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Smog Returns, No Comments, and Other Updates

Welcome to the Olympics.

In fairness, after praising the blue skies two days ago, I should admit that most trained weatherpersons would not refer to the skies today as "clear," in the traditional sense. More like "well-insulated." "Or thicker than a binging offensive lineman on anti-depressants." Or, "quite filling," since you actually do feel like you've got a mouthful of the stuff if you open too wide. China might be seeing more of this in upcoming days.

If you were wont to take cheap shots, you might say that the above photo is sort of a summary of this Olympics. In order, we have fencing, the military, fencing, red tape (hard to see but I swear it was there), fencing, some sort of newly constructed building, smog, fencing, and then the Olympics, off there in the back somewhere. It's the Water Cube, where swimming will be swum. Apparently, it's smoggy in there.

In other updates, I need to tell you that all our sports blogs are undergoing maintenance from about noon today until about 8 a.m. on Wednesday. All my scheduled items, written in the early-morning hours, should still appear throughout the day, but you won't be able to comment on anything in that time. So post all your comments now! Or just send me an e-mail containing your pithiest thoughts!

And finally, the Internet. Like you, I was eagerly anticipating a spin through all the most controversial sites I could imagine, to see what might be censored and what might not be, and several of you have e-mailed me asking for a report. But 'twas not to be. The Post has sprung for a dedicated T1 line, which means we're not subject to any of the restrictions or speed issues that afflict the regular old "media work room" people. Which means that we're free to view all the porn controversial political Web sites we'd like.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 5, 2008; 9:25 AM ET
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This commenting sabotage must be the work of the Mottrams to drive traffic to their site.

Posted by: JDP | August 5, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

I want more fencing coverage, but this isn't what I had in mind.

Posted by: MDT | August 5, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Ingrates, eh? I sure hope this comment will keep Dan from dispairing of his readers. I have put the Olympic Fuwa on my desktop, because I love the little yellow antelope. But what kind of a word is that? I read an article where the word Fuwa was used like the word "team" rather than "characters", rather like the British magazines speak of a store like its a collection of the employees. "Macy's are appreciative of your business." Well, I've probably got that wrong, but the Fuwa word is intriguing anyway. How much Chinese are you learning, eh?
I comment on this post because I love your representative photos -- this one with (fence) all the features (fence) that are characteristic (fence) of your Olympic travails (travels) so far. And the other day, the panda with the handgun was a riot. I will advice Adrian to take it to the Council the next time I see him at a cocktail party.
So, Dan -- if the Post popped for a T1 for your reports, are they also importing U.S. junk food, or are you breakfasting on fried crickets? Are there any performance-enhancing "specialty meats" that are NOT banned? You should try those for us, and blog away. Have a good day -- good luck breathing.

Posted by: FanofFuwa | August 5, 2008 10:54 AM | Report abuse

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