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Brownie Points: Gymnastics judges earn stupidity medal

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Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004 11:15 am | Updated: 4:46 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Just when you thought figure skating was the worst-judged of all the Olympic sports, those running the always questionable judging in gymnastics score a perfect 10 for stupidity.

A few days after tarnishing the gold medal of all-around men’s champion Paul Hamm by botching their score sheets, the officials reached a new low Monday — first by grossly underscoring the highflying, high bar routine of Russian Alexei Nemov, and then by changing the score in an attempt to appease the jeering crowd in Athens — a group of people who know 9.8 when they see one.

Next time you go to a gymnastics meet, make sure to raise a stink if you don’t like the judging. Apparently, they will listen to you.

So what happens? Poor Hamm has to wait through 10 minutes of boos, only to have his own fantastic performance be greeted with boos from the agitated crowd.


Why is Mike Williams still twisting in the wind over his NCAA eligibility?

The kid was staying at USC before a judge ruled he was eligible for the NFL draft. So he signs with an agent and takes some money borrowed against his future earnings. Then, once the ruling is overturned and Williams and Maurice Clarett was banned from the draft. Williams has given back the money. What’s the problem?

This kid has jumped through all the hoops.


• As much as the New York Giants wanted Kurt Warner to be their quarterback and allow Eli Manning to work in slowly, it’s not going to happen. Warner is done, and Eli’s Comin’.

• In most NFL camps, the quarterbacks take their receivers to dinner and pick up the check. In Arizona, Josh McCown picks them up at the airport — and introduces himself.

• Add another chapter to the strange history of the Stanley Cup, which was lost for several hours Sunday and spent the night in the luggage storage at Vancouver International Airport. If I’m Walter Neubrand, the keeper and constant companion of the Cup, I’d keep in mind Air Canada does allow you one carry-on.

• What happened to the USA Boxing program? For the second straight Olympics, a long American legacy of Olympic glory in the ring has taken a standing eight-count.

• Among the shows planned for the Dallas Cowboys’ new 24-hour TV network: "Breakfast With The Tuna,’’ "Who Wants To Be Quarterback?’’ and "Live With Regis and Jerry Jones.’’

• Watching Jeremy Wariner lead an American sweep by winning the 400 meters Monday, it’s easy to forget that the most important color wasn’t black or white. It was gold.

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