Spectacle of the Week final round

A story crossed the wire a few minutes ago about renovations done this summer at the L.A. Coliseum. They're mainly small things, but I decided after reading the story to look around and see if there were any photos of the new stuff.

There weren't, but this being the Coliseum there were some pretty interesting photos in the archives. Such as the one at left, in which Mickey Mouse - yes, really - is watching a hurdles heat from the 1932 Summer Olympics.

And you thought the Olympics only became commercialized in recent years. (IOC Olympic Museum/Allsport)

That brings us to the final round of the Spectacle of the Week poll, in which the Ohio State-USC game and the local slate face off against a couple of other big national games you voted for. I was hoping the Berkeley computer programmers would get in there and help their team advance, but alas.

In part because of the Bay Area's apathy, a bunch of games ended up with only one vote. So I only took the top two vote-getters: Michigan-Notre Dame and Wisconsin-Fresno State.

To close out this post, here's further proof of just how much of a Mickey Mouse operation (ouch) this blog is. I'm turning my attention to soccer for the rest of the weekend.

I'll be liveblogging the U.S. women's national soccer team's game against the Republic of Ireland on Saturday at Lincoln Financial Field, as Carli Lloyd and company suit up for the first time since winning the gold medal at the Olympics.

I'll also be putting together some video features throughout the weekend, including tomorrow's training session and the Sons of Ben tailgate party Saturday evening.

It might not be able to compete with BigSoccer's famous in-game threads, but I'm going to give it a shot.