Ok, so here's my thought on the Olympic badminton scandal. The players got screwed. They were trying to win gold. They thought losing a game would help them do that - and the system seemed to be set up that way. It's illogical to expect them to do something that would make it harder to win gold. If it it's "unsportsmanlike" to not play to win, then any swimmer or runner who goes out and just tries to qualify during the heats, by going at 95%, is guilty of the same thing. This could have been so easily fixed. Just let the game's winner decide which teams gets the "win" for tournament purposes. If you win, but wanted to lose, you can't just decide to have the win assigned to the other team. Then you still get competition, but without forcing players to work hard to undermine their own strategy.
- They made the opening of the Gallaudet U CaBi station into a real event. Next time they open one, I might show up with a small podium and make a speech. “We are trying to get people out of automobiles, and certainly bikes represent a good way to get people around the city without the environmental consequences,” says Mayor Gray.
- Park Police have released sketches from two sexual assaults along Georgetown trails over the last month. The descriptions don't match, so it probably isn't the same guy.
- It appears they have started to survey the location for the new crossing of the GW Parkway near Memorial Circle.
- A cyclist was seriously injured in Clinton, MD. "A man riding a bicycle on Branch Ave westbound rode into the path of a southbound car at Surratts Rd. and was struck, according to Maryland State police. The accident took place at about 8:48 p.m Thursday, on Route 5 (Branch Ave ) near Surratts Road."
- One cyclist explains why he rides in the road instead of in a bike lane on Wildewood Road. "At some point, either going out or coming into Wildewood, remaining in that lane compels bicyclists to ride against the flow of traffic." Others respond to the same original letter complaining about a group ride (perhaps BikeMS), but I can't find the original letter they're responding to. Here's the original letter.
- A Montreal cyclist and driver got into an argument and moments later the driver hit the cyclist - sending him to the hospital. Police are investigating.