Tag: Summer Olympics

Summing Up My Thoughts on the London 2012 Summer Olympics

Summing Up My Thoughts on the London 2012 Summer Olympics

Sports
Over the last several days of the 2012 Summer Olympics, I was struck by the feeling I get when I visit family out of state for long trips. There's the planning, the buildup and anticipation, and then the big day comes. I'm finally reunited for the first time in awhile, and it feels great. But then, as the days march on the newness of the experience gives way to a creeping feeling of anxiousness. By the end, even if the trip has gone well, I can't wait to be back home and back to my daily routine. In much the same way, I couldn't wait for the London Games to be over even though I eagerly anticipated them for several months earlier this year. I dutifully plopped myself in front of the TV for the prime time package most nights, and even checked out several live events on the internet, ...
This Ragú Ad Made It Worth Watching the Summer Olympics

This Ragú Ad Made It Worth Watching the Summer Olympics

Advertising
So I'm watching the Summer Olympics last night on NBC, and this commercial pops up: Yup, this is an ad -- titled "A Long Day of Childhood: Parent's Bedroom"  -- for Ragú pasta sauce, and it's the best commercial I've seen in a long time. Certainly better than any of the ads I saw during the last Super Bowl, and much better than synchronized swimming. Thankfully I never walked in on my parents the way this kid did, but I know others who have. *shivers* And hey, am I the only one who didn't know that you were supposed to spell Ragú with that little accent mark? When did that start?
Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 6 — The 1912 Summer Olympics

Vintage Photo Wednesday, Vol. 6 — The 1912 Summer Olympics

Vintage Photo Wednesday
The 2012 London Summer Olympics are in full swing now, so I'd be remiss if I didn't use this column to hop into the time machine and look at images from Olympiads past. Let's set the chronometer for 100 years, which puts us back to 1912 and the Games of the V Olympiad in Stockholm, Sweden. The images you see here were collected from the Library of Congress. Click on any for a larger version. On the right is Robert Means Thompson (1849-1930), who served as a United States Navy officer, businessman, and a president of the American Olympic Association. On the left is Ralph Waldo Rose (1885-1913), an American track and field athlete. He won a gold medal at Stockholm for the two-handed shot put. He died the next year, at 28, of typhoid fever. There's not a lot of info a...
Moments in Olympic Infamy: Anthropology Days

Moments in Olympic Infamy: Anthropology Days

History, Sports
The first handful of modern Olympic Games would probably look a little strange to fans these days. Things weren't nearly as slick or organized in the olden days, and never was this more evident than the 1904 St. Louis Games. The Third Olympiad was already hamstrung by the fact that many European athletes couldn’t or wouldn’t make the journey to St. Louis, so only 12 nations competed (as opposed to 24 in the 1900 Paris Games). This left the United States free to go apeshit, and they proceeded to win 239 medals; Germany was next with 13. In fact, St. Louis only got the Games in the first place because they threatened to stage their own sporting competition to upstage Chicago, the city that had originally won them. So St. Louis got the Olympics, but relegated them to a sideshow for the
Presenting your 2012 London Olympic medal designs

Presenting your 2012 London Olympic medal designs

Sports
So we've already established that the logo for the 2012 London Summer Olympics is an abomination, but what about the medals? Well, they're half an abomination. See for yourself: The front of the medals feature "the traditional image of the Greek Goddess of Victory, Nike, stepping out of the Parthenon to arrive in the Host City." Dammit, is there anything Nike can't get their image on at this point? Really it's not so bad. But then there's the reverse side, with that hideous logo staring me right in the face. It's supposed to be a metaphor for modern London. It also contains a portrayal of the River Thames to reflect London, and a square to break up the medal's circular design and “emphasise its focus on the centre.” See, even the designer (David Watkins) knows it's so awful that
London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

London’s 2012 Olympic logo is awesome

Funny Stuff, Sports
And by awesome I mean craptacular. Seriously, did they even try? They've had two years to put this together, and it looks like something my six-year-old nephew could put together in Microsoft Paint with a blindfold on. Ooooh, it says 2012 if you look closely! OMG!!@@#! (Actually, it looks like Lisa Simpson giving something that rhymes with 'snow job'.) Seriously, I think London really dropped the ball on this one. What they needed to do was to create something more appealing and lasting -- something that speaks to the rich heritage of Great Britain, as well as its many contributions to world culture. Since it's not too late for them to change their minds, I've come up with a few ideas (with all respect to my readers from across the Pond, of course). I just hope the roya...