Archive for the ‘Sports’ Category

Rookie of the Month!

January 3, 2008

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Take a deep breath Yi, you deserve it! 

Milwaukee forward Yi Jianlian of China, along with Kevin Durant, were named this week as December’s top NBA rookies: China’s Yi takes NBA rookie honour. Yi, who was picked sixth overall by the Bucks in NBA draft, averaged 12.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in December. He also leads rookies in field goal percentage with .503 and is third in minutes per game with 30.6. In addition, he scored a career-high 29 points in a 103-99 win over Charlotte on December 22. For someone who didn’t want to play in a place like Milwaukee, he’s fitting in quite well! However, it will be difficult for the Bucks to make the playoffs as they are currently struggling at 12-19.

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Olympic Affair

December 31, 2007

The Beijing Games Takes another hit.

It was a moment to make angry wives applaud and two-timing husbands – and the Chinese government – squirm.

With eight months to go to the Beijing Olympics, Zhang Bin, one of the most famous faces on the nation’s television, was proudly relaunching its main sports network, CCTV-5, as the Olympics Channel.

As Zhang talked enthusiastically into the cameras before a studio audience, a small woman in a brown duffel coat clambered on stage, bore down on him and grabbed his microphone.

Onlookers immediately recognised Zhang’s wife, Hu Ziwei, herself a well-known sports anchor.

But what came next surprised everyone as Mrs Hu launched into a blistering attack on her husband for having an affair with another woman. Only two hours earlier, she said, she’d discovered his “improper relationship.”

And as Zhang stood open-mouthed, uncertain what to do, she bravely coupled his infidelity with her country’s poor human rights record.

“Today is a special day for the Olympics Channel, it’s a special day for Zhang Bin, and it’s a special day for me too,” she said.

Then quoting a French diplomat who has been critical of the Games she added that if China’s values don’t improve, the Games will have been for nothing.

Fighting off attempts to remove her, she said: “That French foreign diplomat also said that until Chinais able to start exporting its values, it won’t be able to become a great power.” “Yet Zhang Bin can’t even face up to his own hurt wife. I think China, to succeed as a great power…

“Don’t any of you have any conscience? Let go of me! We’re very far from being a great country.”

Even at this late stage, Zhang thought he might avoid public embarrassment because as usual in a nation always anxious to censor out any unwanted disclosures, the show was being pre-recorded.

His wife’s outburst could be edited out, he thought. But, as has happened in the past, the authorities underestimated the power of the Internet and the mischief of its enthusiastic devotees. Within hours a renegade tape of the three-minute confrontation was posted on the Chinese websites tudou.com and Sina.com.

As Chinese authorities scrambled to remove it from those, it was switched to YouTube and other international sites they could not control – and they reported that hundreds of thousands of people were watching it.

Chinese reaction to Mrs Hu’s outburst was divided.

The nation’s leaders, always eager to paint a picture of a perfect society, were said to be deeply embarrassed.

On the streets many people chuckled over the wandering husband’s humiliation. But others pointed out that Mrs Hu should not have been surprised because Zhang left his first wife for her.

Smogglympics

December 30, 2007

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Beijing’s Olympic Quest: Turn Smoggy Sky Blue 

They can try all they want to clean everything up for the Olympics. It won’t work and even if it does, they’ll drop everything after the games and people will be back to their polluted air.

I’m definitely watching the marathon this year. I want to see if anyone can survive 42.195 kilometres in THAT!

Chinese Pay-TV?

December 29, 2007

Remember when Green Bay played Dallas a month ago and people were outraged that they had to buy the NFL Network for an obscene price in order to watch the game? Even in America, land of capitalism, people feel they have a god-given right to watch their favorite sport. Tonight New England goes for perfection and the game has to be simulcast on CBS and NFL Network or else people might burn down Roger Goodell’s office.

So why is it in all places, CHINA, that there is talk of Pay-Per-View sports!?

Pay-TV turns off China football fans

I never thought I’d see the day that China would be creating a ‘class’ difference by offering ‘two-tiered’ television. Ok I’m lying, the communist are frauds and today they are doing the same things that they condemned during the People Revolution and purged millions for. It’s no surprise at all that China is becoming more capitalist and the land of the rich tycoons!