Scott Hamilton

Winter Olympics, Part V


Russians have had some fine ideas, you know. Share-the-wealth was one (albeit flawed in execution); those little dolls that fit inside each other are another.

This time, however, they're dead wrong. After Evan Lysacek won the gold medal in figure-skating, the Russian he beat (Evgeni Plushenko) was critical. He did a quadruple jump, he said, and Lysacek didn't, so he should have won. His fellow Russians agreed, along with odd bloggers: If this is an athletic event, they said, it should be judged on jumps, not artistry.

Winter Olympics, Part IV


A few quick comments about tonight's Olympics. Please comment; also, please read the Simon Cowell blog that preceded this:

1) One piece of Olympic history today: Ryan Miller became the first goalie in the games ever credited with an assist; that was his pass to Jack Johnson.

2) Here was something more remarkable about that. It was a pass from a Michigan State guy to a University of Michigan guy. Anything is possible during the Olympics.

Winter Olympics, Part II


I think I accidentally watched the Canadian Channel tonight. Either that or NBC's coverage has suddenly tilted way northward.

Granted, Americans always root for Canadians. They're sort of like us, only nicer. They're like Mormons and Minnesotans.

So we root for them, whenever possible. We shared their outrage, when they were (temporarily) robbed of a pairs gold medal in 2002; we shared NBC's fascination this year with seeing them win their first gold on home soil.

Let's talk Winter Olympics


Here are 10 random thoughts about NBC's Winter Olympics coverage; please add yours:

1) I really can't tell the difference between someone who goes a zesty 89 miles an hour and some who merely pokes along at 87. Either one just looks ... well, really fast. They sort of woosh past us and someone says gee that was really slow or fast or something. In short, I'm having trouble enjoying luge or downhill skiing or such.