Postcard From Athens

Athens 2004

August 24, 2004|By CANDUS THOMSON

All hail the Zummito machine, from which all life flows.

Our hotel has one. The corner sandwich shop has one. Every home in America should have one.

The Zummito, which looks like a boardwalk fortune-telling machine, takes oranges, cuts them in half and squeezes them into a glass faster than you can say Anita Bryant. Bleary-eyed journalists are practically camped under its spout, hoping for salvation.

The British company that peddles the machine will sell one for 1,900 pounds, which sounds cheap, but I'm told it isn't.

Wonder if the hotel's machine will fit in a suitcase.

What's ahead today

Baltimore's James Carter competes in the 400-meter hurdles semifinals.

Baltimore's other runner in Athens, Carver grad Bernard Williams, runs in first round of the 200 meters.

Men run in the 1,500-meter final. Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj, who lost in Atlanta in 1996 and Sydney in 2000, is again among the favorites.

The decathlon concludes with an American of Greek descent, 2003 world champion Tom Pappas, among the favorites.

The U.S. beach volleyball team of Kerri Walsh and Misty May faces Brazil's Adriana Behar and Shelda for the women's gold medal.

Today's TV schedule

NBC

12:30 p.m.--4 p.m.: track and field, diving, beach volleyball*

8 p.m.--midnight: track and field, diving, beach volleyball, gymnastics, wrestling

Bravo

5 a.m.--10 a.m.: baseball*, women's volleyball, men's handball

5 p.m.--8 p.m.: equestrian, synchronized swimming

MSNBC

10 a.m.--4 p.m.: men's soccer*, women's water polo*, cycling

USA

7 a.m.--10 a.m.: equestrian

CNBC

5 p.m.--8 p.m.: boxing

Telemundo

10:30 a.m.--8 p.m.: men's soccer*, boxing, baseball

Tomorrow's early TV schedule

NBC

12:35 a.m.--2 a.m.: women's volleyball, track and field, weightlifting

2 a.m.--5 a.m.: prime-time replay

Bravo

Midnight--1 a.m.: field hockey, sailing

MSNBC

2 a.m.--7 a.m.: canoeing, wrestling*, baseball*

Telemundo

1:30 a.m.--3:30 a.m.: soccer

*-indicates live coverage.

Note: NBC carried by WBAL/Channel 11 and WRC/Channel 4.

On baltimoresun.com

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