Thursday, August 9
Olympic Fun Fact: Historically, the host cities of the Olympic Games tend to win more medals during their hosting year than they have in the Games four years prior (for example, Great Britain’s 146 medals won during the 1908 London Olympics as opposed to their 2 medals during the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis, Missouri.) While this trends doesn’t always hold (the US only won 101 in the 1996 Atalanta Olympics vs. their 108 medals from the Barcelona Olympics in 1992) it is thought that the home field advantage holds in most cases due to having more money to invest in training athletes, less fatigue from travel time for the home athletes, as well as the advantage of comfort on certain courses due to practicing their before the Games open.
XXX Summer Olympics (NBC 8pm) From London. Track and field, finals: decathlon, men’s triple jump, men’s 200m, men’s 800m; diving: women’s platform final; volleyball, women’s semifinal: USA vs. Republic of Korea; cycling: men’s BMX quarterfinals.
Another Olympic Fun Fact: Over the past 100 years, Olympic male sprinters have gained approximately a foot in height over their days-of-yore counterparts, while their “slenderness,” or height divided by body width has grown, giving them a higher center of gravity.
Real Life: The Musical (OWN 8pm) Aisha decides to propose to her boyfriend.
I apologize for stooping to indulge in stereotypes, but if Alisha has to propose, and if she is choosing do to so by staging a grand-scale musical event, she might want to make sure that she isn’t somebody’s beard.
Wipeout (ABC 9pm) Episode: Hillbilly Wipeout
Did you know that ABC was rerunning episodes of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo?
Big Brother (CBS 9pm) The contestants compete for the role as head of household.
We didn’t have to compete for this role in my household. MisterBint retains the title, while I make all the decisions. Again, may be indulging in stereotypes, but it works for us.
Auction Kings (The Discovery Channel 9pm) An 1800s baby scale; a vintage and modern fishing gear collection.
I will see your 1800′s baby scale and raise you an 1800′s urinary catheter. (Why does it curve? *whimper*)
Project Runway (Lifetime 9pm) Episode: Women on the Go
That phrase has taken on a whole new meaning ever since Jamie Lee Curtis started doing those Activia® commercials.
Burn Notice (USA 9pm) Michael allows himself to be arrested; Jesse and Pearce blackmail a weapons manufacturer.
Don’t they know that blackmailers tend to end up in life-threatening situations, only to be saved at the very last minute, unless it is an episode of Midsomer Murders, in which case the blackmailer ends up dead around the 40-minute mark?
Rookie Blue (ABC 10pm) When Dov and Chris discover a missing girl’s body in a ravine, Detective Luke Callaghan returns to oversee the investigation; when the officers learn that Gail has been abducted, they rally to track down her captor.
Gimme a G! “G!” Gimme an A! “A!” Gimme an I! “I!” Gimme a L!” “L!” Who are we gonna rescue? “GAIL!!!” Goooooo, Gail!
Great Lake Warriors (The History Channel 10pm) Captain John attempts to do something he’s never done in his all of his years on the lakes; Captain Ted unleashes his alter-ego; Captain Stan is forced to work with his novice nephew.
Please, God, let his alter-ego be Fezzik!
Cajun Justice (A&E 10:30pm) A man’s quest to eliminate pesky mosquitos endangers his neighborhood; the owner of a creepy bayou mansion believes her attic is haunted; a woman accuses a neighbor of poisoning her dog.
Before this show, my only exposure to life in the bayou was from watching The Rescuers. The Rescuers lied to me.
What will you be watching tonight?