Congratulations to Chase Kalisz for winning the silver medal in the men's 400-meter individual swimming medley. This kid is on his way to bigger and better things.
Katie Ledecky is a strong favorite for the women's 400-meter crawlstroke - er, freestyle - later today, and Michael Phelps swims in the men's 200-meter butterfly qualifiers tomorrow. Like Phelps and Ledecky, Kalisz is from Maryland. That state is becoming a bigger powerhouse in swimming than it ever will be in presidential politics.
As for annoying commercials . . . the United Airlines ad is kind of silly, especially with the synchronized swimmers and their smiles, but it's hard not to smile yourself when Missy Franklin shows up in it. Another swimming star in the making, she.
Also, and this is embarrassing, I have to correct something I wrote last year about Boston's canceled bid for the 2024 Olympics. I said that opposition to holding the Olympics in Boston "has been wildly unpopular there." When you think faster than you type, the risk of internal contradictions goes way up and you end up saying the opposite of what you mean. I meant to say that opposition to the holding the Olympics in Boston "has been wildly rampant there." The original error, well, you know the drill . . . it has been corrected.
I need a full-time editor.