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Tue, August 24, 2004
Shewfelt could have used three fewer fingers
By -- Toronto Sun

Day 10: Canadian gymnast Kyle Shewfelt, hit both his jumps in the vault. Romanian Marian Dragulescu, doing the flip-fly-flop with his controversial crab-crawl landing, was awarded the bronze medal.

There's just one thing we want to know? When did that French figure skating judge take up gymnastics?

Shewfelt grinned wryly at the outcome, held up four fingers and walked away. We're thinking one finger (you pick which one) would've been more appropriate.

RAIDING THE VAULT

The Canadians appealed Shewfelt's fourth-place in the vault.

The gymnastics federation initially refused to hear the appeal. Guess which country the head of that federation comes from ... think Dracula.

Not that we're accusing anyone of being blood-sucking dream robbers. But, you might.

ON THE BUSES

Driver: "Pins, Pins, pins, I need Olympic pins."

Aussie writer: "I've got your pin right 'ere. It's a giant safety pin ... now drive the damn bus, mate."

SWEET 'N' SOUR

An unscientific poll of Games volunteers rating which country's media are the most polite and easiest to please: Austrians, Canadians, Greeks.

Quick. Someone tell Pat Quinn the world thinks we are lovable. Cuddly like a fuzzy bunny. Of course, that was Pre-Shewfelt.

The rudest? Denmark, U.S., Germany.

Nice to see that two out of the three are living up to their stereotype, but I can't figure out the Danes. I mean, other than the odd herring, who have they ever scared?

MOVE OVER ELVIS

The BBC has ordered cameramen to shoot announcer Sharron Davies from the shoulders up during broadcasts from the Olympic pool.

According to reports, the British network received complaints from viewers who said the 41-year-old's nipples diverted attention from the competition.

It seems sexist. Nobody complains about guys strutting their manhood in lycra pants and some of their swimsuits don't have enough material to cover a Q-Tip.

Davies says it's a tempest in a C-cup. "If it means more people are watching the Olympics then it's a positive thing," said her Nips ... ah, I mean, her Nibs (darn typos).

RASSLE DAZZLE

Tonya Verbeek. Now there's a girl you'd hate to meet in a dark alley. And, we mean that in the nicest way possible.

GAMES' PANORAMA

Gary Patterson, Contra Costa (Calif.) Times, looking on the bright side of the American hoops team's mediocre showing: "Nobody on the U.S. Olympic basketball team has demanded a trade. Yet."

Steve Rushin, Sports Illustrated, on his encounter with the speedy, wild, antics of Athens cabbies:

Rushin: "Isn't this a one-way street?" Cabby barks back: "Eez one way. My way!"

Dwight Perry, Seattle Times: "With TV cameras capturing so many empty seats at this year's Olympic Games, will Athens' five-ring circus go down in history as The Greatest No-Show On Earth?"

WHO'S SCROOGING WHO?

Olympic officials have gone to court to get the Greek edition of Playboy off newsstands. They described the explicit take on the Olympics -- which includes a cartoon of the Olympic rings composed of condoms -- as a "brutal insult".

Greek Playboy's legal representative said the magazine had been flying off shelves since the controversy.

I'm thinking if organizers want to really help the Games they could head over to their nearest newsstand and actually sell a couple of tickets.

If anything has been a "brutal insult" to the Games it has been the lousy attendance.

CHAD & THE HEARTBREAKERS

And, now, back to the gymnastics hall where fans have set an Olympic record for synchronized, non-stop booing.

Evidently the same people tallying up the scores at the Olympic gymnastics hall last worked the U.S. Presidential race in Florida.

SMART 'N' SASSY

Headline on the SportsPickle.com website: "Guy Who Just Really Had to Pee Wins Race Walking Medal."




Does Canada's low-medal haul in Athens bother you?
Yes, it depresses me
No, it's just sports
I'm disappointed, but not worried
We'll get 'em in Turin
Don't care

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