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Christopher A. Chapman

Chris Chapman of Birmingham, AL

Olympic Stadium reviews

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Beijing National Stadium is a wonderful structure for less-than-wonderful sporting events. As athletics continues to gain professional notoriety, why do we prop up this relic of the Cold War? I think it is done to provide prime time TV programming in the summer. It is not done for this sports fan's entertainment. Yawn. Give me Arena football over some of the painful "events" like the Opening Ceremony. I need more sports and less "human interest."

But, hey, the stadiums that hold some of the games can be pretty cool. Per CoolHunting.com (maybe?), I was linked to the Oobject web site/blog to review a gallery of every postwar olympic stadium. And I quote from the site:
With the possible exception of the 1972 Munich Olympic Stadium, Beijing’s “Birds Nest” stadium, designed by fashionable Swiss architects, Herzog & de Meuron, promises to be the clear winner, architecturally. Here is a list of all 16 post-war Olympic Stadia. Vote for your faves.
This is really a great little gallery. For more information on the stadium, and pictures, Good ole Wikipedia does the trick with a nice entry dedicated to Beijing National Stadium.

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A-Day in Tuscaloosa

Sunday, April 13, 2008


The Birmingham Chapman family enjoyed a short road trip over to Tuscaloosa for spring football. Pictures of A-Day are up in the photo gallery. 78,200 fans were there for the scrimmage. Not quite as good as last year. But, still the largest (so far) spring game in the nation. Its great to be from Alabama!

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Leningrad Cowboys and Red Army Chorous boom out "Sweet Home Alabama"

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

As originally posted by Cory Doctorow on the Boing Boing blog:

In "honor" of April Fools, I blaspheme Lynard Skynard.

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