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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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June 9, 2008 8:04 PM

Uncanny Beijing Torch-Lighting Prediction

Posted by Ron Judd

So look. When you're around the Olympics as much as we have been, you get to know people. Lots of people. "Olympic family" people. People who pay no attention to the price of gas in Ferndale.

The point: Because of this, we often know about stuff long before it happens. Just the other day, for example, driving down the coast of Maine in search of some sort of sustenance without lobster as the main ingredient, we got a call from a source in Beijing, highly placed on the Beijing Organizing Committee (BOCOG), who proceeded to leak to us, with no explanatory notes, the following list of ...

Top 10 People Already Ruled Out For Lighting the Olympic Cauldron Aug. 8:

10. Richard Gere
9. Mia Farrow
8. Woody Allen
7. The Tiananmen Square Tank Guy
6. Lou Dobbs
5. Toby Keith
4. Jeff Bezos
3. Sen. Joseph Lieberman
2. His Holiness The Dalai Lama
1. His Holiness Steven Speilberg

Note: If you have suggestions on who should light that dish, feel free to post them and we'll move them up the chain.

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