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You sure we only get TWO wheels?

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Blog Guy, I loved your item about the Self-Pranking Olympics. Thanks so much for renewing your interest in covering stupid sports. What will you cover next?

In the wide world of stupid sports, that’s an easy decision. This week is Belgium’s famous “Pedal Pathétique” bike race.

I’m not familiar with that one. Is it like the Tour de France or something?

CYCLING-BELGIUM/Not exactly. It’s only for competitors who have never, ever, been on a bicycle before.

Next, I’ll snap myself with a towel…

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Blog Guy, your coverage of stupid sports has fallen off. Isn’t anybody out there competing in such stupid classics as Appliance Golf, Tear Gas Tennis and Pottybuilding?

Your timing is perfect. The International Self-Pranking Olympics are now underway in Germany. All those cruel, thoughtless practical jokes that dumbasses usually pull on other people, they do to themselves at these Olympics.

I theenk my wife, she is calling me!

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Blog Guy, the other day you explained that it’s perfectly okay to root for the bull at a bullfight. So what else can we do to help even the odds?

TAIWAN/I’m glad you asked. Check out this matador who was gored by a bull during a fight. He’s surrounded by his so-called “assistants.”

On the horns of a dilemma?

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Blog Guy, may I get a little serious here?

I really wish you wouldn’t.

root bull vertical 260Thanks. Last week when you wrote about El Señor Magoo, the matador with bad eyesight, some of the commenters mentioned going to bullfights and rooting for the bull. Is that allowed?

Yes, I’m sure it must be. What possible logic could there be in only allowing folks to root for the matador?

How to shoot motor racing in one lesson

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Blog Guy, it’s me. That aspiring photojournalist you’ve…

jessica vertical 160Been mentoring, Right, I know. At some point I should ask your name, but let’s not rush it. So what is it now? More pope shots?

No, it’s sports photography. I’m going out to cover a Formula One race, and I know that’s got to be tricky, so any tips you can give me…

Who ordered the cream of bream?

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I swear, some days it seems like all I do is settle bets for people. Everybody wants Blog Guy to judge their stupid bar bets, just because I have access to lavish media resources all over the world.

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“Bob,” a reader writes in, “please settle a bet I have with my great-grandmother. In a fight between a sumo wrestler and a fish, who would win?”

Finally, an animal sport I can enjoy?

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Blog Guy, you write a lot about strange sports, but you always seem to make fun of them. Maybe you just shouldn’t be a sports writer. Is there ONE odd sport that you really enjoy watching?

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As a matter of fact, yes. I was just looking at a photo of Kok-boru, a traditional game played in Kyrgyzstan. It appears to involve a horse throwing off a bad rider and dragging him around in the dirt. Now THAT’S sporting!

A little bit of Boris…

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becker 300Blog Guy, I’m a big tennis fan, and you never do anything about tennis except show players making goofy faces.

Hey, I don’t force them to look goofy. I just use what I get. But let me do something nice to make it up to you.

Get out the marshmallows, it’s time for the Olympics!

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Blog Guy, at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, it seems like the Olympic Flame was under-played. You know, they used to carry a torch all the way around the world, and it was a big deal.

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I agree with you. This year, some guy just sat there and talked into a phone, and then flames came out of an electric gizmo.

When the peasants are running in Piccadilly Circus…

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Blog Guy, you  promised to tell us what those British royals are up to. Well? Let’s hear it!

Sorry, I’ve been busy. This is peasant-hunting season over there, and the royals…