Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Trash Talking Gone Awry

You know, I’ve never been a big “trash talker”. When I was a kid playing sports and other kids heckled me or tried to get under my skin I would just smile. Sure, I might say something under my breath or vent about it to someone else. I just never gave the loudmouth the satisfaction of getting a rise out of me. It always just motivated me to do that much better. Today, colleagues trash talk about how they are going to show me up on the golf course or beat me in fantasy football. I still don’t talk trash. At most, I’ll say that their opinion is noted and we’ll see what happens at the end. Don’t get me wrong – I’m as competitive as anyone else. I just prefer to have my performance do the talking. I’m not a fan of braggarts or sore winners/losers. I’m usually just mostly happy to participate. I realize this doesn’t work for everyone. If you like to talk the talk, go for it.

The French men’s swim team at the Olympics is the prime example of why I do my very best to avoid trash talking. I’m sure they felt they could back up their talk. They almost did. They are very good at what they do.

We’ve all heard it by now…record-holder Alain Bernard claims that the French team will “smash” the American team. As it turns out, it was more like a bad commercial…

Swim Cap - $4.99
Swimsuit - $ 550.00
Your face when your mouth wrote checks that your body can’t cash…priceless…

Yeah, I know…it’s corny…deal with it.

American swimming is doing execptionally well. Michael Phelps is collecting the gold, Aaron Peirsol sets a new record, and Natalie Coughlin becomes the first woman to defend her 100m backstroke title. There is plenty more swimming to watch as Phelps tries to become the first swimmer to win eight gold medals in one Olympics. Its a tall order, but he looks focused and determined. Oh yeah, and have you seen the shape this guy is in?


Lindsay said...

That relay was amazing. I watched it and that was the most exciting swimming event I have ever seen.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Most definitely - I've seen the replay over and over and don't get bored of it!