So Many Questions
Editors' Note: Paul will be hosting a live online discussion today at 1 p.m.
-- Why are the Chinese so good in the sports that involve judging, like diving and gymnastics? Could NBC explain just a little about the cultural values, team-selection methods, training, coaching and mental preparation that leads to China's superiority in these sports?
-- How come the U.S. men's gymnastics team is so much more exuberant, personable and just plain more fun to watch than our grim, glum and practically Soviet-like women's team?
-- Do only American athletes have parents watching in the stands? Don't the other guys' moms and dads cheer for them, too?
-- Why is it acceptable for a 14-year-old boy (Great Britain's Thomas Daley) to compete in the synchronized diving competition but unacceptable for a 14-year-old girl (allegedly, several members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team) to compete in gymnastics?
-- Why do they play only American pop and classic rock ("Walk This Way," "Mony Mony," "My Sharona," etc.) between serves at the beach volleyball stadium? Isn't this an international event? And haven't they invented any new songs since 1979?
-- Is that Bob Costas's real hair color? Or does high-definition TV just make it look like that?
-- Did Al Trautwig mention that the Chinese men's gymnastics team was facing a lot of pressure to win?
-- Who knew that ExxonMobil had our back on so many vexing problems (malaria, education, global warming, etc.)? A suggestion for you, Exxon: Could you do something about the price of gas?
-- Why are so many world records being set in swimming? Yeah, yeah, Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuits, but how do you explain five -- five! -- teams beating the world record in the men's 4x100-meter relay? World records are rarely broken in track. Why is it almost routine in swimming?
-- Would NBC show women's beach volleyball in primetime if it weren't for the, um, uniforms?
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