There was no Treehouse Fort this week, due to sporadic maladies and displacements. However, that does not mean this week’s candidates for “What Were They Thinking” get a pass from our resident idiologist, Charlie Doherty:
• American snowboarding bronze medalist Scotty Lago, who was photographed with a girl kissing his medal which was danging near his crotch. As a result he was asked to leave the Olympic village.
• Belarusian cross-country skier Leanid Karneyenka, who turned off the track on the last turn of his heat, causing a disqualification.
• Kansas City Royals mascot Sluggerrr The Lion, accused of hitting and injuring a fan with a flying hot dog between innings, causing the fan to sue the team.
• Sven Kramer’s coach Gerard Kemkers, for guiding the Dutch speedskating medalist into the wrong lane (he didn’t need to switch) and causing a disqualification. While his speedskating-crazy country blasted him, Kramer is not considering firing his coach but may instead add another coach to his team.
• German speedskater Patrick Beckert, who missed his chance to race in the next heat as an alternate because his cell phone was turned off. Again, the coach was blamed because he did not inform Beckert to report to the track, since he was only the fourth alternate. Unfortunately, the first three were unavailable.
• NBC hockey commentator Mike Milbury, for calling the Russian style of hockey play “Euro-trash” during their embarrassing 7-3 loss to Canada. The next morning, Milbury was interviewed on the NHL network and defended his choice of words.
Honorable mentions: Canadian curler Cheryl Bernard, for missing two open shots for the gold medal; Finnish goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, for allowing four goals in the first period against the United States in the hockey semifinal before getting pulled; Ozzie Guillen, for starting a Twitter account and saying he was “bored” at training camp;