A theme commentary today in honor of Mars Rover Curiosity and the millions of Olympic-inspired headlines this morning. Congratulations to the Mars team there in Pasadena and La Canada. You make us all proud with your vision and focus.
And frankly, just how well you all seem to be able to do math.
Now, who stuck their landings and who did not:
Stuck: Olga Korbut. Great piece on 1972′s sweetheart Olga on NBC in morning coverage. Wonderful piece of history, sport and replays of her epic back somersault. Gave me chills to see the tape again and hear Jim McKay. My TV here appears to be from 1972, so nice symmetry.
Not Stuck: McKayla Maroney The collective gasp of audiences everywhere when Air Maroney landed on her backside must have been heard on Mars. Heartbreak.
Stuck: Usain Bolt. When you have a field that boasts the 4 fastest men of all time and everyone in the stands knows who’s going to win the race, you are a champion.
Not Stuck: Jenna Bush referring the to the race as “the a hundred meter” in a taped piece for Today Show. A taped piece, not an in the moment slip. Her interview with Usain Bolt was a crime against sport.
Stuck: Twin Cam shot in Synchronized swimming. Great technology. You can see the swimmer above AND below the waterline.
Not Stuck: Synch Swimming as an Olympic sport I know, an easy mark, but after watching the real swimmers last week, the synchro, with the nose clips and the jello, seems like a party trick.
Stuck: Sonya Richards Ross A gracious and talented champion who is now a gold medalist and her family, scattered all over the stadium, reacting to her win with tears and cheers
Not Stuck: Mrs. Murray and her freakishly cold reaction when her son Andy finally won some significant. Were they playing that match at the Oedipus Complex? Oh, no, Wimbledon. Wow, that explains why Andy Murray thinks his new head coach Ivan Lendl is warm and fuzzy.
Stuck: Team GB’s Stella McCartney wear Love these eye catching uniforms in their many versions.
Not Stuck: The Michael Jackson Synchro Suits There are no words….
Stuck: The Australian women’s water polo team taking down China in a shootout. I find I simply can not root against the Aussies.
Not Stuck: US Judo medalist Delpopo blaming positive drug tests on “unknown consumption of pot brownies.” People still make those?
Stuck: The Duchess of Cambridge enjoying herself at many events, cheering and smiling and talking to the US gymnasts.
Unstuck: That guy who threw a glass bottle at the 100 meters guys just before the gun went off. Sacrilympic.
Making plans to watch the US women’s soccer team v. Canada at lunch. Embracing my Chaos, Lian