August 8, 2012
Tilleyvision: Sinclair the new Chuck NorrisBritish cops raked over coals for arresting man with Parkinson's
By STEVE TILLEY, QMI Agency
Wait a sec ... weren’t the Olympics in Beijing four years ago?
In what sounds like a story straight out of the People’s Republic of China, a spectator at an Olympic cycling road race was arrested for not smiling.
Okay, he wasn’t actually arrested because he wasn’t smiling. But because he wasn’t smiling, police in Surrey, where the men’s road race was held, thought he might be up to no good. And arrested him.
Oh, and the man has Parkinson’s disease. Which he says makes his facial muscles rigid.
According to police, who found themselves in an uncomfortable social media spotlight as the story began to spread Wednesday, the 54-year-old man was seated near a group of people that cops believed were protestors. And because he didn’t seem to be visibly excited about the approaching race, they assumed he must be there to cause a ruckus, and took him in for questioning.
The man was released after a couple of hours without charges, but that didn’t stop people from taking to Twitter to voice their disgust. People including Right Said Fred, the pop duo famous for I’m Too Sexy.
“Words fail me ... please read this” they (he?) said, with a link to a story about the debacle. When the guys behind lines such as “I’m too sexy for my hat/what do you think about that?” are at a loss for words, you know you’ve done something horribly wrong.
Check out #Chucksinclair
Canada’s loss to the U.S.A. in the women’s soccer semifinal was heartbreaking, and there’s a still lot of name-calling going on in the media and on Facebook and Twitter.
But these women don’t need our sympathy, because they’re all incredibly tough. Perhaps none more so than team captain Christine Sinclair, who scored all three goals in an epic tilt against the U.S. that was marred by some shoddy officiating.
Sinclair is so tough, our own Slam!Sports online gang decided she is the new Chuck Norris, and thus the #chucksinclair Twitter hashtag was born Wednesday. Within hours, the hashtag had been used scores of times, and continues to pick up steam.
“Christine doesn’t kick the ball.. The ball runs away from her foot!” tweeted @jeanseb68. “#chucksinclair once scored a bicycle kick goal on her tricycle” added @claudiofmeneses. “Melissa Tancredi stomped on Christine Sinclair’s head once. Tanc was out for six months with a broken leg” quipped @Callitfootball. And so on, and so on.
See, Chuck Norris-related memes are like Chuck Norris himself: Timeless and unstoppable.
Nothing but net for Google Doodle
Apparently people loved Tuesday’s hurdles-inspired Google Doodle so much, the search giant introduced another interactive mini-game on their home page Wednesday. Curiously, this one is a basketball free-throw competition ... with dozens of different Olympic sports and disciplines to draw from, you would think they might have found one that’s part of competition, rather than part of a warm-up. (After Wednesday you can still access the free-throw Google Doodle at www.google.com/doodles/basketball-2012.)
Still, I managed to get a three-star rating on this one, with a score of 44. Beat that! No, really, beat that. And send me photo to prove it. I dare you.
Bob Costas dig of the day
“You don’t want to get behind (veteran NBC sportscaster Bob) Costas in the line for the chicken cacciatore because there is never any left.” — CTV Olympic Daytime co-host James Duthie on the privilege (and pitfalls) of having access to the NBC commissary.