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Panel Round One

Eight Lives Left.

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PETER SAGAL, HOST:

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Roy, before the games began in Sochi we had all sorts of fears about the place: shoddy construction, corruption, terrorist attacks. Well, it turns out one of the venues was nearly destroyed but by what?

ROY BLOUNT JR.: Let's see, by Russians.

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SAGAL: Who knew they had access?

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JR.: One of the venues was nearly destroyed by - can you give me a hint?

SAGAL: Well, it was on the roof, we don't know if it was a hot tin roof.

JR.: Oh, there was a kitten, a kitten that caused the whole roof to collapse, a canvas roof.

SAGAL: That's exactly right.

JR.: I read it.

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SAGAL: The Adler Arena Skating Center, home to many of the events you didn't watch this last week, suffered a major ceiling collapse back in October, just a few months before the games. Now we know why: just released security cam footage shows a cat, who somehow got into the ceiling, falling through onto the floor, bringing with it tiles, electrical work, conduits, the whole thing. They spent $50 billion on the games; forgot about cat-proofing.

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SAGAL: It makes things so exciting. What if every venue had a surprise animal? Figure skating really gets exciting when a giant anaconda drops onto the ice.

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FAITH SALIE: No, that's just Johnny Weir in one of his cool costumes.

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JR.: They should just have the cats do the events. It would be a lot better video. You know, it was just viral like this all the time, the whole Olympics would be viral.

SAGAL: I'd love to see cats do, like, the half pipe. Like (makes noises).

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SALIE: Let's put the - I think this is a great idea. Animal Planet, yeah...

SAGAL: Cat-olympics.

SALIE: Cat luge and curling and...

JR.: And they wouldn't cry. Cats don't cry when they lose. They don't care.

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JR.: Hey, I'm cat, I don't know anything. I just picked this up the other day. I don't care.

SAGAL: You would be fun? To do curling with cats except you actually use the cat as a rock, send the cat down a - and the cat's like whoa, hang on, hang on.

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