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In tune with what's happening at the Games

August 14, 2008 |  5:56 am

Spinning_300 BEIJING -- I haven't been to all the Olympic venues yet but I've been to enough to know that the Fengtai Sports Center, home to the softball competition, plays the best music.

The soundtrack at the beach volleyball venue, whatever it is, is far too loud. And at water polo, it's too cliched and trite -- the theme from "Jaws" is big there, and when the U.S. wins they play "Born in the USA."

The Wukesong Sports Center, where baseball is played, gets points for keeping Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" in heavy rotation but loses them for playing both the "Hamster Dance" and poorly done covers of Beatles' songs, sins that are being repeated at Workers Gymnasium, where boxing is held.

Which brings us back to the softball venue, which got points for both taste and creativity when its DJ played the Nelly-Kelly Rowland duet "Dilemma" during Thursday's lengthy rain delay.

-- Kevin Baxter

Photo: Disc jockey equipment is seen on display at a Best Buy in Downers Grove, Ill. Credit: M. Spencer Green / Associated Press