- Language Log explores the roots of Kromowidjojo
- Slate explores why long jump distances are retreating, not increasing, and a British long jumper who looks like Tintin.
- Mental Floss on the post-dive hot tub
- Nieman Journalism Lab on the history of animated GIFs, and how Olympics bloggers have used them
added: With Russian's victory over Spain this morning in men's basketball, Operation Chaos is on.
Assuming Brazil (2-1) beats China (0-3) today Because Brazil (now 3-1) beat China (0-4) today, Monday's Spain-Brazil (3pm EDT) game is for all the marbles ... in reverse. Loser finishes third in Group B, but gets to face teams A2 (likely France) then B1/A4 winner (likely Russia) before the Gold Medal game; the winner is rewarded with a slot in the bracket with teams A3 (likely Argentina) and then the A1/B4 winner (USA) before the Gold Medal game. In other words, welcome to Tanksville.