- The Washington Times - Friday, August 8, 2008

POSTCARD FROM BEIJING

Six or seven days (maybe eight) after departing America for this adventure, Sir Scribble’s frustration is at an all-time high, and the Opening Ceremonies won’t help. Maybe covering a game Saturday will wipe out the memory of some truly awful, worse-than-anything-at-the-Super Bowl news conferences.

With the competition in mind, here are five predictions for the next two weeks:

1. Michael Phelps will not break Mark Spitz’s record and win eight gold medals. Teammate Ryan Lochte will beat him in either the 200 or 400 individual medley. Seven golds won’t be bad, though.

2. The United States will win the medal count. The Chinese will clean up in certain specialty sports (see below) but the Americans’ swimming and track and field prowess will be too much to overcome.

3. China will dominate the badminton and table tennis competitions. Sort of like saying the sun will come up tomorrow, but Scrib has to protect himself and get at least one right.

4. LaShawn Merritt will show his trials win wasn’t a fluke and dethrone defending gold medalist Jeremy Wariner in the 400 meters. Wariner will settle for silver.

5. The Jing-Min Hotel, Scrib’s quarters, will successfully complete a laundry run without losing anything. The fingers are crossed on this one.

— Ryan O’Halloran

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