Learn how to cheer properly at the Winter Olympics


Remember, don’t cheer till they sweep. Although, that may not help the final result… (Clive Mason / AFP/Getty Images)

We won’t get into the nitty-gritty of what might be the awesomest Olympic sport (ahem, curling), but Blog Log will teach you a little bit about how to cheer for said sport. Plus, get a quick glimpse of Internet chatter on Russia’s four-time figure-skating champ, “Dumb Starbucks,” and more.

“They cheered loudly when one of their curlers was sliding onto the ice to take his shot, which is the equivalent of cheering for a golfer while he’s teeing off.” — Brian Costa at blogs.wsj.com critiques the timing of Russian cheers during a Monday morning Olympic curling match. Russia lost to Great Britain, 7-4, proving, Costa said, that Russians have as much to learn about curling on the ice as its fans do off the ice.

“He’s basically the Brett Favre of figure skating … but instead of exuding annoying faux-humility, he carries himself like a true badass.” — Samer Kalaf at deadspin.com expresses his respect for Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko, who’s competing in his fourth Olympics at age 31 (he’s earned medals in all four). Besides being possibly the best male figure skater in history, Plushenko is also known for his bravado off the ice, mainly throwing shade at the competition.

“Well played comedy central, you made me search for and watch this mans show, well played.” — commenter Kilbasa at discussions.latimes.com assumes the short-lived “Dumb Starbucks” coffee shop was a marketing ploy by the Comedy Central network. The shop attracted long lines of customers and a slew of online chatter since it opened late last week. But after the Los Angeles County Health Department shuttered it, news broke that the whole ploy was a reality TV stunt for comedian Nathan Fielder’s show “Nathan for You.”

“I almost thought this was some kind of reverse psychology at first, now I’m just confused.” — commenter BTA at greatergreaterwashington.org reacts to a flyer going around D.C. that calls for residents to “Say no!” to corner stores. Except maybe it’s actually telling them to say yes … because whoever made the flyers used the same text the D.C. Office of Planning wrote for its fact sheet about the positive aspects of corner stores.

“One religious group stands out for its willingness to intermarry: the adherents of Jediism, which is based on the teachings of the Jedi Knights in the Star Wars movies.” — Adam Pasick at qz.com analyzes a recent Facebook study that found most people who identify their religion on the social media site will be in a relationship with someone of the same faith. Of the .15 percent of profiles identified as Jediist, just 13.2 percent used the force to find Jedi mates.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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