1) Olympic medals from a Middle Eastern country have relevance in a thread entitled "Mid-East News". The taunting that led to the bet, and then the repeated updates about Michael Phelps never had any relevance. 2) The main reason "the bet" itself was relevant is because it went to a question that is often debated in big-soccer: do Iranians on bigsoccer overestimate Iran in everything, or the Iran haters trying to intentionally underestimate it? I think we got the answer in the contest of these Olympics at least, although the full answer will require for the Olympics to be finished and Iran's total medal tally be counted. 3) Iran is a country under severe sanctions. I won't bother explaining these sanctions but they are intended to strangulate Iran. In this context, as I mentioned, I am doubly proud of the achievements of Iran, in sports as in other fields. Those achievements are a clear message that those trying to keep Iran down are not succeeding. And may they never succeed! In the meantime, even after your buddy "Conspiracy" lost the bet, he didn't have the class to STFU and stop trying to put down Iran. He started switching the issue to a discussion about the Wall Street Journal projection that Iran would earn 15 medals and somehow make that a yardstick of things. While that is not the real yardstick at all, as no one insisted Iran will definitely earn as many medals as projected by the Wall Street Journal, I think it is also true that those projections are looking pretty good! Having been cheated of a couple of medals, Iran may not end up with 15 medals, but it will likely surpass my expectation of 10 medals and come very close to the Wall Street Journal projection.