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(Deadspin)   NBC's lowest-common-denominator marketing vermin figured you wanted to see Ryan Seacrest fluff-interviewing Michael Phelps instead of this most moving part of the opening ceremonies   (deadspin.com) divider line 74
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2012-07-28 08:40:09 AM  
Yeah, that's about right. -_-
 
2012-07-28 09:31:38 AM  
Used that skip feature on the DVR plenty last night. (started watching it late because of nonsense such as this kind of thing that NBC does constantly)

At least I'll be able to watch all of the events live on the computer. (today's exciting stuff? badminton!)
 
2012-07-28 10:14:01 AM  
wish phelps would have whipped his ass for asking such inane questions.
 
2012-07-28 11:00:59 AM  
Utterly disgraceful, NBC. Can you imagine the American response if the BBC chose not to air a tribute to 9/11? This is essentially the same thing.
 
2012-07-28 11:04:44 AM  
NBC's Olympic coverage has been appallingly bad since the 1980's, when Dick Ebersol decided it was a two-week human interest story instead of a sporting event. I can't even watch it anymore. Thank God I have Extra Innings to watch baseball, and then there's always Shark Week on Discovery.
 
2012-07-28 12:13:08 PM  

Rincewind53: Utterly disgraceful, NBC. Can you imagine the American response if the BBC chose not to air a tribute to 9/11? This is essentially the same thing.


This.
 
2012-07-28 12:14:01 PM  
So sad. On another note, I can't believe anyone lets Phelps near a mic. I definitely respect his athletic prowess but I think that dude suffered some severe head trauma at some point. Holy shiat, his interview this morning, I thought they were talking to a retarded kid they let play in the pool before the events until I looked up and saw him.

Interviewer: Michael, what are your thoughts on that last qualifier?

Phelps: You know, sideburns don't really burn at all. They're on the side, though, so I guess it's half right.

Interviewer: Ummm...do you feel confident about tonight?

Phelps: Call me Grape Ape.

Interviewer: Alright...uhhhh...do you feel like there are more gold medals in your future, Grape Ape?

Phelps: Thank you, I'd love a biscuit.

Interviewer: And that was Olympic champion Michael Phe....

Phelps: I can see your balls in them shorts, brah!

Interviewer: OK, now we're going to check in on ping pong.

Well, it wasn't quite that bad but the dude looked like he was on another planet. I guess he found some British weed over there.
 
2012-07-28 12:14:09 PM  

BunkyBrewman: At least I'll be able to watch all of the events live on the computer. (today's exciting stuff? badminton!)


are you using the official NBC feeds or getting it from one of the foreign media sites? i'd like to watch the streaming stuff, but i believe NBC requres i have a cable subscription (which i do not)
 
2012-07-28 12:26:06 PM  
Turns out the ceremonies had lots of beautiful music to go with the visual spectacle but you'd hardly know it since they NBC will not SHUT THE fark UP.

/Even NASCAR announcers do that at times.
 
2012-07-28 12:48:46 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: So sad. On another note, I can't believe anyone lets Phelps near a mic. I definitely respect his athletic prowess but I think that dude suffered some severe head trauma at some point. Holy shiat, his interview this morning, I thought they were talking to a retarded kid they let play in the pool before the events until I looked up and saw him.


Some people are good interviews...

Right now, his mind is on the pool, you don't get as far as he has without that ability.

After he finishes up his events he will give his more animated "so so" interview.
 
2012-07-28 01:16:51 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: Well, it wasn't quite that bad but the dude looked like he was on another planet. I guess he found some British weed over there.


It might be that he was wondering WTF they were doing interviewing him instead of showing the opening ceremony.
 
2012-07-28 01:38:09 PM  
Is anyone else having problems loading nbcolympics.com? Getting access denied.
 
2012-07-28 01:39:47 PM  

WhyteRaven74: Doctor Funkenstein: Well, it wasn't quite that bad but the dude looked like he was on another planet. I guess he found some British weed over there.

It might be that he was wondering WTF they were doing interviewing him instead of showing the opening ceremony.


It was after the ceremonies. Maybe he just hates NBC, which is totally understandable.
 
2012-07-28 01:49:15 PM  
To be fair, the entire opening ceremonies were pretty blah. I've seen better Superbowl half-time shows.
 
2012-07-28 01:52:17 PM  
Meh, the Olympics are always a snoozefest.
 
2012-07-28 01:53:31 PM  
It was tape delayed, so they easily could have shown the tribute and the inane interview. I can only imagine they had some reason they didn't show that part of the ceremonies other than they thought it was the perfect time for the interview.
 
2012-07-28 01:56:08 PM  
I'm sorry, I can't understand it without two babbling douchebags talking over it.
 
2012-07-28 02:16:17 PM  
So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.
 
2012-07-28 02:29:13 PM  

tlchwi02: BunkyBrewman: At least I'll be able to watch all of the events live on the computer. (today's exciting stuff? badminton!)

are you using the official NBC feeds or getting it from one of the foreign media sites? i'd like to watch the streaming stuff, but i believe NBC requres i have a cable subscription (which i do not)


I have Verizon fios at my house. I login through the NBC site and it allows me to see everything. (it works for all cable and satellite subscribers)
 
2012-07-28 02:35:21 PM  

cretinbob: I'm sorry, I can't understand it without two babbling douchebags talking over it.


That is literally NBC's stated reason for the tape delay and the commentary; that Americans will not be able to understand the ceremony without help. In other words, according to their PR people, Americans are too stupid to get it.

/of course we know the real reason was for advertising dollars and to max out primetime viewing numbers.
 
2012-07-28 03:01:30 PM  
Thank FSM for the BBC and the internets.
 
2012-07-28 03:16:05 PM  
Jeez, I'm feeling happy that I'm abroad for the Olympics. None of that crap.
 
2012-07-28 03:36:21 PM  
This is my first ever go at uploading a youtube clip, so I apologise for any technical errors or deficiences.

That being said, the audio especially is better on my version: Link
 
2012-07-28 03:37:41 PM  

edmo: Turns out the ceremonies had lots of beautiful music to go with the visual spectacle but you'd hardly know it since they NBC will not SHUT THE fark UP.

/Even NASCAR announcers do that at times.


Dear God this.

Also, they babbled on and on about almost every flag bearer except the US one, wtf NBC? I don't care about Kobe Bryant, I care about the girl from Beaverton who is actually carrying the goddamn flag.

/Portlander
//Go Mariel Zagunis!
 
2012-07-28 03:40:45 PM  
BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.

This.

I turned on my TV about an hour in so I could FF through the acres of commercials, and after a while I turned the sound off, the yapping by Lauer and Vieira was making me stabby. I hung on to the bitter end because I wanted to hear Paul McCartney, but I should have gone to bed, he was in awful voice.
 
2012-07-28 03:45:35 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.


Maybe it's because the 7/7 attacks had a much bigger effect in London than the attacks in Munich in 1972 did. It happened less than 24 hours after London got the games.

Just sick of people biatching that Israel wasn't the center of attention. They had a ceremony at the Olympic Village earlier in the week for them.
 
2012-07-28 03:46:17 PM  

platedlizard: Also, they babbled on and on about almost every flag bearer except the US one, wtf NBC? I don't care about Kobe Bryant, I care about the girl from Beaverton who is actually carrying the goddamn flag.

/Portlander
//Go Mariel Zagunis!


Oh, I thought I just missed it.
 
2012-07-28 03:46:44 PM  
Unplugged the center channel on my surround system. All the music with 100% less Lauiera. Neat trick I learned from some wise farker a few years ago when watching the Stanley Cup playoffs.
 
2012-07-28 03:47:42 PM  

BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.


Except that is an IOC decision. Also, there was a commemoration earlier this week in the Olympic Village.

Also - the segment in question was not labelled explicitly as being a commemoration of the London Bombings. Indeed, many of the pictures seen in the first moments were not of the victims of terrorism, but of family members of athletes who have died recently.
 
2012-07-28 03:50:52 PM  
i didn't know so many 80+ year old's were victims of terrorism (opening collage)
 
2012-07-28 03:53:01 PM  

midpoint: BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.

Except that is an IOC decision. Also, there was a commemoration earlier this week in the Olympic Village.

Also - the segment in question was not labelled explicitly as being a commemoration of the London Bombings. Indeed, many of the pictures seen in the first moments were not of the victims of terrorism, but of family members of athletes who have died recently.


I wonder where the BBC got the idea that it was a tribute for the July 7 attack victims?
 
2012-07-28 03:55:24 PM  

haterade: i didn't know so many 80+ year old's were victims of terrorism (opening collage)


There's still confusion on whether or not it was a tribute to 7/7 victims or just a tribute to people who bought tickets to the opening ceremony but passed away before they could go.
 
2012-07-28 03:55:36 PM  

Mrtraveler01: midpoint: BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.

Except that is an IOC decision. Also, there was a commemoration earlier this week in the Olympic Village.

Also - the segment in question was not labelled explicitly as being a commemoration of the London Bombings. Indeed, many of the pictures seen in the first moments were not of the victims of terrorism, but of family members of athletes who have died recently.

I wonder where the BBC got the idea that it was a tribute for the July 7 attack victims?


From the commentary, I'm not sure they did. Or if they did, they kept it to themselves. I think some have been reading a lot into it and some have moved on the extra step to consider it an insult, or that someone has been insulted.
 
2012-07-28 03:55:47 PM  
I blame the Jews.

/Jews control everything!!1!!1111!!!!
 
2012-07-28 03:57:51 PM  

platedlizard: Also, they babbled on and on about almost every flag bearer except the US one, wtf NBC? I don't care about Kobe Bryant, I care about the girl from Beaverton who is actually carrying the goddamn flag.

/Portlander
//Go Mariel Zagunis!


THIS, so much! What the hell!
 
2012-07-28 03:58:53 PM  

IggyFan: Unplugged the center channel on my surround system. All the music with 100% less Lauiera. Neat trick I learned from some wise farker a few years ago when watching the Stanley Cup playoffs.


Heh. I learned that trick years ago in a Fark thread re: Joe Buck and Joe Morgan destroying a perfectly good baseball game.

To the Power Of Fark!

/ thank FSM for MLB.tv
// NBC coverage sucks
 
2012-07-28 04:09:10 PM  
When I lived in Texas, the Mexican TV channels always showed the opening ceremonies live (local time be damned, they're going live), very limited commercial interruption if any that I remember, and most importantly, NO ONE IS TALKING OVER THE MUSIC!!

Seriously, I DO NOT CARE about their interpretation of any symbolism, I want to listen to the music, and their explanations just feel like it's dumbing down the experience for the mouth-breathers.
 
2012-07-28 04:17:53 PM  
Maybe the IOC told them not to air the 7/7 tribute so as not to politicize the Olympics.
 
2012-07-28 04:20:03 PM  
An utterly superfluous interview of Phelps. Superfluous.
 
2012-07-28 04:25:40 PM  

runwiz: Maybe the IOC told them not to air the 7/7 tribute so as not to politicize the Olympics.


Every other country aired it though.
 
2012-07-28 04:34:41 PM  

Mrtraveler01: haterade: i didn't know so many 80+ year old's were victims of terrorism (opening collage)

There's still confusion on whether or not it was a tribute to 7/7 victims or just a tribute to people who bought tickets to the opening ceremony but passed away before they could go.


And now -- a tribute to the Olympic's No Refund/No Exchanges Policy!
 
2012-07-28 05:06:20 PM  
Very powerful, innovative stuff. Clearly no place for something like that on US TV.
 
2012-07-28 05:06:38 PM  

Dallymo: platedlizard: Also, they babbled on and on about almost every flag bearer except the US one, wtf NBC? I don't care about Kobe Bryant, I care about the girl from Beaverton who is actually carrying the goddamn flag.

/Portlander
//Go Mariel Zagunis!

THIS, so much! What the hell!


Apparently she was the first US gold medalist for fencing in over 100 years in 2004 and got a gold in Berlin in 2008, and was elected to be flag bearer this year by all the other US Olympians. NBC didn't bother mentioning any of that.
 
2012-07-28 05:08:38 PM  
I have regular dreams involving feeding NBC executives into a woodchipper. I wake feeling refreshed and able to face the days after those nights.
 
2012-07-28 05:10:33 PM  
Can't comment, too busy being pissed that I can't see most of the stuff I WANT to see because NBC wants me to have a cable subscription beyond what I already have. We have basic cable, so I can watch some stuff on the normal NBC channel, but everything they stream online is unavailable to me - I tell them I have Comcast and they tell me I don't have a high enough subscription to XFINITY or somecrap. No, I'm not upgrading my cable package for two weeks.

Also echoing the complains about the American commentators, oh my GOD shut up. Are people here incapable of watching a sport or a performance without a constant stream of "color commentary"? "Here's J. K. Rowling, she wrote books! Books are good." Thanks for that gem, Lauer. "And here's Tim Berners-Lee - don't worry if you don't know who that is, we don't either!" Wow, such insight!
 
2012-07-28 05:16:32 PM  

Mrtraveler01: midpoint: BarkingUnicorn: So the Brits put on an extravaganza for their own terrorism victims, but knuckled under to Arab pressure not to have a minute of silence for the 1972 Munich victims. That is chickenshiat.

Except that is an IOC decision. Also, there was a commemoration earlier this week in the Olympic Village.

Also - the segment in question was not labelled explicitly as being a commemoration of the London Bombings. Indeed, many of the pictures seen in the first moments were not of the victims of terrorism, but of family members of athletes who have died recently.

I wonder where the BBC got the idea that it was a tribute for the July 7 attack victims?


I would imagine the athlete pics are how it got approved.
 
2012-07-28 05:21:27 PM  
I saw the ceremony (commercial free and live) on UK Eurosport. They only thing I remember was the commentators reminding everyone that "Lest We Forget" is sang before every FA Cup final.
 
2012-07-28 05:22:54 PM  
My favorite moment was Lauer mentioning that because the parade of athletes was moving so fast, they were having to edit down their notes.

Think about that: they actually had written down comments even more inane than the ones they shared with us.
 
2012-07-28 05:29:40 PM  
Clearly Costas didn't enjoy being upstaged in the terror memorial competition
 
2012-07-28 05:42:32 PM  

czetie: Think about that: they actually had written down comments even more inane than the ones they shared with us.


Or those notes might have actually had some legitimate insight and NBC deliberately opted for inane and borderline culturally offensive.
 
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