We get excited and even emotional with anticipation because it is something you wait years to experience, so it always seems like such a rare treat, such a special event.
What? Oh, you thought I meant the start of the Summer Olympics? Well, that, too, now that you mention it.
But I actually meant a winning season by the Dolphins. And believe me, one of those every four years would be optimistic based on recent history.
The London Games’ Opening Ceremonies and the opening of Dolphins training camp both happened to occur Friday.
The first world record of these Olympics was set (I swear) by a legally blind South Korean archer. This is ripe for a joke — such as, “Unfortunately the world record was for most spectators shot by arrows” — but I have a long-standing policy of not making fun of archers.
A Chinese farmer, Chen Guanming, traveled to London by rickshaw in a heart-warming, two-year odyssey through 16 countries. Guanming credited his journey to not having been informed of air travel.
Who would light the Olympic flame was a big mystery until the end. (Back story: It was supposed to be me, but I was late leaving Dolphins camp.)
The big Dolphins story is the position battle at quarterback, where incumbent Matt Moore, newcomer David Garrard and rookie Ryan Tannehill are competing. Receiver Chad Johnson-turned-Ochocinco-turned-Johnson said it didn’t matter to him because he planned to have a “monster” year no matter who was throwing to him.
“Oprah can play quarterback!” he said.
Hey, is Oprah Winfrey passing for 243 yards for the Dolphins really that much more improbable than a blind archer setting an Olympic world record?
• For the first time, every country competing in the Olympics includes a female athlete after Saudi Arabia agreed to allow two women to participate. Saudi officials said they would have done it sooner but lost track of the time because their watches had stopped in the 19th Century.
Dez Bryant Jeff Ireland
Chelsea Clinton played
Bradley Wiggins Lance Armstrong
Hope Solo, The Today Show
Joe Paterno Jerry Sandusky
Barry Larkin Ron Santo
Michael Vick’s Finally Free
• NASCAR suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger for failing a drug test. He previously was best known for having a funny name.
Parting thought: Ernie Els won golf’s British Open after Adam Scott blew a huge lead with a terrible late collapse. Wonder if Scott got a sympathy card from Heath Bell?
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