WEEKEND REWIND • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Bye bye, Beijing - The Summer Olympics in Beijing wrapped up Sunday with a gold medal win for the U.S. men’s basketball team and likely a sigh of relief for the Chinese government. Despite dire predictions and countless protests in the months leading up to the opening ceremony, the games went off almost without issue. A freak murder/suicide cast a shadow over the first few days, but otherwise there was little to distract the athletes from breaking records and winning medals throughout the games.
Redskins suffer loss, injuries at Carolina - The Redskins followed up three preseason wins with a devastating 47-3 loss to the Panthers. The game, which included injuries to defensive end Jason Taylor and offensive tackle Jon Jansen, was the second worst preseason loss in Redskins history. Taylor has a sprained right knee and is expected to miss between 10 days and two weeks.
TWT Five • EXTINCT OLYMPIC SPORTS
1. Baseball - First played as a medal sport at the 1992 games in Barcelona and largely dominated by the Cuban team since. Cuba has been in the gold medal game all five times baseball has been played in the Olympics.
2. Rugby - Last played at the 1924 games and sorely missed by aficionados since. The United States leads the competition with two golds followed closely by France and Australia with one each.
3. Cricket - Contested only once by France and Great Britain in 1900. Popularity has soared since, and the competition might be stiffer with the 2012 games in the heart of cricket country.
4. Motorboating - The only year the Olympics allowed motorized sports was 1908. Unfortunately, bad weather prevented all but one craft from finishing, and the sport was never contested again.
5. Tug of war - Sadly discontinued in 1920. Maybe because there was no mud pit involved. Still practiced during elementary school recesses and sibling rivalries around the world.
HE SAID WHAT?
“It wasn’t so much individual stuff and individual talent. It was more teamwork, probably well directed by their coaching staff.” - Spain’s Pau Gasol on the U.S. men’s basketball team