Bradley gets wiggy with it

Posted: August 03, 2012

TOUR DE FRANCE winner Bradley Wiggins won a gold medal in cycling Wednesday and celebrated by hanging out with a couple of dear old friends - Jack Daniels and Captain Morgan.

Actually, we don't know exactly what Wiggins was drinking. Just that he was.

"Getting wasted," he posted on his Twitter account hours after winning the men's time trial. "Blind drunk at the minute and overwhelmed."

Wiggins also posted a photo of himself and a buddy drinking outside St. Paul's Cathedral.

Wiggins has won seven medals, more than any Brit in history. Three weeks ago, he became the first Brit to win the Tour de France. So, he's got reasons to celebrate.

Wiggins' binge certainly wasn't frowned upon by the British Olympic Association. In fact, Colin Moynihan, head of the BOA, said he completely understood, wryly noting that after you train and compete as hard as Wiggins did, "you get a bit dehydrated."

"He is absolutely, thoroughly entitled to have a fantastic party and celebrate," Moynihan said. "Nobody deserves it more."

RHYMES WITH RIPPLE

During Wednesday's U.S. vs. Spain women's water polo match an underwater camera caught a wardrobe malfunction.

Apparently, an American player grabbed the suit of a Spanish opponent and pulled it down far enough to reveal her Janet Jackson.

Those on Twitter kept everyone - you'll excuse the pun - abreast of the situation.

"I didn't know water polo was so erotic." read one tweet.

PHELPS IN DEMAND

According to TMZ, Michael Phelps took a beating on the sale of his Baltimore condo, reportedly selling it for $400,000 less than he paid.

But not to worry, the all-time Olympic medal winner - who has said he is retiring after the London Games - will soon be swimming in cash.

TMZ, citing a source at NBC, reported the network is considering hiring Phelps as an analyst for events up to and including the 2016 Olympics.

Not to be outdone, a source at ABC said that he if doesn't go to work for the Peacock Network, "We would gladly scoop him up to work for us."

NICE WHILE IT LASTED

British Olympic shooter Peter Wilson won a gold medal in the double trap event.

Soon after, Peter Wilson's phone starting ringing nonstop. He also got scores of texts and Facebook messages.

Which was nice, except it wasn't Peter Wilson the shooter getting all that attention. It was Peter Wilson, the Associated Press intern.

The intern took the adulation in stride saying, "I thoroughly enjoyed my 30 minutes of Twitter and Facebook fame."

SEE HEAR

Dallas-Fort Worth NBC affiliate KXAS goofed on Tuesday when it told viewers to mute their TVs if they didn't want to know the results of the day's events, which would be shown tape-delayed later that evening.

The station then showed a shot of Michael Phelps winning his history-making 19th medal.

Oops.

PASS THE MUSTARD

If the Olympics ever come to Philly, you know there will be lots of cheesesteaks and pretzels available.

In London? It's olives.

They're sold everywhere.

Green, red, black. Stuffed and marinated.

A small container costs about $3.85 in U.S. currency.

No word on whether you can get olives "wid."

COACH K FUMING

U.S. men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski is usually a pretty laid-back guy.

After the U.S. routed Nigeria, 156-73, someone asked him why he ran up the score.

That put Coach K over the edge.

"We didn't play LeBron [James] and Kobe [Bryant] in the second half, and with Carmelo [Anthony] shooting like that, we benched him," Krzyzewski said. "We didn't take any fastbreaks in the fourth quarter, and we played all zone. You have to take a shot every 24 seconds, and the shots we took happened to be hit.

"I take offense to this question because there's no way in the world that our program in the United States sets out to humiliate anyone."

Anthony made 13 of 16 shots - and was 10-for-12 from the three-point arc - in just 14 minutes.

Nigerian player Koko Archibong, who was scoreless over 14 minutes, put it all in perspective.

"On the one side, it's terrible to get whupped like that," Archibong said. "But on the other side, it was something impressive to be a part of - impressive to witness in person."

WATCH THIS

NBC threw viewers a bone Thursday, allowing those without cable to watch live streaming coverage of Michael Phelps going head-to-head with Ryan Lochte in the 200 individual medley.

The move was a peace-offering to viewers who are upset that the network is requiring a cable subscription for online streaming. Prior to Thursday, viewers without cable had to wait until the network showed events on tape-delay later in the evening.

Despite criticism, NBC's Olympic ratings have been high.

On Thursday, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus said the network may change the way it handles future Olympics.

"I don't rule anything out," Lazarus said. " We've got the Olympic Games through 2020 and the one thing we know for sure is that the media landscape is going to change."

SOUND SWIMMER

Someone asked U.S. swimmer Tyler Clary what he was going to do after winning a gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke Thursday night.

His reply: Go to work.

Clary had a DJ gig at a London nightclub hours after his winning performance.

"Just up the street," he said. "That's going to be a lot of fun. That's going to be part of the celebration."

NAUGHTY AND NICE

Mx, a daily newspaper in Australia, has decided to have a little fun listing North and South Korea in its medals table.

Specifically, the newspaper is referring to the North as "Naughty Korea" and the South as "Nice Korea."

TALL IN THE SADDLE

You gotta love Hiroshi Hoketsu.

The 71-year-old equestrian, who competes for Japan, is the oldest Olympian at the Games.

On Thursday, he and his horse, Whisper, competed in the Grand Prix dressage event at Greenwich Park.

Hoketsu and his 15-year-old mare scored 68.72 percent, placing them out of medal contention.

"I made two or three mistakes, which I shouldn't have," he said.

The London Games are Hoketsu's third Olympics. He debuted in the 1964 Tokyo Games and also competed in 2008 in Beijing.

Why the lull between Games?

After Tokyo, Hoketsu earned a degree from Duke University and pursued a business career in Japan. He started competing again after he retired.

Surprisingly, he still feels he has a lot to learn about the sport.

"The biggest motivation I have to keep competing is that I feel I am improving," Hoketsu said.

Hoketsu is the second-oldest Olympian ever behind Oscar Swahn, a silver medalist in shooting in 1920 at age 72.

He'll have a chance to pass Swahn at the 2016 Rio Games, but doesn't see it happening.

"I want to but I can't," Hoketsu said. "It's difficult to find a horse, and mine is now too old."

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