More Olympic Misogyny.

I wouldn’t normally blog about this, but it really got my goat. I realize that what the audience hears isn’t always what the announcer said, but tonight nearing the end of the Kerri Walsh-Jennings/April Ross volleyball match against the Brazilians Agatha and Barbara, one of the announcers (the play-by-play guy. I’m not even going to pretend I know who any of them are) said (to my ears), that American player, April Ross should “stuff a little shorty in there” because that’s what I heard. I can imagine the hashtags now.

I get that the suggestion was actually that she should try for a short serve, in order to take advantage of her opponents’ deep positioning, but come ON!! With all the criticism the NBC announcers have been subject to this Olympic season, I can’t imagine that tonight’s announcer didn’t think at least halfway through that sentence “That’s a bad idea.” But there was no backtracking or clarification. He just left that proclamation out there. Is it just me? Hello? Bueller? Bueller??

OK, back to your regular blog. I apologize for the interruption.

IMG_5507.jpgPhoto is a cut and polished rock from the Nyssa, Oregon Thunderegg Days in July. Not related to the post, but some photographic relief.

 

 

Boston Harborfest 2012

I’ve seen it called Harborfest, Fleet Week, Navy Week and a couple other things, but whatever you call it, it’s a bunch of ships from lots of countries hanging out in Boston Harbor for a few days, and the sailors/midshipmen/whatever, running around town. Here are some photos from Saturday’s arrival of the Tall Ships (aka Pirate Ships, according to many small children).

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Each ship that came in gave Boston a 21-gun salute, which was reciprocated with cannons.

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A Mass state police officer taking photos of the ships

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… and texting them to loved ones.

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The Boston Fire Department’s water craft greeted the ships. This boat was apparently donated to the city by Dennis Leary.

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The Ecuadorian sailors enjoying the view.

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A few sails were down on the American ship, Eagle.

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Sailors/midshipmen/whatever on the Colombian ship wore T-shirts that coordinated with the Colombian flag. The ones on top wore yellow, in the middle, blue, and on the bottom, red.