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2012-08-12 11:29:45 PM  
5 votes:
Congrats to everyone in England for hosting a great games and some really special opening and closing ceremonies. congrats to all the atheletes. A special fark you to NBC for screwing up everything possible.
2012-08-13 12:51:33 AM  
3 votes:
So, instead of just lambasting NBC with criticism by email or Facebook ,why not also hit them where it hurts: the bigger corporations that bought a ton of commercial time during nbc's Olympic coverage blocks? Subway and some others come to mind.cmaybe write them and tell them NBC dropped the ball on them and they wasted money considering how bad a taste the coverage left with you, and that they should help put pressure on NBC to give us a better product to watch, and them a better product to air their rather costly commercials during.
2012-08-12 10:28:38 PM  
3 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: It's kind of a,axing that there were no terrorist attacks on these Olympics. A testament to all the work London and GB put into security.


It's also evidence that we are vastly over-scared of terrorism.
2012-08-12 10:24:30 PM  
3 votes:

melewen: Jessie J may have sucked, but nothing can ruin (Dr.) Brian May.


So much this.

He just taught me that no matter how old I get I can be cool; I don't have to turn into something dull and stupid and useless.

I probably will, but I don't have to.
2012-08-12 10:17:01 PM  
3 votes:

TheBaldOneMpls: Meh, getting someone to cover Queen is a losing proposition. No matter who they get, it'll never be good enough.


Exactly. So just use Freddie's recordings! Zero people would be upset with that.
2012-08-12 10:11:47 PM  
3 votes:
Seacrest, Way to spoil the surprise that it was Eric Idle. You are supposed to wait until he takes the helmet off. That was supposed to be the joke. Then, if people (Americans/kids) don't know who it Eric Idle is, you tell them.
2012-08-12 10:06:39 PM  
3 votes:
STUPID BLEEP! AMERICA IS A shiatHOLE THAT NEEDS TO GET OVER ITS ANTIQUATED, OVERLY SENSITIVE PURITAN SENSIBILITIES AND MOVE INTO THE 21ST CENTURY!
2012-08-12 09:49:06 PM  
3 votes:
NBC, you ARE a pee cock.
2012-08-12 09:02:49 PM  
3 votes:

geom_00: THAT is the true Olympic spirit. THAT is the stuff that I LOVE about these games.


Did you see this from the North and South Korea table tennis game? Just great:

i.imgur.com
2012-08-13 11:04:56 AM  
2 votes:
paj
2012-08-13 12:14:22 AM  
2 votes:
Sportsnet (canada) just had a sweet montage of Olympic moments with The Who over top. Excellent work.
2012-08-12 10:59:24 PM  
2 votes:
And there, ladies and gentlemen, is the final nail in the DEAR GOD NBC SUCKS coffin. We're going to make you wait an hour, through a horrible comedy with a monkey, and your local news, before showing you the stuff we told you about an hour ago!
2012-08-12 10:45:45 PM  
2 votes:
OH MY DEAR GOD!

They are cutting away to Animal Practice, then the local news...THEN airing the rest of the CC.

BULLSHIAT NBC. BULL FARKING SHIAT!
2012-08-12 10:38:46 PM  
2 votes:
Isn't Sepultura from Brazil? Are we gonna get them do a cover of "Girl From Ipanema" next closing ceremonies?

'Cause that would rule.
2012-08-12 10:16:15 PM  
2 votes:

make me some tea: I see there are a ton of folks who watched the original broadcast. Very interesting.


Yeah. We just wanted to see how bad a botch NBC would make of it and let the non-spoiled know what happened While We Were Away.
2012-08-12 10:09:45 PM  
2 votes:

make me some tea: They didn't bleep that out on the BBC. I guess Americans aren't ready for adulthood.

It's after 10pm, that would've been just fine with the FCC too.


Actually, I've noticed that just this year, the word "shiat" has become acceptable on NBC's sister network, USA. It reminds me of the year that NBC decided that "ass" was an okay word, and every show (especially Friends) used it a lot.

I bet we'll hear "shiat" on NBC in the next few years. Why not? We've seen it all week.
2012-08-12 10:02:21 PM  
2 votes:
OH MY GOD SEACREST I AM GOING TO SLAP YOU SO HARD IN THE FACE. JUST LET THE COMEDY HAPPEN INSTEAD OF COMPLETELY RUINING THE JOKE 5 SECONDS BEFORE THEY JOKE.

And yay, the song!
2012-08-12 09:56:47 PM  
2 votes:
British music acts > U.S. music acts
discuss...
2012-08-12 09:46:42 PM  
2 votes:

Gosling: melewen: FWIW, I haven't noticed any sound issues on the NBC broadcast. The sound was pretty inconsistent on the BBC feed though.

/Cox Cable in Northern VA

It was a world feed thing. The world feed had a couple sound glitches. NBC brings in a small army of their own people, so they had that particular problem worked out.


Wait? BBC News World carried the closing ceremony?

All the more reason to pester At&t u-verse to carry it.
2012-08-12 09:31:10 PM  
2 votes:
How I wish it were Gilmour and Waters.
2012-08-12 09:24:41 PM  
2 votes:

Pontious Pilates: I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.

Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."


WTF? Nothing against Buffalo, but that's a silly idea.
2012-08-12 09:05:53 PM  
2 votes:
Imagine does fit with what Pierre de Coubertin was trying to achieve with the Olympics.
2012-08-12 08:59:10 PM  
2 votes:
LOL nice headline.

We watched it via proxy on BBC live streaming. Enjoy your commercial breaks!

I won't give any spoilers, but it's worth watching, and don't turn it off when the head of the IOC speaks, there's another act after that you'll probably won't want to miss.
2012-08-12 08:58:15 PM  
2 votes:

ThisIsNotSubtle: geom_00: What happens if Iran and Israel end up near each other???

In Atlanta, Iranians and Israelis hugged and took photos with each other and sang. The Olympics are like that.


THAT is the true Olympic spirit. THAT is the stuff that I LOVE about these games.
2012-08-12 08:56:54 PM  
2 votes:

geom_00: What happens if Iran and Israel end up near each other???


In Atlanta, Iranians and Israelis hugged and took photos with each other and sang. The Olympics are like that.
2012-08-12 08:47:12 PM  
2 votes:
Hey! COSTAS! Finally some GOOD commentary. I did NOT know that about how this tradition started.

More commentary like that. Less FLUFF!!
2012-08-12 08:42:11 PM  
2 votes:

IMDWalrus: Stomp: because...uh...


They're from London and they're awesome.
2012-08-12 08:39:17 PM  
2 votes:

The Bestest: "Have you heard of 'One Direction'?"


I'm work in an elementary/middle school, so yes, I have unfortunately heard of One Direction. Of course, I can't be too hard on them. Every generation has its boy band and mine was NKOTB...
2012-08-12 08:33:25 PM  
2 votes:
Fark this! Need to have.

i799.photobucket.com
2012-08-13 08:20:07 AM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: Did anyone see this? I mean normally I take the Daily Fail with a grain of salt. But really?


It is my fervent belief that if one were to take
ALL who whinge about The BBC
(especially Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre) tie them down in chairs and force them to watch NBC's (un) coverage of the opening and closing ceremonies, then quietly asked them what they thought of The BBC's coverage of same,
Brainpans all over the UK would explode.

Tho in the case of Dacre that would improve his intelligence 20 bazillion percent.

/being mewling quims about the Beeb is the #1 participation sport for Mail readers.
2012-08-13 01:10:41 AM  
1 votes:

finder_error: Watching an old man sing "Teenage Wasteland" and "My Generation" was heartbreakingly ironic. Don't get me wrong I love The Who, but seriously his generation is collecting social security and poor old Pete is deaf now. As for the rest, I didn't watch any of it. I just don't care about watching sports on television, and the superfluous nationalism makes me sick.


Here is a thought, go be 12 somewhere else!
2012-08-13 01:08:56 AM  
1 votes:

Max Awesome: Kali76: WHERE WAS MUSE?! Dammit, NBC. What the hell?

You didn't miss anything. It was a musical abortion.


Was modest mouse there too with muse?
2012-08-13 01:05:37 AM  
1 votes:

finder_error: Watching an old man sing "Teenage Wasteland" and "My Generation" was heartbreakingly ironic. Don't get me wrong I love The Who, but seriously his generation is collecting social security and poor old Pete is deaf now. As for the rest, I didn't watch any of it. I just don't care about watching sports on television, and the superfluous nationalism makes me sick.


Do they not have TV guide in your country to prewarn you of these sorts of outrages before you are sickened by them?
2012-08-13 01:04:20 AM  
1 votes:

Kali76: WHERE WAS MUSE?! Dammit, NBC. What the hell?


You didn't miss anything. It was a musical abortion.
2012-08-13 01:02:54 AM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
2012-08-13 12:56:27 AM  
1 votes:

msupf: So, instead of just lambasting NBC with criticism by email or Facebook ,why not also hit them where it hurts: the bigger corporations that bought a ton of commercial time during nbc's Olympic coverage blocks? Subway and some others come to mind.cmaybe write them and tell them NBC dropped the ball on them and they wasted money considering how bad a taste the coverage left with you, and that they should help put pressure on NBC to give us a better product to watch, and them a better product to air their rather costly commercials during.


Wouldnt that mean that you steadfastly stayed glurd to your TV throughout and took careful notice of advertisements?

Isnt that sort of what Subway and the rest were hoping you might do when they gambled on buying the ads that interfered with your viewing pleasure?
2012-08-13 12:52:59 AM  
1 votes:

TommyymmoT: Mrtraveler01: Did anyone see this? I mean normally I take the Daily Fail with a grain of salt. But really?

Holy crap.


I had to do a double take too.

He gets on BBC for using words like we when describing Team GB.

Obviously they should do what we do and only show the sports that the US is good at and only show the US athletes for those events.

That's NOT jingoistic.
2012-08-13 12:52:45 AM  
1 votes:

Waxing_Chewbacca: mikaloyd: Waxing_Chewbacca: ^

I... I don't know how I made an arrow thing for no reason. This... This means something.


In my country it means we must marry. Prepare now.
2012-08-13 12:42:51 AM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: Did anyone see this? I mean normally I take the Daily Fail with a grain of salt. But really?


Holy crap.

Yesterday, I heard some republican noise machinist (on FOX of course) complaining that the crowds should have been chanting USA! USA! during every event.

At least the British patriotism was kind of cool, as opposed to the United States, where we feel the need to prove that we're the loudest, overbearing, drunken hillbillies at every function we attend.
2012-08-13 12:34:11 AM  
1 votes:
2012-08-13 12:29:37 AM  
1 votes:
"This is Dick Erbosol's last olympics with NBC"

And the heavens rejoiced! He's the one man keeping NBC's Olympic coverage in the stone ages.
2012-08-13 12:26:50 AM  
1 votes:

geom_00: Can you EVER shut the FARK UP, BOB??


"We cut all the other tributes to terror victims and volunteers out, but hey, here's a shoutout to some NBC producers." Classy, NBC. Classy.
paj
2012-08-13 12:26:09 AM  
1 votes:
@BubbaProg says: NBC cut 51 minutes, 23 seconds from their closing ceremony broadcast. It was 3:08:10 long, so NBC showed you 73% of what actually happened.
2012-08-13 12:16:33 AM  
1 votes:

paj: Sportsnet (canada) just had a sweet montage of Olympic moments with The Who over top. Excellent work.


Now it's time for CBC to shine in 2014 and 2016. Hopefully more people will offer a stream of that feed. I could never find one for CTV or TSN.
2012-08-13 12:13:47 AM  
1 votes:
Well, another Olympiad is closed. But we call on all the snark of Fark to assemble again in ugh teen months time to mock Sochi!
2012-08-13 12:13:02 AM  
1 votes:

msupf: So, a few minutes of the who's performance, we miss out on muse, Waterloo sunset, the whole section revolving around the Phoenix.... Anything else?


I blame NBC for raping our childhood memories
2012-08-13 12:13:00 AM  
1 votes:

msupf: So, a few minutes of the who's performance, we miss out on muse, Waterloo sunset, the whole section revolving around the Phoenix.... Anything else?


Eric Idle sang "Shiat" and they bleeped it
2012-08-13 12:12:46 AM  
1 votes:

msupf: So, a few minutes of the who's performance, we miss out on muse, Waterloo sunset, the whole section revolving around the Phoenix.... Anything else?


As I've said before, the marathon medal ceremony, and the part where they thanked the volunteers for their hard work.

And Kate Bush.

And the vast majority of the athlete entrances, including just about all the most heartwarming parts.
2012-08-13 12:10:16 AM  
1 votes:

geom_00: I STILL can't believe the Olympic Committee for the UK asked for Keith Moon to preform.


Just like Freddie Mercury, that's not a bad thing.
2012-08-13 12:09:17 AM  
1 votes:

geom_00: DamnYankees: geom_00: I STILL can't believe the Olympic Committee for the UK asked for Keith Moon to preform.

What?

He's DEAD!


Pardon me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. That's priceless.
2012-08-13 12:07:08 AM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: geom_00: I STILL can't believe the Olympic Committee for the UK asked for Keith Moon to preform.

What?


He's DEAD!
2012-08-13 12:06:55 AM  
1 votes:

Gosling: OH GOD SOMEONE PUT THIS ON THE FACEBOOK PAGE AND I HAVE A BRAIN THING NOW (NSFW if medical diagrams of vaginas are NSFW)


LONDON IS 4 CORNER
2012-08-13 12:01:33 AM  
1 votes:

Gosling: So we get The Who now, finally?


Yeah, this didn't kill the momentum at all. This sure feels like the capper to a grand pageant, doesn't it?

/fark you, NBC
2012-08-12 11:52:29 PM  
1 votes:

Gosling: Report I saw in the Washington Post suggests that they will be ready, but they will be ready in a very, very Russian way.


From what they showed, they'll be ready. And I know it'll be in a very Russian way.

Mrtraveler01: It's all a big ego boost for Putin and Russia


Actually just Putin. And wouldn't it be funny if he's not even in power in 18 months?

bextraordinary: Ooooh, I loved that post and hit 'like' just minutes ago! I'm Rebecca. :)


cooool :)

TheTurtle: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1960_Winter_Olympics


Ah yeah Squaw Valley. But at least in their defense, it was a ski resort. Sochi didn't even have that much. Nothing. Sure there was no bobsled at Squaw Valley, but then again they built the first atheltes' village and started that trend. Also back then winter olympics weren't the full fledged winter twin to the summer games. It does seem kinda odd now, but at the time wouldn't have been that odd even if it was surprising.
2012-08-12 11:41:46 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: Local news is doing a story on Sochi, and apparently there wasn't even a supermarket in Sochi let alone any facilities, like ski runs on the local mountains, when it was given the winter Olympics. And they're spending $50 billion on it.


It's all a big ego boost for Putin and Russia.

So that means they're going to be dicks like China was in 2008.

Can't wait!

/sarcasm
2012-08-12 11:41:25 PM  
1 votes:

bextraordinary: The NBC Facebook page is a thing of beauty right now. Angry, angry, ANGRY beauty.


I just made a post on that page about their not showing the Paralympics, it's the one that starts off "BTW the United States is the only major country without a broadcaster...."
2012-08-12 11:29:13 PM  
1 votes:

Kenny B: The Olympics are over. Now back to our regularly scheduled crapfest.


NOT FOR WEST COAST.
Tape delay for EST and then more tape delay for PST.

Still watched thru BBC with Expat Shield, It's all just so stupid.
2012-08-12 11:29:01 PM  
1 votes:
Holy crap, this is the greatest swerve ever. I'm half expecting NBC to tell us that Mick Foley wins the title on ESPN because that'd put butts in the seats.
2012-08-12 11:27:04 PM  
1 votes:

tlchwi02: after watching that show for the first 2 commercials breaks, i can not imagine a world where laughter is possible. i have switched to some celtic womans group on PBS who are singing of the sadness of the irish famines. and yet, it still lightens my heart more than animal practice.


I hope you don't mind, but I reposted this on NBC Olympics' Facebook page.
2012-08-12 11:26:30 PM  
1 votes:

Gosling: geom_00: E-Brake: Nobody is going to see the finale unless they stay up til 3am. Unreal.

No. There is only about 35 min left of the CC...well....35 min that NBC is showing anyway.

And remember, some of that 35 minutes is the closing credits they bewilderingly already ran TWO DAYS AGO.


Hopefully the remaining 35 minutes will be shown first at midnight, then they'll repeat the whole thing after, rather than start the repeat at midnight. I think. Can't tell from the cable guide what the heck they're doing.
2012-08-12 11:23:23 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: Does anyone remember laughter?


Some say it died on 9/11, others say it died today, 8/12. When Animal Practice started.

Never forget.
2012-08-12 11:19:42 PM  
1 votes:

Nekozuki85: SPOILERS FOR US WEST COASTERS, JEEZ!!!!!


/fark NBC and East Coast crap


Only the East coast is important prole..

Never spoil it for New York. All others are encouraged to suck New York's dick on FARK.

Thats the way things have always been and the way that they will always be. You'll get over it.
2012-08-12 11:17:09 PM  
1 votes:
WHERE WAS MUSE?! Dammit, NBC. What the hell?
2012-08-12 11:15:23 PM  
1 votes:

topcon: Rio is the least interesting location for me of any Olympics venue in recent history. Rio, bleh.


I don't know about that, isn't everyone in Brazil half naked and hyper sexual? I'm thinking the Rio games could be the most family UNfriendly in recent history, especially the opening/closing ceremonies. If NBC keeps their censoring to a minimal, it could be their best tv ratings ever. All Xuxas all the time!
2012-08-12 11:14:40 PM  
1 votes:
I am soooo glad that I actually streamed it earlier. I KNEW that NBC was gonna fark it up and bend us all over and make us all take unwanted buttseks.
2012-08-12 11:10:45 PM  
1 votes:
NBC DELAYS AN ALREADY TAPE DELAYED PERFORMANCE FROM THE WHO FOR AN HOUR TO SHOW A CRAPPY MATTHEW PERRY SITCOM THAT WILL BE CANCELLED TWO MONTHS FROM NOW?!?!?!

3.bp.blogspot.com

FARK THIS COMPANY~!
2012-08-12 11:09:56 PM  
1 votes:

paj: The chick in the red on Animal Practice is hawt.


You're not helping.
2012-08-12 11:06:50 PM  
1 votes:
Well, this just puts the cherry on the shiat sundae that has been NBC Olympic coverage.
2012-08-12 11:06:43 PM  
1 votes:

paj: Quintessential_Cynic: OK. Here's the plan.

1. We start a communal fund with the intent to purchase the exclusive broadcast rights to whichever Olympic games are next to be sold.

2. We outbid NBC.

3/ We award the broadcast rights to the ESPN collection of channels, FOX and their channels, as well as ABC and their channels on the condition that live broadcasts be made available along with live internet coverage and complete, unedited coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

4. Any petitions made by NBC should be met with their favorite line of the year: "This is how the free market works. We bought the rights, we have a right to do this."

Forget ESPN, Fox, etc and just do it with PBS.


Hell...Just do it ourselves. WE can do better than NBC.
2012-08-12 11:05:44 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: This is such a crock of shiat. NBC needs to have its agreement with the IOC terminated FOREVER.


Here at least, they cut away to this show, THEN the local news will be on, THEN the whole ceremony starts all over again at midnight??? Nobody is going to see the finale unless they stay up til 3am. Unreal.
paj
2012-08-12 11:03:51 PM  
1 votes:

Quintessential_Cynic: OK. Here's the plan.

1. We start a communal fund with the intent to purchase the exclusive broadcast rights to whichever Olympic games are next to be sold.

2. We outbid NBC.

3/ We award the broadcast rights to the ESPN collection of channels, FOX and their channels, as well as ABC and their channels on the condition that live broadcasts be made available along with live internet coverage and complete, unedited coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

4. Any petitions made by NBC should be met with their favorite line of the year: "This is how the free market works. We bought the rights, we have a right to do this."


Forget ESPN, Fox, etc and just do it with PBS.
2012-08-12 11:01:37 PM  
1 votes:
OK. Here's the plan.

1. We start a communal fund with the intent to purchase the exclusive broadcast rights to whichever Olympic games are next to be sold.

2. We outbid NBC.

3/ We award the broadcast rights to the ESPN collection of channels, FOX and their channels, as well as ABC and their channels on the condition that live broadcasts be made available along with live internet coverage and complete, unedited coverage of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

4. Any petitions made by NBC should be met with their favorite line of the year: "This is how the free market works. We bought the rights, we have a right to do this."
2012-08-12 11:01:11 PM  
1 votes:
I have given NBC the benefit of the doubt, sort of a lot, even.

This? This fails so effing hard, there are not words.
2012-08-12 11:00:25 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: BTW this is the first time the upcoming Paralympics have been mentioned during the closing ceremony of an Olympics.


Speaking of the speeches -- Did all the weird fretting about whether the IOC president was pleased or not pretty much die with Samaranch??
2012-08-12 11:00:22 PM  
1 votes:

there their theyre: Nope...animal practice then the rest of the closing ceremony...


Had to switch over to see if that was true. Holy crap.
2012-08-12 10:59:47 PM  
1 votes:
Well, fark. I need to get up in six and a half hours.

I'm out. I'll have to watch the rest online later.

Goddamnit, NBC. :(
2012-08-12 10:56:11 PM  
1 votes:

Bungles: Brazil's problem is going to be that hosting an Olympics is 99% organsing committees and project management, which Brasil isn't exactly famous for.

I suspect it may resemble the clusterfark of the Indian-hosted Commonwealth Games last year rather than London or Beijing. Half finished buildings and chaos (even Beijing forgot that people need to eat, so you had to hike an hour into town to find a restaurant).


The problem with Brazil is not so much the Olympics itself but the things that are currently happening right now to the 'poor' residents.. being rounded up and walls built separating the poor and the rich.

Unbeknownst to most westerners, Rio isn;t all thongs, hardbodies, beaches and party.. that is really only a minute aspect of it. Outside of a few city blocks Rio is a very very dangerous city. The cops and the local politicians are also extremely corrupt.
2012-08-12 10:55:41 PM  
1 votes:

ds_4815: Americans: Despite every fiber of your being telling you to do so, DO NOT switch off NBC just yet!

/I just hope they don't cut in with whatever damned show they plan on...


3 more minutes...
2012-08-12 10:55:36 PM  
1 votes:
SIX MINUTES TO GO BEFORE THEY AIR THAT ANIMAL SITCOM, AND STILL NO WHO!!!!
2012-08-12 10:54:51 PM  
1 votes:
Americans: Despite every fiber of your being telling you to do so, DO NOT switch off NBC just yet!

/I just hope they don't cut in with whatever damned show they plan on...
paj
2012-08-12 10:54:01 PM  
1 votes:

Cheesehead_Dave: I knew there was no way Gary Barlow wouldn't get himself involved somehow.


His daughter was stillborn a few days ago, so good on him for getting out there in front of the world. Link
2012-08-12 10:53:57 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Cheesehead_Dave: DamnYankees: there their theyre: DamnYankees: Mrtraveler01: Doesn't matter. They're happening in August anyway.

Are they? I assumed its be flipped since its the Southern Hemisphere, even if it is still warm there in August.

It's on the equator

Its nowhere near the equator. Thousands of miles south of it.

Rio is about as far south as Miami is north.

Almost - Rio is 57 south, Miami 46 north. Regardless, no one would say Miami is on the equator.


Rio is 22.5 degrees south...Miami is 25.5 degrees north
2012-08-12 10:53:02 PM  
1 votes:
Looks like someone found the coke stash.
2012-08-12 10:52:55 PM  
1 votes:

Joe_diGriz: That's still the greatest cauldron ever.


Yeah, I visited the Lake Placid Olympic torch last week and it is so simplistic in comparison. And it's sad that the building that it rests on is in such decay.
paj
2012-08-12 10:51:30 PM  
1 votes:

Caeldan: Apparently Rio might be about the only country to make money off the games... $250 a head for tourist visa to go there!


Just fly to one of the bordering countries, hike from there. Can't be that difficult, right?
2012-08-12 10:50:17 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: How many days before the GB focus shifts back to "holy fark, how much did we spend on this?"


They still have the Paralympics in two weeks.
2012-08-12 10:49:49 PM  
1 votes:
No British person has said "jolly good show" since Hitler was in diapers.
2012-08-12 10:49:17 PM  
1 votes:

Caeldan: Wow. Speech on paper and not a teleprompter.

Also, CTV feed is definitely picking up the sound of choppers in the air - which I noticed only because of the security discussion here.


Noticed it on the NBC feed too.
2012-08-12 10:49:06 PM  
1 votes:

Lost Thought 00: Why didn't they cut the speeches? No one cars what these guys have to say.


Cause' they're a key part of the Olympics. And people actually like hearing them.
2012-08-12 10:48:21 PM  
1 votes:
Brazil's problem is going to be that hosting an Olympics is 99% organsing committees and project management, which Brasil isn't exactly famous for.

I suspect it may resemble the clusterfark of the Indian-hosted Commonwealth Games last year rather than London or Beijing. Half finished buildings and chaos (even Beijing forgot that people need to eat, so you had to hike an hour into town to find a restaurant).
2012-08-12 10:48:17 PM  
1 votes:
BTW this is the first time the upcoming Paralympics have been mentioned during the closing ceremony of an Olympics.
2012-08-12 10:47:48 PM  
1 votes:

IMDWalrus: Well, we're already past when my TV guide said Animal Practice would start. Maybe we won't get the Who cut out after all?


Mine says it starts at 9:58 CDT so we have 10 minutes.
2012-08-12 10:46:38 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: OH MY DEAR GOD!

They are cutting away to Animal Practice, then the local news...THEN airing the rest of the CC.

BULLSHIAT NBC. BULL FARKING SHIAT!


They did that same crap with Vancouver in 2010, why are you guys surprised?
2012-08-12 10:44:35 PM  
1 votes:
Wow. Speech on paper and not a teleprompter.

Also, CTV feed is definitely picking up the sound of choppers in the air - which I noticed only because of the security discussion here.
2012-08-12 10:44:19 PM  
1 votes:
Running out of time for dousing the torch and three Who songs. I'm starting to get that Brokaw documentary rage...simmering...
2012-08-12 10:41:49 PM  
1 votes:

eyeq360: I want to see a historical documentary.

The demise of NBC.


The first 40 years of the network will run about 3 minutes. They used to burn everything in the vaults every few years.
2012-08-12 10:41:15 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Enigmamf: On the other hand, hosting the olympics could be seen as cementing ties to the secular west.

Are the Olympics seen as a Western thing? I guess they are, but at this point they are pretty much a world thing.


Same thing with the World Cup. Which is heading to the Middle East in 2022.

The Olympics are probably going to want in on that action.
2012-08-12 10:40:39 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: Doesn't matter. They're happening in August anyway.


Are they? I assumed its be flipped since its the Southern Hemisphere, even if it is still warm there in August.
2012-08-12 10:39:32 PM  
1 votes:

Enigmamf: On the other hand, hosting the olympics could be seen as cementing ties to the secular west.


Are the Olympics seen as a Western thing? I guess they are, but at this point they are pretty much a world thing.
2012-08-12 10:39:18 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: 12349876: DamnYankees: FriarReb98: I like the fact that not only did they give the wrong time change (it's 2 hours not 1), but they said that would be a problem.

No, its only 1. Or would daylight savings move it to 2 during the winter?

Daylight savings for us and not them makes it 1 instead of 2.

It's one right now. So in January/February its 2?


Doesn't matter. They're happening in August anyway.
2012-08-12 10:38:22 PM  
1 votes:
I suspect Rio is rather grateful that London has clearly coordinated and created a firework and LED audience panel accompaniment to this display...


China did everything it could to belittle the London handover.
2012-08-12 10:37:15 PM  
1 votes:

Bungles: There have been at least 4 foiled in the UK alone though (not to mention 3 different plane bombing attempts)...


Absolutely. We need to have security. But tons more people die needlessly from texting while driving, for example, than from terrorism. And no one is scared of that, really.

This is a sidetrack though. Back to this boring presentation.
2012-08-12 10:36:28 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: ut I think London has a legitimate fear of terrorism.


London has had terror attacks before. Didn't make them scared. The last one didn't change anything. Being afraid is what terrorists want. Not being afraid takes away their goal.

Kenny B: The dude with the broom wearing a County Jail jumpsuit?


Actually that's the sort of outfit street sweepers wear in many countries.
2012-08-12 10:36:18 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: themeaningoflifeisnot: At least in London and Major Euro cities.

Here's the thing, when terror attacks happen in European cities, people don't shiat themselves and think the world is ending. They get on with life. I was in Paris a while back, which by then had see a few attacks. You'd have never known it walking around or talking to any Parisians.


Who said anything about shiatting themselves? I noted that the Games are obviously a prime target for terrorists and that GB appears to have done a good job with security. That's hardly controversial or provocative.
2012-08-12 10:36:06 PM  
1 votes:

FriarReb98: I like the fact that not only did they give the wrong time change (it's 2 hours not 1), but they said that would be a problem.

\is this due from the Brazilian ICP?


Wait, there's a Brazilian Insane Clown Posse?

So, who is the band on stage now?
2012-08-12 10:35:50 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: themeaningoflifeisnot: DamnYankees: themeaningoflifeisnot: It's kind of a,axing that there were no terrorist attacks on these Olympics. A testament to all the work London and GB put into security.

It's also evidence that we are vastly over-scared of terrorism.

Considering the London attacks after it was announced that they got the Olympics, I'm not so sure about that. At least in London and Major Euro cities.

In the last 10 years, I believe that and the Madrid bombings has been the only terrorist bombings in the West. About 250 total deaths. Obviously tragic and sad, but hardly world-ending. In general, our attitude towards terrorism is not based on any rational cost-benefit analysis is all I'm saying.



There have been at least 4 foiled in the UK alone though (not to mention 3 different plane bombing attempts)...
2012-08-12 10:35:50 PM  
1 votes:

FriarReb98: I like the fact that not only did they give the wrong time change (it's 2 hours not 1), but they said that would be a problem.

\is this due from the Brazilian ICP?


Farking time zones! How do they work?
2012-08-12 10:34:31 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: star_topology: NO TAPE DELAYS in 2016

I wouldn't count on it. Having it in the same time zone means most competitions will be happening during the daytime. They will still push that stuff to prime time.


They'll do it just because they can, and to in$ert a$ many commercial$ a$ they can.
2012-08-12 10:34:28 PM  
1 votes:

phaseolus: DamnYankees: Brazil's national anthem stinks. Sounds like a trifling concerto by Haydn or something.

Only boring.

Good anthems:
South Africa, whose is the best
Canada
The Netherlands


Poland
Russia
China's is ok if you know what it means
France has the best one ever, we all know that
UK has a great one
2012-08-12 10:33:54 PM  
1 votes:

phaseolus: DamnYankees: Brazil's national anthem stinks. Sounds like a trifling concerto by Haydn or something.

Only boring.

Good anthems:
South Africa, whose is the best
Canada
The Netherlands


Mexico and Australia's are pretty badass.
2012-08-12 10:33:30 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: DamnYankees: themeaningoflifeisnot: It's kind of a,axing that there were no terrorist attacks on these Olympics. A testament to all the work London and GB put into security.

It's also evidence that we are vastly over-scared of terrorism.

Considering the London attacks after it was announced that they got the Olympics, I'm not so sure about that. At least in London and Major Euro cities.


In the last 10 years, I believe that and the Madrid bombings has been the only terrorist bombings in the West. About 250 total deaths. Obviously tragic and sad, but hardly world-ending. In general, our attitude towards terrorism is not based on any rational cost-benefit analysis is all I'm saying.
2012-08-12 10:33:24 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: At least in London and Major Euro cities.


Here's the thing, when terror attacks happen in European cities, people don't shiat themselves and think the world is ending. They get on with life. I was in Paris a while back, which by then had see a few attacks. You'd have never known it walking around or talking to any Parisians.
2012-08-12 10:33:18 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: shastacola: The Freeper thread on the Olympic closing ceremony is just goddamned hilarious.

"Demonic was the only feeling I got. Turned it off....".

Anything remotely fun is demonic to those loons.


Wait...there's a Freeper thread for this? REALLY??

LOLz
2012-08-12 10:33:11 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.

They already have their short list for 2020 already.

It's either going to be Tokyo, Istanbul, or Mardid.

My money is on Istanbul to "make a statement" like they're about to do with Rio 2016.


I think Istanbul stands a good chance as well since it will be the 1st Muslim country to ever host the Olympic games. There is however a risk to picking Turkey because while it is a stable country compared to the other Islamic country it's stll shaky compared to Spain or Japan.

There is also a resurgence of Islamic politicals parties there as well which may make the Olympic games kinda sucky if they were to be chosen and one of these parties become the controling government by 2020..
2012-08-12 10:32:20 PM  
1 votes:

star_topology: NO TAPE DELAYS in 2016


Ha! Just like there were no tape delays for the Vancouver Olympics?
2012-08-12 10:32:02 PM  
1 votes:
In my opinion, the Queen is going to come out next carrying a turkey vulture by the neck, and she will then repeatedly punch it in the face and call it a "whinging twat". Then she will drop-kick it all the way up into the audience, at which point the corpses of Sid and Nancy Vicious will dig their way out of the ground and give her a caramel apple and eight DVD copies of the movie "Hope Floats".
2012-08-12 10:31:42 PM  
1 votes:

shastacola: The Freeper thread on the Olympic closing ceremony is just goddamned hilarious.

"Demonic was the only feeling I got. Turned it off....".



To be fair, that's exactly what Annie Lennox was going for.
2012-08-12 10:31:34 PM  
1 votes:
HEY!!! NBC will be able to LIVE BROADCAST SHIAT during the 2016 games!!!
2012-08-12 10:31:33 PM  
1 votes:

shastacola: The Freeper thread on the Olympic closing ceremony is just goddamned hilarious.

"Demonic was the only feeling I got. Turned it off....".


Anything remotely fun is demonic to those loons.
2012-08-12 10:31:25 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: themeaningoflifeisnot: It's kind of a,axing that there were no terrorist attacks on these Olympics. A testament to all the work London and GB put into security.

It's also evidence that we are vastly over-scared of terrorism.


Considering the London attacks after it was announced that they got the Olympics, I'm not so sure about that. At least in London and Major Euro cities.
2012-08-12 10:31:03 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: sarahthustra: rio is going to be so much fun.

The Opening Ceremony itself is going to be SICK!


We are going to see blood coming out of censors' ears for it.
2012-08-12 10:30:19 PM  
1 votes:
The Freeper thread on the Olympic closing ceremony is just goddamned hilarious.

"Demonic was the only feeling I got. Turned it off....".
2012-08-12 10:29:44 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: It's kind of a,axing that there were no terrorist attacks on these Olympics. A testament to all the work London and GB put into security.


London really pulled this off after so much concern about them blowing it. And they really did seem to appreciate it in the long run so hopefully this will have a lasting positive effect on London.
2012-08-12 10:29:17 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: So, it's Guess Who, Yes?


Maybe Yes. But not Guess Who, they're Canadian I think.
2012-08-12 10:29:07 PM  
1 votes:
Just a heads up, the Who perform THREE songs. If you see fewer than that, NBC really farked you over.
2012-08-12 10:28:28 PM  
1 votes:
No Duran Duran...RIO?
2012-08-12 10:24:45 PM  
1 votes:

ThisIsNotSubtle: Earguy: Any word what's going to happen to all the countries' "petals" that make up the Olympic torch?

They get to take them home.


They'll never get through TSA checkpoint. Some dude will confiscate it and add it to his collection knitting needles and Zippo lighters.
2012-08-12 10:24:19 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: Another one of the thousand solos I've been subjected to in my life. His was nothing special.


Check out the big brain on Brad!

/dude, shut up
//Brian May is the shiat, and one of the best guitarist EVER.
2012-08-12 10:24:04 PM  
1 votes:
What's with wolfman in the front row there?
2012-08-12 10:23:57 PM  
1 votes:

ThisIsNotSubtle: Earguy: Any word what's going to happen to all the countries' "petals" that make up the Olympic torch?

They get to take them home.


That's awesome.
2012-08-12 10:22:34 PM  
1 votes:
LONDON HOW DARE YOU? How dare you have Wish You Were Here performed without David Gilmour? And wtf is this non-singing biatch destroying we will rock you? The Freddy Mercury recording will go down as the highlight of this debacle.
2012-08-12 10:21:07 PM  
1 votes:
Still no...

i799.photobucket.com
2012-08-12 10:19:49 PM  
1 votes:
Watching this makes me glad Chicago did not get 2016. How bad would that have been?

we could have gotten jim belushi on a harmonica. that would have been great

/from chicago
//would have gone to some events
///would not have rented my house
2012-08-12 10:18:57 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: "Hard for me to say I'm sorry..."


Hey do not mock Peter Cetera era Chicago or Peter Cetera

/yes I'm from Chicago ;)
2012-08-12 10:18:44 PM  
1 votes:

paj: The more formal stuff is next (flag handover etc) then the Rio segment (fun) and then the speeches, then more fun (no spoiler, just stick around)


Yup. There is an encore. Unless NBC cuts it.
2012-08-12 10:17:27 PM  
1 votes:
No we are the champions?
2012-08-12 10:17:26 PM  
1 votes:
They're going to cut the handover ceremony to Rio aren't they?
2012-08-12 10:17:01 PM  
1 votes:
Jessie J may have sucked, but nothing can ruin (Dr.) Brian May.
2012-08-12 10:16:57 PM  
1 votes:

paj: No hologram Freddie:


It's in the works tho for a tour this year...google "Queen Hologram".
2012-08-12 10:14:22 PM  
1 votes:
Wait. Jessie J is coming out again.

Please don't let her ruin Queen. :(
2012-08-12 10:14:03 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: And here's the funny thing, what NBC is showing? Is the exact same camera angles and cuts everyone else saw earlier, just that they've edited some parts. That's right, they're not even providing different camera angles or anything.


I think they might be showing more US athletes than UK, but yeah.
2012-08-12 10:13:57 PM  
1 votes:
They cut Muse singing the actual specially commissioned theme song of the London 2012 games?

Awkward...

It's like 7/7, divided by 10.
paj
2012-08-12 10:13:53 PM  
1 votes:

Farksteron: paj: NBC cut the Muse song.

Muse? What song did they sing?


The official song of the London 2012 Games - Survival
2012-08-12 10:13:48 PM  
1 votes:

paj: NBC cut the Muse song.


They cut Muse for a wothless guitar solo? Fark that noise.
2012-08-12 10:13:33 PM  
1 votes:
And here's the funny thing, what NBC is showing? Is the exact same camera angles and cuts everyone else saw earlier, just that they've edited some parts. That's right, they're not even providing different camera angles or anything.
2012-08-12 10:13:11 PM  
1 votes:

phaseolus: Hey, an astrophysicist!


Earguy: Uh, that's Doctor Brian May to you...



TabASlotB: That's DOCTOR Brian May, assholes.


I like you guys.
2012-08-12 10:13:05 PM  
1 votes:

SuburbanCowboy: Seacrest, Way to spoil the surprise that it was Eric Idle. You are supposed to wait until he takes the helmet off. That was supposed to be the joke. Then, if people (Americans/kids) don't know who it Eric Idle is, you tell them.


Can't believe I'm saying this. But I actually miss Bob Costas.
2012-08-12 10:11:59 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: I bet we'll hear "shiat" on NBC in the next few years. Why not? We've seen it all week.


*golf clap*
2012-08-12 10:11:58 PM  
1 votes:

Bungles: (the final act, post all the formal nonsense, is the best)


At this point, who says NBC is intending to air the remaining protocol?
2012-08-12 10:11:48 PM  
1 votes:

E-Brake: Holy cow they cut out the Muse song? Huh.


What do you wanna bet that the RIAA had a hand in it somehow?
2012-08-12 10:11:38 PM  
1 votes:

E-Brake: Holy cow they cut out the Muse song? Huh.


Oh, farking hell.

NBC, I hate you,
2012-08-12 10:10:38 PM  
1 votes:
They cut Muse?
2012-08-12 10:10:34 PM  
1 votes:

make me some tea: E-Brake: geom_00: FARK YOU NBC!!

Buncha cowards. It's after 10pm here.

Ohhh wait I think that's cable, not broadcast media. Not sure now actually.


Can't get away with that on over the air tv no matter what time in the US.

Meanwhile in Canada, they can show soft core porn over the air after Midnight.
2012-08-12 10:10:01 PM  
1 votes:
They should have done the Eric Idle bit as the very last thing with a giant inflatable foot coming down on top of the stage to end it all.

No Olympics in the future would ever top that....
2012-08-12 10:09:41 PM  
1 votes:

make me some tea: They didn't bleep that out on the BBC. I guess Americans aren't ready for adulthood.

It's after 10pm, that would've been just fine with the FCC too.



Given most of the world piggy-backed the BBC version live, it was uncensored in Iran and Saudi Arabia and the Vatican too...
2012-08-12 10:09:07 PM  
1 votes:
We can't be trusted with thousand year old curse words. We might be corrupted while we're smoking up.
2012-08-12 10:08:41 PM  
1 votes:
"Life's a piece of shiat BEEEEEP, when you look at it..."

no, no, it was more like "Life's a piBEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEPwhen you look at it".
paj
2012-08-12 10:08:26 PM  
1 votes:
The shows on USA network have been saying 'shiat' for a while now. Quite often too.
2012-08-12 10:08:25 PM  
1 votes:

E-Brake: geom_00: FARK YOU NBC!!

Buncha cowards. It's after 10pm here.


Ohhh wait I think that's cable, not broadcast media. Not sure now actually.
2012-08-12 10:08:24 PM  
1 votes:

TabASlotB: Penis song? C'mon Penis Song!


"Fark you very much, the NBC..."
2012-08-12 10:08:07 PM  
1 votes:
Still wish I'd gone to see Muse when I had the chance a few years back.
2012-08-12 10:07:33 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: FARK YOU NBC!!


Buncha cowards. It's after 10pm here.
paj
2012-08-12 10:07:18 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: [missfearnley.files.wordpress.com image 682x400]
"Life's a piece of shiat BEEEEEP, when you look at it..."


FTFY
/censored for your protection
2012-08-12 10:06:54 PM  
1 votes:
So Ryan Seacrest ruins all the reveals, and we get acceptable curses bleeped after 10pm? America kind of blows sometimes.
2012-08-12 10:06:35 PM  
1 votes:
First, I love that they didn't substitute a word for "shiat", second I love that NBC didn't bleep it well.
2012-08-12 10:06:16 PM  
1 votes:
They didn't bleep that out on the BBC. I guess Americans aren't ready for adulthood.

It's after 10pm, that would've been just fine with the FCC too.
2012-08-12 10:06:11 PM  
1 votes:
Nuns on roller blades > giant inflatable beavers.
2012-08-12 10:05:54 PM  
1 votes:
Why are they throwing cocaine at him...


And BBC didn't BLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP a damn thing.
2012-08-12 10:05:53 PM  
1 votes:
A bleep in the closing ceremonies?
2012-08-12 10:05:52 PM  
1 votes:
FARK YOU NBC!!
2012-08-12 10:05:50 PM  
1 votes:
I don't know why, but I found the bleep hilarious.
2012-08-12 10:05:49 PM  
1 votes:
THEY BLEEPED IT ARGH. :(

Stupid NBC.
2012-08-12 10:05:48 PM  
1 votes:
Nice bleep, NBC.
2012-08-12 10:05:46 PM  
1 votes:
BEEP
2012-08-12 10:05:46 PM  
1 votes:
FUN FACT:

The world feed broadcast the word 'shiat' uncensored. Let's see what NBC does.

...nope. Bleeped.
2012-08-12 10:05:19 PM  
1 votes:

Gosling: WHY DID YOU HAVE TO SPOIL THAAAAAAAT


Seacrest is the kind of guy who sits next to you when you're watching a movie he's seen and you haven't, constatntly saying "Ooh oh, look! he's about to get killed unexpectedly! Oh oh! and now, we find out rosebud is a sled. . . . See!?!"
2012-08-12 10:05:01 PM  
1 votes:

sarahthustra: CALL ME, PRINCE HARRY


During the BBC broadcast they called him Prince Henry and on the screen it said Prince Henry and we actually thought they got his name wrong. Oops.
2012-08-12 10:04:56 PM  
1 votes:

tlchwi02: same, did not want to watch it. but actually, it was pretty funny. the parts they showed in the promos were way better done in the show itself and they had a few bits not in the promo. and matthew perry actually is pretty funny in his piece. also i had a call out to one of my favorite movies ever that came out of nowhere.


I think we're finding out the root cause for NBC's low ratings.

Eric Idle is just the same as he was before.
2012-08-12 10:04:23 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: Looks like lots of athletes are exiting before the show is over. Probably scurrying to get a seat at the pub.


No, they're looking to get one last ultra-mega-fark-fest going before they have to say goodbye. Young, horny, hot people in perfect shape have better things (like fellow Olympians) to do than be forced to watch this shiat.
2012-08-12 10:03:00 PM  
1 votes:
This just ceased to suck. Oh my god.
2012-08-12 10:02:36 PM  
1 votes:
OH MY GOD thanks for the spoiler that it's Eric Idle. Now waiting for the BLEEEEP.
2012-08-12 10:02:26 PM  
1 votes:
The £10 million LED "pixels" that they've installed in the stadium (a 3x3 grid on every seat) will now become standard everywhere, I suspect.

Also, when did Jessie J morph into Admiral Cain in a leotard?
2012-08-12 10:02:23 PM  
1 votes:
That's funny.
2012-08-12 10:02:21 PM  
1 votes:
RYAN YOU FARKWIT YOU TOTALLY BLEW IT!!!!!
2012-08-12 10:01:32 PM  
1 votes:

Pontious Pilates: optikeye: Hey, It's better than Atlanta's.

I forget what they did... Wasn't it just two hours of Charlie Daniels pleasuring Paula Deen with a stick of butter? And then some angry cracker set off a bomb?

Stay classy, ATL.


I won't be sleeping tonight. Thanks for that...
2012-08-12 09:58:43 PM  
1 votes:

Farksteron: British music acts > U.S. music acts
discuss...


No doubt.

One can make the argument that British musicians have been more influential on music overall than US Musicians.

Especially since the 1950's.

That being said, we should just hold the Olympics in London every 4 years if we get closing ceremonies like these.
2012-08-12 09:58:14 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: I was on the losing end of that great month (Red Sox won it in St. Louis). But I couldn't help but feel happy for you guys. 100+ years is a real long time.

I still remember watching the ALCS past midnight on a school night a few times.


There's literally only one group of fans in the world who will ever feel that way ever again. Not that it's happening anytime soon, but they're the only ones who will ever feel it.

\it's also why the more I watched the commercial of the "fake" reenactment, the more I really, really hated that they did that to them
2012-08-12 09:56:24 PM  
1 votes:
Nice quintuple post there folks at 9:42:52.
2012-08-12 09:56:23 PM  
1 votes:

eyeq360: I want to see a historical documentary.

The demise of NBC.


A documentary where they edit out all the most entertaining/informative bits.

"And with the Nazi invasion of Poland, America declared with war on the... Ryan Seacrest?" "Japanese."
2012-08-12 09:56:19 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Why is he singing this so nasally? What the hell is going on? This is, IMO, one of the best songs of the past 25 years, and they are ruining this.


That's just the way Liam sings. He's always been terrible live.
2012-08-12 09:55:27 PM  
1 votes:
Looks like lots of athletes are exiting before the show is over. Probably scurrying to get a seat at the pub.
2012-08-12 09:54:43 PM  
1 votes:
What an awful cover of Wonderwall. It wasn't that great of a song to begin with but this is bad.
2012-08-12 09:54:30 PM  
1 votes:
Liam looks sober, wondering how long they kept him in the Tower of London...
2012-08-12 09:53:47 PM  
1 votes:
Holy shiat - they are ruining Wonderwall.

THEY ARE RUINING THIS SONG
2012-08-12 09:49:22 PM  
1 votes:
Time to hit the mute button.
2012-08-12 09:49:21 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: I honestly think that is most important. After all the hard work, the effort...they deserve to party a little!


Really the closing ceremonies are for them, it's basically a party for the athletes being watched by 70,000 spectators and having a few minutes of protocol thrown in.
2012-08-12 09:47:31 PM  
1 votes:

shastacola: nstead they give or their shiat top 40 crap.


you do realize the closing ceremonies are supposed to be a dance party of sorts right?
2012-08-12 09:46:30 PM  
1 votes:
If anyone's wondering why NBC cut the Kate Bush segment, my mother has just informed me that this (NBC-censored version of the) ceremony is "weird."
2012-08-12 09:45:39 PM  
1 votes:

melewen: FWIW, I haven't noticed any sound issues on the NBC broadcast. The sound was pretty inconsistent on the BBC feed though.

/Cox Cable in Northern VA


It was a world feed thing. The world feed had a couple sound glitches. NBC brings in a small army of their own people, so they had that particular problem worked out.
2012-08-12 09:43:52 PM  
1 votes:
Well, pre-recorded live probably, even, but still.
2012-08-12 09:43:27 PM  
1 votes:
I'm just waiting for the Kate Middleton pole dancing sequence.
2012-08-12 09:40:08 PM  
1 votes:

Ikam: Who wouldn't?


I knew someone would come through :)
2012-08-12 09:39:53 PM  
1 votes:

themeaningoflifeisnot: Artistic merit of the opening and closing ceremonies aside, it looks like London put on one hell of a party for all their visitors.


This definitely is one of the best closing ceremonies I've seen.
2012-08-12 09:38:09 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Fatboy Slim?


would you prefer Aphex Twin?
2012-08-12 09:38:08 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: My money is on Istanbul to "make a statement" like they're about to do with Rio 2016.


Problem is that spending for Athens at least partially contributed to the downfall of the economy in Greece. Rio was about going to South America more than it was about going to a city lower on the economic totem pole. They already tried an experiment with a small economy city (globally speaking) with Atlanta and won't repeat that mistake.

No doubt Turkey would put on great games, if for no other reason than to show up Greece. Doubt the IOC will want to risk getting even partially blamed for taking down another nation's economy.
2012-08-12 09:34:43 PM  
1 votes:
Oh jesus christ.

STOP IT RIGHT NOW, RUSSELL BRAND.
2012-08-12 09:34:28 PM  
1 votes:

CreamFilling: The Bestest: Pontious Pilates: Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."

..actually, a cross-border bid might do just that. Has that ever been done before? Closest thing that comes to my mind was when South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the World Cup.

Can you imagine the mess at the border checkpoints with people trying to move back and forth? It would be a logistical and security nightmare.


Yeah, a cross border Olympics will never happen in Buffalo. We've needed a new bridge into Canada since forever, and the locals, state and Feds have been fighting over it for almost 20 years. Olympics in the Buffalo area will just never happen--we're too f*cked up politically.
2012-08-12 09:32:40 PM  
1 votes:

Earguy: Is he playing a children's guitar?


Nope, regularly guitar. They make guitars with small bodies like that.

CreamFilling: It would be a logistical and security nightmare.


Only because of the US being involved.
2012-08-12 09:32:19 PM  
1 votes:

paj: Mrtraveler01: paj: Mrtraveler01: Was BBC and CTV this bad with the coverage?

CTV had five commercial breaks in the first hour, they got better after that during this musical hour.

Did they edit the hell out of this like NBC is doing?

Nope. They didn't hit 'pause' on the tape or anything, just cut back in after the commercials. Aired live.


*sigh*

i wish I was near the Canadian border. And now that the Olympics are going back on CBC, it'll be much easier to watch it in the US.
2012-08-12 09:32:05 PM  
1 votes:
Someone better be burning on the other side of this high wire act.
2012-08-12 09:31:44 PM  
1 votes:

The Bestest: Pontious Pilates: Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."

..actually, a cross-border bid might do just that. Has that ever been done before? Closest thing that comes to my mind was when South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the World Cup.


IOC is big on 'one city per bid,' so I doubt that would work. Hell, I heard they might have a problem with a joint bid from Minneapolis and St. Paul, and I can stand in both of those cities at the same time.
2012-08-12 09:30:28 PM  
1 votes:

The Bestest: Pontious Pilates: Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."

..actually, a cross-border bid might do just that. Has that ever been done before? Closest thing that comes to my mind was when South Korea and Japan jointly hosted the World Cup.


Can you imagine the mess at the border checkpoints with people trying to move back and forth? It would be a logistical and security nightmare.
2012-08-12 09:30:04 PM  
1 votes:

texdent: England's salute to pirates?


Actually the Spanish Aramada after September 1588...
2012-08-12 09:29:56 PM  
1 votes:

IMDWalrus: geom_00: I DO love this commercial with John Clesse

It's grown on me a lot. I don't know why, but it's getting funnier the more I see it.


Oh good, I was worried that I was the only one that felt that way.
2012-08-12 09:29:13 PM  
1 votes:

paj: Mrtraveler01: Was BBC and CTV this bad with the coverage?

CTV had five commercial breaks in the first hour, they got better after that during this musical hour.


Did they edit the hell out of this like NBC is doing?
2012-08-12 09:28:47 PM  
1 votes:

paj: Greta_VanHouten: I was really disappointed when Bowie didn't appear in person. He should be there.

He hasn't performed since 2006 IIRC, heart surgery.


The rumor is that after the surgery, he gained quite a bit of weight and doesn't want the public attention, so I heard.

/I saw Bowie in 2004 in Austin at The Backyard.
//Most awesome concert ever
2012-08-12 09:28:35 PM  
1 votes:

ozarkmatt: How farking awesome would it have been of all of a sudden Maiden popped up and played "The Trooper?"


Hell, Iron Maiden have a song called "The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner." Seems like it would have been appropriate.
2012-08-12 09:28:04 PM  
1 votes:

superdude72: make me some tea: They really had to point out it's "gothic"? I couldn't figure that out myself?

I think it's more New Romantic ala Adam Ant in the '80s.


Did they get Duran Duran? Thatd be solid.
2012-08-12 09:28:00 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: There was some dispute about money between the USOC and IOC as well.


Yeah I remember that, though how much influence it had on Chicago is tough to say.
2012-08-12 09:27:48 PM  
1 votes:
Grimm! My new favorite show next to Once Upon a Time
2012-08-12 09:27:33 PM  
1 votes:

Gosling: IOC rules say that a single city hosts. San Diego and Tijuana ran into that one when they tried a joint bid.


Once they realize that they can shake down two countries for bribes and perks, they'll have a change of heart.
2012-08-12 09:26:28 PM  
1 votes:

Pontious Pilates: DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.

Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."


Well I worked damn hard on Buffalo's World University Games, so I know Buffalo has the expertise to run an Olympics.

/right after we get our NBA franchise back, win the Cup and the Super Bowl, and get that MLB team we were sooo close to landing
2012-08-12 09:26:26 PM  
1 votes:

texdent: England's salute to pirates?


More like the Klingon Barge of the Dead.

All hail Stovokhor!
2012-08-12 09:25:50 PM  
1 votes:

IMDWalrus: Before the Olympics, I was mostly indifferent to Seacrest. Now, I have a burning hatred for him.


New Years on ABC suck now because of him and now that Dick Clark is gone, I have no reason to watch ABC anymore for the Times Square ball drop.
2012-08-12 09:25:45 PM  
1 votes:

ThisIsNotSubtle: I saw Daltrey live pretty recently. He can still sing the hell out of Pinball Wizard. I'm kind of sad they didn't get him.


Let me just say this, just wait.

Mrtraveler01: Was BBC and CTV this bad with the coverage?


The BBC has no commercials, so no need to edit.
paj
2012-08-12 09:25:26 PM  
1 votes:

Pontious Pilates: DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.

Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."


IIRC Seattle and Vancouver are putting a bid together for 2028 Summer games.
2012-08-12 09:24:50 PM  
1 votes:

Pontious Pilates: Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."


IOC rules say that a single city hosts. San Diego and Tijuana ran into that one when they tried a joint bid.
2012-08-12 09:24:46 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: The last two times the Olympics were in the US the organizing committees did absolutely jack shiat to promote the accompanying Paralympics, and that upset not just the Paralympic Committee but the IOC itself, which is actually the parent of the International Paralympic Committee. Also the lack of coverage the Paralympics get in the US at other times, like this year there's no US broadcaster for the Paralympics in two weeks, that doesn't help. Also in more general terms, the not so subtle jingoism of the last two opening ceremonies in the US didn't exactly help things. There's also apparently other issues at play, but the I know the Paralympics issue has been a big deal with the IOC in regards to the US for years.


There was some dispute about money between the USOC and IOC as well. Which is what many folks said was the reason Chicago was knocked out so early in the bidding process for 2016.
2012-08-12 09:23:31 PM  
1 votes:
Personally, I would've traded Annie Lennox for Ray Davies or Kate Bush. :-/

YouSirAreAMaroon: Shift in tone! Thanks Seacrest!


Before the Olympics, I was mostly indifferent to Seacrest. Now, I have a burning hatred for him.
2012-08-12 09:23:29 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: Details?


The last two times the Olympics were in the US the organizing committees did absolutely jack shiat to promote the accompanying Paralympics, and that upset not just the Paralympic Committee but the IOC itself, which is actually the parent of the International Paralympic Committee. Also the lack of coverage the Paralympics get in the US at other times, like this year there's no US broadcaster for the Paralympics in two weeks, that doesn't help. Also in more general terms, the not so subtle jingoism of the last two opening ceremonies in the US didn't exactly help things. There's also apparently other issues at play, but the I know the Paralympics issue has been a big deal with the IOC in regards to the US for years.

IMDWalrus: Am I going to need anything like Expat Shield to see them?


Yeah, tough you may also want to check out other broadcasters' websites, they may not be region locked after a day or two.
2012-08-12 09:23:24 PM  
1 votes:
Was BBC and CTV this bad with the coverage?
2012-08-12 09:23:09 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.


Toronto is putting a bid together for 2024. And I read a Yahoo article recently that says some local politicians in Toronto are considering a joint bid with Niagara Falls/Buffalo, NY. As a native WNYer, i think that would be cool as shiat, for the first international games to be held across the world's longest friendly border. BUT, I can't imagine who among anyone involved would say "You know, Toronto made a good case for themselves in their last two bids, but you know what they're missing that would put them over the top? BUFFALO."
2012-08-12 09:21:33 PM  
1 votes:
...Sabbath? Oh, please be some Sabbath.
2012-08-12 09:21:05 PM  
1 votes:

make me some tea: What I'm surprised by is that the narration is minimal, and actually informational but not intrusive. I think NBC got the message.


We didn't get on them enough for cutting the athlete's oaths. So they cut the marathon medal ceremony too.

I wouldn't be surprised if they go off the air with the cauldron still lit.
2012-08-12 09:20:07 PM  
1 votes:

Practical_Draconian: The thing on my mind is where the Olympics go after Rio ...

Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.


I'd lean towards Istanbul if its bid is any good. I doubt the IOC would want to give Europe two summer games in eight years (sorry, Madrid), and I seriously doubt they'd want to have consecutive games in about 500 miles apart with South Korea winning the 2018 Winter Games (sorry, Tokyo).
2012-08-12 09:20:03 PM  
1 votes:

12349876: Istanbul, Tokyo, and Madrid are the 3 finalists for 2020. Book it done. USA didn't bid to say fark you to the IOC for not accepting Chicago.


I figured the USOC didn't bid out of resignation that the Tea Party singlehandedly farked up their bid and there was no real way to stop them from farking up a 2020 bid as well, so don't even spend the money bothering.
2012-08-12 09:19:33 PM  
1 votes:

make me some tea: What I'm surprised by is that the narration is minimal, and actually informational but not intrusive. I think NBC got the message.


Notice it's not Matt Lauer and Meridith Vieira, delivering lines straight from their Thanksgiving parade script. I actually do think they did get the message.
paj
2012-08-12 09:19:09 PM  
1 votes:

Greta_VanHouten: I was really disappointed when Bowie didn't appear in person. He should be there.


He hasn't performed since 2006 IIRC, heart surgery.
2012-08-12 09:18:51 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: IMDWalrus: I'd look it up online later, but I already know that NBC is going to police the hell out of all of the video sites

The BBC has the opening and closing ceremonies online. And there's not a damn thing NBC can do about it.

DamnYankees: Probably Chicago or New York

The US is going to have a hard time getting the Olympics any time soon owing to some issues the US refuses to address in regards to not just the Olympics but also the Paralympics.


Am I going to need anything like Expat Shield to see them? I'm guessing they're region-locked, like most of the BBC's video is?
2012-08-12 09:18:44 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: The US is going to have a hard time getting the Olympics any time soon owing to some issues the US refuses to address in regards to not just the Olympics but also the Paralympics.


Details?
2012-08-12 09:17:47 PM  
1 votes:

IMDWalrus: I'd look it up online later, but I already know that NBC is going to police the hell out of all of the video sites


The BBC has the opening and closing ceremonies online. And there's not a damn thing NBC can do about it.

DamnYankees: Probably Chicago or New York


The US is going to have a hard time getting the Olympics any time soon owing to some issues the US refuses to address in regards to not just the Olympics but also the Paralympics.
2012-08-12 09:17:39 PM  
1 votes:

make me some tea: What I'm surprised by is that the narration is minimal, and actually informational but not intrusive. I think NBC got the message.


I've noticed this too.

However, I am STILL sending NBC a VERY strongly worded letter about the overall presentation.
2012-08-12 09:16:30 PM  
1 votes:

shotglasss: DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.

Chicago was the first to get tossed. No point in letting that happen again. Put it in St. Louis.


I live in St. Louis and we DON'T have the infrastructure to pull off an event like this.

That's why I was rooting for Chicago since it's only a 5+ hour drive from me.
paj
2012-08-12 09:16:08 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: WE ARE,....THE WHO!!!!! Kaiser Chiefs


ftfy
2012-08-12 09:15:12 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.


Mexico won't get it unless they can get those nasty cartel wars under control.
2012-08-12 09:15:02 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: WhyteRaven74: Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.

Prolly Tokyo.

I disagree. They tend to rotate by region. From 1980 onwards its been:

Europe, North America, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, Europe, Asia, Europe, South America

I think North America will get it in 2020. Probably Chicago or New York, maybe Mexico City or Toronto.


They already have their short list for 2020 already.

It's either going to be Tokyo, Istanbul, or Mardid.

My money is on Istanbul to "make a statement" like they're about to do with Rio 2016.
2012-08-12 09:10:19 PM  
1 votes:
Oh, and there was this one athlete, didn't catch the nation, who brought in a sign saying "THANKS COACH". That was pretty cool.
2012-08-12 09:08:02 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: FriarReb98: I have serious doubts about the veracity of what we see in the commercials for Stars Earn Stripes....
I want to see how they handle things when they use live ammo, you damn well know they'll have things set up so there can't be any "ooooops....." moments.

I want live ammo, live fire exercises, and a massive training accident involving lots of explosives so the show will be over in one episode since everyone got blown up. But not the actual US troops. Because they're doing something worth a damn.
2012-08-12 09:07:53 PM  
1 votes:

Practical_Draconian: Istanbul, Madrid or Tokyo.


Prolly Tokyo.
2012-08-12 09:07:20 PM  
1 votes:
Oh for godsakes Seacrest this isn't American Top 40. Just shut up and let's hear the damn music for once!
2012-08-12 09:06:57 PM  
1 votes:
Cool John Lennon thing, but it reminded me of the photo of him dead, and made me sad.
2012-08-12 09:05:35 PM  
1 votes:
I kind of wish they'd gotten someone to cover the song.

The Arctic Monkeys nailed "Come Together." I'll bet they could have found someone to do justice to "imagine."
2012-08-12 09:04:00 PM  
1 votes:

FriarReb98: I have serious doubts about the veracity of what we see in the commercials for Stars Earn Stripes....


I want to see how they handle things when they use live ammo, you damn well know they'll have things set up so there can't be any "ooooops....." moments.
2012-08-12 09:03:56 PM  
1 votes:
Oh god. The most pretentious song ever sung.
2012-08-12 09:03:12 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: Mrtraveler01: Nah, they'll just show Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer a million times like they do in all the tourism ads for Brazil.

Yep. And pretend like the favelas don't exist. And Brazilians have such lovely attitudes those who live in the favelas.....


Reminds me of this:

Marge: What a charming neighborhood!
Lisa: Mom, these are slums. The government just painted them bright colors so the tourists wouldn't be offended.
Marge: Works for me.
2012-08-12 09:01:45 PM  
1 votes:
AMONG THE THINGS NBC HAS IN ALL LIKELIHOOD CUT BY NOW:

*Bahraini guy trying to look dignified, getting run over by Portuguese guy with soccer scarf
*French backflip competition
*Really hammy Guyanese guy
*German athletes carrying one of their own on their shoulders
2012-08-12 09:00:52 PM  
1 votes:

geom_00: ThisIsNotSubtle: geom_00: What happens if Iran and Israel end up near each other???

In Atlanta, Iranians and Israelis hugged and took photos with each other and sang. The Olympics are like that.

THAT is the true Olympic spirit. THAT is the stuff that I LOVE about these games.


24.media.tumblr.com
2012-08-12 08:57:59 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: Mrtraveler01: get their infrastructure and crime under control.

I can imagine there won't be many aerial shots of Rio, seeing as it's near impossible to have one and not have the favelas show up.


They'll be bulldozed long before the Games arrive.
2012-08-12 08:57:54 PM  
1 votes:

ThisIsNotSubtle: geom_00: What happens if Iran and Israel end up near each other???

In Atlanta, Iranians and Israelis hugged and took photos with each other and sang. The Olympics are like that.


That was sadly a long time ago. I dont believe they have any contact now; hope im wrong.
2012-08-12 08:54:16 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: Mrtraveler01: get their infrastructure and crime under control.

I can imagine there won't be many aerial shots of Rio, seeing as it's near impossible to have one and not have the favelas show up.


Nah, they'll just show Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer a million times like they do in all the tourism ads for Brazil.
2012-08-12 08:53:37 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Wow, the first gig for Madness in ages.

Actually they tour regularly


And are still awesome.
2012-08-12 08:52:38 PM  
1 votes:

Mrtraveler01: get their infrastructure and crime under control.


I can imagine there won't be many aerial shots of Rio, seeing as it's near impossible to have one and not have the favelas show up.
2012-08-12 08:52:03 PM  
1 votes:
Instead of the airlines losing luggage, could they do us a favor an lose the NBC people, like in Siberia or something? I would gladly pay extra baggage fees for that to happen.
2012-08-12 08:51:40 PM  
1 votes:

I_Love_Cheesecake: Mrtraveler01: Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Still better than Vancouver. Worst Olympics ever.

Just because Toronto keeps losing every time it bids for the Olympics is no reason to be bitter.

/Honestly thinks Toronto's time will be soon

I doubt it. There would be a huge pushback from progressive elements in the city - and they have a lot of influence on council.


I see your point. But it didn't stop Vancouver. And you can't tell me that Toronto is more progressive than Vancouver.

Plus they got the advantage of hosting the PanAm games in 2015 like Rio did in 2007. I heard that the fact that Rio hosted that in 2007 gave it significant advantage in the bid process.

www.underconsideration.com
2012-08-12 08:47:46 PM  
1 votes:
Needs more Daleks .
2012-08-12 08:47:40 PM  
1 votes:

EngineerAU: Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Still better than Vancouver. Worst Olympics ever.

St. Louis would like a word with you.

/No they don't. They're happy no one remembers the St. Louis games.


You sound like a Chicagoan. ;)

/Chicago got cheated out of the 1904 Olympics because they moved it to St. Louis to coincide with the World's Fair
2012-08-12 08:46:51 PM  
1 votes:

EngineerAU: St. Louis would like a word with you.

/No they don't. They're happy no one remembers the St. Louis games.


The only thing they might possibly try to bring up is Paris 1900.

Those two games forced an intermediary games in Athens just to prove they could be done right.
2012-08-12 08:46:13 PM  
1 votes:
Carbon fire? No wonder he runs so damned fast, he's trying to escape!
2012-08-12 08:44:13 PM  
1 votes:

Gaylord Q. Tinkledink: Still better than Vancouver. Worst Olympics ever.


Just because Toronto keeps losing every time it bids for the Olympics is no reason to be bitter.

/Honestly thinks Toronto's time will be soon
2012-08-12 08:42:33 PM  
1 votes:

DamnYankees: FriarReb98: Skyrmion: What's with all this cheesy pop? Are we gonna get Rick Astley next?

RickRolling the Olympics would make up for *most* of the last seventeen days.

Oh god, that would have been amazing.


He is British.

So anything can happen.
2012-08-12 08:41:08 PM  
1 votes:

IMDWalrus: Stomp: because...uh...


They're from London.
2012-08-12 08:40:22 PM  
1 votes:
Stomp: because...uh...

Mrtraveler01: IMDWalrus: So that's who One Direction is.

The song isn't terrible.

It's on the radio all the damn time though.


The car I'm driving right now hasn't had a working radio for at least two years. Pair that with an office job, my iPod, and customized internet radio, and there's a lot of stuff I'm blissfully ignorant of.
2012-08-12 08:39:44 PM  
1 votes:
If the Clash come out and do London Calling, I will shiat my pants.
2012-08-12 08:39:03 PM  
1 votes:

kevinatilusa: James72: Do they even pay attention to the lyrics of the songs they selected?

How many times have we heard "Born in the USA" in the last couple weeks?


It always makes my day when they play that song on the 4th of July as if it was a patriotic song.
2012-08-12 08:38:31 PM  
1 votes:
Honestly, for boy band pop, this isn't terrible.
2012-08-12 08:38:04 PM  
1 votes:
The Beibers is a band?
2012-08-12 08:37:52 PM  
1 votes:

ds_4815: Pontious Pilates: Pretty weaksauce closing ceremonies so far. Nothing will ever top the Canadagasm in Vancouver two years ago. Giant inflatable beavers, Katherine O'Hara. They had it all, and it was so deliciously cheesy.

Described it to my friends as "South Park Presents: Canada! ON ICE". Was never so proud to be Canadian as during those few hours.


And I was never so proud to have grown up 45 minutes from the border and thus understood most of what was going on. Good on ya, Canucks. That was fun.
2012-08-12 08:37:16 PM  
1 votes:
I turn it on for 5 seconds and hear a mistake in the first 5 seconds. "West End Girls" is not a hit from 1984, it's a hit from 1986.

/turned it back off

From Wikpedia:
The first version of the song was produced by Bobby Orlando and was released on Columbia Records' Bobcat Records imprint in April 1984, becoming a club hit in the United States and some European countries. After the duo signed with EMI, the song was re-recorded with producer Stephen Hague for their first studio album, Please. In October 1985, the song was re-released, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and the United States in 1986.
2012-08-12 08:34:56 PM  
1 votes:
I'm glad I got high for this
2012-08-12 08:33:17 PM  
1 votes:

Pontious Pilates: Pretty weaksauce closing ceremonies so far. Nothing will ever top the Canadagasm in Vancouver two years ago. Giant inflatable beavers, Katherine O'Hara. They had it all, and it was so deliciously cheesy.


And to top it all off, they had Nickleback play in an attempt to drive the foreigners out of the country.

Or at least that's what I thought the reason was.
2012-08-12 08:33:01 PM  
1 votes:
So, personal highlight of Olympics watching?

I think my favorite was the James-Blade Runner exchange of name bibs.
2012-08-12 08:32:37 PM  
1 votes:

FriarReb98: The fark is Batman doing there?


It's from the show Only Fools and Horses
2012-08-12 08:32:08 PM  
1 votes:

WhyteRaven74: And for once Harry has to act like a grownup. Also, wondering why he's there, not his brother or his dad if the queen couldn't make it.


Everyone seems to have forgotten Prince Charles entirely. I think even the Queen has no faith in his ability to be King, and would like to somehow bypass him and pass the crown to William. And Prince Charles must be thinking, "goddammit, her mother live to be 102, is mummsie ever going to die so I can wear the crown while I can still hold my head up?"
2012-08-12 08:31:50 PM  
1 votes:
Pretty weaksauce closing ceremonies so far. Nothing will ever top the Canadagasm in Vancouver two years ago. Giant inflatable beavers, Katherine O'Hara. They had it all, and it was so deliciously cheesy.
2012-08-12 08:31:19 PM  
1 votes:
This is a very confusing ceremony.
2012-08-12 08:29:14 PM  
1 votes:

TeddyRooseveltsMustache: This is some weird shiat. Paper cars? What the fark.


They're not paper, just wrapped in newsprint and the newsprint has lines from famous British literary works, going back to Beowulf
2012-08-12 08:28:04 PM  
1 votes:
And for once Harry has to act like a grownup. Also, wondering why he's there, not his brother or his dad if the queen couldn't make it.
2012-08-12 08:24:53 PM  
1 votes:

ManateeGag: SEPHIROTH KILLS DUMBLEDORE!


Thus completing the great circle of life.

/Alls I'll say is, the best part of the Closing Ceremonies doesn't have NEARLY enough vocal justice done to it
//Fark you, Jessie J
2012-08-12 08:19:07 PM  
1 votes:

FriarReb98: So why is it that they advertised it as a 7pm start but are waiting for 830 to actually show it?


So, they can sell us sheep a whole bunch of Coke and crap.
 
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