The Accredited Leave, Sun Still Shines (Sort Of)

The Olympics have mercifully ended and they were in China. And we are proud to welcome back our Deadspin Beijing Bureau, our own trio of correspondents living in China and reporting on everything they see, Olympics related and otherwise. They are winding down their coverage, obviously. » 8/26/08 11:30am 8/26/08 11:30am The day after the Olympics…

Take Us Home, Oh Mudda Fadda; Take Us Home from Beijing

So, yeah. This is it. Tonight's the last night of co-ed Rings summer camp and tomorrow our parents will be here to pick us up and take us home and we'll spend all our time with our old steady sports and we'll promise to write about swimming and gymnastics and equestrian events but we never will, so we'll lose touch… » 8/24/08 7:30pm 8/24/08 7:30pm

Barry Bonds Cannot Stop Destroying Sports All Over the World

Out here in the West, the third and final part of the Bob Costas-Jacques Rogge tête-à-tête has just wrapped up on NBC. In this section (loosely labeled "Etcetera"), Costas asked Rogge what killed softball and baseball for the 2012 Games. Rogge eventually mentioned the domination of both sports by a few countries… » 8/24/08 3:45pm 8/24/08 3:45pm

Deadspin Interview: ESPNsoccernet's Lindsey Dolich

Lindsey Dolich has been documenting women's soccer for ESPNsoccernet and ESPN the Magazine in a freelance manner for about a year and has been the Ron Jaworski of these Olympics, breaking down each strategy and player in a highly detailed fashion that is instantly accessible to the casual soccer fan. We tracked her… » 8/24/08 2:00pm 8/24/08 2:00pm

Hail Britannia at the Appropriate Intervals in a Civil Manner!

Britain's Olympic successes shall be winging their way back to the Empire shortly to the waiting arms of the loving mother country. Prime Minister Gordon Brown has promised a "tremendous reception" on Monday when they pitch wheels down to Heathrow's new Terminal 5. Only one problem, naturally: British Airways and… » 8/24/08 1:15pm 8/24/08 1:15pm

Nike's US Division Defeats Nike's Spanish Division at Company Picnic

Jesus H. on a medal stand. While you were sleeping, the United States and Spain put on an offensive show that impressed the inventors of fireworks themselves. Both teams combined for 225 points in a mere 40 minutes of action that moved so quickly that the paint on the hardwood melted. The United States won 118-107,… » 8/24/08 5:00am 8/24/08 5:00am

Why Does That Chinese Tattoo Look Like a Bar Code?

We don't want to throw a cold bucket of confetti on the proceedings late tonight, but could it be that all of the perceived new focus by USA Basketball and its players on preparation and presenting a warm face to the public » 8/23/08 7:30pm 8/23/08 7:30pm has an awful lot to do with the 1.3 billion consumers the shoe companies (and others) want to…

Synchronized Swimmer Sinks Slowly; Silly Swimmer!

We've been shopping our script about a narcoleptic synchronized swimmer for years to no avail; it's an uplifting story, but you know how much it costs to make a water-based film » 8/23/08 3:45pm 8/23/08 3:45pm. However, we've dusted off the script and sent it to our agent again after hearing that one of the Japanese synchronized swimmers, Hiromi…

Is Jacques Rogge’s IOC Ever Going to Grow A Pair?

The Olympics are in full-swing and they're in China, so, you know, it should be a rather fascinating world event, if you're into fascinating world events. And we are proud to welcome back our Deadspin Beijing Bureau, our own trio of correspondents living in China and reporting on everything they see, Olympics related… » 8/23/08 2:00pm 8/23/08 2:00pm

Argentina Live Up to Their Gold Medal Aspirations

Argentina's men's basketball team may have come up short against the United States, but their heavily favored soccer team laid claim to a gold medal of their own. Angel Di Maria's chip shot past Ambrose Vanzekin was all the Argentines needed to defeat Nigeria in a brilliantly contested Olympic gold medal match. The… » 8/23/08 2:36am 8/23/08 2:36am

ESPN Headline Writers Probably Should've Opted For Something Less Chinky

Given all the insensitivity issues that have come up during Olympic basketball, it probably wasn't a good idea for ESPN.com to use "Chink In The Armor?" as their Redeem Team story hed at 4 p.m. today. Well, it's changed now. That's the beauty of online publishing; your sins can be vanquished in an instant. Unless, of… » 8/22/08 6:00pm 8/22/08 6:00pm

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

China Daily is Your Go-To Source For Soft-Core Olympic Smut

The Olympics are in full-swing and they're in China, so, you know, it should be a rather fascinating world event, if you're into fascinating world events. And we are proud to welcome back our Deadspin Beijing Bureau, our own trio of correspondents living in China and reporting on everything they see, Olympics related… » 8/22/08 11:30am 8/22/08 11:30am

Nothing To See Here, Please Disperse...Or Is There?

Still spooked by the scary ramifications of uncovering an embarrassing scandal, the IOC said it had officially completed its age investigation of the Chinese gymnastics team. The verdict: totally legit » 8/22/08 9:30am 8/22/08 9:30am. Really. Hmm. Of course many parents of the Chinese gymnasts are "indignant" about the suggestion that their kids…

Those Redeem Team Players Just Can't Help Being So Damned Charming

This smartly dressed-looking woman is named Stephanie Stricklen, a reporter for KGW Northwest News 8 in Portland, Oregon. For the past couple weeks, she's been assigned to traipse around Beijing and add a friendly, familiar face to her station's Olympic coverage. And just like track star Kara Goucher » 8/21/08 6:00pm 8/21/08 6:00pm, Stricklen had a…