The Olympics: Week 2

Some more ramblings about the Olympics ...

We're reaching the point of the Olympic hangover now. All of the freshness of a new chapter in Olympic history has worn off and the excitement of last week is dying. Track and field events aren't nearly as exciting or appealing to me as the swimming and gymnastics events. And after more than a week of being glued to the TV during primetime hours, I'm ready to move on to something else.

Nevertheless, it was a thrill to watch Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor win their third consecutive beach volleyball gold medal tonight. They went 42-1 in their Olympic history together and yet people are still debating whether Michael Phelps really will retire!? Leave him alone already!

I almost didn't get to see beach volleyball's gold medal match. We had a good, old-fashioned thunderstorm roll through that rattled our cable and eventually caused the TV to go dark. It also caused me to start cursing our cable company, pace our living room in frustration and consider placing a call to complain.

Fortunately, the cable was restored in time for me to catch most of the match. Although the picture, for the most part, was a pixelated, jumpy mess.

After all, last night's match featuring Kerri and Misty against a duo from China was the one that shouldn't have been missed. Kates and I were hanging on every volley of that intense and incredibly exciting contest.

I watched Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman compete on the balance beam. Then, I curled up on the couch with Faye and we both slept through Raisman's gold-medal winning floor routine.

The most memorable pout of the Olympics, of course, goes to McKayla Maroney after she fell on one of her vault attempts and had to settle for the silver medal.

(Updated 08.14.2012) Good reads ...
a A Look at the Games Through Graphics ... a sweet interactive feature.
a All-American Ending for Beach Volleyball Team
a The Top 10 Moments in U.S. Olympic History ... These aren't all moments I'd pick, but ok.
a Settling for silver: Why second place is worse than third
a And the Olympic Gold for Whining Goes to ...
a British Are Unexpectedly Proud and Excited About Olympics
a Gabby Douglas faces tougher side of fame
a Gabby Douglas and Michelle Obama talk healthy eating -- and McDonald's -- on Leno

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