Was Sochi GPF really an Olympic “preview?” Was something wrong with the ice, btw?! Was there something in the water in Sochi?! It was like splatfest, stumblebum city, aside from a few really great highlights: Dai sp; D/W brilliance; V/M cool sexy hotness; Suzuki sp; Ashley sp and her fighting back in the fp after a hard fall -- there was nothing "entitled" about that final 3flip ... it was due to hard work and courage; Hanyu's adorable cuteness and his Pooh Bear; Orser's self-satisfied grins; Korpi's beauty and her smile; somber but stalwart and lovely Mao winning easily after having to withdraw during last year’s GPF and losing her mother; MZ's obvious disappointment in the fp gap in marks between her star teams; and Zhulin's "cosmic sadness embodied." The overly high scoring in general simply did not reflect much of what was witnessed on the ice, IMHO. I'm wondering if ISU judges at Worlds will bring things back down a bit re scoring. Again, that's part of the problem tho': the unevenness in scoring from event to event. I sat there watching on television earlier yesterday afternoon and I began grumbling at the television set and the commentators (for a variety of reasons). For one thing, no matter how much I love Terry Gannon, the Olympics is NOT taking place "next year." Yep, that's right, fyi too Weiss and Lipinski! Where's Johnny Weir when he's needed? Johnny's commentary is so honest, refreshing and entertaining, but apparently he wants to be competitive again on the ice ... Good luck Johnny from the bottom of my heart. Of course, Weiss and Lipinski are good people and I've enjoyed their skating, but not so much their commentary, at least for this GP season – maybe because they’re closed up in a studio with Gannon commenting on international events that already took place. Am I just being nostalgic I wonder? No, I definitely used to enjoy Michael’s and Tara’s skating back when it wasn't all about the jumps and frantic skating on one foot and endless spin revolutions. But ya know, perhaps it's just me and I need to see a psychiatrist for ‘lack of enjoyment of figure skating’ withdrawal symptoms. I mean ok, kudos to Fernandez for landing 3 quads in a program (one of them just barely), and kudos to Orser for helping him come back a bit from a disaster fp at NHK and missteps in GPF sp. But it's not as if 3 quads landed in a program hasn't occurred before. Timothy Goebel did it first, and didn't Joubert do it too? I mean ok, so what!? Is this quad skating or figure skating? It looked to me like Fernandez' marks made the rest of the guys tense up thinking they absolutely had to land 2 quads or bust! It just wasn't very enjoyable watching, aside from Chan’s SS and earnest artistic efforts, some lovely moments in Kozuka's skating, and of course Dai's cool sp and his fight in the fp (but the Morozov hugging I can do without). I was interested to see if adorable Prince Hanyu was going to fade again in his fp, but it looks like Orser has finally helped him pace himself, or something. However, despite your adorable cuteness Yuzuru-san, all the frantic and overwrought shaking of arms and head while making fierce facial expressions does not mean you’re artistic. Eh, where's Jeremy Abbott when he's needed?! Please show up healed, and bring it at Nats and Worlds Jeremy! Pretty please?