I like the Olympics. For me, it's not about the number of medals won or the tally - but the number of great stories of achievement (I am being totally serious about this :|) and the warm fuzzy feeling you get when someone achieves the impossible - like coming back from a broken neck to win a silver medal 7 months later.
When I read the following articles, I was at first angry about the need the Sun had to "rub it in our faces" and then bummed that it had kinda tarnished the Beijing Games for me. In my history of watching the games and games coverage (I can recall back to '88 ), I cannot think of a time when Aussies were goading Briton about the number of medals they had won. Would China do that to the US? Would Russia do that to Germany? It's just not how you play cricket.
Speaking of Cricket, it seems like a thorn in the evil goading plan article about the confirmation that English Ball Tampering occurred at the Ashes. I guess it's naive to think that anyone plays honestly any more, but I felt that in light of the poor sportsmanship on one hand, they have provided us with two terrible examples solidfying the point.
Ironically enough, the Ad which they are using to parody ("Where the Bloody Hell Are you? "), was banned in the UK because of it's bad language. Hell, I smell a recipie for hypocracy too.
Don't get me wrong, I love UK peeps. I am embarrassed for them. Their Media has a lot to answer for.
Where the hell were we?
Monday, 25 August, 2008
A billboard gloating over Britain's medal tally sits outside Sydney's Opera House. Photo taken from The Sun's website (SBS)
A major British tabloid newspaper has paraded billboards around London and Sydney gloating about Britain's gold medal success over Australia at the Beijing Olympics, throwing down the gauntlet for London 2012.
Rupert Murdoch's Sun newspaper hired trucks to drive the billboards through central London and Sydney streets as Britain celebrated its haul of 19 gold medals compared to Australia's 14.
Emblazoned across an image of a massive red, white and blue Union flag were the words, "Where the bloody hell were you?" and the gold medal tallies for the sporting rivals.
The message mimicked the controversial logo used by Australian tourism chiefs in an attempt to lure visitors Down Under.
The billboards brought a smile to the faces of many Britons as they celebrated in London.
"The best nation won. Simple as that," lawyer Hayley Sandwood told the newspaper after seeing the billboard in London.
But Australian Bruce Howes was confident the result would be different next time, when London hosts the Games in 2012.
"We'll get you next time," he says.
The age-old sporting rivalry between the two nations was reignited during the Games as Britain put in its best performance in 100 years to finish fourth on the medals table while Australia was sixth.
British Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe even won a bet about the result with his Australian counterpart Kate Ellis, who will now have to wear a Team Great Britain t-shirt at a major sporting event in Australia.
Well, at least we've never had to cheat;
England admits ball tampering during 2005 Ashes
25/08/2008 11:31:00 AM. | AP
Former England cricketer Marcus Trescothick has reportedly admitted using sweets to alter the ball's swing during the 2005 Ashes series.
The opener said the mints generated saliva which he then rubbed on the ball, according to excerpts from his autobiography, "Coming Back To Me," serialised in Sunday's edition of the News of the World newspaper.
England beat Australia 2-1 in the five-match series.
"I was firmly established as the man in charge of looking after the ball when we were fielding," Trescothick wrote.
"It was my job to keep the shine on the new ball for as long as possible with a bit of spit and a lot of polish. And through trial and error I finally settled on (the) type of spit for the task at hand."
Trescothick also said he had used the mints during the 2001 Ashes series, which England lost.
"It had been common knowledge in county cricket for some time that certain sweets produced saliva which, when applied to the ball for cleaning purposes, enabled it to keep its shine for longer and therefore its swing," Trescothick said.
Australian batsman Simon Katich, who played in the 2005 Ashes series, said his side could feel aggrieved.
"If it was proved they cheated, we would have a right to be upset," Katich was quoted as saying by the News of the World.
Tampering with the ball can cause it to move unpredictably, putting the batsman at a disadvantage.
"It is something that potentially would be in breach of our code of conduct," ICC spokesman Brian Murgatroyd was quoted as saying by the News of the World.
"If appropriate, it would be looked into. It depends on the evidence and circumstances."
In January 2004 India's Rahul Dravid was fined under the ICC code of conduct after rubbing a cough lozenge on the ball during a one-day international with Zimbabwe.