Sunday Link-Off: Put Out The Flame, The Party’s Over

The Olympics end today with the closing ceremony. I’d like to say that I’m looking forward to it but the musical line-up makes me think the mute button will be close at hand. Anyway, let’s start off with Canadian bronze medal winning women’s soccer player Kaylyn Kyle.

Mitt Romney selected Paul Ryan as his vice-presidential nominee. Both the Republicans and Democrats are excited about this because Ryan is a right-wing ultra-conservative nut job. (The New Republic)

Toronto Star columnist Damien Cox thinks we shouldn’t complain about the Canadian women’s soccer team getting jobbed by a ref. He also only watched the first 35 minutes of the game so his opinion is not based on any sort of fact. (Deadspin)

Speaking of not basing statements on facts, NBC Olympics supremo Dick Ebersol thinks there’s nothing wrong with how NBC is covering the Olympics. (The Big Lead)

After the jump, the worst countries in the Olympics, a possible massive OHL controversy and more Call Me Maybe (sorry about that).

It’s pretty easy to find out who’s doing well at the Olympics. All you have to do is look at a medal table. But what if you want to find out who has done the worst? There’s a table for that too. (Wall Street Journal)

Speaking of Olympic hypotheticals, if the great empires of old still existed, who would top the medal tables at these Olympics. (Oldelympics)

We’re still twelve years away from them and seven years before a host is announced but Toronto and Buffalo are discussing a joint bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics. (Yahoo Sports)

Also looking at hosting the 2024 Olympics is Kenya. (Daily Telegraph)

Every country has a “house” where fans can go to watch the Games on TV and meet athletes. There is even a Pride House that was introduced in Vancouver. However, it won’t be making the trip to Sochi in 2014. (National Post)

The OHL has come down hard on the Windsor Spitfires for violating the league’s player benefit and recruitment rules. This could be just the tip of the iceberg. (Sportsnet) I’m fairly confident that my Soo Greyhounds will come out of any investigation unscathed. They suck way too much to be paying people to come to the Soo.

I don’t know if I mentioned but Turner Sports bought Bleacher Report. What the hell were they thinking? (Awful Announcing)

My current favourite food show host Tony Bourdain talks about the benefits of making the switch from the Travel Channel to CNN. (Ad Week)

Here’s Bon Appetit’s list of the 50 best new restaurants in the US this year. I’d be quite happy going to the first one on their list. (Bon Appetit)

Two years ago, BioShock Infinite was the one of the most hotly anticipated games. Now, it’s rumoured that the game and developer Irrational Games is in shambles. Irrational boss Ken Levine tries to set the record straight. (Kotaku)

EA is suing Zynga for ripping of The Sims Social with The Ville. EA definitely isn’t the only company that would have a strong case against Zynga. (Insert Coin)

One of BioWare’s founders, Greg Zeschuk, is stepping down from his role as GM of BioWare’s Austin studio. Between issues with Mass Effect 3 and Star Wars: The Old Republic, it’s been a rough ride for BioWare these last 12 months. (GamesIndustry) By the way, I’m planning to pick up SW:TOR a month before free-to-play starts so I think that means I’ll have a review up in either October or November depending on what BioWare calls “this fall.”

I promise to stop showing the Call Me Maybe videos at some point. For now, they’re still too funny not to run. For now, here’s the Star Trek: The Next Generation video.

The real reason why Call Me Maybe is so popular is because it’s full of Satanic messages when you play it backwards.

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