Your “Olympic Hall of Fame Weekend” Friday Open Thread

Beerguyrob

Beerguyrob

A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.
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NFL late-Friday News Dump:

  • The Cardinals have extended Fitty through 2017 and Carson Palmer through 2018.
  • Mike McCarthy vows to never give up play calling again. So get ready for more Packer field goals from the three.
  • Brandon Marshall threw a punch at Darrelle Revis in practice Friday. Looks like the Jets are in mid-season form.
  • Third-year Titan’s safety has been suspended for opening day for violating the League’s substance abuse policy.
  • Aaron Rodgers is expected to miss the Hall of Fame Game Sunday. Because, reasons.
    • Maybe they can get Brett Favre to play. Some idiot at the NFL Network asked him whether he’d like to get paid to back up Tony Romo. Fortunately, he implied no, which is more truthful than when he says no.

Finally, with Gisele out of the country for the Olympics, Tommy was free to say some things about his suspension.

Since the video won’t embed, here’s a brief transcription from For The Win:

“I think it’s just personal, and I try to move on from it. I try to, like I said, focus on the positive and being here with my teammates and getting better. You know, you don’t want to go out and do anything besides being a great example for your teammates, and we’ve got a lot of competitive guys that have been out here on the practice field. And I think that’s where the focus needs to be.”

I wanted to go further down the delusion rabbit hole, but Barstool Sports made me want to remove my eyes with a stick. This shot at right from their Patriots page should give you an idea. I can’t wait for Peter King on Monday.


It’s Hall of Fame weekend. In honour of that, here’s Brett Favre’s final pass as a Packer, from the seat I watched it from.

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Nothing worse than sitting in that cold only to watch the Giants win because of some Hall of Fame stupidity. Which he totally didn’t commit again in Minnesota three years later.

Enjoy the coat, Gunslinger.


As a Canadian, whenever an Olympics comes around I’m expected to recount the few good times and the plenty of bad this quadrennial festival brings to the fore. Canada has hosted two Winter Olympics – Vancouver & Calgary – and the Montreal Summer Olympics. The Winter Olympics were great successes, if you overlook the winning-no-gold in Calgary and the oops-a-luge-guy-died from Vancouver. But if Rio turns out to be a shitshow, all Canadian news will focus on is how it will have been the worst Summer games since Montreal.

Greg Joy – 1976 Silver Medallist

Montreal was the gold standard for boondoggles. The Olympics were awarded to Montreal after the 1967 Centennial, when the Montreal Expo gave visions of Canada competing on the world stage with more-traditional powers. What they hadn’t counted on were the corrupt nature of Quebec politics and the heavy hands of Quebec’s labour associations & unions. The federal & provincial governments gave money to the Montreal committee with no oversight, until in 1975 the upper levels finally forced the city to accept their control. Major contracts were given to construction companies with ‘alleged’ mafia ties, and unions held up construction until the were forced to be paid overtime to ensure completion. The Guardian recounts that out of a total of 530 potential working days between December 1974 and April 1976, the workers would be on strike for 155 days – 30% of the work time available. They didn’t finish building the Olympic Stadium until the morning of the opening ceremony, and rumours still abound that they were installing seats during the March of Athletes.

Speaking of athletes, there was a boycott by most African countries, because New Zealand was allowed to attend Montreal despite violating the international sporting ban on travelling to South Africa by going there on a rugby tour.

Here’s what it came down to, and is one more reason the IOC continues to anger Sill by not having full-15 in the Olympics.

They didn’t finish paying off the stadium until 2006. Adjusted for inflation, the cost of “The Big Owe” was $1.6 billion. BEAT THAT, NFL OWNERS!


This month’s “Malt of the Month” is Cardhu Distilling’s 12 Year-Old with Two-glass pack. Hmm…let’s see what your transcript says:

  • APPEARANCE: Golden honey.
  • NOSE: At full strength, heady, nose prickle, pear drops and tightly integrated heather, resin and sweet honey-nut notes. Enticing. Intriguing. With a little water, still harmonious but less pronounced, allowing some malt-cereal, soft, spicy wood, moorland and faint traces of wood-smoke to appear.
  • BODY: Soft, pleasing, medium.
  • PALATE: Palate Well balanced, smooth mouthfeel; short punch, sweet and fresh, then a pronounced drying effect. Enjoyable at any time, with little or no water.
  • FINISH: Quite short. Some lingering sweet smoke in the attractive, drying aftertaste.

Brief research on Wikipedia tells me Cardhu is “a Speyside distillery near Archiestown, Moray, Scotland, founded by the whisky smuggler John Cumming in 1824. The distillery is currently run by Diageo and the distillery’s Scotch whisky makes up an important part of the famous Johnnie Walker blended whiskies. The word “Cardhu” derives from the Scots Gaelic Carn Dubh, meaning “Black Rock”.”

Well, that rules me out. Not a Speyside fan.


Tonight’s sports:

  • Olympics: Opening Ceremonies
    • NBC: 7:30 EDT, 6:30 CDT, 7:30 PDT (tape-delay)
    • CBC: 7:00 EDT, 4:00 PDT (tape-delay)
    • TSN: 6:30 EDT, 3:30 PDT (live)
  • Boxing: Premier Boxing Champions – 9:00 (ESPN)
    • Benavidez-Douglin (light heavyweights)
  • TEH KITTEZ: Kitten Summer Games – 8:00 (Hallmark)

Remember that even though the Hall of Fame Game is terrible, terrible football, it IS football, and it’s just four short weeks until the regular season. WE CAN DO THIS!

Beerguyrob
Beerguyrob

A Canadian man-child of indeterminate age, he stays young by selling alcohol at sporting events and yelling at the patrons he serves. Their rage nourishes his soul, and their tips pay for his numerous trips to various sporting events.

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ballsofsteelandfury
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New thread up! Unlike me…

Doktor Zymm
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I’m all awake now, just to find out my gym session was cancelled today. Time to watch sports instead! I am woefully uninformed about water polo, but this looks like a suspenseful match. Apparently the US has a 38 year old hot shot water polo goalie with a lumberjack beard!

Fronkenshteen
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727 comments?! Jesus, were you guys doing blow all night?

BrettFavresColonoscopy
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Fronkenshteen
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Been a long time since I rock n’ rolled…

Unsurprised
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That reminds me. I screwed up making a gif of Caroline Wozniacki and I should fix that.
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Unsurprised
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And this guy self-funded his trip to the Olympics and works helping out homeless kids in his day job? Jesus Christ.

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Spanky Datass
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Hey dude 2 seats in front of me on my first flight this morning, you tried to hid in your long sleaved hoodie, shades and headphones but we saw you picking your nose and eating it. Nasty fuck.

Brick Meathook
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Brick Meathook

Are you flying on Southwest FL 1477 from Phoenix to St. Louis? If you are, I’m pilot-in-command on that flight! Sure, I’m hammered, but I can fix you up. Just let me know.

Spanky Datass
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Spanky Datass

WOOOOO! Nope booger eater was on a feeder/crop duster into DFW at 6:10 am. Now i’m sitting out a six hour layover. Pro Tip: Don’t sync up your travel plans with relatives if it means you HAVE A SIX HOUR LAYOVER! Srsly, I could have departed for Charlotte 90 min. ago. Fml.

theeWeeBabySeamus
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Rebook to RDU instead. I’ll pick you up and get you hammered on the <2hr drive to CLT.

Unsurprised
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I’ve never watched the Matrix sequels until now. I just started the third one. This is going to be interesting.

Brick Meathook
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Brick Meathook

So I just got off work after 15 hours, but we wrapped the spot! I’m off for 10 days! WOO HOO

Anything on TV tonight?

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