1. In beach volleyball, if you serve right at the spot between the two opposing players -- theoretically increasing the chance of unforced errors because each opponent will think the other is going to go after the ball -- you are targeting the "husband-and-wife zone." The first time I heard this, I thought the commentator was implying that Team #1 was serving the ball at Team #2's nuts, but then he used the more elaborate name: "the husband-and-wife zone of no communication."
2. Kath & Kim looks like it might well be the worst show ever made.
3. My love of Bob Costas still knows no bounds, and when they pair him with Bela Karolyi, I am in giddy heaven. Bela just rambles and rambles and builds himself up into a crazy enthusiastic head of steam, and Bob just nods and then says to the audience, "He's like this ALL THE TIME." During nationals I thought Bob's head was going to explode trying to understand all of what the hell Bela was even saying.
4. NBC must have spent an impressively long time getting all that gorgeous China b-roll. It's hard to find a clear day, much less a clear day with a blue sky, and yet they're making the city and its environs look atypically clean and incredibly lush. China owes them a big thank-you.
5. They finally finished this building; it connects at the top of the towers and is now affectionately called The Pants Building.
6. Seriously, those Chinese gymnasts ARE NOT SIXTEEN. Maybe a few of them are -- in fact, the one they claim is 20, I think is closer to 16 herself and she's stuck with an age that's a few years off because they had to fake her into being eligible for the 2004 Olympics. It's not sour grapes, either; the U.S. didn't perform well. If they'd been awesome and tumbled their hearts out and STILL lost, then maybe, but the U.S. beat itself. The thing is, I think China would still be a shoo-in even if they DIDN'T lie about these girls' real ages, so it's a shame that they clearly are. I mean... there is no way. One girl looks no older than 13. And since the government has issued the passports that are apparently the only documentation of their "true" ages, I have no doubt it's all a ruse. China, as a nation, is nothing if not desperately committed to winning. The men's coach said he'd throw himself off the tallest building in Beijing if they didn't win, and I'm kind of glad they did, because otherwise I'm nervous he would've been told to go through with it.
7. The womens' sabre gold medalist goes to Notre Dame. Which actually doesn't surprise me, since our NCAA fencing team has always been good and used to be coached by Yves Auriol, but I was so pleased to hear it and am very proud of her. She's apparently the only person to win Olympic gold in this event, because it was only added to the roster in Athens and she was victorious there too. WOO! Go Irish.
8. I really cannot watch gymnastics live. I am so scared these people are going to break their heads. Balance beam is the worst one for me -- so much so that I actually did the dishes instead of watching that one.
9. I am totally fine with guys objectifying the bodies of the female athletes, because I am objectifying the hell out of all the hot swimmer torsos. I can't help it. Just TRY not to stare.
10. I weirdly miss watching show jumping. It was always a huge deal in England, as any sport with halfway decent Brit athletes was, so I spent a lot of time with it growing up over there. When I lived in Calgary we went to Spruce Meadows a few times -- it's a professional show-jumping arena -- and it was so much fun, especially on a beautiful day. So bless Oxygen for showing the show jumpers.