Olympic Rant #7 More surprises than at a Tea Party Geography Quiz
UPSETS are the order of the first daze of the 2012 Games.
Super swimmer Michael Phelps set the tone when he was unplaced in his first final, the 400m individual motley.
Some thought Michael Phelps swam in a dinner suit
Phelps made amends, of sorts when he able to rub his 17thOlympic medal, but it was only a silver when the Americans were swum down by the French in the freestyle relay. The French? Sure we know they can speak incomprehensible philosophy under water but who knew they could move so fast on top of it. The favourites, the Aussies, came an unimpressive fourth.
In the sabre version of poking-holes-in-people, Hungarian Aron Szilagyi, ranked only sixth in the world,won the gold.
The victory took those of us with long memories or fertile imaginations back to the glorious 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm.
The 1912 Hungarian poking-holes-in-people team.
The final eight in the sabre poking-holes-in-people were seven Hungarians and one Italian.
Nedo Nadi really took it to the Hungarians and the plucky Italian finished sixth. Jeno Fuchs overcame ridicule, in primary school because of his name, to take the gold.
Jeno and his fellow six finalists as well as Aron, we salute you, although we leave our sabres in their scabbard.
If these upsets keep up, they will feed the families of sundry academics for generations. Psychologists, social scientists, sports medicos, politico types and economists will argue whether the upsets mean the decline of the West.
The Tea Party will blame Barack Obama who fixed the Games to support an African nation. Most Tea Party members know where the country is because they saw a doco on Hungary Africa.
Bernie Dowling July 30, 2012