It’s been a rough summer for NBC, mostly since the most common word following the peacock network letters was the word “fail” — because of its highly criticized Olympics coverage. But the icing on the failcake may have happened Sunday morning, when NBC cameras focused on one of the spectators and announcer Bob Fitzgerald declared, “I know… More ▸
We started following Dr. Ruth’s Olympic-related tweets last week — and they just keep getting more outrageous. I have to ask: Is there anyone in the world who would actually turn to his lover and say, “Honey, all this watching the Olympics and reading Dr. Ruth’s tweets is turning me on so bad”?
Here are our favorites (some a little overly awkward): More ▸
As day four of the 2012 London Olympic Games wraps up, an emerging star rises above most of the American Olympic Team, which has been pretty average so far. Her name is Alexandra “Aly” Raisman. She is a Jewish gymnast from Boston. Here are a few more things you should know about her:
1. She dances her floor routine to “Hava Nagila”
And her routine in the Women’s Team finals for team USA was ranked number 1 and won the gold for team USA!l! USA! USA! USA! More ▸
Apparently Dr. Ruth is more than just an old lady who won’t stop talking about sex – she is an old lady who won’t stop talking about sex and can put a bullet through someone’s head in one try. More ▸
In the ancient Olympic Games, when city-states like Athens and Sparta competed against each other, there was one rule that was to always be honored: “ekecheiria” – truce. During the Olympic Games, all nations were not to fight each other, and runners were sent to participant cities to announce the beginning of the truce, and nations put down their weapons to secure a safe game experience.
Fast forward almost 3,000 years, and these rules are no longer in play. In a world where politics and sports are tied together, even the noble act of competing under the Olympic flag for the human spirit seems pretty, well, ancient.
Recent reports claim that Iranian athletes will compete against Israelis in the upcoming Summer Games in London. Zvi Warshaviak, head of the Israeli Olympic Committee is skeptical, quipping that he believes the Iranians would go so far as to say that one of their male athletes was menstrating in order to avoid competing against Israel.
Although Warshaviak didn’t make his point in the most classy way, it is certainly true that Middle Eastern nations, often Iran, have refused to compete against Israel in the Olympic Games, Olympic qualifiers and world championships. Some countries have offered up creative excuses in order to avoid fines.
Here are a few of the main refusals:
1. Arash Miresmaeili, Iranian judoka, Athens 2004
Miresmaeili, who was favored to win the gold medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens and was even the flag bearer for Iran during the opening ceremonies, was favored to beat Israeli judoka Udi Vaks in the first round. However, at the pre-match weigh-in … he came in overweight and was disqualified. There were rumors (never confirmed) that Miresmeili purposely put on pounds so that he could avoid the match without forfeiting — a move that would have caused the International Olympic Committee to issue a fine and possibly ban him from future competition. But Miresmeili later said, “Although I have trained for months and was in good shape I refused to fight my Israeli opponent to sympathize with the suffering of the people of Palestine and I do not feel upset at all.” It wasreported that upon returning home he was given $125,000 — the same amount awarded to Iran’s gold medalists. More ▸
NBC sportscaster Bob Costas is kind of an awesome person. First of all, he never ages. Seriously, he’s looked exactly the same for the last 20 years, it’s like he’s Richard from LOST or something. Secondly, he was the sportscaster in the movie “BASEketball,” where he told co-commentator Al Michaels, “You’re excited? Feel these nipples!”… More ▸
By Marcy Oster
An online petition urging the International Olympic Committee to honor the Munich 11 at the Olympic Games this summer has garnered more than 19,600 signatures. More ▸
**** Besides the mustache swam faster by pretending mother was chasing **** Happy birthday, Mark Spitz. More ▸
By Dan Klein
The World Jewish Congress called on the International Olympic Committee to bar Iran from the 2012 Games until the country allows its athletes to compete against Israelis. More ▸
Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a two-day holiday, but attendance in many synagogues plummets on the second day. Some say it’s too difficult to miss work or sit through services for two days, but others insist that the soul needs the extra time. More ▸