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The USA's brilliant overall performance at the Olympics can be celebrated with a birthday party. Happy 40th, Title IX.
The American women claimed two-thirds of the medal haul. Even better: They understand the concept of "team."
Just a reminder: One of those gold-sweeping teams was anchored by Modesto's Erin Cafaro (women's eight rowing).
The stars of the Games: 1. Usain Bolt. 2. Michael Phelps. 3. Gabby Douglas.
Honorable mention: Allyson Felix, whose three golds equal Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.
A name never fit an athlete better: Hope Solo.
The women's soccer gold medalists best embody the country talented, confident, dramatic, over-the-top and relentless.
I hope their "Greatness Has Been Found" t-shirts were not their idea. The footprints lead us to Nike.
USA teammates shouldn't rip Lolo Jones and her media buildup. They should thank her for creating a buzz for their sport.
London receives high marks for the track and field portion of the Olympics. It felt and sounded like the greatest track meet in the world, a 2012 version of Chariots Of Fire.
Two silly numbers: The 36.84 by Jamaica in the 4x100 relay, and the 40.82 by the USA in the women's 4x400.
Usain Bolt's Olympic double-double in the 100 and 200 was spectacular until he said, "I am now a living legend." True living legends leave others to say that.
The Lakers finally reeled in Dwight Howard, who will make them a major threat in the West ... if Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash stay healthy.
Coming up in The Bee this week: Former NCAA 1,500-meter champion German Fernandez of Riverbank turns pro and eyes the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Remember Bakersfield Blaze speedster Billy Hamilton, who stole 104 bases through July 11? Since his promotion to Double-A Pensacola, he's swiped an additional 29.
If I'm Reds manager Dusty Baker, I'm thinking, "September callup."
The Giants have hit only 18 home runs in 57 games at AT&T Park. It's do-able G-Men. We refer you to Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent.
Peyton Manning threw an interception in his first appearance for the Broncos. No truth to the rumor their fans chanted, "We want Tebow."
We can only hope decathlon champion Ashton Eaton looks better 36 years from now than Bruce Jenner.
The United States pulled a Linda Ronstadt on China this week in the medal count as in "Blue Bayou" meaning "Blew By You."
And for you older baby boomers courtesy of The Bee's Brian VanderBeek, the U.S. actually pulled a Roy Orbison.
I think we just lost the Katy Perry and Lada Gaga demographic.
LSU star Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger, was bounced from the team for drug problems. He took what he wanted too many times.
High school football players and other athletes are slogging through 100-degree heat. The thermometer reached 109 on Fresno State last week. I'm sweating as I write this.
Creepy: Morgan Uceny fell in the 1,500-meter Olympic final on the anniversary of Mary Decker's fall in 1984. See both for the practicing definition of "the agony of defeat."
It took three Olympic gold medals for fans to praise Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings for their beach volleyball skill and not their attire.
Only the American and Chinese women topped their respective men's teams for medals. Dig no deeper on why these nations dominated the Games.
If London goes down as the "Women's Olympics," it will get no argument from Team USA.
Bee staff writer Ron Agostini can be reached at (209) 578-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.