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    Audience for 200

    I thought it was just awful the way the audience kept carrying on before the 200m men's event. The Greek Champion withdrew long before the event took place, and we will see if a doping scandal follows, so it's not the fault of the athletes on the field, nobody "stole his place". And to boo the winner afterward, so unsportmanlike. Like the BBC comentators repeatedly said; "disgraceful'.

    Too bad, they were putting on such a nice Olympics until that moment.

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    No one else was affected by this?

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    They pretty much comported themselves like a soccer crowd in a third-rate banana republic; probably a good thing security is so tight or they probably would have been throwing bottles and old fruit as well. :sheesh: :sheesh: I was just glad that nobody ended up being disqualified for a false start due to all the noise, which would have just added insult to injury. If they had a problem with the Americans, that's one thing. There were 4 other non-American guys in that race who had to put up with that crap as well. It was just transcendentally rude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyCoop
    They pretty much comported themselves like a soccer crowd in a third-rate banana republic; probably a good thing security is so tight or they probably would have been throwing bottles and old fruit as well. :sheesh: :sheesh: I was just glad that nobody ended up being disqualified for a false start due to all the noise, which would have just added insult to injury. If they had a problem with the Americans, that's one thing. There were 4 other non-American guys in that race who had to put up with that crap as well. It was just transcendentally rude.
    What's the problem with the Americans? I haven't seen this yet. It is among my 7 or 8 tapes that I still have to look at.

    As forthe British commentator,. has he ever watched the fans at a Fussbal (soccer) match between the English and a Europpean contender? l They actually cause death. :sheesh:

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    Apparantly, the Greek newspapers are blaming the US for the withdrawal of one of the top Greek runners who was supposed to be a favorite for the 200m ( I can't recall his name, but he withdrew before the games started because he missed a drug test, then got into a "mysterious" motorcycle accident and was rumored to be the one who was originally supposed to light the torch.) I'm not sure how they're tying the US in to what he did, but the 200m was a big ticket item and the crowd was peeved that he wasn't in the race. I do think it was rather rude, since none of the runners, including the Americans, had anything to do with any of it.

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    Well, it didn't seem to bother the athletes. They just hung around until it was time to run, then they ran.

    If you look at sports as entertainment, lots of people think the price of a ticket gives you the right to cheer and boo. The athletes can cry all the way to the bank. I just wish the crowd would get more rowdie at golf tounaments. Who are these prima donnas to tell me to shut up on their backswing?

    Of course the South African soccer referee who, fearing for his life, pulled out his gun and shoot a rowdie spectator dead, I guess that's sports, too.

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