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Old 02-16-2006, 03:26 PM   #16
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Dunno, I seem to recall the Jamaican bobsled team getting embarrassingly extensive attention...


and poor Debbie Thomas and those Campbell's Soup ads from 1988 and how she lost to that evil East German Katarina Witt and they both skated to "Carmen" ...
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""Originally posted by yolland
Dunno, I seem to recall the Jamaican bobsled team getting embarrassingly extensive attention...""

really?

and this supports what point.


let's not forget
Eddie the Eagle

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Overcompensatory focus on rare black participants. Isn't this what you were talking about? Anyway, I was responding to Irvine, but he was quoting you so...
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""Originally posted by yolland
Dunno, I seem to recall the Jamaican bobsled team getting embarrassingly extensive attention...""

really?

and this supports what point.


let's not forget
Eddie the Eagle



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Overcompensatory focus on rare black participants. Isn't this what you were talking about? Anyway, I was responding to Irvine, but he was quoting you so...
interesting reveal how one views things




and the

Eddie the Eagle coverage
was overcompensatory focus on English? participants.
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I have no idea who Eddie the Eagle is nor what you're getting at.
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Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards

He soared like a brick into the hearts of Olympic fans across the world. Eddie Edwards, a comically inept British ski jumper didn't come close to winning any medals in the 1988 Calgary Games. In fact, he finished dead last in both the 70- and 90-meter jumps.

He did, however, win a large amount of fame and a small fortune thanks to his complete lack of skill and lovably goofy look. Sarcastically nicknamed "the Eagle," he dropped into the public consciousness and was easily the most popular athlete to compete that year.

The doughy, bespectacled former plasterer with the silly grin parlayed his 15 minutes of fame into a $65,000 deal to tell his life story to a tabloid and—no joke—a number-two song ("Mun Niemi En Eetu" or "My Name is Eddie") in Finland in 1991.

Even IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch, though privately critical of Edwards for appearing to mock the Games with his fish-out-of-water performance, seemed to embrace him during his speech at the closing ceremonies.

"[At Calgary] people set new goals, created new world records, and some even flew like an eagle," he said to raucous applause.

Despite the kind words, the IOC subsequently instituted what is known as the Eddie the Eagle Rule, which requires Olympic hopefuls to finish in the top half of an international competition. This effectively eliminated Edwards from future Games.

It's not that Edwards, now a law student in England, hasn't tried an Olympic comeback, but the new IOC rule has done its job.
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OK...so...the similarity would be that there was a patronizing undertone to the coverage and popular perception in both cases...is that the idea?
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this is true. i love how they always find the 2 black people wherever Bush is giving a speech and put them directly behind the president.

at least the Winter Olympics are honest.
Perhaps we should award points for best ability of inserting unrelated jabs at a political party - degree of difficulty 3.0!
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OK...so...the similarity would be that there was a patronizing undertone to the coverage and popular perception in both cases...is that the idea?
Eddie and the bobsled teams got attention for their lack of skill

and not for their skin color or nationality (I hope)

Jamaica has no snow
a team from any country with an arid climate would have most likely produced a team that was at great risk of injury and would have been the one team that came careening down the chute.


If we see them as the "black" bobsled team it is our misperception
they were not representing Blakmaca?
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and they were both at Calgary in 1988
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...the bobsled teams got attention for their lack of skill

and not for their skin color or nationality (I hope)
Well honestly, I did get precisely that impression--that there was a patronizing undertone of Awww aren't they cute!... based on just that... ...but perhaps it was just me.
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Of course with events like skeleton races where you're hurtling head first down a winding track of ice on a tiny sled at speeds topping 120 km hour, maybe the lack of black athletes just indicates they're a little smarter.


I have to admit that I laughed reading the article, cuz that's so ridiculous,you hear comments like that in everywhere. I work in a publishing house, drawing illustrations for childrens books and the first thing that the editor told me was : "don't forget to always, ALWAYS, draw a black kid o a black girl in the scenes", I almost laughed in his face!! I draw kids of all colors (cuz I see people of all colors here) and this guy talks to me like I was from another planet, I don't know.
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Perhaps we should award points for best ability of inserting unrelated jabs at a political party - degree of difficulty 3.0!


erm, Gumbel brought up the GOP convention, not me.

100% appropriate.

i get perfect 6.0's for that one ... but we do have a new scoring system in place ...
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People actually listen to him now? Isn't Bryant Gumbal a major has-been?
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