Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)


Olympic numbers game seems to favor China

CHICAGO — Forget the pollution in Beijing. That won't slow the U.S. Olympic team.

And the issues with food quality are silly. That won't bother the Americans either.

No, U.S. Olympians have nothing to fear in China. Other than, you know, the Chinese team.

"We have a good team, we have a strong team," U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Jim Scherr said. "And we have no illusions that we believe the Chinese have the strongest team entering these Games."

USOC officials said China's strength is a math equation.

"They have 1.3-billion people," USOC chief of sport performance Steve Roush said. "It's all a numbers game. They have infused a large amount of money behind their programs … our numbers pale in comparison in the amount of money we can afford to provide our athletes."

WINDY CITY OR HOT AIR?: Chicago is taking advantage of the U.S. Olympic media summit to push its bid for the 2016 Summer Games.

USOC chairman Peter Ueberroth said Chicago better push harder.

A year ago, Ueberroth said Chicago was probably third or fourth on the list of seven contenders. He was not as specific when asked Tuesday, but he was also not encouraging.

"Not anywhere near first," Ueberroth said.

The vote for the 2016 Games is expected next year.

WHOO HOO 29: You already know not to expect major-league players on the U.S. Olympic baseball team. General manager Bob Watson said you probably shouldn't expect many elite prospects either.

The problem with the Olympics being in August is some big-league clubs might be looking toward the farm system for help with pennant races heating up.

"I know from sitting in that GM's chair myself, it's going to be a very delicate spot for him to be in to let the U.S. have his top (minor-league) pitcher. The guy who is going to be called up if somebody goes down," Watson said. "We're not taking anybody off the (major-league) 25-man roster and, instead of looking at players 26, 27, 28 we're probably looking at player 29.

"But I still think our player 29 is as good or better than anybody in the world."

Olympic numbers game seems to favor China 04/15/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 15, 2008 10:12pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Erasmo Ramirez shuts down his old Rays teammates

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Kevin Kiermaier returned. The problem is, so did Erasmo Ramirez.

    Seattle Mariners first baseman Yonder Alonso (10) scores on the double by Seattle Mariners designated hitter Nelson Cruz (23) in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  2. Rays journal: Kevin Kiermaier returns, Mallex Smith sent to Triple A

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Four batters into his return from a lengthy stay on the disabled list CF Kevin Kiermaier found himself embroiled in a "did he" or "didn't he" debate Friday.

    Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier (39) flies out in the first inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 18, 2017.
  3. Rays vs. Mariners, 6:10 p.m. Saturday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Mariners

    6:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    This is a 2017 photo of Jake Odorizzi of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
  4. Bucs journal: Starting defense disappointed holding Jags to 1 rushing yard


    JACKSONVILLE — The Bucs' starting defense held the Jaguars to a total of 1 rushing yard on seven carries in the first half of Thursday's 12-8 preseason win.

    And its members were disappointed.

    Jacksonville Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon (24) is thrown for a 1-yard loss as he is stopped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David (54) and defensive end Robert Ayers (91) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) JVS102
  5. Jameis Winston's hardest lesson: He can't always save the day


    TAMPA — Ever wonder what in the world goes through Jameis Winston's mind when he tries to fit the ball in a keyhole as he is being dragged to the turf like he was during Thursday night's 12-8 preseason win over the Jaguars?

    Jameis Winston, left, tries to hang on to the ball as Jaguars defensive end Dante Fowler tries to strip it from him.