Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

2012 Olympics

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • 2012 Olympics

    So the 2012 Olympics are in a few days and I'd just like to wish everybody good luck, especially the Canadien Athletes. Hope They can continue what they did in Vancouver.
    Some days your the bug, some days your the windshield.

  • #2
    Yes good luck to everyone, especially Us - no not US - I mean 'us' as in 'us Brits'

    I'm so excited, I can't wait. Favourite events for me are the cycling, hockey, swimming, rowing and all the sailing events. Daughter likes the gymnastics, the athletics obviously .. but we'll watch as much and as many events as we can. First time it will be in 'real time' so we can watch the events live. The Olympics has always been for us 'catch up' watching as they've been held in other time zones around the world and it will be fantastic to actually see things as they happen.

    Whether it was on home turf or not, I'd be watching because I love the Olympics, but this one is a bit special. I do hope the weather holds. We've had a glorious weekend - but up until now it has been an absolutely atrocious summer and the jet stream is hovering still somewhere above our island. I hope it moves off north where it belongs and allows the sun to shine down on this on the XXX Olympiad.
    "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
    - Mad Jack Churchill.

    Comment


    • #3
      So how many teams do you have? Is it going to be like the Cup?
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

      Comment


      • #4
        Originally posted by Half Pint John View Post
        So how many teams do you have? Is it going to be like the Cup?
        Olympics is Team 'GB and Northern Ireland' better known as just 'Team GB'.

        Northern Irish athletes can choose to compete either for Team GB or Team Ireland - as NI inhabitants are entitled to dual citizenship. It's entirely up to them which team they opt to join.

        So this is one of those occasions when Team GB is exactly that - Wales, Scotland and England competing under one banner, with NI athletes if they so choose.
        "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
        - Mad Jack Churchill.

        Comment


        • #5
          Watch it for me. I don't care for the summer ones. I prefer the winter ones. I don't like figure skating,but the rest is up my alley.
          Gary Johnson/Jim Gray 2012

          Comment


          • #6
            Originally posted by georgia.rebel View Post
            Watch it for me. I don't care for the summer ones. I prefer the winter ones. I don't like figure skating,but the rest is up my alley.
            Really??? You like curling?

            My favorite is the Alpine, Skiing and Snowboarding Events.
            "Stand for the flag ~ Kneel for the fallen"

            "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer." ~ Bruce Lee

            Comment


            • #7
              I use to watch the Olympics all the time but it has lost its appeal every since they let the pros in. I understand why they did it and I hope the U.S. does well but it is not the same pulling for the U.S. hockey team with NHL hockey players as it was when there were college kids in Lake Placid.
              “When you're in jail, a good friend will be trying to bail you out. A best friend will be in the cell next to you saying, 'Damn, that was fun'.”
              ― Groucho Marx

              Comment


              • #8
                Originally posted by Checkertail20 View Post
                I use to watch the Olympics all the time but it has lost its appeal every since they let the pros in. I understand why they did it and I hope the U.S. does well but it is not the same pulling for the U.S. hockey team with NHL hockey players as it was when there were college kids in Lake Placid.
                Well the US as in USA is going to top the medal table - they always do ... but I'm hoping that being on home turf gives us as in US BRITS a bit of a boost. There are certain events we traditionally do well in .. but maybe the home advantage will see us doing well in areas where maybe one wouldn't normally expect it.

                It's the weather that's worrying me. It is absolutely glorious here in the south this week .. but just a few miles north the jet stream hovers and north of that - it's cold, windy and p*ssing down with rain. It only needs to move a few degrees south and the Olympics will be a washout.

                I'm keeping everything crossed that don't happen.
                Last edited by Tuck's Luck; 24 Jul 12, 03:03.
                "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
                - Mad Jack Churchill.

                Comment


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                  There are certain events we [British] traditionally do well in
                  Which ones?

                  And isn't hockey a winter event, not summer?

                  But I'm with that other fellow who said that the Olympics were more interesting when it was an amateur event. We see many of these athletes during their regular season anyway, not to mention World Cups and whatnot. This seems like gratuitous overkill.

                  The real treat for me is wrestling: Olympic wrestling emphasizes throws and a more aggressive overall tack (no points for riding time, etc.) There's a sport I always enjoy.
                  I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

                  Comment


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                    Which ones?

                    And isn't hockey a winter event, not summer?

                    But I'm with that other fellow who said that the Olympics were more interesting when it was an amateur event. We see many of these athletes during their regular season anyway, not to mention World Cups and whatnot. This seems like gratuitous overkill.

                    The real treat for me is wrestling: Olympic wrestling emphasizes throws and a more aggressive overall tack (no points for riding time, etc.) There's a sport I always enjoy.
                    We usually do well in the cycling, the rowing, the sailing events, equestrian, boxing, shooting ....

                    And field hockey is an Olympic event and is a popular sport in the UK. I should know - I used to be a county player.
                    "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
                    - Mad Jack Churchill.

                    Comment


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                      We usually do well in the cycling, the rowing, the sailing events, equestrian, boxing, shooting ....
                      Rowing I get from the annual Oxford-Cambridge event, which I'm sure is emulated by clubs throughout the country. I've heard of Britain's sailing tradition from such venerable events as Cowes at the Isle of Wight. The perennial equestrian champs I think are from Argentina: lots of room to roam there. I'm assuming that Britons shoot well at shorter ranges rather than longer: every British sniper I've ever met saw his first 1,000 meter range upon arrival in the US. But apart from Lennox Lewis, when did the UK get good at boxing?

                      Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                      And field hockey is an Olympic event and is a popular sport in the UK. I should know - I used to be a county player.
                      Is there checking in field hockey?



                      Or do you just content yourselves taking whacks at your opponents, a la lacrosse or hurling?





                      I've never been to Ireland, but I've seen the Irish sports clubs play here in New York, and they really beat the snot out of each other. I admire that.
                      I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

                      Comment


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                        But apart from Lennox Lewis, when did the UK get good at boxing?


                        British and Irish World Champions:

                        Heavyweight:
                        English
                        Bob Fitzsimmons
                        Frank Bruno
                        Lennox Lewis WBC WBA IBF WBC The Ring
                        David Haye
                        Herbie Hide (born in Nigeria)
                        Henry Akinwande
                        Irish
                        Paddy Ryan
                        Tom Sharkey


                        Cruiserweight
                        English
                        David Haye WBA WBO WBC The Ring
                        Glen McCrory
                        Johnny Nelson
                        Carl Thompson
                        Welsh
                        Enzo Maccarinelli WBO


                        Light Heavyweight
                        English
                        John Conteh
                        Bob Fitzsimmons
                        Freddie Mills
                        Clinton Woods
                        Dennis Andries
                        Irish
                        George Gardiner
                        Mike McTigue
                        Welsh
                        Joe Calzaghe Ring


                        Super Middleweight
                        English
                        Nigel Benn
                        Glen Catley
                        Chris Eubank
                        Carl Froch
                        Robin Reid
                        Richie Woodhall
                        Irish
                        Steve Collins
                        Scottish
                        Murray Sutherland IBF
                        Welsh
                        Joe Calzaghe WBO, IBF, WBA & WBC


                        Middleweight
                        English
                        Bob Fitzsimmons
                        Terry Downes
                        Jason Matthews
                        Chris Pyatt
                        Randy Turpin
                        Alan Minter
                        Irish
                        Jack Dempsey
                        Steve Collins
                        George Gardiner

                        Light Middleweight
                        English
                        Maurice Hope (born Antigua and Barbuda)
                        Paul Jones

                        Welterweight
                        English
                        Jack Berg
                        Ricky Hatton
                        Lloyd Honegan (born in Jamaica)
                        Ted Lewis
                        John H Stracey
                        Matt Wells
                        Irish
                        Eamonn Loughran
                        Jimmy McLarnin
                        Tom McCormick
                        Northern Irish
                        Eamonn Loughran WBO

                        Light Welterweight
                        English
                        Jackie Berg NBA
                        Ricky Hatton
                        Amir Khan WBA
                        Terry Marsh
                        Junior Witter
                        Welsh
                        Gavin Rees WBA

                        Lightweight
                        Irish

                        Jack McAuliffe
                        Scottish
                        Ken Buchanan WBA & WBC
                        Jim Watt WBC The Ring
                        Welsh
                        Freddie Welsh

                        Super featherweight
                        English

                        Nicky Cook
                        Scottish
                        Alex Arthur WBO
                        Ricky Burns WBO
                        Welsh
                        Barry Jones WBO

                        Featherweight
                        English

                        Naseem Hamed
                        Paul Hodgkinson
                        Paul Ingle
                        Colin McMillan
                        Owen Moran
                        Irish
                        Dave Sullivan
                        Scottish
                        Scott Harrison WBO
                        Welsh
                        Howard Winstone WBC
                        Steve Robinson WBO
                        Northern Irish
                        Barry McGuigan

                        Super bantamweight
                        English

                        Naseem Hamed
                        Irish
                        Bernard Dunne
                        Wayne McCullough

                        Bantamweight
                        English

                        Thomas Palmer
                        Duke McKenzie
                        Owen Moran
                        Irish
                        Johnny Caldwell
                        Welsh
                        Robbie Regan WBO
                        Northern Irish
                        Johnny Caldwell
                        Wayne McCullough WBC

                        Flyweight
                        English

                        Terry Allen
                        Jackie Brown
                        Paul Kane
                        Charlie Magri (born in Tunisia)
                        Duke McKenzie
                        Sid Smith
                        Joe Symonds
                        Irish
                        Rinty Monaghan
                        Dave McAuley
                        Scottish
                        Pat Clinton WBO
                        Benny Lynch
                        Walter McGowan WBC
                        Welsh
                        Percy Jones
                        Jimmy Wilde
                        Northern Irish
                        Dave McAuley IBF
                        Rinty Monaghan

                        Light Flyweight
                        Scottish
                        Paul Weir WBO

                        Minimumweight
                        Scottish
                        Paul Weir WBO

                        Notable Others
                        Johnny Hill
                        Joe Bowker
                        Digger Stanley
                        Teddy Baldock
                        Tom Cribb
                        Henry Pearce

                        Non World Champs
                        Jim Driscoll
                        Herol 'Bomber' Graham
                        Micheal Watson
                        Alan Rudkin
                        Dave Charnley
                        Ola Aflobai
                        Kirkland Laing
                        Henry Wharton
                        Chris Finnegan
                        Henry Cooper
                        Tony Sibson
                        Billy Walker
                        Howard Eastman
                        Jamie Moore
                        Michael Brodie
                        Dave Charnley
                        Nel Tarleton
                        Jock McAvoy


                        "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
                        - Mad Jack Churchill.

                        Comment


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                          Frank Bruno
                          Got knocked out twice by Mike Tyson, once when Tyson was over the hill, right?

                          Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                          Lennox Lewis WBC WBA IBF WBC The Ring
                          Longtime champ, though a little dull: he was the first of the super-heavyweights who didn't throw too many punches, nor moved around the ring much.

                          Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                          Joe Calzaghe Ring
                          Lightening hands: he's Italian though, no?

                          Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                          Jack Dempsey
                          And he's Irish the way Joe Calzaghe's Italian, right?

                          Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                          Ricky Hatton
                          Another great pair of hands, underrated in my opinion.
                          I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

                          Comment


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by slick_miester View Post
                            Got knocked out twice by Mike Tyson, once when Tyson was over the hill, right?



                            Longtime champ, though a little dull.



                            Lightening hands: he's Italian though, no?



                            And he's Irish the way Joe Calzaghe's Italian, right?



                            Another great pair of hands, underrated in my opinion.
                            So what? What point are you trying to make Slick?

                            You said 'when did the UK get good at boxing?' and mentioned one boxer?

                            We have a long and distinguished history of boxing as you must surely know if you are any kind of fan - always have had, and will continue to have no doubt .... and all those guys I've mentioned have been champs at one time or another, even if it was only for one fight.

                            You will never meet a more 'Welsh' man that Joe Calzaghe and mightily proud of it too. Yes, South Wales has a tradition of Italian immigrants. So what? They integrate and become part of the community, same as people who emigrate to the US do. Saying Joe Calzaghe ain't Welsh is like saying saying Frank Sinatra wasn't American?

                            I've gotta be honest with you Slick I'm not in the mood to get into stupid arguments, and I wouldn't have thought you would be either, given recent events .. so I'd rather leave it there.

                            I'm really looking forward to the Olympics. I want it to be a brilliant, happy, exciting, and memorable event for all concerned, of all nationalities, spectactors and competitors alike because there is too much sadness and gloom and
                            fg doom in the world, so please don't start on this thread ok?

                            Cheers.
                            "COOMMAAAAAAANNNNDOOOO!!!!!"
                            - Mad Jack Churchill.

                            Comment


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Tuck's Luck View Post
                              So what? What point are you trying to make Slick?
                              Can't I take the **** out of you just a little?

                              So tell me about those field hockey body checks.
                              I was married for two ******* years! Hell would be like Club Med! - Sam Kinison

                              Comment

                              Latest Topics

                              Collapse

                              Working...
                              X