Phelps-Lochte showdown No. 1 — updated

The showdown between Michael Phelps and his tire-tossing opponent and teammate Ryan Lochte will happen tonightin the 200 IM in just 10 minutes. Watch, or this blog to “see” it live.

It’s not even close. Lochte gives himself a nice buffer in the backstroke and then runs away with it. Phelps doesn’t even medal. Check back for more info.

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Light on the Olympics today

We visited the Tower of London today and I thought there would be more of an Olympic presence there. We missed yesterday’s River of Music Festival there, so maybe that had something to do with it.

The other thing we missed was a major snag in the transit system. The evening paper said the Tube line that we usually take was out of service from 6am until 10am. Good thing that we didn’t get moving until 10 this morning. Every train is warning passengers to avoid lines that go to The Games’ various venues around the city unless they are attending the games themselves. Things have still worked out pretty well for us though.

So here’s the only Olympics-related shot I got today. I already showed you a shot of this, but this one is from dry land and not a rocking boat. Plus, the light is better. In fact, comment on this blog your favorite moment from a previous Olympics and I’ll pick my favorite comment and send you a copy of this photo when the games are done.

Tower Bridge with Olympic Rings

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Win a photo from the Olympics and other SWAG

The Web editor came up to me yesterday to remind me to bring back lots of SWAG so we can give it away as contest prizes. After my initial horror at giving anything away I may want for myself I put my thinking cap on. Julie and I decided that as we get stuff, we’ll post a contest. We’re not sure what those little micro contests will be yet, but I have an idea for a main contest. The best comment on this blog, as decided by Julie and myself, will receive a signed photo, taken by me, of the Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies. The contest starts now and ends Aug. 15.

The rules:

  • You have to comment on this blog, not Facebook. We can’t keep track of everyone from Facebook, Twitter, Redit, Google+, etc., so just comment here.
  • Use a real email address so we can really contact you when you really win.
  • You can give us a suggestion, tell us a story, critique my spelling, offer a joke, add insight to a post. There are no restrictions, but you should know that if you are too mean we probably won’t pick you.
  • You can’t be related to Julie or me or work at the Santa Cruz Sentinel. It just wouldn’t be fair. Besides, you guys all know us, so you can easily get a signed photo from us.

This will not be the only contest. We may pick up a T-Shirt and decide to give it to the first person who comments, or answers a trivia question correctly. The point is, you never know, so you need to keep checking back with this blog.

Now, if you are sitting back thinking to yourself, “this sounds like a ploy to get more people to read your blog,” then you can consider yourself among the enlightened. Cynical, but enlightened.

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