The Clog

Classical contributor Matt Lundy is back with an update on his fantastic profile of the Canadian national trampoline squad, who are all now very proud to have a gold medalist in their midst.

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Everybody's rooting for Oscar Pistorius, but will they still love him tomorrow?

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NBC is not convincing in the role of corporate ambassadors for the USA, thanks to Olympian helpings of #fail.

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Our second dispatch from London sees the Lord Mayor comparing athletes to glistening otters, the abuse of corporate perquisites, and universal truth about bums (butts, not homeless people).

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Yes, Bradley Wiggins is the first ethnic Mod ever to hoist a major sporting trophy. But his title run to the Champs Elysee was brilliantly boring. Patrick Redford checks in with a recap of this year's Tour de France.

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Grumblers are going to grumble, but London 2012's Opening Ceremony moved out of the lengthy shadow of Beijing's 2008 spectacle in commendably British fashion. On to the sports, says Classical London correspondent Edwin Smith.

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Ichiro is a Yankee. Some thoughts on what he is, was, and could never be.

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Claressa Shields is 17 years old. She's from Flint; she's moved four times in the last year. She's into Twitter, boys, and music. Come September, she'll be back at Northwestern High School in Flint for her senior year. But between now and then, she'll be the youngest woman ever to box in the Olympics. 

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What is Theo Fleury doing singing a bunch of hokey-ish country songs on stage in the same arena he used to light up as a NHL star? Finding his voice, refusing to be quiet, and other admirable things, it turns out.

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SYH

It is the poet's job to provoke us to think, and feel, in new ways. It is the spammer's job to embed hyperlinks to bootleg headphones and running shoes in chunks of garbage prose. Here is where the two meet, on the battlefield of politics and prose. Or whatever.

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