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Random Olympic thoughts

Random Olympic thoughts

Some Olympic thoughts as the games draw to a close …

Some Olympic thoughts as the games draw to a close …

• ’Fess up: Is it Missy Franklin or Gabby “The Flying Squirrel” Douglas you’d just love for your daughter/little sister?

• How could he let down so many people? How could Nick Delpopolo let down himself with that half-baked nonsense about pot-laced brownies?

• “Outstanding,” the only word to describe the colors of the uniforms worn by the U.S. Women’s Beach Volleyball Team. What were those colors, again?

• Sure you want to see the U.S. win, but that was unseemly, everybody including the American gymnasts hugging the little Romanian girl for taking bronze, then the American coaches go scurrying about with their inquiry in hand and the judges finally saying, after what seemed like an interminable period, “Yep, we screwed up, the bronze goes to Ally Raisman of Needham, Mass., so get out of here, little Romanian girl.”

• The Brits clearly set the mark for tasteful use of sheep in an Opening Ceremony. Take that, Beijing!

• Does anyone understand anything that Bela Karolyi is saying? Costas makes believe he does, but I ain’t so sure.

• Lovely, wasn’t it, the way the TV types jumped ship when Phelps failed to even medal in his first try; then, having declared the torch passed to Lochte, some reverse ship-jumping as Lochte fizzled and Phelps flared?

• One of those Olympic moments: American Lashinda Demus running the 400m hurdles, her twin 4-year-old boys, Duaine and Dontay in the stands with their dad, both of them screaming “go Mommy, go; go Mommy, go.”

• Every four years I get it, synchronized swimming fever. After a couple of weeks of practicing in the bathtub, it goes away.

• Debate finally settled over double amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa and whether he has an advantage over other runners. He does, but it’s not the cheetah blades strapped to his thighs; it’s the thing that ticks in his chest.

• Better hope they remember mom and pop! Ryan Lochte’s parents said to be in foreclosure with their Florida home, missing payments since February 2011. Gabby Douglas’ mother filed for bankruptcy, showing $80,000 in debts and less than $500 in her account.

• Your guess as good as mine why NBC had Ryan Seacrest in the booth. Reciting Twitter tweets? Really?

• Here I am thinking that St. Patrick drove all the gymnasts out of Ireland when along comes Kieran Behan, who overcame a slew of serious injuries, including brain damage. No medal for Kieran, but give us Irish an event titled “Pint and Pen” and see who gets the gold!

• Don’t even try to tell me that you did not get the urge to wipe that smirk off the face of Russian gold medalist Aliya Mustafina when The Flying Squirrel faltered on the uneven bars.

• And what the hey was Shaun White doing in the NBC lair? Summer Olympics, Shaun, summer.

• “Cheerio” to Wills and Kate and Harry for showing royal can be real, the kiddos wildly cheering their countrymen from the stands unlike Grandma Liz and her stern, Madame Tussaud visage (though she did jump out of that ’copter … wait a minute, that was not she?).

• One of those rare times when stats are telling: Jamaican Usain Bolt travels 27 miles an hour in the 100; some seniors in Florida do not drive that fast.

• Will someone tell NBC before Brazil in 2016 that it’s ixnay on the closeup of feet on the diving board? Don’t care how attractive the athlete is, tight on toenails is not pretty.

• Finally, if you did not choke up at least a couple of times when those American kids stood on the podium, the National Anthem playing, then make an appointment to get your choker-upper checked.

John McLoughlin is a freelance columnist and a veteran Capital Region journalist now at NewsChannel 13. Opinions expressed in his column are his own and not necessarily those of the newspaper. Reach him at

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