First (of many) protestors removed from Olympic events

While most Americans are watching the opening ceremony (on tape delay) the events have already gotten underway in China, with http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7550802.stm#mce_temp_url# (of likely many) protests. Two students attempted to display a Tibetan flag at the dressage competition and were promptly removed by security police.

For those who didn’t know, due to some of the equestrian diseases that are present on the mainland (but not in Hong Kong) the Olympic committee opted to move all the horse events to Hong Kong where they will be held at the Sha Tin raceway and a new facility built especially for the Olympics.

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Is the best guy on the Orioles groundskeeper Mike Palulis?

He is a fan favorite, and he runs with an energy (and speed) that actually gets the crowd standing up and cheering. Did a quick search and there is no video on Youtube yet. There is a general one of the crew doing a ‘drag’ of the base lines but not sure if he is in it. There is also a picture on the homepage but not sure how long it will be there. We’ll see what the other bloggers come up with over the day. ]]>

Time to Watch the Tour de France is now.

Ok, if you’ve been uninterested or unmotivated to watch the Tour de France up to this point, the time is now to tune in. Coverage starts most days at about 8:30am on the Versus channel, which was formerly known as Outdoor Life Nework.

Yesterday the Tour started up in the Alps, where it will be for the next two days. The three top leaders are separated by all of about 10 seconds, and it is in the mountains that time shifts are the most vast. Tuesday and Wednesday see them up in the Alps, and this is probably where we’ll see the winner come forth, eventhough there is about a week of racing before Paris.

Or course there is now the annual drug issue confronting some teams, but there is also some criticism of the current Yellow Jersey holder Frank Schleck from his own team coach.

”I told Frank, if he wants to win, it’s going to hurt,” he said.

Tune in and watch the battle….

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