The Aussies were palpably the better team. They had many clean chances for goals, but they couldn't score, and when it ended 1-0 in Pakistan's favor, one of the major upsets of the Games, Charlesworth dropped back down into his squat, his head bowed, while all around him the Pakistani players fell to the ground, kissing the artificial pitch, surrounding the pale little man as if he were a fallen idol who had to be sacrificed—which, in a way, he was.
"Sometimes it just doesn't happen the way it's supposed to," Charlesworth said afterward, shrugging. Not far below him, Sardar worked the crowd, autographing the dollar bills his happy countrymen thrust upon him.
The largest American flag I saw at the Olympics was at an ARCO station in Pasadena.
As seriously as the International Olympic Committee takes itself, don't you wish those OLYMPIC DRINKING TEAM and OLYMPIC MAKE-OUT TEAM sweat shirts were still around?
There's a new word in international sport that appears to have enough momentum to move into our domestic game plan. That word is energy.
As near as I could tell, for the international athlete energy is some magic thing. It must be carefully husbanded. Everybody is out to steal your energy, and the athletes guard it in the manner of tribesmen who don't want their photographs taken, lest the black box capture their spirit.
Here are just some of the things that can steal your energy if you aren't careful: The press. Heats. Anything that upsets your concentration. Memories. Hassles. Love. False starts.
Eugene, Ore. seems to be the place where energy is best conserved.
You've been away the last couple of weeks? Here's the whole Olympics in 30 seconds:
"The U.S.A. will be going for more gold tonight. Heats. He touched out. 8.5, 8.0. The blows are coming with rapidity. Oh, say can you see. From Atlantis, trains in Eugene, Oregon. Color these Americans gold. Venue. She really nailed that one. Speed work. Side out, U.S.A. Pommel horse. The nationals. By the dawn's early light. She's careful not to dissipate too much energy. 9.85. The tale of the tape. He held it. Turns. A silver medal among the gold for these Americans. He really nailed that one. The blows are still coming with rapidity. What so proudly we hailed. Strength work. Kilos. She held it. It's a solid gold evening for our Americans. Arthroscopic surgery. If you're not familiar with the way team dressage is scored. At the twilight's last gleaming. Inward 2½ somersault pike. Semifinal heats. Another golden moment for the Americans. World's fastest human. Whose broad stripes and bright stars. We really nailed that one. PR. As you were telling me before we came on the air, Harry Beth, the Americans have a real good chance here to pick up another gold. FIFA. Energy. FIBA. Through the perilous fight. FINA. As I indicated earlier, the blows are coming with rapidity. Another golden moment for the Americans. He's from the Holy Roman Empire, now attending college at Middle Tennessee State. And the rockets' red glare. Meters. A golden oldie. Flag. International rules. Venues. More heats. A sweep of the gold for the U.S.A. And the home of the brave."