It was either the Orioles game or the Olympic opening ceremonies tonight and I chose to watch Jeremy Guthrie open the three-game series against the Texas Rangers at Camden Yards. So, I guess I should explain why I chose Baltimore over Beijing.

No Peking

Off the top of my head, I can think of a number of good reasons:


1. If you've seen one giant fireworks show, you've seen them all.

2. I've been to the Green Monster. In my book, there is no greater wall than that.

3. Wouldn't have missed Kevin Millar's 17th and 18th home runs for all the tea in...England.

4. The Sun didn't send me.

Once I heard that Chinese officials were going to restrict internet access and order local hotels and restaurants to remove all dishes containing dogmeat from their menus, that just kind of took all the fun out of it for me. I mean, what's the point of going to China if you can't look up pictures of Pamela Anderson on the Web or go into a restaurant and say "I'll have the lox and beagle."

That said, Sun staffers Rick Maese and Kevin Van Valkenburg are in Beijing, working their tails off to bring you up-to-the minute reports from the games -- particularly the exploits of local athletes (and not just Michael and Katie) -- so read their reports around the clock here on and jump over to their Olympic blog when you get done with me.

Associated Press photo