The only question I need an answer to today is, what did Norway ever do to anger ESPN.com? If you go to the ESPN.com Olympics page, you see a medal count on the right hand side. As I type this, it shows Russia in the lead with nine total medals, followed by the U.S. and Germany tied with seven. Every other news source I can find has Norway in the lead with 11. In fact, if you click on "medals" in the menu at the top of ESPN.com Olympics, the page that pops up gives the correct count, but that news has not made it to the front of the Olympic page.
So the question is, why the snub? Is there some contractual arrangement that the United States must be in the top two in the medal counts listed on the front page? Maybe the ESPN.com webmaster had a bad breakup with his Norwegian girlfriend. Whatever the reason, I think this is really unfair. Norway doesn't have much. Henrik Ibsen, fjords, the Norwegian Elkhound, "Norwegian Wood," and that's about it. It's next to Sweden, and Sweden's got ABBA, SAAB, IKEA, Volvo, the Swedish Bikini Team, and of course the meatballs. Talk about feeling inferior, Norway needs all the help it can get. So come on ESPN.com, set aside your grudge, get over that Norwegian girl (plenty of fish in the sea), and give Norway the front page respect it has earned and deserves.