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|| News Item: Posted 2008-07-29

Leading Off: What I DON'T Want To See In Beijing
By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by USA TODAY

Photo by USA TODAY

From left: USA TODAY's Robert Hanashiro and Jack Gruber (biting their credentials) along with Warren Taylor from the Des Moines Register celebrate on the medal stands during the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Top 10 Things I Hope NOT To See While Covering The Beijing Summer Olympic Games ... but I am sure I will:

#10 Jack Gruber, Bob Deutsch, Rod Mar, Michael Goulding, Wally Skalij and Sean Haffey kicking my ass every day (I can dream, can't I?)

#9 The back of Bill Frakes' head at the finish line of any athletics competition (aka: track & field here in the states)

#8 The inside of an American chain store like McDonald's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Wal-Mart, Starbucks or Chili's ...but maybe I'll make an exception for the Beijing Hooters

#7 Any ugly American incidents by photographers I know... which I've seen too many of at the last several Olympics I've covered

#6 An endless number of cliché stories on restaurants that serve dog or cat… or food stalls that serve scorpions, beetles or ants.

#5 My emergency stash of Imodium, Pepto and Cipro.

#4 The inside of a local acupuncturists office more than once for my ailing back.

#3 The inside of the Main Press Center, venue or workroom after 1am (I know I'm dreaming!)

#2 My roommates Jack Gruber and Bob Deutsch walking in their sleep mumbling "my remotes won't fire, my remotes won't fire..."

#1 Hoards of photographers screaming out "KISS THE MEDAL! BITE THE MEDAL!".

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This issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter features a report by Brad Mangin on covering the opening of Dallas Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, CA … and how it differs from his past NFL training camp experiences.

Sports Illustrated's Robert Beck writes about the recent British Open with all of the windy details.

Jared Dort writes about his experience hunting for a feature photo that turned into saving the life of a young boy.

Robert Caplin writes about his recent trip to Cuba in this month's installment of Sports Shooter Destinations.

We wrap up our pre-Olympic coverage with reports from Beijing by David McIntyre and Zach Honig. And several members that are headed to China give us their thoughts --- some humorous, some serious --- on the upcoming Olympic Games. This issue we are trying something a little different, with a video version of our regular In The Bag feature.

Photo by Frank Folwell

Photo by Frank Folwell

Susanna Yan Xu eats beetles on Donghuamen Street.
David Bergman writes about the new wireless ttl RadioPopper in Photographer's Toy Box and Sporting News chief photographer Albert Dickson gives us the lowdown on some new changes at this venerable publication.

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On the nightstand this month is James Lees Burke's new Dave Robicheaux novel Swan Peak and The Last Days of Old Beijing by Michael Meyer. And Bob Seger's Greatest Hits and the soundtrack to the stage show Mama Mia is in heavy rotation on my iTunes…


As always, thanks to Special Advisors & Contributors: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Rod Mar, Trent Nelson, Jason Burfield, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen, Paul Myers and Bob Deutsch.

Thanks this month to: Jared Dort, Robert Beck, David Bergman, David McIntyre, Zach Honig, Albert Dickson, Jack Gruber, Nhat Meyer, George Bridges, Dan Powers, Amy Sancetta, Mark J. Terrill, Michael Goulding, Robert Gauthier, Kojo, David Eulitt and Donald Miralle.

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