August 10, 2008 at 11:37 pm |

    So much chaffing on those USA LZR suits. Can I call it chaffing? That’s what it looks like to me. It looks like they took the LZR suit, and painted it, and it flaked, or chaffed off. IS this happening to other countries who have the LZR suit?

    And Phelps owes Lezak about a dozen cokes, and maybe a new car.

  • Jonee | August 10, 2008 at 11:56 pm |

    [quote comment=\”284112\”]Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this \”sport\” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics. About yesterdays topic, handball is a blast to play, have done it highschool and college.[/quote]

    It’s been in the Olympics since 1900, so it\’s certainly one of the most enduring sports. And the only one where men compete against women.
    I don’t know why beach volleyball is in the Olympics besides the bikinis. Any activity invented by people on a cookout just doesn’t belong. Is beer pong next?

  • JMF | August 11, 2008 at 12:13 am |

    Think of that top hat as a hoodwink overlay for what is otherwise a crah-helmet or jockey headgear. You can see it better when they show Western Iberian-American equestrian events, in which case the ten-gallon hats cover hard headgear and are obvious.

    Waistcoats cut above the split between the legs when one does something useful, such as spread those legs in order to sit a horse.

    All you weekenders:

    Work out, run, function in team sports.

    Now try to sit a horse.

    Dig it?

    Yeah.

    Killer sport.

    And the duds are stud.

    [Don’t get me started about fencing, you wnches.]

  • Excalabur | August 11, 2008 at 12:28 am |

    And the only one where men compete against women.

    Not true: Sailing still has a bunch of ‘open’ classes, and shooting used to be coed as well.

    On a uni-watching note, the sailboats all have flags on their sails, and many boats have failed to do this correctly. As on any craft, the ‘hoist’, or flagpole end of the flag should go forward: many of the boats have the flag backwards.

    Similarly, the asymmetric spinnakers on the classes that have ’em are done up like flags (with olympic rings at the top) with the hoist running along the top and the top of the flag down the leading edge (‘luff’): the brazilians in the 49er class had their flag upside-down.

    I’ll send Paul some screencaps if I can find ’em.

  • MikeyB | August 11, 2008 at 1:44 am |

    [quote comment=”284165″][quote comment=\”284112\”]Ok, baseball and softball are out? Yet this \”sport\” is in? You have got to be kidding me. Anything involving a horse is not a sport, just like NASCAR. Rodeo maybe, but equstrian? Get it out of the olympics. About yesterdays topic, handball is a blast to play, have done it highschool and college.[/quote]

    It’s been in the Olympics since 1900, so it\’s certainly one of the most enduring sports. And the only one where men compete against women.
    I don’t know why beach volleyball is in the Olympics besides the bikinis. Any activity invented by people on a cookout just doesn’t belong. Is beer pong next?[/quote]

    So that’s why they got rid of baseball. BTW, baseball deserves to be in the Olympics, but not softball. I’m not being sexist or anything, but when the U.S. only give sup ONE EARNED RUN in the entire Olympics, then it’s really not that competetive.

  • Kek | August 11, 2008 at 2:24 am |

    [quote comment=”284158″]Kek, if you are reading this, I responded to your comment from last night:
    Misti May Treanor wearing a headband with “NAUTICA” on it. Where’s the outrage?

    Where are the viewers? Watching baseballand preseason football and not relatively unattractive chics playing volleyball. America’s two favorite past-times outweigh chics in bikinis.

    Nonsense. Summer games come every four years. That’s more interesting to me than regular season baseball that you can watch ANY time.

    As far as preseason football goes, you go right ahead and keep watch those meaningless games…it gives the NFL owners the right to continue to rip off fan bases by charging regular season ticket prices for what are nothing but glorified scrimmages.

    …and you totally missed my sarcastic point in the first place. Everytime a swoosh ends up on a piece of clothing there are a flock of folks in here ready scream bloody murder (I believe the owner of this fine blog once referred to the swoosh as the “mark of the beast”). It was just an ill attempt at humor, which I guess wasn’t that good since I had to explain it!!

    Don’t take everything so literal!!!!

    I was using double sarcasm… Check the ratings, MLB and NFL preseason will outrank almost all of of the Olympics(other than basketball, gymnastics, and swimming).[/quote]
    Yes, I’ll check the ratings….because I make all my viewing choices based on ratings, not what I might find entertaining.

    You be a follower….I’ll be a leader

    I’ll admit, not EVERYTHING is super-entertaining, but if you can’t appreciate something like that swim relay that USA won earlier tonight I feel bad for you.

    I think it’s neat to take an occasional break from the stick and ball games we get shoved down our throats 24/7 and appreciate some other athletes in sports we don’t see everyday.

    Man, you weekend cats are on a whole ‘nother level. Yesterday we got people waxing poetic on Lombardi and the good old days (the 50s and 60s are calling), today, people sayin’ that if horses are involved in a sport, it’s not a sport! Oh, and one of you mocking my “American arrogance” comment in one sentence and then proving my point in the next sentence!!!!!

    Thank God tomorrow’s Monday!

  • LI Phil | August 11, 2008 at 2:35 am |

    [quote comment=”284167″]And the only one where men compete against women.[/quote]

    since the end of east germany, anyway

  • dre | August 11, 2008 at 3:54 am |

    Man… so much negativity! I agree the post was not up to UW standard.

    About the “American arrogance” comments, that dude that posted comment #49 proved the point that as Americans we are arrogant (even though he was trying to do the opposite). Just because in America a sport isn’t “popular” shouldn’t detract from the fact that it is a sport, and that people that compete in them are athletes.

    Now, on a more positive note… how about those volleyball women! Wow… don’t ask me about how they look because I’ve just been looking at the Unis… well, the shorts/bathing suit bottoms!

  • Steven | August 11, 2008 at 6:00 am |

    Oh, and the US Gymnasts looked much better last night…switching from hot pink to red with a blue/white/Gold star. I still like China’s look as well.