London Olympics

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Two full days of competition are in the books at the Olympics, and if you're like Mario at gloveandboots, you're already feeling a bit overwhelmed. Fafa, on the other hand, loves the Games and offers opinions on how to make them even better in the future. As usual, Gorilla is pretty "meh" about the whole thing.

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NBC -- aka, "The Only Television Network On Planet Earth To Not Show Important Events Live" -- defended their decision to delay and heavily edit Friday night's Olympic opening ceremony. Their reasoning: American audiences couldn't comprehend such a large spectacle in real time, especially via streaming video. Here's the official word from an NBC spokesperson:

It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.

NBC was also heavily criticized over cutting a tribute to terrorism victims, including the 2005 London bombings, in favor of an interview between Ryan Seacrest and swimmer Michael Phelps. Their explanation for that decision isn't much better:

Our programming is tailored for the U.S. audience. It's a tribute to [producer] Danny Boyle that it required so little editing.

At least they complimented Danny Boyle.

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For those still griping over United States athletes wearing Chinese-made uniforms, things could be worse. Spain is in the midst of a banking crisis, and widespread spending cuts hit the Spanish Olympic team in the worst way -- sartorially speaking. The national Olympic committee opted for freebies made by Russian designer Bosco, rather than fork over 1.5 million Euros in public money.

Many Spanish athletes have voiced displeasure over the ostentatious design, but Spanish officials said the uniforms were approved more than a year ago. In the end, you get what you pay for.

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Twitter announced that the opening ceremony of the London Olympics resulted in more than 9.66 million games-related tweets, which is more than the entire Beijing Olympics in 2008. To be fair, the social networking giant was in its infancy back then, but the massive numbers means it's safe to say this Twitter phenomenon might have some staying power.

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Colorful, intimidating masks are normally reserved for hockey goalies, but the United States fencing team has added their own dash of color by plastering the Stars & Stripes over their faces. The American women swept the fencing medals in Beijing in 2008, so the slight mental edge doesn't bode well for their opponents in London.

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Kurt Angle won freestyle wrestling gold at the 1996 Summer Olympics, and eventually went on to have a decorated career in the WWE. Now, 16 years after his triumph in Atlanta, Angle has the itch for the Olympics again, and attempts a comeback. Unfortunately, some old habits kicked in during the training process.

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In honor of the upcoming Olympics, YouTube nerd CGPGrey breaks down (for ignorant Americans) the difference between the City of London and the city called London.

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Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Olympics, issued a harsh warning for spectators attending the upcoming 2012 summer games. In an interview for BBC Radio, Coe cautioned that certain apparel would bar spectators from venue entry -- all in the name of protecting corporate sponsors. When asked if anyone wearing a Pepsi logo would be allowed into events, he replied with a short "No." When pushed for an explanation, Coe had this to say:

You probably wouldn't be walking in with a Pepsi T-shirt because Coca-Cola are our sponsors and they have put millions of pounds into this project, but also millions of pounds into grassroots sport. It is important to protect those sponsors.

He did say spectators "probably would be able to walk through with Nike trainers," although the Nike swoosh at Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester has been blocked out in preparation for soccer matches. Maybe his next move is to force Team USA Basketball to put tape over their Nike swooshes.

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This is "just a taster of the mountain of weirdness we're dealing with pre-Olympics. 16 days to go…" reports The Times Opinion.

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In a surprise last-minute decision, the South African Olympic committee and national track federation said today that double amputee Oscar Pistorius can run in both the individual 400 meters and the 4x400 relay at the London Olympics. Pistorius, who runs on carbon fiber blades, will be the first amputee track athlete to compete at any games.

"Today is truly one of the proudest days of my life," Pistorius said in an official statement. "I am so pleased that years of hard work, determination and sacrifice have all come together."

He took to Twitter after the news had a little time to sink in: "Still on cloud 9 but need to keep at what got me here so off to the Gym. Thank you all who shared today with me, I really appreciate it!"

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