Three quick thoughts as the clock nears midnight in London:
1) The USA Olympic swimmers had a cool idea to deal with some of their downtime -- they made a spoof of "Call Me Maybe." This one has a lot of potential to go viral, given the play NBC will undoubtedly give it. Plus, it's just well done, and for the screaming teenage types, it's got heartthrobs from both genders.
Be on the lookout in one of the scenes for Charlotte's Ricky Berens and Rebecca Soni, a longtime couple. They are about to kiss when broken up by another swimmer.
2) What a gesture by Steve Smith to pledge $100,000 to the survivors of the Aurora, Colo., shooting. If you've been around Smith for any length of time, you know he has a huge heart. He showed it again with this. Lots of athletes go serve turkeys for a day on Thanksgiving or whatever? But $100K?! And Smith has no connection with the victim or the Colorado area, either.
3) One last thing: Olympic swimmer and UVa (and Greenville, NC) product Lauren Perdue certainly is enjoying her first Olympics. She tweeted out Thursday night that LeBron James had asked her to dinner after the men's basketball team visited with the swimmers for awhile in the Olympic Village.