Friday, February 19, 2010

Tiger Woods: Blah, blah, blah

Today Tiger Woods made a statement to the press and apologized publicly to certain people about his extramarital affairs. At least that's what I assume the announcement that he was going to speak today and all these stories about him are about, because really, why do I care?

What do any of us care? Tiger made some really stupid mistakes. All superstars do. All people do. Does it make me like him less as a person? I guess. Does it affect how I feel about him as a golfer? Not really. Am I excusing his behavior? No. Is it any of my business? Not in the least.

The only people Tiger owes any explanation or apology to are his wife and kids, and maybe the people in charge of pro golf and the companies he had endorsements with. And those are the only people who should care about getting an explanation and/or an apology.

We're turning into a privacy-free society. Between social networking sites on the internet and the reality tv crazy and the paparazzi obsession, everyone's so eager to open their lives up to everyone else that we think it's a given that we get to be a part of/watch every little facet of everyone's life.

I couldn't care less how Tiger Woods gets his jollies, just as I'm sure he couldn't care less how I get mine, and that's how it should be. People who are that invested in other people's lives need to get lives of their own.

Here endeth the rant. - American Lysacek Wins Skating Gold in Upset - American Lysacek Wins Skating Gold in Upset

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So, while sometimes it's frickin' awesome when the frontrunner actually lives up to the hype and comes out on top - I'm thinking of Michael Phelps winning every gold in every race or even Shaun White or Lindsey Vonn just this week - sometimes the excitement is in the underdog coming out on top or in the upset. In 1998, Michelle Kwan was the favorite to win gold in women's figure skating and Tara Lipinski was the spunky 15 year old who was already living the dream just by being there. But by the end of their routines, even though I had been rooting for Michelle initially, I knew Tara had won and boy, did she deserve it, if it was an obvious upset to even a skating idiot like myself.

I think I especially love when during the routine they start to get more into it because they know they're nailing it and when they show all that emotion at the end because they know what they just did. So anyway, congrats to Lysacek for being the first American to win gold in men's figure skating since Brian Boitano back in '88, and for keeping the dream alive for underdogs everywhere.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

You go, girl (and other Olympic victories)

Lindsey Vonn lived up to the hype and took gold in the women's downhill skiing competition today. Read about it here:

U.S. hockey has also been doing well and some familiar names from Olympics past - Shani Davis, Apolo Ohno, Bode Miller. Still waiting to see what Shaun White can do.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Winter Olympics 2010 Vancouver, tonight. Where females actually get to rock as athletes, not just cheer for them...

Ok, so first, my Peyton obviously didn't win the Super Bowl. As a Peyton fan, not a Colts fan, I wasn't heartbroken. And I like the Saints, especially quarterback Drew Brees. Plus, I'm a sucker for heartwarming stories, like this Super Bowl win uplifting the spirits of a city (which I also love) still dealing with the ramifications of Katrina. So, congrats to New Orleans and the Saints...

On to newer sports news...

The Winter Olympics are finally here. Yes, I know Serena and Venus kick ass in tennis. Danica Patrick gives the boys a run for their money in car racing. And we have a professional womens' basketball league. Do I watch any of them? No. But I do love watching women compete in the Olympics (yes, even the winter ones), and I know a lot of other people who don't typically watch sports in general or womens' sports in particular do, too, so that kinda rocks.

But also just for the sports in general - where else can you cheer for men wearing tights and twirling on skates? Or watch competitive snowboarding? The sports in the Olympics can be spectacular, elegant, fun, and funky.

Except for curling. How is that a sport? I really don't get it. I have Canadian friends (in Vancouver, actually...) ... I really gotta get them to explain it to me.

So anyway, next ten days, lots of fun...Shaun White, Apolo Anton Ohno, Lindsay Vonn (if her injuries don't end up sidelining her) are just some of the Americans to watch...but tonight is the opening ceremony on NBC at 7:30 p.m. EST. Be there!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Are you ready for some football???

It's Super Bowl time, bitches!

Sorry, I'm a little excited. None of my New York teams made it, but my secret NFL boyfriend, Peyton Manning, will be leading the Indianapolis Colts against the New Orleans Saints. I just found out yesterday that I will be the only one at the Super Bowl party I am going to rooting for the Colts, but that's okay. Me and my Peyton jersey will be representing!

6:25 pm on CBS. Even if you don't like football, watch it for the commercials...if ads were always as entertaining as the ones they show during this game, I would never fast forward through them!

Enjoy the game!