Well, the sports week is ramping up as some Olympic action has already taken place with the US Women’s Soccer team already losing to Norway this morning.
And swimmer Amanda Beard has made waves with her new PETA anti-fur ad which was unveiled outside the Olympics athletes village today.
It’s going to be an interesting Olympics.
To your links.
Newsday’s Neil Best had a live chat this morning. Fang’s Bites had two questions answered at 11:00 and at 11:07.
USA Today’s Michael Hiestand says NBC is setting up its online headquarters for the Olympics in Studio 8H in New York, the same studio where Saturday Night Live is aired.
CNBC’s Darren Rovell writes that Speedo is offering swimmer Michael Phelps a big incentive if he ties Mark Spitz’s record of 7 gold medals in one Olympics. Darren says even though fireworks are a huge part of the Olympics Opening Ceremonies, the cost is surprisingly cheap. Finally, Darren says a dollar can actually go a long way in Communist China.
Vince Horiuchi of the Salt Lake Tribune talks about NBC’s tonnage of coverage for the Olympics.
Ted Cox of the Chicago Daily Herald has his viewing guide for the Games.
Aaron Barnhart of the Kansas City Star says NBC will have plenty of coverage from Communist China, but wonders if it will turn the other way when something negative happens.
Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg News says sex is helping to sell the Games for NBC.
Zach Berman of the Washington Post profiles WRC-TV sports anchor Lindsay Czarniak who will host gymnastics for NBC Universal network Oxygen.
Dikky Sinn of the Associated Press says journalists have more concerns about press freedom after two Japanese reporters were beaten by police in western China.
Benjamin Romano of the Seattle Times looks at Microsoft Silverlight technology which will be used to stream the Olympics at NBC’s website.
MediaBistro says John McCain would delay his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention if the Washington Redskins-New York Giants NFL season opening game goes long on NBC.
Mekeisha Madden Toby of the Detroit News says the Lions and Screamin’ Gus Johnson make their debut on WWJ tomorrow.
Bob Wolfley of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that Seattle Seahawks and former Packers coach Mike Holmgren has empathy for all parties in the Brett Favre situation.
Kevin Scarbinsky of the Birmingham (AL) News wonders why ESPN hired former Alabama coach Dennis Franchione to do the Alabama-Clemson game on radio.
Jim Barker of the Alva (OK) Review-Courier/Newsgram thanks Harry and Skip Caray for giving him his love of baseball. Bill Tiller of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says summers won’t be the same without Skip calling Braves games. Mike Burke of the Cumberland (MD) News-Times says Skip was the right man to call the Braves when they were a bad team. Mark Bowman of MLB.com has Caray’s partners Pete Van Wieren and Joe Simpson remembering Skip rather fondly.
T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that the Texas Rangers make their first appearance on national TV tonight.
Dan Lamothe of the Red Sox Monster blog looks at Red Sox mascot Wally the Green Monster shilling Bigelow Tea for Comcast SportsNet. I just shake my head.
Maury Brown of the Biz of Baseball has some MLB Network news. And Maury in the Biz of Hockey says the NHL Network will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Wayne Gretzky trade starting today.
George M. Thomas of the Akron Beacon Journal says without Tiger Woods, the ratings for the Bridgestone Invtitational fell.
That’s all for now.