Weekend links: Olympic narcolepsy, Elvis and Steve Nash
Olympic narcoleptic. Randy Risling/Toronto StarThe Urban Dictionary defines Olympic narcolepsy as "the sensation you get that you will abruptly fall asleep at any moment during the day due to trying to watch as much of the Olympics as you can the night prior, causing you to stay up way too late." But the good people at UD don't go far enough. The moguls, the medals, Twitter updates, that Galen Weston commercial - it's a river of gush that matches the meltwaters flowing into the Burrard Inlet here in Canada's sunny subtropics. And we're only halfway though.
Here's some links to send you into the weekend, and please, as we mentioned on the live chat today, try not to keep any sharp objects lying around on Sunday when the Canadian Yzermen meet the American Burkies with hockey angst on the line, if not a medal (that comes later but the angst, it never leaves - is there a definition for hockey narcolepsy? Someone has to make one):
Here's Elvis Stojko, about as rock-solid as the Canadian Shield, delivering thumbs-down on Thursday's men's figure skating champion:
In Moscow, meanwhile, they're saying "Heads will Roll" if the country doesn't pick it up, from Vladimir Putin to the Moscow Times.Sorry, Evan Lysacek.
You’re a great skater and all.
But that wasn’t Olympic champion material.
How can you be Olympic champion when you don’t even try the quad? If you’re going to take the quad out, why not take out another triple axel and just have more of the other stuff so the International Skating Union can make it more into an “art” recital. In Thursday night’s men’s free skate, Lysacek skated slow and his jumps weren’t close to the technical ability of defending Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko.
In the U.S. (and on tape delay on NBC), in the halls of VANOC and CTV, they're singing: The Olympics beat American Idol.
And finally, here's Steve Nash, making a pitch to join Team Canada (via Fourth-Place Medal):