Blog Posts by Chris Chase

  • Ten seconds into his television acting debut, Ryan Lochte was already shirtless and had uttered his catch phrase, "Jeah!"

    The five-time London medalist will play himself in an upcoming episode of "90210." We'd go into plot details, but you don't care. You either want to see him shirtless or to see how well-versed he is in acting's Donaghy Method.

    Verdict: Lochte is to Donaghy like Brando is to Stanislavski.

    It's been a week full of firsts for Lochte. On Thursday, he appeared on "The Tonight Show." Lochte is so laid back he makes Phelps seem like Missy Franklin.

    While on the show, actress Kristen Bell stole Lochte's medals.

    Lochte seems confounded by the words Bell spoke. Can't say I blame him; I'd also turn into a puddle of nerves if Veronica Mars ever chatted me up.

    Also, if Lochte isn't the next "Bachelor," then we've failed, America. We've failed.

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  • Michael Phelps could get in trouble for Louis Vuitton photos

    Michael Phelps could be in hot water -- not the cold bathtub he appears to be in -- for his recent photo shoot with the French luxury fashion house Louis Vuitton.

    Photos of Phelps taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the Internet late last week, violating the International Olympic Committee's controversial Rule 40, which states athletes can't promote any non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15.

    Punishments for the rule range from fines to a stripping of medals.

    The campaign was set to begin on Aug. 16 in order to comply with the IOC's campaign against ambush marketing. Someone jumped the gun and the photos appeared on a wide variety of websites starting on the second Tuesday of the Olympics.

    Louis Vuitton denies releasing the photographs, as does Phelps' camp.

    Rule 40 states "a competitor or a team may lose the benefit of any ranking obtained in relation to other events at the Olympic Games at which he or it was disqualified or excluded; in such case the

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  • While most high school seniors spend the last night before the first day of school getting ready for the upcoming year, Missy Franklin spent hers a little differently: She appeared on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno."

    Then again, Franklin, a four-time gold medalist in London and the breakout star of the Olympics, didn't have a typical summer either. Odds are her  "what did you do over the break?" essay is going to be slightly more interesting than her classmates.

    Franklin discussed her hectic post-Olympic schedule, whether she'll watch her races on DVR and whether she's actually going to swim in college instead of turning professional. Also, Leno bucked the odds by not mentioning that "Call Me Maybe" video. That's a bigger upset than Michael Phelps finishing fourth in the 400 IM.

    Franklin was Leno's second guest of the night, following Sylvester Stallone. He didn't stay out on set to greet her like most of Leno's guests, presumably because a 17-year-old girl towering over the star of

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  • Players put their gold medals on Coach K after the 2008 win (AP)

    Mike Krzyzewski coached Team USA to a gold medal at the Olympics. He watched proudly as his 12 players stood on the podium to receive the medals. Will Coach K get one too?

    No. Despite the picture above, only competitors receive gold medals at the Olympics. Coaches receive nothing from the IOC. (In 2008, the players put their gold medal on Coach K as a show of their appreciation.)

    [ Related: Lebron, Durant lead way over Spain ]

    It makes sense if you think about it. Giving a medal to the head coach of team sports like basketball, soccer and volleyball would open the floodgates and create a number of questions. Would the courtesy extend to individual coaches? If so, Bob Bowman, the coach of Michael Phelps, would have 22 medals. Would assistants also get them too? What about team doctors or injured players?

    The easy parallel to make is coaches getting championship rings in professional and college sports. But that's not an apples-to-apples comparison. Championship rings aren't officially

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  • NBC thinks actor who played Mark Zuckerberg is Mark Zuckerberg

    Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not at the gold-medal basketball game between the United States and Spain, but the actor who portrayed him in the hit movie, "The Social Network" was. NBC's basketball announcer couldn't tell the difference.

    [ Photos: U.S. conquers Spain to win gold ]

    When cameras showed Jesse Eisenberg watching the game, play-by-play guy Bob Fitzgerald said (as transcribed by SB Nation): "I know I'm gonna put that picture on Facebook. We've got every executive of note worldwide, it seems, attending these games."

    (SB Nation)

    Zuckerberg's real-life foils, the Winklevoss twins, competed in the 2008 Olympics. It would have been interesting to see whether Fitzgerald would have referred to them as Armie Hammer.

    Tomb raider Lara Croft and fight club devotee Tyler Durden* were also at the Olympics, but largely stayed out of the view of cameras.

    * Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

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  • Usain Bolt tried to keep the baton from Jamaica's world record-setting performance in the 4x100 relay on Saturday night in London, but humorless British track officials made him return the potential souvenir.

    Jamaica broke its own record in its gold-medal win, with Bolt anchoring the relay with a blistering 9.22 leg from a near standing start. Yohan Blake, the 100- and 200-meter silver medalist, gave Bolt a huge lead with a dominant third leg that moved the team past Tyson Gay and the United States.

    [ Video: Bolt blasts into history ]

    Bolt ran through the finish line -- a rarity for him -- and blew past the British official tasked with the unenviable job of collecting the relay batons from runners. As shown above, she reached out her hand and Bolt playfully snatched the baton into his chest.

    Every relay competitor has had to give up their baton at the end of the race.

    He managed to hold on to it in the immediate aftermath of the race. While he and Blake went to the stands to celebrate

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  • McKayla Maroney gets in on the ‘McKayla is not impressed’ meme

    McKayla Maroney is showing a sense of humor about the Internet meme that features her smug, indifferent reaction to winning a silver medal on the vault. Her Fierce Five teammate, Aly Raisman, tweeted a picture of Maroney, Kyla Ross and herself standing outside a swimming pool and playfully sneering at the camera with the now-famous expression that launched a thousand Photoshops.

    [ Photos: McKayla Maroney meme goes viral ]

    (Instagram)

    A picture taken of Maroney standing on the medal podium with a similar expression became an Internet sensation in recent days. Users have Photoshopped an unimpressed McKayla into various historical, pop culture and current event scenes. Things that didn't impress McKayla included the moon landing, Mitt Romney's announcement of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the great pyramids of Giza and in the most meta posting of all, her own winning of the silver medal.

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  • Something about winning a historic track double in London makes athletes want to do extra calisthenics.

    Two nights after Usain Bolt celebrated his 100-200 double by falling to the ground and doing pushups, British hero Mo Farah went to the track to perform a few sit-ups following his win in the 5,000 meters.

    [ Video: Friends Rupp and Farah go 1-2 in men's 10,000m ]

    Farah also won the 10,000-meter race on the first night of track competition. His performance is being hailed as the greatest by a British athlete at an Olympics filled with memorable gold-medal victories. The Somali-born and London-raised Farah is the first British man to win two gold medals in track since 1920.

    Bolt and Farah may have the same number of individual goals, but the Jamaican had the upper hand when it came to post-race workouts. By our count, Bolt did four pushups to the Brit's two sit-ups. In Farah's defense, Bolt needed just 19 seconds and 200 meters to clinch his double. The long-distance runner took

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  • South Korean thrown from horse in modern pentathlon (PHOTOS)

    For the equestrian portion of the modern pentathlon, athletes are assigned an "unfamiliar horse" 20 minutes before they're set to compete. Most of the times, this goes well. Other times, you have what happened to South Korea's Woojin Hwang, who was thrown from his unruly mount, Shearwater Oscar, at the beginning of his ride.

    [Related: Switzerland's Guerdat takes jumping gold]

    The trouble started almost immediately. Shearwater Oscar didn't take kindly to a new face, bucking and neighing at the outset. It's been a while, but we're pretty sure this is exactly how "The Black Stallion" began.

    Each athlete has an official page on the London 2012 website. Some athletes have bios that run thousands of words (Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, for instance). Others have scant information. The only nugget that appears in Hwang's bio: "Nickname is 'Careless' [because he makes many small mistakes]." Having his horse step on a flower pot probably qualifies as a small mistake.

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  • Morgan Uceny describes her Olympic heartbreak

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    One year after falling in the 1,500-meter final of the world championship, American runner Morgan Uceny had it happen again on the final lap of Friday night's Olympic final. Uceny described her emotions on Facebook.

    [ Related: Morgan Uceny falls, suffers same fate as Mary Decker in 800 ]

    I've never experienced such a heart breaking moment. I put myself in the perfect position coming into the bell lap and felt so relaxed and just ready to roll...I even thought to myself " I AM getting a medal" and the next thing I know I'm skidding on the track, out of contention. As soon as it happened I knew it was over,and I couldn't control the emotions. I was able to see my family tonight, and

    I don't know what I would have done without them. They all shared my tears but also were the rocks of support that I needed. I feel like I'm in a dream, and that I will wake up tomorrow to August 10th to race the 1500m final over....but no. I can't thank all of you enough for the TREMENDOUS amount of

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