Tears on My Speedo: An Olympic Trail of Broken Dreams

Can't modern science come up with a better nose plug?

Maybe a dollop of hot wax in each nostril.

Posted by Mumblix Grumph at August 25, 2008 7:16 PM

"As the world’s first Totalitarian Olympics since 1936"

You are leaving out Moscow 1980.

Posted by Fat Man at August 25, 2008 7:35 PM

Why let facts spoil truth?

Posted by vanderleun at August 25, 2008 8:12 PM

Time to come out of the pool.

Posted by David McKinnis at August 25, 2008 8:29 PM

Closing ceremonies were last night. All in all I say it was a great olympics - too many commercials though. I hope Phelps makes some good endorsement money for all of his hard work.

Posted by Swimming Pool Contractor at August 25, 2008 8:36 PM

If they scoff they have not seen She-Wolf-in-a-Nose-Clip Gemma Mengual snarl her way through the splash in Montreal in 2005

That kind of looks like a simulated shark attack.

Although that she-shark can attack me anytime. Just not in a pool. I drown easily.

Posted by rickl at August 25, 2008 10:47 PM

That, coupled with 8 large bong hits and a complete lack of shame, was sure to get me gilded.

If not that, then perhaps gelded.

Posted by Yanni.Znaio at August 25, 2008 11:52 PM

Dear Mr. VanDerLeun,

You obviously didn't watch everything. In the one snippet of the Olympics I saw while at a friend's house (I got tired of commercials about 50 years ago) we watched France and Croatia play a game of which I do not know the name.

It was a combination of basketball, soccer, water polo and hockey. It was played on a court a little smaller than a basket ball court. There were six players and a goalkeeper on each side. The goals looked like soccer goals. It was played with a ball a little larger than a softball. You are allowed some steps, never did figure out how many, then you had to "dribble" the ball - bounce it on the floor. The idea was to throw the ball past the goalkeeper - just like water polo. Hockey? When a player was penalized he had to go to a penalty box for two minutes. Also, as in hockey, the clock went up instead of counting down.

If you happen to know the name of this game - please, please don't tell me.


Posted by Roy Lofquist at August 26, 2008 6:29 AM

Cheeseburgers in paradise.

Posted by askmom at August 26, 2008 7:27 AM

"""""If you happen to know the name of this game - please, please don't tell me."""""""

Handball. It's called handball, and is not to be confused with American "handball" where two players ricochet a small ball off a wall.

You could call what you saw "European" handball.

Oh, Hey! Woops! You said NOT to tell you.

Ha Ha. Too late.

Posted by Roderick Reilly at August 26, 2008 9:06 AM

Gemma Mengual:

"JAWS meets 'L'Apres Midi D'Une Faun"

Posted by Roderick Reilly at August 26, 2008 9:10 AM

Dear Roderick,

I warned you! Actually, thank you - I'll know how to program the Tivo next time.


Posted by Roy Lofquist at August 26, 2008 7:28 PM