200 Miles From the Citi

February 21, 2010 8:03 AM

Sunday Paper (Year 2, Volume VIII)

2010_Curling.JPGThose who can't do, shouldn't speak.

There's some old adage like that - if you don't know how to do something, you shouldn't criticize those who can do it.  Even if they do it poorly, supposedly.

My desire to someday give curling a shot doesn't change this simple fact: I've never been curling in my life.

But I can recognize some pretty awful curling when I see it.

And Team USA has been pretty awful for much of the Olympics.

The Olympics are supposed to feature the best in the world, right?

So how exactly did the U.S. qualify?

I know the U.S. is missing shots Olympians are supposed to hit because I see other countries hitting the exact same shots ALL THE TIME.

If I wasn't so mad at the curlers, I would almost feel embarrassed for them.

Debbie McCormick and the women seemed to have righted the ship with their win on Friday, then again on Saturday.  John Shuster didn't get the chance to right his ship, as he was benched before the men won later on Friday...then he helped them win on Saturday.

But the wins don't change the fact that the U.S. blew some opportunities in their first few games on both the men's and women's sides.

I was worried I wouldn't have a chance to see curling matches that mattered when medal play began next week, because I'd be back in school.

I guess it won't matter, since the U.S. needs to get really hot in order to even qualify for a shot at a medal.

**The USA Hockey team has the exact opposite effect.  They are a pleasure to watch because they have looked better each time out instead of more of the same disappointment.  I don't know if they'll be good enough to win a gold medal - tonight's matchup with Canada will go a long way towards showing how good they are.  But they'll at least be competitive.  And if it goes into overtime, at least I won't expect them to wet themselves like both U.S. Curling teams have done all Olympics long.

More Olympic Notes:

-I always forget, until it starts, how much I enjoy watching Olympic hockey.  It's just really, really fun to watch.  Even games not involving the U.S.

-Don Duguid, the curling analyst, does an excellent job. 

-Can you tell I spent too much of my February vacation week watching MSNBC, CNBC, and USA?

-A couple of thoughts on ads...

*Not sure what "The Marriage Ref" will be like, but really, is Alec Baldwin giving people marriage advice now?  My advice would be not to take his advice.

*P&G is doing this big "Proud Sponsor of Moms" ad campaign during the Olympics.  Big "Thanks, Mom" messages for all the Olympians' moms, supposedly, and all that.  Seems to me to be a little un-PC.  Let me just say up front, I appreciate moms everywhere.  I know they do a lot to foster a love of sports in their children, and then they do a lot of shuffling of priorities to accomodate those sports.  But so do dads.  And it seems to me that this current crop of Olympians is at an age where there is quite possibly the largest number of moms ever who are parents of Olympians who were working moms.  For example, ten years ago or so, when I would have been in my Olympic prime, I would bet many of my fellow Olympians had stay-at-home moms.  Then I think the P&G ad would have been more appropriate.  Now, I'm not so sure.  Hope I did a good job of explaining that.  There's something about the ad campaign that leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

-Since there has been a lack of Mets spring training info on this site, I'll start devoting Wednesdays to the Mets - following the Monday/Tuesday division previews, I'll do a weekly recap of what has gone on in Port St. Lucie that week.

-In case you missed the correction on Facebook, my Sporting News baseball preview magazine had an error in their Rockies schedule.  So the Rockies actually do return home in July following the All Star break, after just an 11-game road trip.  A long trip, but pretty usual in the majors.  I will be writing about the typos in this magazine...I believe I've written about it before, but it's something that really bothers me.

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