Archive: February 2006

My Official Perfect Final Moment of the Olympics

If you don't like sap, don't read this one. Seriously, stay far away. And don't hold this against me. Anyhow, careful readers of The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com will have read Libby Copeland's story about shopping with Johnny Weir. Some...

By Dan Steinberg | February 26, 2006; 4:34 PM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Final Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Robiola di Roccaverano

It's made from cow's, goat's and sheep's milk; the one I bought was very young and very moist. It is one of many, many robiolas available in this area; this one is name protected, which ensures uniformity in the production...

By Dan Steinberg | February 26, 2006; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Shopping, and pin hatred, and nonsense words

I was going to go watch the Fellini-inspired Closing Ceremonies tonight. I have an accreditation and everything. But I already had my Official Perfect Final Moment of the Olympics (which I'll post in a few more minutes), and I'm not...

By Dan Steinberg | February 26, 2006; 2:39 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

On Mike Wise eating dog food, curling and EU language statistics

On Mike Wise's palate, from a friend: Mike Wise's cheese comments shouldn't count towards C.O.T.D. I've witnessed him tasting a Milk Bone before! Wise's response: It's true, I ate it. It wasn't bad. On the Potomac Curling Club's open house...

By Dan Steinberg | February 26, 2006; 7:53 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Torta di Noci (Not a real cheese)

Libby and Aimee and I stopped in the Alpine Hut of Cheese for what will probably be the final time. Angela and Teresa and I posed for photos. Angela showed me a plastic sleeve in which they were keeping color...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 4:45 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Hail to the ginger-flavored hazelnut-accented chocolate truffle

Loose end No. 1: the chocolatier and Washington Redskins fan mentioned in the Miami Herald way back when I first started. As I should have guessed, his shop is EXACTLY DIRECTLY NEXT DOOR to the Alpine Hut of Cheese. The...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 3:43 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

On goats

After I finally left the Holland House last night, the utter lack of cabs in this city meant I stood on the corner and talked to some Dutch folks for 30 minutes in a cold drizzle. I told them I...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 2:54 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Dutch Curlers, the end

The "Dutch Curling Team" research continued all night. There were more explanations about the "younger generation" and its feud with the national federation, and the problems of the Dutch system, and the problems within the team. "You shouldn't be writing...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Dutch Curlers, the middle

As mentioned earlier, when Baltimore Sun columnist Rick Maese and I walked into the Holland House last night, the first woman we saw said, "Oh, we're definitely letting this guy in." I should have mentioned that I had received some...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Dutch Curlers, the beginning

I had no desire to socialize last night, but I was getting obsessed with the Dutch Curling Team, and whether they were real or fake. I wouldn't have been able to sleep. So we went back to the Holland House,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 25, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)

One more thing

Those guys who may or may not have been Dutch and may or may not have been curlers gave me one red Dutch Olympic glove last night. Just the right one. I'm not sure why. I've been wearing it today,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 4:26 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Our last wild night in Turin, the End

Ok, I've got to get to the end of this story. It's taking longer than 10,000 meters of speedskating. So after Wise's concert, I went back downstairs to hang out with what I thought was the Dutch curling team. Several...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 3:57 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Pin diplomacy (SPOILER ALERT)

This is when you know it's time to leave: when some poor Italian volunteer comes into the media center office and asks for a pin and you scream at him. Gosh, that was bad. I just don't understand. They're pins....

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 2:32 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Our final wild night in Turin, Part IV

Area Cafe, like several downtown Turin spots, has lamps provided by "Burn Energy Drink," but I'd already had quite enough energy fuel during these Games. Before I settled in at the Area Cafe, I saw this Australian guy that I...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 1:59 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

An interlude, offering a free pin and some genuine Olympic spirit

There are only three days left of blogging, and I have at least four pins that I don't want, so I'll give away two right now. The first person and the fifth person who answer this question correctly will be...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 11:44 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Our final wild night in Turin, Part III

Anyhow, blog groupie Sena explained a little bit about the Olympic Party scene, which, based on my experience, draws crowds nearly as big and as enthusiastic as the Olympic Games themselves. "This is good, this is good," she said of...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 10:47 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Our final wild night in Turin, Part II

I said before that going to the Holland House was like going to a high school dance, and I'll stick with that description. But imagine that it was a high school dance whose decorating committee decided that everything should be...

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Our final wild night in Turin, Part I

Wow, the blog got boring for a few days, but no more. This'll be good. Teaser: at 5 a.m. last night/this morning we were hanging out with the Dutch curling team in downtown Turin, and they made a dramatic revelation....

By Dan Steinberg | February 24, 2006; 8:26 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!:Murazzano

The cheese tasting frequency has plummeted. I blame figure skating. Today's cheese is Murazzano, a sheep's milk disk that I bought a full week ago. Italianmade.com gives us this description, plus a recipe for stuffed chicken with Murazzano, which I...

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 5:02 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Yikes

Remember when skeleton fanatics Bob and Linda said they gave up the sport because it was too dangerous? They weren't kidding. A U.S. slider broke his back today....

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 5:01 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Sneaking out of the figure skating universe, to the tune of Romeo and Juliet

I can't believe I didn't incite any manic figure skating fans into writing angry missives. I guess they're all watching the skating live. I was always told that figure skating fans were the easiest to incite. Very disappointing. If I...

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 4:24 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

Pub No. 2, yet again

More on figure skating in a minute, but I forgot to post yet another Pub No. 2 adventure. (Figure skating is on the TV here, but apparently the early competitors don't matter at all, so I'm not watching. As for...

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (13) | TrackBack (1)

My first figure skating experience

I know you all are very excited about the ladies' free skate, which began just a few minutes ago local time and will air in the United States on Tuesday. So I thought I'd explain why figure skating is the...

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 1:40 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

If a car blows up in Turin...

You should immediately head in that direction. At least, that's what I did. No, no, mom, it's ok, you don't have to call. This is what happened. I was walking back from my failed attempt to hide in the figure...

By Dan Steinberg | February 23, 2006; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (1)

Peja

As so many of these nights do, this night ends with a curling story. As I was leaving the cross-country sprint course, I again ran into Swedish curling skip Peter "Peja" Lindholm. The 35-year-old, as I've often mentioned, is a...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 6:50 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cheerful stuff

I've put all the Shani-Hottie stuff and the people telling me I'm a blind boring liberal idiot in the past. Now, we're on to the fun stuff: more stories about killer toy claw cranes of death and destruction. Reader Andrew:...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 5:32 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

From Piero

Who apparently knows everything, writes brilliantly and chimes in at least once a day to tell me I'm an idiot: He writes: For once, you are not wrong. Just a bit inaccurate - as with some of the cheese stories,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 5:30 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY WEDNESDAY, in a slight Scandinavian accent

http://www.ckov63.com/news.php?day.20051208The music selection at cross-country sprinting races ranges from the bizarre to the more bizarre. They played some Red Hot Chili Peppers, some Fat Boy Slim, a techno remix of the "Nessun Dorma" aria from the end of "Turandot," and...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 4:53 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Video: Bandaradan

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By Chet Rhodes | February 22, 2006; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Olympic spirit

Sara posted this link in a comment, about a Norwegian coach helping a Canadian skier win a medal. I did get a few angry e-mails this week, asking why The Post hadn't yet written about this incident. So here it...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (1)

Important news

Three exciting pieces of news in my inbox. 1) I've been invited to be a guest on "Nine to Noon," New Zealand National Radio's flagship news and current affairs programme. They're doing a segment on the Kiwi Curlers Friday morning....

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Bandaradan

The members of Bandaradan, providing entertainment during a break in today's cross-country skiing. So as I wandered the cross-country venue this morning in Pragelato, I came across just a few Americans, including diehard Nordic skiing fan Terry from Minnesota....

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 1:14 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Shani vs. the Hottie, the Common Ground

I've gotten some more anti-Shani and anti-Hottie e-mails, but also a whole lot saying both guys were to blame, so I might as well let that side have its say. I'm not quoting from the comments below, because there are...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 12:44 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (1)

Shani vs. the Hottie, the Press Conference

Since there's so much interest, here's what actually happened at the end of the speedskating press conference yesterday. Mike Wise was involved. Seriously. Here's Mike's story in today's paper. Mike would also like to give a public assist to master...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

This is still not controversial, but there will be more

Our blogger in a fake wig from Finland. (Introductory note: Last post before the Shani-Hottie feud resumes. If you're an East Coast office worker type, check back at lunchtime. I'm sure you'll find something that'll make you spit out...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

We'll get back to Shani and the Hottie in a minute

(Introductory note: If you're only here to read people write mean things to each other about Shani Davis and Chad Hedrick, bear with me for a few minutes. I'll post more angry e-mails soon. For now, you'll have to be...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Shani vs. the Hottie, Take Two, With Passion This Time

I'm starting to see why sports talk radio exists in its current form. You're sitting here in Turin, trying to get a little reader interaction, and then all of the sudden you drive the cheese bus past the blue mold...

By Dan Steinberg | February 22, 2006; 9:51 AM ET | Comments (19) | TrackBack (1)

Shani vs. the Surly Hottie Hedrick

The readers chime in, pretty much unanimously against the Surly Hottie. Wait until you hear what happened at the end of today's press conference. Good stuff. Read Mike Wise Wednesday in The Post. And let me know what you think....

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 7:29 PM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Beating the second person into submission

This is what happens on the eight millionth night of the Olympics: You try to go to the women's figure skating short program, just because it seems like a big deal, but you need to have a ticket and your...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 5:35 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

More Video: Jumping Crazy Chanting Kids

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By Chet Rhodes | February 21, 2006; 5:20 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

More Video, Explained

I wrote about this a few days ago, so for you bored government workers who didn't read my blog during the outlandishly long weekend but are still at work with video access, here's the explanation. Everyone in the world besides...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 5:19 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

A dinner with Mike Wise

Last night's meal was in trouble as soon as Mike Wise tried to give his order to our waitress. "I want to order," he started, before correcting himself. "I want you to sit down at this table and eat with...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

The weirdest night of my life, No. 11, Part IV

Anyhow, back to the ceremony. If you can watch the video below, please do. If you can't watch the video, the Kiwis entered waving their flag, the fans cheered, some guy spoke for a long time in Italian and they...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 2:59 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Video: The Singing Americans

I saw part of the rabid "USA" chanting fan base heading into the curling arena in Pinerolo Monday afternoon. I've often mentioned their songs in this blog. I am forbidden from posting video from inside the arena, so I asked...

By Chet Rhodes | February 21, 2006; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Watch This

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By Chet Rhodes | February 21, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Watch This, Explained

If you're unable to watch video while working at your boring government job, please remember to watch this when you get home. So the Kiwi Curlers, their family members and I leave the food-and-beer tent and head next door to...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 1:43 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Guest blogger

Not wanting to be left out of the world of bus-riding disasters and 2,000-word blog entries, loving roommate Les agreed to tell you all about his Monday night adventures, allowing me to forward post a few things and run off...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 1:22 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

More trivia madness

The last two contests are over. I can't remember who won. There's an 80 percent chance that none of you ever get your prizes, due to administrative incompetence. But let's press on regardless. And I've got to try to start...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 12:59 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Enrico

Take this, NBC. Italian speedskater Enrico Fabris just topped feuding Americanos Chad "Surly Hottie" Hedrick and Shani Davis in the 1,500 meters. High drama. Davis was ahead of Enrico's pace for much of the 1,500, but flagged late. Still, Davis...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

The weirdest night of my life, No. 11, Part III

The Kiwi Curlers have this habit of picking up hangers-on at every tournament they go to. Like Washington Post bloggers, for example. Or Italian-based Kiwi-born rugby coaches, like Jeremy, who went to his first curling match last week in order...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Yet more cheese-eating Olympic watchers

From reader Jon: I don't know if this counts, but while reading your blog and watching ice dancing (did I say ice dancing - I meant hockey...) I was stricken with an overwhelming desire for cheese. All I had in...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Seras del Fen

German skip Andy "No, Really" Kapp displays the remains of the Cheese!Of!The!Day! This, by rights, could be included in the "Weirdest life of my night, No. 11" series, but for consistency's sake we'll call it a C!O!T!D! If you...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

The weirdest night of my life, No. 11, Part II

Kiwi Curler Hans, left, and German skip Andy "No, Really" Kapp feel the love in a Pinerolo food-and-beer tent. When I arrived at the downtown Pinerolo food-and-beer tent, the tables inside the pavilion were filled by three Kiwi Curlers,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The weirdest night of my life, No. 11, Part I

After their Olympic tournament ended, the Kiwi Curlers had told me that they were headed toward a somewhat-hard-to-find food-and-beer tent in downtown Pinerolo. I gave them a head start, then set off for Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Pinerolo is a city...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Executive summary of what you've missed

This morning, East Coast time, I will launch into an extended analysis of last night's weirdness. In the meantime, for those of you bored government worker types who did not read the blog during your outrageously long three-day weekend, here's...

By Dan Steinberg | February 21, 2006; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The weirdest night of my life, No. 11

Like most journalists covering these Olympic games, I found myself tonight in a downtown Pinerolo beer tent, sampling gourmet Piedmontese cheeses with the New Zealand and German curling teams. Those two teams then renewed their rivalry on the spot, courtesy...

By Dan Steinberg | February 20, 2006; 4:54 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

More cheese-eating Olympic watchers

1) Liza from London: Here in London I have been tasting some garlicky goat cheese in front of curling and ice dancing. The cheese helped to console me for our women's curling team not making the semifinals. The same place...

By Dan Steinberg | February 20, 2006; 4:30 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Concessions Part II

The Kiwis conceded to the Germans just before 4 p.m., local time. It was 10-1. They hugged and waved and walked off the ice. Skip Sean Becker tossed his broom to the ground. Thirty seconds later, hipster Joel conceded to...

By Dan Steinberg | February 20, 2006; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

On addictions

I guess this is what an addiction feels like. You tell yourself you're done. You try to fill your life with other things. But then it's morning, and you're staring at the bus schedule, trying to figure out what time...

By Dan Steinberg | February 20, 2006; 8:50 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Bra

Before we get to Bra, some Mike Wise cheese stories. The past few days, he's noticed an odor in his Verolengo dorm room. He thought there might have been a problem with the vents or a dead animal. Finally, he...

By Dan Steinberg | February 19, 2006; 7:07 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

More television

My run through the television. Obviously the concept is completely ripped off from, among other people, our own Norman Chad, who sent me this message tonight: "Hope you're enjoying Turin -- the IHOP just off of Main Street is pretty...

By Dan Steinberg | February 19, 2006; 5:19 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Norwegian TV

This morning I found myself drawn into the Norway-New Zealand curling game, which was being shown on what I think was Norwegian TV in my dorm room. This is why it was compelling: 1) I know the Kiwi Curlers. 2)...

By Dan Steinberg | February 19, 2006; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Olympic Nights

Sure enough, everyone in the world besides you headed into downtown Turin last night for the Olympic Nights. Haven't seen an estimate of the number of people yet. This preview story says thousands. My own rough estimate is 800 billion....

By Dan Steinberg | February 19, 2006; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Video of Loyal Blog Reader Gianluca Bertone

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By washingtonpost.com | February 18, 2006; 6:39 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

My cell phone and I are gloriously reunited

When I found out that I needed to take a train north of Turin to an Alpine village called Susa in order to reclaim my lost Italian rental cell phone from a mysterious bus company employee named Matilde, I figured,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 18, 2006; 5:22 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Buon Appetito

Everyone in the world besides you, pictured here trying to walk down an alley in downtown Turin. Everyone in the world besides you is currently trying to walk down one side alley in downtown Turin. Tonight is "White Nights,"...

By Dan Steinberg | February 18, 2006; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

New favorite snacks, and an official ban on curling news

My two new favorite snacks, one salty and one sweet. 1) Wacko's Groggys. I don't know exactly what this is, but it's a salty snack that comes in green bags and it keeps appearing in our office and I keep...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 7:55 PM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Heartbreak and Triumph in Pinerolo

Kiwi Curler Hans Frauenlob shows off his hipster hairdo. As for the conclusion of Joel and the Kiwis, it was tough to watch. Joel still had the Hammer as we went into extras, and the Kiwis did everything they...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

A curling interlude

More curling hijinks, courtesy of Canadian lead Christine Keshen. After yesterday morning's 6-5 loss to the Swiss, Keshen was back at her apartment, having a nap, with earplugs in her ears. She thought the team was meeting at the apartment....

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 5:03 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (1)

DRAMA

Unreal. Joel mit der mullet und cowboy hat has a 4-3 lead after 7 ends. He nearly pulled off a double in the 8th, but settles for one and a 5-3 lead. The Kiwis get one back in the ninth,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Christmas in Turin

The British fans, not to be outdone by the Americans "Jeepers Creepers Sweepers" chant, have several curling songs. One is to the tune of "Winter Wonderland." One is to the tune of "Oh Come All Ye Faithful." I've always said...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 2:50 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Ummmm

First of all, I'm linked on the Potomac Curling Club's site, thanks to all. Second of all, alert reader Matt just wrote in with a link to this Jimmy Golen AP story, that includes this passage: The USA Curling Web...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Castelmagno

Castelmagno was the first of our referrals from Steven Jenkins, the Official Guest Cheese Commentator of these Games. You'll recall his original description: "The great DOP cow's milk blue (barely); very expensive and rare." Nothing too noteworthy there, right? Here's...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Some updates

Liz Clarke, truly an unbelievable person, has arranged for my phone to remain in place, not to be retrieved by anyone without official documentation proving he or she is, in fact, me. My contact is named Matilde. Liz is excited...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

More curling fans

Just overheard the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz singing curling's praises. "I'll tell you what, it's pretty fascinating, it really is," he was saying to a colleague. I asked him why. "It's the perfect TV sport," he said. "It's like sporting...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 10:14 AM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Early Curling Action

Cowboy-hat wearing, tobacco-chewing Italian hipster Joel Retornaz and his rink were crushed by defending gold medalists Norway this morning, 11-3. The Italians conceded after just seven ends. Ugly. Redemption could come tonight, against the Kiwis. (Aside: Just saw Jim Henderson...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 9:44 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

I channel Mike Wise

The problem with a blog like this is your bosses might theoretically be reading it, and they might theoretically disagree with some of your life choices. Like this one, for example. Coming home from Barry Svrluga's Alpine ski chalet last...

By Dan Steinberg | February 17, 2006; 7:56 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

BREAKING NEWS

This is temporarily preempting the Cheese!Of!The!Day!, possibly for the rest of the night, since it's already after midnight here. But this story must be told. We will not be silenced. Michael Rosenberg, columnist from the Detroit Free Press, related this...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 5:57 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Another chat

I'm doing another chat with you, the readers, tomorrow at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Cheese, curling, college basketball, Rip It Energy Fuel, NBC coverage, Roberto Donna's mamma's house, whatever you want. Submit questions here. And stay tuned for the Cheese!Of!The!Day!:...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Today's Curling News

And it's not good. The Kiwis led Switzerland 5-4 after six ends, and were tied 5-5 after the seventh with the Hammer. A very strong position to be in. But the Swiss stole three points in the eighth after Kiwi...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 4:35 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Trivia

I'm done being sappy now, I promise. I got a Newsweek pin with hockey players on it yesterday. I'll give it to the first person who e-mails me the correct answer to this question: How did Tony Benshoof fare in...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 1:29 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

More from the Irish Igloo

There were pockets of air in the Irish Igloo when I arrived. Those pockets soon disappeared, after The Silver Tongues launched into their set. All I can tell you is, if you've ever been to the Stone Balloon in Newark,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 12:38 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

The Silver Tongues

The members of "The No. 1 Band in the Alps." From left, guitarist Alberto "the Good," lead singer Alex, drummer Alex "the Bad" and bassist Riccardo "the Grandfather." This morning I woke up fully clothed on the spare bad...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Many important updates

A Saint Bernard in Sestriere tries to eat Washington Post staff writer Barry Svrluga. 1) I'm in the Alpine village of Sestriere. To get to the media center from Barry Svrluga's Alpine ski chalet, you must climb an Alp....

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 11:14 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

My Strangest Adventure Yet, Part II

Roberto Donna might be one of the most famous chefs in America, but he doesn't necessarily plan ahead better than the rest of us. He had forgotten it was Valentine's Day, and he had forgotten to make a restaurant reservation,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Interlude

Before we finish that tale, here's a nice note from a George Mason fan: Dear Dan, I hope you contract Lupus (which is a very serious disease, mind you). How dare you criticize the fans of George Mason for not...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

My Strangest Adventure Yet, Part I

Roberto Donna displays a blood sausage, a Piedmontese specialty, during a dinner at his mother's home. If you haven't already done so, watch the video below, which will take much of the suspense out of this entry. If you're...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO

I don't want to ruin this video, so here's what I'm going to do. I'm going to post the video, with only a few key pieces of information you would need to understand it. Around 10 a.m. Eastern time, I...

By Dan Steinberg | February 16, 2006; 6:10 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

YOU MUST WATCH THIS VIDEO

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The last curling post for at least 24 hours

The inappropriate comments and clamor for reports about the American women's curling team has been overwhelming. I give in. Soon, I will go back to the curling venue. Friday, perhaps, when the U.S. women face the Russians at 2 p.m....

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 2:09 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

From Piero

Since I'm not sure if everyone reads the comments posted below, I wanted to make sure I highlighted Piero's brilliant rant. He's making a strong push to take over the blog. Bear in mind that he wrote two sentences here....

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Stop emailing me

Too many e-mails. The contest is over. The red snowflake is named Neve, although she's not actually a snowflake, she's a snowball. Sorry Neve. Frankly, she looks more like a cherry snow cone, which is at least as dignified as...

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 11:37 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

This is not about sports!

There are scads of volunteers all over Turin and the mountains, wearing matching Torino2006 uniforms that include matching red boots and matching red, yellow and gray jackets. The boots are very fashionable. The volunteers are very helpful. Some of the...

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 10:57 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

This is about sports!

Ok, fine, it's about curling. But I promise that tomorrow I will attend an Olympic event that will be neither speedskating nor curling, and I will write about it all day, without the use of parentheses. This morning was pretty...

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

The trivia contest makes another late, tragically sad appearance

At this point, media members are basically shaken down for Olympic pins when entering the security lines. When men in uniforms carrying guns ask if you have a pin, the answer is yes. Always yes. But still, the momentum of...

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Mike Wise and San Valentino

Mike Wise: Does he really look like The Edge? If you google news "San Valentino," you'll note that every Olympic blogger in the world decided to write about Italian romance yesterday. Me, I was involved in my strangest adventure...

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

From Dr. F

He comes through with the translation of yesterday's story in La Stampa about Norman Chad's Monday column in the Post. Norman, are you reading this? Or is anybody who knows Norman reading this? E-mail me. Headline: "Torino or Turin? U.S....

By Dan Steinberg | February 15, 2006; 9:44 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Cacio Rosso di Pienza

Literally: Red Cheese of Pienza. It's a quite mild Pecorino Toscano, a sheep's milk cheese from Tuscany. These are available all over the place in D.C. I believe this one is coated in some sort of tomato paste or extract;...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 8:41 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

wow

Did you see the latest comment? Official Guest Cheese Commentator of these games, Steven Jenkins, is coming to D.C. to do an Italian cheese tasting on April 27....

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Inspiring tale of Olympic glory

From an editor back home: [Wife's name] and I have been taking the kids ice skating on Mondays the past four weeks at Wheaton Ice Arena. It's good on Mondays, because the kids (and Dad) are not great skaters and...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 12:17 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Songs

From a former colleague. I don't understand this, but I assume it's a soccer reference.: Yes, there's no Mark Brunell song, but have you noticed that Patrick Ramsey and Jason Campbell scan perfectly with "Guantanamera?" "Watch out Patrick Ramsey For...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 12:08 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Rules debate

A curling question, from reader Matt: Excuse my naivete with regard to terminology. I read that you get a point whenever the "end" ends, and you have the closest stone to the center, and you get multiple pointts if you...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Another tease

Dr. F is translating an article from La Stampa about U.S. journalists fighting re: Torino vs. Turin. Virtually every U.S. journalist has written about this, but the La Stampa story apparently pits NBC's Dick Ebersol against our very own Norman...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

On the Washington Post

Mike Wise is doing a live chat right now. Run, don't walk. Anyhow, the paper's name recognition here is unbelievable. Every security guard, every British bloke in a pub, every Italian kid I interview in the street knows of The...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Today's basketball news

George Mason is tied for 27th in the USA Today/ESPN poll. Amazing. I also cover George Mason when not at the Olympics, and I've said from day one they have a tremendous team, but the idea of them cracking the...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

Curling news and other stuff

U.S. leads the Kiwis, 6-2, after five ends. I'm not there, but this is not good, not good at all for the Kiwis. They're going to need to gather themselves this evening, when they do not play. Is this on...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 9:40 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

My co-workers are eating Big Macs

Or their equivalents. Weird. More curling and cheese news in a bit. But first, we all made a new friend last night. We'll call him J----, a British chap who's here at the Games to help fans recirculate unused tickets,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 14, 2006; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Tomorrow will be exciting

Quick teaser while I ride the bus: I heard back from Steven Jenkins, James Beard Foundation award-winning author and Fairway Market superstar, who has agreed to offer guest cheese commentary. He is the author of the "Cheese Primer," which taught...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 5:14 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Kiwis lose

Got a head full of curling musings, although I also have a bus to catch back into Turin, so most of the rest will have to come tomorrow. The Kiwis lost to the Brits, 10-5. The Brits are all Scottish,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Raschera d'Alpeggio

First, though, some comments from the Cheese Mistress, whose blog I linked to yesterday. The Mistress writes on Robiola, yesterday's Cheese!Of!The!Day: We can't get so many of them here, but I'd really love for you to try out this one...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 3:59 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

No, I will not post updates after every end

But in the second, GBR took the point back. 1-1 going into the third, but the Kiwis have the hammer (i.e., last ups. Whichever team scores in the previous end, the other team gets the hammer in the next.) Quick...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Quick strike

I think I posted the rules in my chat, not my blog, so quickly, the team going first in curling is at a huge disadvantage. The Kiwis went first against Sweden, based on a coin flip. Against GBR, they went...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 1:24 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

More Kiwi Backstory

Wow, I have not managed my time well at all today. And I'm confused as to what I've posted on the blog and what I posted on that Web chat I just did, so if some of this is repetitive,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

"Good things take time"

More background on the Kiwi Curlers. Wait, let's do this in two parts. First, the explanation behind the Mainland Cheese television ads, which I said yesterday I didn't understand. Then, the Curlers themselves, in a few more minutes. Hans, the...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 12:29 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Forza Juve!

At 8:15, the big screen TV's at the pub were all tuned to short-track speedskating (shocking result for Ohno, btw). At 8:16, the big screen TV's all switched to football. No dissent was heard. You'll recall that the idea of...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 11:59 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

More Olympic Blogs

Sports Illustrated. Boston Globe. A reader named Tom....

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 11:44 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

More Hot Athletes

I've sort of lost track by now, but I've received several other e-mails about hot athletes. All male, incidentally. Jeremy Bloom and Bode Miller were popular choices. I've also heard from several anonymous Washington Post employees on this topic: Chad...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 11:29 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

More From Curling

There is a small contingent of very enthusiastic U.S. curling fans here at Pinerolo Palaghlaccio. One woman has a hat shaped like a curling stone. They're here to cheer on the Minnesotans, who shocked the world by knocking off defending...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

We Get Playfully Ribbed in La Stampa

An Italian MD from Turin who spends most of his time in California kindly agreed to send me some comments from the Italian press about Americans. Today, he sent me an excerpt from La Stampa, a Turin newspaper. His introduction:...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

To Giulio Bonasso

Sorry to briefly turn this blog into a personal entreaty, but I don't know how to get in touch with Giulio Bonasso, so I'll post this here and hope he sees it. Giulio made an appearance in the blog recently,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Chat With Me

Look, I have to do this online chat today. Ask me some questions if you'd like. This is now a blog entry to promote a chat to promote my blog. I asked if I might be able to do a...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 9:59 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Vomit Makes Its First Appearance

If you remember, my source close to Gawker.com told me yesterday that I needed to find some vomiting Americans to score a link on that site. What follows is as close as I've gotten. The frantic Kiwi Curling interviews last...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The Kiwis' Olympic Debut

(My weekend readership is different from my weekday readership, so if you're checking in for the first time, this is a blog about cheese, the New Zealand curling team, ketchup-flavored salty snacks and possibly biathlon. And if that seems odd...

By Dan Steinberg | February 13, 2006; 6:55 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Kiwi Curling

Because of time issues between Italy and the East Coast, I'm sometimes forward-posting these entries, so that by the time one appears I've long since conducted much more intensive research into the same topic. Like, all those times I've mentioned...

By Dan Steinberg | February 12, 2006; 1:32 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

The best morning of my life

The sun was shining this morning. The sky was blue. The mountains were crisp and mountainny. The smog was gone. The heavens were aligned. Read on. Careful readers of this blog will remember that a few hours back, I mentioned...

By Dan Steinberg | February 12, 2006; 12:28 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Wise and The Readers

A Wise communique, from somewhere up in the mountains: I just found out why I'm doing so well over here linguistically. There are only 21 letters in the Italian alphabet. Honest. That's why these people understand me so well. Like...

By Dan Steinberg | February 12, 2006; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day! No. 3: Robiola

Yes, this was supposed to be yesterday's Cheese!Of!The!Day! We actually tasted it on Friday. We're never getting that missing day back. It's like a reverse leap year; sometimes at the Olympics, you lose one day of cheese. But the good...

By Dan Steinberg | February 12, 2006; 10:59 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Easy like Sunday morning

My loving roommate Les left the room early today. The tag hanging on the doorknob was flipped to, "Please make up room immediately." Naturally, this meant that as I was exiting the shower, the cleaning lady opened the door. We...

By Dan Steinberg | February 12, 2006; 9:10 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

A correction and an admission

Correction: Mike Wise offered the pin to Barbara Bush, not Laura Bush. He was so nervous he accidentally called Barbara "Laura." I misunderstood the story. Apologies to all. Admission: The 17th computer crash of the day has ruined me. There...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 7:09 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

More hot athletes

If you're been reading carefully, you'll remember that I spent most of the afternoon in the middle of orange-hued Dutch speedskating fans. I did note a few scattered Americans in the orange crush. After Chad Hedrick posted what wound up...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 5:59 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Mike Wise's Day Was Still More Exciting

And by the way, I'm on my third laptop of the day. I go through laptops faster than the assembled media members go through the media center's pizza (part of the problem is that they cut the pizzas four slices...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Code Orange

To fans of international football, this entire entry will probably come as no surprise. To others, read on. (And before you international football fans disappear, here's a tease: tomorrow night I plan to find a local sports pub and watch...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

Sports!

Anyhow, for the first time, I went to watch athletes do sporting things today. The Oval Lingotto, where long track speedskating is held, is virtually connected to the main media center. That means I can walk there without going through...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 2:30 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

My head explodes

You might think I've stopped working. Not the case. My computer has crashed spectacularly, twice, in the last two hours. Ha ha! Great fun in Torino! Fantastico! I will now try to recreate the lost blogs while setting a land...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 2:27 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Friday's cheese adventures

Somehow I never posted this yesterday. I went back to the Alpine Hut of Cheese to restock Team Formaggio's refrigerator. I was greeted like a celebrity. It was brilliant. Angela yelled my name when I came through the door, and...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 12:13 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

More things to make you proud to be an sports fan

Verbatim press release: With the 2006 Winter Olympics right around the corner, many faces--ahem--and bodies, have already grabbed the spotlight. While no official competitions have taken place, and no records have been set, many female Olympians are getting attention for...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 11:13 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Another giveaway

The pin thing is out of control. One knock after another on our office door, one person after another wanting our snazzy Washington Post pins. All the security guards at the metal detectors, in between confiscating cigarette lighters and looking...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 10:13 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

My last mention of Budweiser, I swear

So, Club Bud. From the outside, it looks like the Luxor on the Po: a gleaming, shiny, pyramid highlighted by criss-crossing lights that scream to Turin: This is how we drink beer in America! Our beer that is made from...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 9:29 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

The O.C.

Did anybody watch the ceremonies? Thoughts? I caught some of it at the office, and some of it at Club Bud (more on that later). Jill Grisco, our director over here, thought the OC were magnificent. My wife said an...

By Dan Steinberg | February 11, 2006; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Off to the Budweiser Pyramid

The Opening Ceremonies have started. They're too bizarre for words. The speedskaters with fire coming out of their backs are here, as promised. So are Yoko Ono and Peter Gabriel. So are people in white costumes with massive balloons coming...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 2:34 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Teenage Fan Club

As Barry Svrluga wrote earlier in the week, some residents of ski town Sestriere aren't super thrilled about the Olympic invasion. The same holds true in the city. First, let me explain that I brought my blindingly white running shoes,...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0)

More love for curling and biathlon

From ESPN.com's Brian Church....

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 1:18 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Sophia Loren and Susan Sarandon

They're both carrying the Olympic Flag tonight. Guess the paparazzi were right. Here's the official word: "For the first time in history, during the Opening Ceremony, the Olympic Flag will be carried by eight women. Women, from different backgrounds, cultures...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

The weather

Seems to be mandatory for Olympic bloggers to discuss the weather. The L.A. Times's J.A.Adande did it. So did the Cincinnati Enquirer's Dustin Dow. The weather is in the 40s, sunny, mild, smoggy. Some folks have e-mailed to ask about...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Dancing Eastern Europeans

When I left the Today Show set, there was a tremendous clamor. Fifteen men, clad in red and white, most with moustaches, most smoking cigars, began prancing through the piazza. (Aside: has everyone looked at this site? Please do.) The...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 12:18 PM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

A last attempt at dignity

Ok, so Olympic trivia contests are clearly passe, but my co-workers have ardently gathered various Olympic pins for me to give away, so I've gotta keep this up for at least a few more days to go through the stock....

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 11:54 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Other things to read

Liz Clarke is doing a live chat now, here. I'll be doing a chat next Monday morning, East Coast time. We're all doing chats. Also, here's a great Washington Post story about trying to make the Olympics seem appealing to...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

I go curling with Sophia Loren and Susan Sarandon

Ok, not really. Here's what happened. I was walking down Vio Antonio Gramsci, musing about the scourge of graduate students everywhere and wondering what he'd think about the Olympics. Gramsci apparently went to University in Turin. My readership plummets with...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day! No. 2: Barba Buch

The official Cheese Shoppe of the Games: La Baita del Formagg. This cheese's name must come closer to that of a former American First Lady than any other cheese in the world. It was another recommendation from Teresa, when...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Yikes

I just accidentally deleted a 14,000-word post on cheese. Ouch. While I rewrite it, you can read two great e-mails. First, Jeff Y. on what is fast becoming the second-most popular sport of this blog: Hey, I know you've already...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Friday morning

Spent an exciting morning in downtown Turin, which included another visit to the Alpine Hut of Cheese and a trip to the Today Show set. All that will follow. First, some disturbing observations. Kids Post, our section for young readers...

By Dan Steinberg | February 10, 2006; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Two important quotes

U.S. cross-country coach Trond Nystad, on the difference between cross-country skiing in Norway and the U.S.: "No one understands cross country, no one is interested in the U.S. Sponsorship and recognition are hard to get. It's like cricket in Norway."...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 5:26 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

U.S. Alpine Women

The U.S. Olympic Committee has held a series of very helpful news conferences featuring most of their athletes over the past few days. Some of the athletes are more helpful than others. For example, here are highlights from the short...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Our cell phones

Two important notes about our rented Italian cell phones: 1) Mike Wise already lost his. Someone came with a replacement today. Mike's response? "Thank you very much. I'll see you next week for the same thing." 2) I got a...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 4:05 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

More catching up

Well, my computer blew up and I had assorted other problems. Luckily, the crack Washington Post staff brought four extra laptops, just in case. So I'm back in business. I do have some anecdotes from tonight's press conferences I'd like...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 3:55 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Colonial Nation

Unbelievable. GW basketball fanatics are taking over our Olympics blog. It's truly unbelievable. No Terps fans out there? Hoyas? Or, dare I say, Olympics? This is becoming a replica of Matt Rennie and Eric Prisbell's fantastic Wednesday afternoon basketball chat....

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 3:34 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cauliflower Ear

Ok, this really isn't about cauliflower ear. It's today's pin contest. I just want to protect myself against lurkers who only want my pins and nothing else. But I googled cauliflower ear out of curiosity, and it was ugly. Please...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 2:56 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

I get interviewed again

A Japanese reporter stopped by our office last night. Everyone was on deadline. Well, everyone but me. Bloggers have no deadlines. So he took me out into the hallway and showed me some photos he had taken of the official...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 2:31 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Speaking of Biathlon

Which was mentioned earlier, I have exciting news. And you'd better sit down before reading on. As if you needed any further reason to get pumped about the upcoming biathlon events, we heard this from Alf Koksvik, the secretary general...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

We hear from Mitch Fraas

Got a response from Mitch Fraas, who will forever be known in Finland and Greece as the first winner of an Olympic pin from the 2006 Washington Post Winter Olympic blog. I had asked him to describe his favorite Winter...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The Mike Wise Chronicles

Before I go any further with this, let me make a few things clear. Mike Wise is the greatest guy in the world. He's a tremendous, tremendous writer. He has a fantastic sense of humor. But he's also a never...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 1:14 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Cheese!Of!The!Day!: Toma del Maccagno

The Cheese!Of!The!Day! adventures started on Tuesday. And before anyone criticizes me for too much cheese and not enough sport, bear these facts in mind: 1) There are no sports going on yet in this city. At least no Olympic sports....

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 12:53 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Ronaldinho

No, not him. As you might expect, there is an official everything of the Games. There is an official laptop computer. Still, Visa and McDonald's dominate the sponsorship, at least in terms of visibility. Every step you make, you're reminded...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 12:13 PM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Clearing my throat; or, a Flemish Pause

Ok, bear with me, because this really has nothing to do with the Olympics. It doesn't even have anything to do with Italy. But maybe it'll keep you occupied while we all wait for curling to begin. (Quick aside....I've made...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 11:46 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Let me be serious for one second

I was recently (20 minutes ago) interviewed on Finnish radio. They asked me which were the most popular winter sports among our readers (I said curling), whether NBC overpaid for the Olympics (I said I wasn't sure, although Lisa...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 11:11 AM ET | Comments (6) | TrackBack (0)

Kornheiser in Italy

Yes, Tony Kornheiser's Monday Night Football gig was a big topic of conversation in media land yesterday. I ran into quintessential American sportswriter Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe, and we discussed the impending move. Bob, incidentally, was invited to...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday morning

Ok, some housekeeping things. The winner of the first trivia question (name the fifth largest city in Italy) is Mitch Fraas. The answer was Palermo. Jill Grisco, the director and den mother of our office here, says I will receive...

By Dan Steinberg | February 9, 2006; 9:29 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Tales from Slightly Smelly Turin

So why, in the middle of February, is a college basketball writer trying to figure out how to use a Nescafe instant espresso machine in Italy? Here's how it started: In late July, Washington Post sports editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz and...

By Dan Steinberg | February 8, 2006; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (8) | TrackBack (0)

 

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