Tonight, the first real head-to-head showdown between they of the faked footstep fireworks, and lip-syncing little girl versus the balls and bravado of the Red, White, and Blue.

It's come out recently that the Chinese fudged quite a bit of the Opening Ceremonies. Those footsteps leading to the Bird's Nest? Computer Generated Graphics. That adorable little girl who sang the Anthem? She was lip-syncing! And the Chinese Government doesn't give two shits about International Opinion. It was in the country's National Interest When it comes to winning and showing that they are a force to be reckoned with, the Chinese will leave nothing to chance. It got me thinking, what else would they do to win?

Anything is the only valid answer. Speaking of little girls, those awfully young-looking girls from the Chinese team have the advantage of going last tonight, but hopefully our ladies can make it happen. It's not enough that the home team is blasting their music in the arena for their performances, they also are using 10 year olds (that feel no pain, mind you) for the competition. This matchup will go a long way in determining who wins the medal count. Like I've said before, the "Winner" of these Olympics will determine collective national feeling both our country and theirs. If we can take it (in as memorable a fashion as possible, hopefully), I honestly believe the mood of the country will improve, and you'll see bright times ahead. Lose, and it begins to feel like all those worries we've been having about the Chinese overtaking us as the dominant power begin to become more realistic.

One last thought? When did China start putting out 7-footers? I know they have about a billion and a half people, but correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't the Chinese known for being somewhat of a short people? I'm glad they did (Rockets fan here), but it just seems fishy...

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