Olympics Memory: Beijing's Many Mascots Get An Un-Friendly Welcome

As the London Olympic mascots, Wenlock and Mandeville, greet visitors with their expressionless, chilling, cyclopean stares, we remember the controversial unveiling of the previous Summer Olympics mascots. In this excerpt from Tom Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future, we learn the… » 7/26/12 4:43pm 7/26/12 4:43pm

Those Beijing Olympics "Ruin Porn" Photos Are Faking It

This month, the Atlantic Cities picked up a batch of photos by David Gray of Reuters, purportedly documenting the waste and ruin left behind by the 2008 Beijing Olympics. A lot of people are excited by this. But the pictures are dishonest crap. » 7/17/12 3:45pm 7/17/12 3:45pm

Olympians Still Failing Drug Tests A Year Later

Remember the Beijing Olympics all the way back in the simpler time of late-summer 2008? Well, I don't mean to shock you, but everyone there was on drugs. [Steroid Nation] » 4/29/09 10:25am 4/29/09 10:25am

Shawn Johnson Stalker Manages To Make 'Dancing With The Stars'…

Duct tape, two loaded guns, a cross-country journey in a dilapidated car; yep, spring is in the air. And that's when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love, and Shawn Johnson. » 3/26/09 11:00am 3/26/09 11:00am

Phelps Bong Hits Feed The Homeless In San Francisco

Kellogg's recent dumping of Michel Phelps as its spokesman had at least one unexpected consequence: The sudden appearance of about 3,800 pounds of cereal at the San Francisco Food Bank. » 3/11/09 4:15pm 3/11/09 4:15pm

Actually, That Bronze Isn't Looking So Bad Right About Now

Sweden's Ara Abrahamian, who tossed away his Olympic bronze medal in disgust because he thought he had been cheated out of the gold, now, um, wants the bronze back. [The Local] » 2/16/09 2:45pm 2/16/09 2:45pm

One Final Olympics Retrospective, If We May (With NSFW Jumpness)

Got an image you'd like to see in here first thing in the morning? Send it to tips@deadspin.com. Subject: Morning crap. » 1/08/09 9:15am 1/08/09 9:15am

Michael Phelps' Sacred Mission: To Sell Japanese Cars In China

Michael Phelps Inc.™® is returning to Beijing, this time to provide every man, woman and child with a brand new car. Expect gas here to be $9 per gallon by next year. » 1/05/09 1:00pm 1/05/09 1:00pm

Jose Calderon Would Like to Apologize Personally For That Whole…

Remember the tempest over the Spanish basketball team photo » 10/01/08 1:30pm 10/01/08 1:30pm at the Beijing Olympics; the one where the players all pulled back back the skin at the corner of their eyes to make them look slanted? Jose Calderon is overcome with remorse over that. He's apologizing in the press, but not only that; He's personally…

A Little Olympics Snafu Down In The Control Room. Push The Button, Frank

One of my favorite Mystery Science Theater 3000 lines came during the movie City on Fire » 9/02/08 4:00pm 9/02/08 4:00pm, when, as a woman is gong into labor, Crow T. Robot yells: "Get a catcher's mitt!" It's hard to believe that it's been eight years since MST3K was canceled on the SciFi channel; but . Kind of. Yep, that's the Mystery Science…

Oh Fidel, You Crazy Nut

Fidel Castro may be on death's door, but he's not going to miss Olympic tae kwondo. And our favorite father figure in fatigues says that Angel Matos was perfectly justified in kicking one of the other judges in the face after a disqualification on Saturday.
Matos "as predisposed and indignant," after being unjustly… » 8/25/08 4:30pm 8/25/08 4:30pm

Michael Phelps Making It Rain With Endorsement Loot

Michael Phelps, not even unpacked from Beijing, has already purchased a $1.69 million condo in Baltimore, complete with rooftop terrace, private screening room and robot butlers. (The latter wasn't in the online listing; I just threw that in there). Of course Speedo has already promised him a $1 million bonus for his… » 8/25/08 3:30pm 8/25/08 3:30pm

Conclusion Of Olympic Games Includes More Baffling Insanity

It all began when five terrifying mascots were introduced to the world in November of 2005, and now, with the extinguishing of the Olympic torch, the games of the 29th Olympiad have concluded. Whew. OK China, you've got some sweeping up to do, so we'll leave you to it. But before we depart, may we just say that your… » 8/25/08 10:30am 8/25/08 10:30am

If The Snaggle-Toothed Ping Pong Player's Gettin' Some, Everybody Is

Or so that's the statement from Matthew Syed, whose eye-opening Penthouse forum-style article in the Times of London titled "Sex And The Olympic City" makes it seem virtually impossible for any athlete not to get laid while they spend time in an Olympic village. Syed is a former British table-tennis champ who… » 8/22/08 1:30pm 8/22/08 1:30pm

Beard Apology Not Enough For CNN, The World

Amanda Beard apologized on Thursday for her recent comments about Michael Phelps, but not before she was raked over the coals by a crack panel of highly-respected journalists on CNN. OK, actually they're three D-list characters I'd never heard of. But it was » 8/22/08 10:30am 8/22/08 10:30am CNN, which promises to get back to that whole Iraq War thing…

Tiki Barber, The C Word, And You

My favorite Tiki Barber moment will always be that time he appeared on the Discovery Channel game show Cash Cab. When asked what Steinbeck novel included a character named Tom Joad, Tiki answered, "Lonesome Dove." Your favorite moment may vary. Perhaps it was Tiki criticizing Michael Strahan's holdout when they were… » 8/22/08 9:15am 8/22/08 9:15am

China Continues To Seduce Us With Its Quaint, Draconian Charms

Two elderly Chinese women who had applied for a permit to protest at the Olympics have finally had their request reviewed by the Beijing police. The verdict? Of course it's re-education at a labor camp for both. Thanks for writing in! Also, as I understand it, at their hearing one of the women was replaced with a more… » 8/21/08 1:30pm 8/21/08 1:30pm

May-Treanor, Walsh Grab Gold, China Grabs Something Else

She's already got Dubya's handprints all over her ass, so Kerri Walsh hardly notices this, one would assume. Walsh and Misty May-Treanor brought home the gold for the good ol' USA once again, beating the People's Republic of Cop-A-Feel 2-0 (21-18, 21-18) early Thursday morning in Women's Parking Lot Volleyball. The… » 8/21/08 10:45am 8/21/08 10:45am