Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 7:47 pm

Underdog has nothing on the Olympians

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:47 pm

In the cartoon show “Underdog,” which I watched as a kid, the title character’s alter ego, Shoeshine Boy, would be given a quarter for a shine at the beginning of every episode — and would bite it to make sure it was real.

Apparently, in the ongoing London festivities, this has become a thing.

(h/t Nance).


Sunday, February 14, 2010 12:32 am

The show must go on …

Filed under: Evil,Journalism — Lex @ 12:32 am
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and if people have to die in the process, that’s just too damn bad.

The New York Times, to its credit, gives Olympic officials no quarter on the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili on the luge track.

Friday, August 8, 2008 7:14 am

A quote in honor of the opening of the 29th Olympiad in Beijing

Filed under: Weird — Lex @ 7:14 am
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“Sporting and chivalrous competition awakens the best human qualities. It does not sever, but on the contrary, unites the opponents in mutual understanding and reciprocal respect. It also helps to strengthen the bonds of peace between the nations. May the Olympic Flame therefore never be extinguished.”

— Adolf Hitler. No, really (p. 6 of document; p. 7 of *pdf).

(h/t: Mark Schaver)

Monday, August 4, 2008 7:36 am

Live from Beijing

Filed under: Fun — Lex @ 7:36 am
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My friend and former colleague Beau Dure, a major soccer enthusiast and a very occasional commenter here, is, as I write, en route to Beijing to cover Olympic soccer for USA Today. In an e-mail to some friends and relatives, he lists a number of ways in which you can keep up with what he’s doing:

1. Read my stories online at

2. Check my work blog, which I may or may not update regularly at

3. Check my Twitter feed, which I will update regularly, at

4. Check our blog for the Olympics, to which I’ll contribute on occasion, at

5. E-mail me [I’m omitting his personal e-mail address — Lex]

6. Message me on Facebook

7. See the games I’m covering, live on TV in the early a.m. Eastern time. Here’s the TV schedule for the group stage (I will NOT be going to the third women’s game in Shenyang). Start at 7:45 a.m. ET Wednesday for the women’s game against Norway on MSNBC and the NBC Olympic Soccer Channel, which your cable system may or may not be adding.

8. Go to your newsstand or a newspaper rack, plunk down 75 cents and read my stories.

I’m not quite the soccer enthusiast Beau is, but I’ll be checking on him nonetheless.

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