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|| News Item: Posted 2012-08-02

The Olympics are everywhere

By Robert Hanashiro, Sports Shooter

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

Photo by Robert Hanashiro

Costco shoppers catch a glimpse of the Olympic action.
It's all over your local mall. It’s playing non-stop on the big-screen TVs in bars, fast food restaurants and even Costco.

The Summer Olympics is the biggest event in the world, there's no denying it or escaping it. Commercials, ads, posters, clothing, seemingly every website and even NPR has Olympic - Fever. For the next 17 days.

Like most sports fans, I'm interested in the medal count and who's doing well in my favorite Oly sport --- that being beach volleyball --- but sometimes all of this is maybe just too much?

So what if you're not into the Olympic Fever, flying your country’s colors, the Dream Team or ping-pong --- sorry table tennis --- how do you tune out the Olympic blitz coming from London?

So here --- with apologies to Dave Letterman and with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek --- are my:


10) Turn off Facebook, Twitter and all other social media and start checking in with

9) Change your web browsing habits to the only site that's not featuring Olympic coverage:

8) Delete all of the "hottest athletes at the Olympics" galleries you've downloaded the past 6 months.

7) Every time someone starts a conversation with the words "Did you see Michael Phelps..." you cover your ears, yell "na, na, na, na, na I'm not listening, I'm not listening" and hope the offending person goes away.

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6) After burning all of your Olympic t-shirts, jackets, hats --- especially that stupid Roots beret --- and dumped your pin collection at the community yard sale… you wear that Justin Bieber t-shirt your daughter bought you for Christmas

5) Since McDonald's has 10 big screen TVs in all of their restaurants playing Olympic videos non-stop, your fast food fix will have come from the vending machine in your mechanic's waiting room.

4) Thank God for cable TV reruns of NCIS and new episodes of Pawnstars.

3) You hold delivery of Sports Illustrated for three weeks and go to the neighborhood newsstand to buy Tattoo Ilustrated.

2) To get your fix of shooting sports, you go to the senior citizen's village for the weekly bocce ball tournament

1) Three words: Seventeen-Day-Coma!

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This issue of the Sports Shooter Newsletter features an interesting perspective on the beginnings of "citizen journalism" by K.C. Alfred. Al Diaz discusses the recent controversy about portraits made by a photographer at the U.S. Olympic Media Summit. Francis Gardler gives us a behind-the-scenes look at his coverage of this year's College World Series. James Madelin continues his series on the business side of photography. Nic Coury gives us his tips on avoiding something that many photographers suffer: back pain.

We also have an Ask Sports Shooter column about using a GoPro mounted onto a DSLR, plus Sports Shooter New & Notes.

Thanks for your patience ... and thanks to all of this issue's contributors!

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Just finished the latest book from my favorite author, James Lee Burke: Creole Belle. If you're like me and love the Dave Robicheaux series, especially Clete Purcell, run out and get this book --- soonest! As with all Burke novels, the dialog is sharp, the characters rich and layered, with a few twist and turns in the plot thrown into the gumbo for good measure.

The PlayList that is currently burning up my speakers is Hillbilly Casino's Tennessee Stomp. Think early Stay Cats meet BR5-49 ... contemporary rockabilly at its best!

As always, special thanks to: Deanna & Emma Hanashiro, Brad Mangin, Grover Sanschagrin, Joe Gosen and Jason Burfield.

Thanks this month to contributors: Nic Coury, James Madelin, K.C. Alfred, Al Diaz and Francis Gardler.

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