- The Washington Times - Monday, August 11, 2008

WEEKEND REWIND: IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Summer Olympics underway in Beijing — The big U.S. stories from the first two days are Michael Phelps, who dominated the 400-meter individual medley, and the men’s basketball team, which routed China in its first game. Phelps smashed a world record in his weakest event, setting a strong tone for his run at Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in one Olympics and 11 career medals. Meanwhile, the “Redeem Team” pulled away from China in the second half to win easily, a stark contrast to its blowout loss in its first game of the 2004 Olympics. NBC broadcasters have been quick to praise the squad for its desire to socialize and watch the other U.S. athletes, but is that really a surprise when malcontents like Stephon Marbury and Allen Iverson have been replaced with better players and individuals in Chris Paul and Deron Williams?

Redskins win second preseason game — And so the hype continues. The Redskins’ quarterbacks turned in a second straight solid effort, with starter Jason Campbell and backup Todd Collins combining to go 15-for-21 in the first half of the 17-14 win against the Buffalo Bills. But the biggest news was that Brett Favre will make his Jets debut next weekend against the Redskins, possibly breaking the all-time record for hype in an NFL preseason game. Is anyone even remotely surprised it would involve the Redskins? The game is scheduled to be broadcast on Comcast SportsNet, but judging by the coverage the Favre-Packers standoff received, don’t be surprised when NBC cuts away from a Michael Phelps race to show highlights.

TWT FOUR: Best 2016 Summer Olympics Finalists

1. Rio de Janeiro — Arguably the party capital of the world, Rio would be South America’s first city to host the Summer Olympics. Negatives include the weather (August weather is relatively cool in Brazil), but bonus points if they can host it during Carnival in February.

2. Chicago — Already has most of the athletic infrastructure needed, but holding the games in Chicago without baseball at Wrigley Field would be a waste.

3. Tokyo — Japan’s capital hosted the 1964 Olympics and likely will be hurt because another Asian capital, Beijing, hosted this year’s games.

4. Madrid — Spain hosted the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, and the only nation to repeat as Summer Olympics host since 1960 is the United States (Los Angeles, 1984; Atlanta, 1996).

HE SAID WHAT?

“This a pennant race. I want men on the field.” — Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen

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