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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:44 PM

We can talk about terrorism and stray dogs here and save the other thread for hockey talk!

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:50 PM

Regarding terrorism... I think we should have traded Miller before the Olympic break just in case something happens over there.   :P

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 04:53 PM

View PostPotato, on 07 February 2014 - 04:50 PM, said:

Regarding terrorism... I think we should have traded Miller before the Olympic break just in case something happens over there.   :P

We have a presidential politics thread which is currently debating religion and science, yet the most offensive Posta of the day have been about the Olympics and an NHL player's medical condition. I love this place :lol:

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:21 PM

Alright, my two cents. Watched the Opening Ceremony as it happened. Don't read if you want it all to be a surprise this evening, but the beer is flowing and I am babbling.

The music. I'm a classical nerd, so perhaps I'm biased, but I really loved the sequences using Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.. I read where a Russian official said basically, well, we don't have pop stars, so instead of One Direction or the Spice Girls, we have Tchaikovsky. It worked. Only thing that could've made it better for me was some Rachmaninov.

I loved the Tolstoy ballet. I thought the use of the projections and rafters was very ingenious. Then there's some odd bits that are uber colorful and artsy, and there's giant animatronic mascots that I honestly thought were well done, but could be rather creepy to some.

I was so happy to see Tretiak. Putin's mistress/lady/thing is one of the final torchbearers as well, as is Sharapova. Lots of pretty Russian ladies.

I was impressed. I honestly hadn't given much thought to the fact that many of the literature/arts that I love are actually Russian, so that made it better for me. (except Dostoevsky, my god, i could never get through his work) Admittedly, the BBC feed had the announcers breaking in with updates on the hijacking issue out of Istanbul, which made it a bit darker, but overall, very beautifully done, with a classic Russian failure in the rings not fully opening and looking like Putin's puckered ######. I look forward to seeing it on a full TV without graininess and lags. The ceremony, not Putin's winking eye.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 06:39 PM

biathlon sprint tomorrow. lets get it started :)

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 07:03 PM

Anybody know the TV schedule for mens hockey?

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 08:30 PM

View PostJosie914, on 07 February 2014 - 06:21 PM, said:

Alright, my two cents. Watched the Opening Ceremony as it happened. Don't read if you want it all to be a surprise this evening, but the beer is flowing and I am babbling.

The music. I'm a classical nerd, so perhaps I'm biased, but I really loved the sequences using Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.. I read where a Russian official said basically, well, we don't have pop stars, so instead of One Direction or the Spice Girls, we have Tchaikovsky. It worked. Only thing that could've made it better for me was some Rachmaninov.

I loved the Tolstoy ballet. I thought the use of the projections and rafters was very ingenious. Then there's some odd bits that are uber colorful and artsy, and there's giant animatronic mascots that I honestly thought were well done, but could be rather creepy to some.

I was so happy to see Tretiak. Putin's mistress/lady/thing is one of the final torchbearers as well, as is Sharapova. Lots of pretty Russian ladies.

I was impressed. I honestly hadn't given much thought to the fact that many of the literature/arts that I love are actually Russian, so that made it better for me. (except Dostoevsky, my god, i could never get through his work) Admittedly, the BBC feed had the announcers breaking in with updates on the hijacking issue out of Istanbul, which made it a bit darker, but overall, very beautifully done, with a classic Russian failure in the rings not fully opening and looking like Putin's puckered ######. I look forward to seeing it on a full TV without graininess and lags. The ceremony, not Putin's winking eye.

I'm reading the Brothers karamazov. Its really good but my fave is Gogol mostly for his humour. Dead souls was great.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:45 PM

View PostJosie914, on 07 February 2014 - 06:21 PM, said:

Alright, my two cents. Watched the Opening Ceremony as it happened. Don't read if you want it all to be a surprise this evening, but the beer is flowing and I am babbling.

The music. I'm a classical nerd, so perhaps I'm biased, but I really loved the sequences using Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.. I read where a Russian official said basically, well, we don't have pop stars, so instead of One Direction or the Spice Girls, we have Tchaikovsky. It worked. Only thing that could've made it better for me was some Rachmaninov.

I loved the Tolstoy ballet. I thought the use of the projections and rafters was very ingenious. Then there's some odd bits that are uber colorful and artsy, and there's giant animatronic mascots that I honestly thought were well done, but could be rather creepy to some.

I was so happy to see Tretiak. Putin's mistress/lady/thing is one of the final torchbearers as well, as is Sharapova. Lots of pretty Russian ladies.

I was impressed. I honestly hadn't given much thought to the fact that many of the literature/arts that I love are actually Russian, so that made it better for me. (except Dostoevsky, my god, i could never get through his work) Admittedly, the BBC feed had the announcers breaking in with updates on the hijacking issue out of Istanbul, which made it a bit darker, but overall, very beautifully done, with a classic Russian failure in the rings not fully opening and looking like Putin's puckered ######. I look forward to seeing it on a full TV without graininess and lags. The ceremony, not Putin's winking eye.

I really liked the classical bits as well.  Swan Lake was nice, although I found myself thinking of the Black Swan movie, lol.  The projections on the floor were extremely well done and impressive from a technical standpoint.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 10:54 PM

Saw my cousin tonight walking in with the U.S team, prety cool moment for her. Now if she won a medal, wow.......

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:08 PM

View PostCallawaySabres, on 07 February 2014 - 10:54 PM, said:

Saw my cousin tonight walking in with the U.S team, prety cool moment for her. Now if she won a medal, wow.......

Cool.  What sport?

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:45 PM

View PostMILFHUNTER#518, on 07 February 2014 - 07:03 PM, said:

Anybody know the TV schedule for mens hockey?

http://www.sbnation....dule-2014-sochi

View Postd4rksabre, on 07 February 2014 - 04:44 PM, said:

We can talk about terrorism and stray dogs here and save the other thread for hockey talk!

Anybody see that someone tried to hijack a plane from Ukraine and fly it to Sochi before it was intercepted by Turkish F-16's?  http://www.nytimes.c...rref=world&_r=0

Anyhow, the guy who attempted to hijack the plane was wearing a Montreal Canadians #11 Koivu jersey. lol

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:53 PM

View PostJosie914, on 07 February 2014 - 06:21 PM, said:

Alright, my two cents. Watched the Opening Ceremony as it happened. Don't read if you want it all to be a surprise this evening, but the beer is flowing and I am babbling.

The music. I'm a classical nerd, so perhaps I'm biased, but I really loved the sequences using Tchaikovsky and Sviridov.. I read where a Russian official said basically, well, we don't have pop stars, so instead of One Direction or the Spice Girls, we have Tchaikovsky. It worked. Only thing that could've made it better for me was some Rachmaninov.

I loved the Tolstoy ballet. I thought the use of the projections and rafters was very ingenious. Then there's some odd bits that are uber colorful and artsy, and there's giant animatronic mascots that I honestly thought were well done, but could be rather creepy to some.

I was so happy to see Tretiak. Putin's mistress/lady/thing is one of the final torchbearers as well, as is Sharapova. Lots of pretty Russian ladies.

I was impressed. I honestly hadn't given much thought to the fact that many of the literature/arts that I love are actually Russian, so that made it better for me. (except Dostoevsky, my god, i could never get through his work) Admittedly, the BBC feed had the announcers breaking in with updates on the hijacking issue out of Istanbul, which made it a bit darker, but overall, very beautifully done, with a classic Russian failure in the rings not fully opening and looking like Putin's puckered ######. I look forward to seeing it on a full TV without graininess and lags. The ceremony, not Putin's winking eye.
The ballet was killer. Also really liked the segment representing the conflict and revolution. The gears, music and all the red were pretty intense. Swan Lake was cool and I always love the Firebird Suite (ever since the album Yessongs).

The figures, though,… that was tough. It was like watching one of those Christmas light shows set to music in someone's front yard.

On the whole it was pretty amazing.

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 11:56 PM

View Postbunomatic, on 07 February 2014 - 08:30 PM, said:

I'm reading the Brothers karamazov. Its really good but my fave is Gogol mostly for his humour. Dead souls was great.

Dead Souls.  Spectacular.  Anna Karenina exposed me to  Russian literature (must read), and brought me to Gogol.  There is a fine arts majesty about Russia.  The program was thrilling.   Interesting to me is how a country tells its own story in the opening.  "This is how we see ourselves".  Rite of Spring, another highlight.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:01 AM

View PostPotato, on 07 February 2014 - 11:08 PM, said:

Cool.  What sport?

http://nordic.usskit...sophie-caldwell

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:06 AM

View PostCallawaySabres, on 08 February 2014 - 07:01 AM, said:


Good luck..

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:26 AM

View Postwjag, on 08 February 2014 - 07:06 AM, said:

Good luck..

Thanks, check out this pretty cool pic she sent to us hanging on the rings.

http://sophiecaldwell.blogspot.com/

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:22 AM

View PostCallawaySabres, on 08 February 2014 - 07:26 AM, said:

Thanks, check out this pretty cool pic she sent to us hanging on the rings.

http://sophiecaldwell.blogspot.com/

Wow, that is pretty cool.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:22 AM

View PostCallawaySabres, on 08 February 2014 - 07:26 AM, said:

Thanks, check out this pretty cool pic she sent to us hanging on the rings.

http://sophiecaldwell.blogspot.com/

It's pretty cool to have an emotional attachment to the games. How are her chances? I know nothing about her competition other than I presume it is world class. Is there the equivalent of a Michael Phelps in there or is she the equivalent in her competition?

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 08:54 AM

US Women defeat Finland in Hockey 3-1 this morning.

http://olympics.cbc....key-opener.html

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:21 AM

View Postbunomatic, on 07 February 2014 - 08:30 PM, said:

I'm reading the Brothers karamazov. Its really good but my fave is Gogol mostly for his humour. Dead souls was great.
Niiice. My favorite is Solzhenitsyn. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich is great. The Gulag Archipelago is a wonderful read, too.



Also, yay US Women! Heard the Norwegians are already cleaning up in speed skating.

View PostCallawaySabres, on 08 February 2014 - 07:26 AM, said:

Thanks, check out this pretty cool pic she sent to us hanging on the rings.

http://sophiecaldwell.blogspot.com/
This is so awesome! I can't wait to follow her journey over there. Best of luck to her!

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:38 AM

View Postwjag, on 08 February 2014 - 08:22 AM, said:



It's pretty cool to have an emotional attachment to the games. How are her chances? I know nothing about her competition other than I presume it is world class. Is there the equivalent of a Michael Phelps in there or is she the equivalent in her competition?

I don't believe she is favored to medal but you never know. ..

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:35 AM

Former Buffalo Bill Johnny Quinn found a new way to leave his bathroom:  https://twitter.com/...6962048/photo/1

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

View PostEleven, on 08 February 2014 - 11:35 AM, said:

Former Buffalo Bill Johnny Quinn found a new way to leave his bathroom:  https://twitter.com/...6962048/photo/1

Of course he's a former Bill.

View PostNorth Buffalo, on 08 February 2014 - 08:54 AM, said:

US Women defeat Finland in Hockey 3-1 this morning.

http://olympics.cbc....key-opener.html

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:28 PM

I posted this in the Things That Are Awesome thread, but maybe it belongs here:

Canada Fires Back At Russia’s Ban On Gay Propaganda With Hilarious Homoerotic Commercial
http://nextimpulsesp...c-commercial/#_

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 12:30 PM

View Postbiodork, on 08 February 2014 - 12:28 PM, said:

I posted this in the Things That Are Awesome thread, but maybe it belongs here:

Canada Fires Back At Russia’s Ban On Gay Propaganda With Hilarious Homoerotic Commercial
http://nextimpulsesp...c-commercial/#_

Saw that this morning on the facebooks, I laughed out loud for sure. Ohh yeeahhhh back and forth...

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:06 PM

View Postbiodork, on 08 February 2014 - 12:28 PM, said:

I posted this in the Things That Are Awesome thread, but maybe it belongs here:

Canada Fires Back At Russia’s Ban On Gay Propaganda With Hilarious Homoerotic Commercial
http://nextimpulsesp...c-commercial/#_

Its odd that in the opening ceremonies the speeches talked an awful lot about tolerance and acceptance of diversity etc. I don't recall the exact wording but tolerance was mentioned numerous times. Lip service I'm afraid. Then the athlete that lit the torch just happens to be the same chick that tweeted the picture a few years ago of President Obama and his wife while she held the banana in the frame.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

View Postbunomatic, on 08 February 2014 - 02:06 PM, said:

Its odd that in the opening ceremonies the speeches talked an awful lot about tolerance and acceptance of diversity etc. I don't recall the exact wording but tolerance was mentioned numerous times. Lip service I'm afraid. Then the athlete that lit the torch just happens to be the same chick that tweeted the picture a few years ago of President Obama and his wife while she held the banana in the frame.

Yeah, I remember wondering if that wasn't the IOC Prez's way of getting in a little dig at Putin or a simply a plea to have people stop talking about it for now.  And I couldn't help but think the upper back / shoulder portion of the torchbearers' uniforms were kind of rainbow colored.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:10 PM

I was pretty excited for the women's hockey game, as I have two daughters who play hockey.  I turned the game on the DVR, sat down with my kids ( who were already reluctant to watch), herd Emerick and McGuire, and said F*** this.  Thanks NBC for ruining women's hockey.  I wonder how many times Pierre compared a 5'6 150 woman to a completely irrelavant NHL player.  God I hope these clowns only do the US games for the men, then at least I can watch a couple of games without punching myself in the head.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:11 PM

Skiathlon?  They just made that up like, last week or something, right?

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:17 PM

View PostEleven, on 08 February 2014 - 03:11 PM, said:

Skiathlon?  They just made that up like, last week or something, right?

Not the worst event, but what other "race" do they go to commercial to on the last lap.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:14 PM

I know I'm in the minority, but the biathlon might be one of my favorite events. It's just cool.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 05:26 PM

View PostSwampD, on 08 February 2014 - 05:14 PM, said:

I know I'm in the minority, but the biathlon might be one of my favorite events. It's just cool.

I understand it, but I don't get it.  And calling it a sport.. well...  Why don't they combine ice skating and horseshoes?  Call it Skoes

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 06:13 PM

View Postwjag, on 08 February 2014 - 05:26 PM, said:

I understand it, but I don't get it.  And calling it a sport.. well...  Why don't they combine ice skating and horseshoes?  Call it Skoes
I just call it an Olympic event.

Big loop, shoot, for every miss, do a little loop. I gotta think that by the last shooting stage, the last thing you are going to want to do is hold your arms steady enough to hit that target. I don't know why, I just think it's cool, plus, it reminds me of For Your Eyes Only. Bond is always cool.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:20 PM

I respect Biathlon.  When it comes time for the marksmanship, you have to not only control your arm muscle fatigue, but your breathing and heart rate.  And the more you ###### up and miss, the more cardio busting ass you have to do, making the shooting harder, and your time longer.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 07:43 PM

Can Sven Kramer play hockey ?

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:47 PM

Was Sabre Dance played during the opening ceremony?

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:08 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 08 February 2014 - 09:47 PM, said:

Was Sabre Dance played during the opening ceremony?

Someone on twitter said it was. (e5)

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:31 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 08 February 2014 - 09:47 PM, said:

Was Sabre Dance played during the opening ceremony?
Yep. At the end of the swinging sixties part.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:05 PM

View PostPASabreFan, on 08 February 2014 - 09:47 PM, said:

Was Sabre Dance played during the opening ceremony?

Jo beat me to it, but yep!

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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:10 AM

Holy crap, did anyone else see the crash on the ski jump??  I saw the video on the NBC Sports app and OMG it looked bad.  Dude knew the jump was screwed when he took off and had no chance at landing it.  The clip stops with them carrying him off the course in (or behind?) a blanket, and I can't find a single thing about it on Google... all the links are of an Austrian ski jumper who crashed back on Jan. 10th.  I would think if he'd died they'd be making a big deal about it, but jeez I hope he's going to be okay.





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