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(Jezebel)   NBC won't livestream the Opening Ceremonies at Sochi next month, instead will edit it into one package that will "maximize the viewing experience." Translated: "USA. USA. USA"   (jezebel.com ) divider line
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2014-01-08 04:27:17 PM  

Radioactive Ass: Millennium: More likely, I think, is that they're terrified of groups staging protest actions that NBC might be sued for, were it to broadcast them. By editing the opening ceremonies, they can cut any such incidents out, and even if none happen, they can still snip out parts to put commercials in instead.

I was thinking something similar. In case "Something happens" they may not want to broadcast it live. And what with this being in Russia and the very real threats of terrorism being made by various groups against them (and they have already started) it makes some sense to hold off on the live broadcast for the opening and closing ceremonies anyway. Besides, the Summer Olympics are usually the ones with the over the top opening ceremonies. The Winter Olympics tend to be a lot more toned down in that regard. Probably because the audience is freezing their asses off as it is. This one may be a bit different though because Sochi is not all that cold of a location in comparison to the previous venues.


It would be fitting for a major terrorist attack to hit the Olympics and NBC cuts to Coke commercial instead, like putting blinders on a horse while the BBC et al show it all and confront the reality of it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? And hopefully none of our viewers check any other news or internet news resources to find out what they missed!
 
2014-01-08 04:28:11 PM  

IAmRight: mr0x: They had done zero homework, didn't know a single athlete from any of the countries and what sports different countries were expect to medal in

Let's all remember that you're asking them to basically have a job where they know a few sports most of the year, then every four years they have to pretend they know about tens of thousands of athletes from all over the world, most of which aren't going to win anything and will never be remembered by anyone but their families...and that information is useful for all of a span of one day to two weeks. Because after the Olympics, everyone goes back to not giving a flying f*ck about any of the sports that were just so "important" to them.


It is pretty unreasonable to expect them to do any research before hand, or to work with a staff of researchers instead of hair dressers. They are, after all, commentators and not reporters.
 
2014-01-08 04:33:33 PM  

Tr0mBoNe: http://olympics.cbc.ca/

I'm cool with the old people who watch TV getting spoon fed their pablum. I'll stick to the raw streams from the web.


We're talking about the Olympics, dude.  Not civil war in the Congo.  But congratulations on your resolution to stare down unfiltered reality until it blinks.
 
2014-01-08 04:33:43 PM  

Cataholic: Sadly, the olympics used to be about athletes coming together and ignoring political differences for the purpose of competition


No it didn't. When was this mythical time when the Olympics weren't political? When the NAZIs hosted the 36 games? When Smith and Carlos opposed apartheid on the podium in 68? When the Israeli wrestling team was murdered in 72? Or when the US basketball team was literally jobbed that same year? When western democracies boycotted 80 because of the invasion of Afghanistan, and then the commies boycotted 84 out of spite/revenge? When the korean boxing fix scandal broke in 88? Or the figure skating scandal in 02 (which they haven't cleaned up... they changed the rules but they didn't change the judges)?

There's actually been LESS politics in recent games than before. The Cold War era had some seriously disgusting jingoistic bravado going on, and its part of the reason why American interest has fallen by the wayside: No superpower enemies to fight.

But the Olympics has always been marred by corruption, bribery, underhanded dealings, crooked rulings and nationalistic pride. That will never change.
 
2014-01-08 04:35:09 PM  

IAmRight: mr0x: They had done zero homework, didn't know a single athlete from any of the countries and what sports different countries were expect to medal in

Let's all remember that you're asking them to basically have a job where they know a few sports most of the year, then every four years they have to pretend they know about tens of thousands of athletes from all over the world, most of which aren't going to win anything and will never be remembered by anyone but their families...and that information is useful for all of a span of one day to two weeks. Because after the Olympics, everyone goes back to not giving a flying f*ck about any of the sports that were just so "important" to them.


Compare that to the British commentators who had done their homework and had notes for each country. They identified the top ranked players in different sports. They didn't spend a single second on politics. They talked about the legacy of different sports for different countries. It doesn't have to be expert commentary but just reading some well researched notes is fine.

There are people who follow specific sports like track, judo or badminton or something like that and if the commentators just talk about terrorists and war, then it's farking stupid.

Although the British commentary on the marathon was terrible. The commentators didn't recognize any of the top athletes and when significant things happened (like when Andrew Hall dropped out), they couldn't grasp the significance of the event. Though its probably because I'm spoiled from the great commentary you get in the city marathons.
 
2014-01-08 04:35:59 PM  

IAmRight: Let's all remember that you're asking them to basically have a job where they know a few sports most of the year, then every four years they have to pretend they know about tens of thousands of athletes from all over the world, most of which aren't going to win anything and will never be remembered by anyone but their families...and that information is useful for all of a span of one day to two weeks. Because after the Olympics, everyone goes back to not giving a flying f*ck about any of the sports that were just so "important" to them.


I'm just amused that people actually sit there watching the opening ceremonies who expect it to be covered as a major event instead of the fluff it is.

Honestly, it's a parade of athletes carrying flags and marching into a stadium, then some choreographed bit of nonsense to promote whatever the host country wishes to promote, then we all go home.  The only practical purpose it serves is to allow the athletes to start scoping out who they want to fark in the Olympic Village.
 
2014-01-08 04:36:07 PM  
I was watching some show yesterday (or Monday, I don't remember) and they were complaining that with Vonn pulling out of the Olympics, it'll be hard for NBC because she was the big star and no one wants to watch anyone else and blah blah blah. Other countries have proven this is false. The Olympics MAKE the stars, the reason people only watch the big stars in the US is because that's the only option they're given. Its hard to get "into" an event when all you see is the 60 second run down the luge track (for example). Show the whole event. Of course, focus on the Americans, but if you show the whole thing, with people pointing out all the little things the athletes are doing right and wrong, people understand why these guys are phenomenal athletes and that creates stars that people want to watch. We all you see if one run, you think "this guy gets a gold medal for riding a toboggan? who cares"

American coverage of the Olympics is, to me, almost unwatchable. For all NBC does with it, they might as well pull out of the Olympics and create their own American-only championships. They wouldn't have to whine about timezones, and timeshift things for prime time (which doesn't work for sporting events) and they wouldn't have to edit the rest of the world out of it.
 
2014-01-08 04:42:46 PM  
Wasn't the 2012 NBC Olympics filled with ads to Animal Hospital? Even cutting the London Bombing Victims tribute to show a sneak peek of the show which got canned 2-3 weeks later?
 
2014-01-08 04:43:52 PM  

Electromax: It would be fitting for a major terrorist attack to hit the Olympics and NBC cuts to Coke commercial instead, like putting blinders on a horse while the BBC et al show it all and confront the reality of it. Out of sight, out of mind, right? And hopefully none of our viewers check any other news or internet news resources to find out what they missed!


Oh they would show it (well most of it, think jumpers on 9/11) because they would pretty much have to. But then it would be run by the news desk and not the sports desk. Also at that point it no longer becomes "Olympic" coverageTM which is the property of the IOC and its subsidiaries but "News" coverage which would be carried by every broadcaster with a news desk. NBC also might have some clause in their contract that keeps them from showing the Olympics in general in a negative light, something that the other news types wouldn't have to deal with, that's just an assumption on my part though but it wouldn't surprise me if it were true.

All of that aside there is a 12 hour time difference between Sochi and the US west coast which means that not everyone will be able to see the ceremonies live anyway (most people in the US will be at work, getting to work or getting ready for work while it is going on). The Europeans at worst have a 4 hour difference so just as they are getting off of work is when the ceremonies will be starting for them which in turn makes much more sense for them to have live coverage.
 
2014-01-08 04:45:25 PM  

Yanks_RSJ: Honestly, it's a parade of athletes carrying flags and marching into a stadium


Exactly why I initially pointed out how pathetic it was that grown-ass men were out here whining about not being able to see a parade.
 
2014-01-08 04:51:03 PM  

DamnYankees: I'm not sure why they can't do this and also provide a livestream online.


A live stream wouldn't have commercial breaks were sponsors tell you to prove you love America by buying overpriced crap that was made in China that you neither need nor want, nor would it focus exclusively on American athletes and their back-stories on how they rose up from nothing to be the best Curler or Figure Skater in the world.
 
2014-01-08 04:52:15 PM  

cirby: Nabb1:
It's not the Duck Dynasty nimrods. Dick Ebersol is solely responsible for the way the Olympics are packaged and brought to you. Because he figured out decades ago, that selling and airing the Olympics as a sporting event wasn't working. The vast majority of events are not sports people follow year round. He changed it to a package of human interest stories.

The problem with a lot of Olympic events - the way they run the schedule, anyway - is that you get a really neat shot of some people doing something amazingly athletic for 30 seconds, then ten minutes of getting set up for the next event.

The other problem is that most people - yes, even the ones who supposedly love particular events aren't that interested in the events where the two lowest-ranked skiers face off for who comes in last. Unless one of them is really interesting in some other way. Face it: to most people (yes, even the most rabid sports fans, and even the fans of those particular sports), most unedited sporting events are dead-flat boring to watch.


Eddie the Eagle ftw.
 
2014-01-08 04:53:52 PM  

Trocadero: Tax Boy: Rwa2play: Yanks_RSJ: Five Tails of Fury: Yanks_RSJ: As long as they dedicate one of their channels to showing curling 18 hours per day and another to hockey, I'm all set.

So you want the CBC, then.

That would be fine, but I'm not one of those people who claim to like sports but won't pay for cable, so I'll be fine with NBCSN, USA, MSNBC, CNBC or any of the other channels available to me.

Yeah I'll happily watch the CBC's coverage instead, specifically for hockey.

NBC's network prime time coverage is terrible and practically unwatchable.

NBC's "subnetwork" coverage (CNBC, MSNBC, NBCSN, etc.) actually isn't bad at all. Mostly actual sports coverage with very little BS.

NBCSN is a diamond in the rough. If only they'd get some NBA rights, we could have the greatest sports theme song OF ALL TIME back.
http://youtu.be/V_h7Lm7C9Nk


Hey, NBCSN giving you access to every Premier League game when it's on is an automatic winner for me.  Also: one can never go wrong listening to Doc for a hockey game.
 
2014-01-08 05:01:44 PM  

Trocadero: 12349876: SomeoneDumb: Oh, goody! I hope they again edit out all the nations nobody cares about during the march of nations. It not only speeds things up, it gives more time for advertisers!

This is the Winter Olympics.  Already been done.

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Hold on a sec. Libya has a Winter Olympic team???


The big north African country is Algeria, not Libya, and they one athlete.  A cross country skier who finished 84th in 2010.
 
2014-01-08 05:05:09 PM  

12349876: The big north African country is Algeria, not Libya, and they one athlete.  A cross country skier who finished 84th in 2010.


This. About half that map is "well, one person who has no chance of doing anything will be there! Color it in!"
 
2014-01-08 05:13:39 PM  

IAmRight: 12349876: The big north African country is Algeria, not Libya, and they one athlete.  A cross country skier who finished 84th in 2010.

This. About half that map is "well, one person who has no chance of doing anything will be there! Color it in!"


A lot of countries don't have the climate and geography much less the money for the winter sports that all have a high monetary barrier to entry, especially the ones not on an indoor ice rink.

The summer games at least have some low barrier of entry sports.
 
2014-01-08 05:15:06 PM  

IAmRight: Felgraf: Fencing's a summer sport though, right?

If they combined fencing and skiing, THAT would be worth watching.


Well, they already do combine skiing and shooting in the biathalon, so it's not too far off.

They even ran full contact biathalon in the early 1940s.  This guy was the all time gold medalist

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2014-01-08 05:28:21 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: Well, they already do combine skiing and shooting in the biathalon, so it's not too far off.


Yeah, but swordfights with lots of speed would be WAY more interesting. As would biathlon with paintballs or something.

Also, skeleton bowling (ripped off from those old ads with luge bowling).
 
2014-01-08 05:31:53 PM  
I've got to back up NBC here. As I said during the summer games a year and a half ago... :

People say they want the events live, in real time. They don't know what they're talking about. The NBC team takes out  A METRIC shiat TON of down-time between competitors, and competitors from countries no one cares about giving performances that ultimately mean nothing to the overall competition. I've watched these things live and unedited. It's not like watching other sports.. It's maddeningly dull
 
2014-01-08 05:34:32 PM  
Do they have decent qualified announcers, as opposed to the opening of the London olympics? That was incredibly horrible. Talking over everything, not letting us listen to the real event, etc. I had to get a stream of the non-NBC local version to really enjoy it without throwing things at the TV.
 
2014-01-08 05:49:05 PM  

havocmike: People say they want the events live, in real time. They don't know what they're talking about. The NBC team takes out A METRIC shiat TON of down-time between competitors, and competitors from countries no one cares about giving performances that ultimately mean nothing to the overall competition. I've watched these things live and unedited. It's not like watching other sports.. It's maddeningly dull


CBC doesn't have this problem and it shows everything live. What is this mythical downtime you keep complaining about?
 
2014-01-08 06:06:34 PM  

nyihockey: I was watching some show yesterday (or Monday, I don't remember) and they were complaining that with Vonn pulling out of the Olympics, it'll be hard for NBC because she was the big star and no one wants to watch anyone else and blah blah blah. Other countries have proven this is false. The Olympics MAKE the stars, the reason people only watch the big stars in the US is because that's the only option they're given. Its hard to get "into" an event when all you see is the 60 second run down the luge track (for example). Show the whole event. Of course, focus on the Americans, but if you show the whole thing, with people pointing out all the little things the athletes are doing right and wrong, people understand why these guys are phenomenal athletes and that creates stars that people want to watch. We all you see if one run, you think "this guy gets a gold medal for riding a toboggan? who cares"

American coverage of the Olympics is, to me, almost unwatchable. For all NBC does with it, they might as well pull out of the Olympics and create their own American-only championships. They wouldn't have to whine about timezones, and timeshift things for prime time (which doesn't work for sporting events) and they wouldn't have to edit the rest of the world out of it.


That's exactly right. On the first Saturday of the athletics in London people were expecting Jess Ennis and Mo Farrah to do well but Greg Rutherford popped up with a long jump gold from no where and became an instant star. It was even more so in the paralympics. Before the paralympics no one in Britain knew who David Weir or Jonnie Peacock were but afterwords they damn well knew.
 
2014-01-08 06:12:46 PM  

exvaxman: Do they have decent qualified announcers, as opposed to the opening of the London olympics? That was incredibly horrible. Talking over everything, not letting us listen to the real event, etc. I had to get a stream of the non-NBC local version to really enjoy it without throwing things at the TV.


No, they confirmed yesterday that it will be the same people doing the opening ceremonies next month. In other words, get ready for more ignorant BS.
 
2014-01-08 06:14:13 PM  

Norfolking Chance: That's exactly right. On the first Saturday of the athletics in London people were expecting Jess Ennis and Mo Farrah to do well but Greg Rutherford popped up with a long jump gold from no where and became an instant star


And now he's a trivia question that you're the only person who knows the answer to.

The Olympics are great in the consume-and-forget world we live in, because they're totally irrelevant and worthless but hey, it's something that's a big deal to some people, so hey, let's pretend it's really important, then immediately stop caring as soon as it's over.
 
2014-01-08 06:15:56 PM  

Glockenspiel Hero: IAmRight: Felgraf: Fencing's a summer sport though, right?

If they combined fencing and skiing, THAT would be worth watching.

Well, they already do combine skiing and shooting in the biathalon, so it's not too far off.

They even ran full contact biathalon in the early 1940s.  This guy was the all time gold medalist

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Well Played.
 
2014-01-08 06:16:58 PM  

Ishkur: havocmike: People say they want the events live, in real time. They don't know what they're talking about. The NBC team takes out A METRIC shiat TON of down-time between competitors, and competitors from countries no one cares about giving performances that ultimately mean nothing to the overall competition. I've watched these things live and unedited. It's not like watching other sports.. It's maddeningly dull

CBC doesn't have this problem and it shows everything live. What is this mythical downtime you keep complaining about?


For most people, seeing 80 people go down the exact same mountain course over a couple hours is quite boring.

/you're probably not one of the most, and neither are people who hang out on the fark sports tab
 
2014-01-08 06:18:13 PM  

12349876: For most people, seeing 80 people go down the exact same mountain course over a couple hours is quite boring.


But one did it .013 seconds faster than the next! AWESOME
 
2014-01-08 06:19:53 PM  

uncleacid: Will Putin be parachuting in like the Queen.


No, but he will be driving a dogsled in to the stadium.....naked. But instead of dogs it will be lead by grizzly bears. He will then wrestle the biggest bear and skin it alive. He will then wear the bloody pelt like a toga for the remainder of the ceremony.
 
2014-01-08 06:23:18 PM  

Fisty Bum: I think I'm in vast minority of people, but I greatly prefer the Winter Olympics to the Summer.  I am actually interested in the majority of the sports and love watching them.  I'd rather watch short track speed skating than some random swimming event or ski jump over the long jump.

/YMMV


I prefer the Winter Olympics as well, probably because more of the competitions are individual rather than team oriented. I like seeing that one athlete come from nowhere and win a medal, rather than a team do it. Things like luge, bobsledding, downhill and the other skiing competitions are fun to watch as well.

/too bad NBC barely covers them when US competitors don't have a chance at winning
 
2014-01-08 06:24:54 PM  

Anderson's Pooper: especially using expatshield


Can't be stressed enough. You can even watch an entire hockey game without a human interest story about a figure skater's disabled sibling.
 
2014-01-08 06:34:20 PM  
IAmRight:
Yeah, but swordfights with lots of speed would be WAY more interesting. As would biathlon with paintballs or something.

Naah, they can use their regular equipment. They just need more rounds and a much looser set of rules of engagement.
 
2014-01-08 06:39:46 PM  

12349876: For most people, seeing 80 people go down the exact same mountain course over a couple hours is quite boring.


Yes, but he's talking about the downtime BETWEEN competitors. I've never seen any downtime. It's one guy after the other.
 
2014-01-08 06:54:46 PM  

Ishkur: 12349876: For most people, seeing 80 people go down the exact same mountain course over a couple hours is quite boring.

Yes, but he's talking about the downtime BETWEEN competitors. I've never seen any downtime. It's one guy after the other.


They usually show the top 5 runs, runs by Americans and runs that end up in a crash or otherwise were unusual when they compress it for the 3-4 hours of highlights for prime time airing. If you're trying to cover 10 events in a day you simply can't show them as they played out in full. It can be interesting when you're there in person but even then you only get to see a small part of the run with a few minutes between the parts that you actually can see.

There's actually a lot of downtime between runs in some events. Speed skating for example, where they get a few warm up laps in before each race. It can be up to 20-30 minutes between heats.
 
2014-01-08 07:08:16 PM  
This is where a good Tunnelbear so I can watch the Euro version comes in handy.

fark NBC
 
2014-01-08 07:13:35 PM  

Radioactive Ass: Speed skating for example, where they get a few warm up laps in before each race. It can be up to 20-30 minutes between heats.


This isn't true either.

I'm getting the feeling that none of you have actually watched the Olympics live before, and you have this misguided notion of what actually goes on fed to you by bullshiat American media.
 
2014-01-08 07:15:06 PM  

IAmRight: Felgraf: Fencing's a summer sport though, right?

If they combined fencing and skiing, THAT would be worth watching.


I would posit that many indoor sports held in the summer games should be moved to the winter games.

A) there's lots of sports that should be in the summer games that get left out unnecessarily ( baseball, golf, etc)

B) the Winter Olympics suck balls

C) wrestling and fencing are usually done in the winter anyway, so it makes sense
 
2014-01-08 07:21:31 PM  

havocmike: I've got to back up NBC here. As I said during the summer games a year and a half ago... :

People say they want the events live, in real time. They don't know what they're talking about. The NBC team takes out  A METRIC shiat TON of down-time between competitors, and competitors from countries no one cares about giving performances that ultimately mean nothing to the overall competition. I've watched these things live and unedited. It's not like watching other sports.. It's maddeningly dull


Many people in this thread have done the same and disagree completely. BBC's coverage in 2012 was phenomenal
 
2014-01-08 07:22:38 PM  

llortcM_yllort: this happens because the public would rather watch the Olympics as a reality show than as a sporting event.


If that's the case why is it the public is overwhelmingly appalled by how NBC handles things?
 
2014-01-08 07:25:19 PM  

WhyteRaven74: llortcM_yllort: this happens because the public would rather watch the Olympics as a reality show than as a sporting event.

If that's the case why is it the public is overwhelmingly appalled by how NBC handles things?


Define "public."  "Public" as in internet commentators like us, or "public" as in TV viewers and advertisers?
 
2014-01-08 07:26:39 PM  
I'm going to throw out a whole rant I was preparing to just say:

I miss "Wide World of Sports"

I miss not caring where an athlete came from, because what I was watching them do on the screen was so farking cool (or such amazing fail) that I could appreciate it in the moment.

And I'll be missing NBC's coverage this time because I felt so pandered from London's coverage that I couldn't even appreciate when obviously cool events were properly shown.
 
2014-01-08 07:30:45 PM  

Radioactive Ass: And what with this being in Russia and the very real threats of terrorism being made by various groups against them (and they have already started) it makes some sense to hold off on the live broadcast for the opening and closing ceremonies anyway.


Terrorism is great for ratings.

That is a bigger reason for them to show it live.
 
2014-01-08 07:50:17 PM  

HaywoodJablonski: I would posit that many indoor sports held in the summer games should be moved to the winter games.


Maybe we could get more Team Handball.

/we would dominate the f*ck out of that sport if it caught on here. Think of all the mobile QBs that don't quite make the NFL.
 
2014-01-08 07:53:14 PM  

Ishkur: This isn't true either.

I'm getting the feeling that none of you have actually watched the Olympics live before, and you have this misguided notion of what actually goes on fed to you by bullshiat American media.


Not between races, between heats (you know, sets of races). I have watched them live and in person and there were times where you just had to sit and wait for the next heat to start. They smooth up the track and so on then the next set of racers have to get in a few laps to see how the resurfaced ice is. That takes time. The BS from the media is when they cut out the gap that is there. If you see the Olympics live you can watch it for yourself. That's not to say that all sports are like that, a lot of the skiing, sledding and such are done back to back with little gaps between runs but again, if you are there in person you can usually only see a very small part of each run and have to wait to see the very small part of the next run. There aren't a whole lot of events where you can see the entire thing from start to finish. Mountains are big and have these big green things blocking your view and sled tracks tend to have these high banks that also block your view. If you want to see the whole thing you have to get into one of the indoor events.

I had the chance to get to Park City for a couple of days and I saw it for myself.
 
2014-01-08 07:54:47 PM  

liam76: Terrorism is great for ratings.

That is a bigger reason for them to show it live.


The IOC would probably disagree...
 
2014-01-08 08:09:59 PM  

Radioactive Ass: If you see the Olympics live you can watch it for yourself.


Go on, tell me more about how you have seen them live and I have not.
 
2014-01-08 08:27:08 PM  

IAmRight: And now he's a trivia question that you're the only person who knows the answer to.

The Olympics are great in the consume-and-forget world we live in, because they're totally irrelevant and worthless but hey, it's something that's a big deal to some people, so hey, let's pretend it's really important, then immediately stop caring as soon as it's over.


I honestly have no idea why anyone bids big money for the Olympics any longer. People can keep repeating ad nauseum that it's the greatest show on earth, but it's really a tired out, expensive event that wastes money showing sports that very few people care about any longer.

The problem is that everything interesting about athletics has gone. No-one sets world records any longer. No surprise athletes appear and win medals. There's no cold war battle over the medals table.  And without any of that, it's 8 machines running against each other for 10 seconds, which really isn't very interesting.

Greg Rutherford won the long jump with the shortest gold winning distance since the early 70s. That tells you just how dull that competition has got. Anyone fast enough to get close to Mike Powell's world record is doing something else that pays a lot more.
 
2014-01-08 08:42:56 PM  

farkeruk: IAmRight: And now he's a trivia question that you're the only person who knows the answer to.

The Olympics are great in the consume-and-forget world we live in, because they're totally irrelevant and worthless but hey, it's something that's a big deal to some people, so hey, let's pretend it's really important, then immediately stop caring as soon as it's over.

I honestly have no idea why anyone bids big money for the Olympics any longer. People can keep repeating ad nauseum that it's the greatest show on earth, but it's really a tired out, expensive event that wastes money showing sports that very few people care about any longer.

The problem is that everything interesting about athletics has gone. No-one sets world records any longer. No surprise athletes appear and win medals. There's no cold war battle over the medals table.  And without any of that, it's 8 machines running against each other for 10 seconds, which really isn't very interesting.

Greg Rutherford won the long jump with the shortest gold winning distance since the early 70s. That tells you just how dull that competition has got. Anyone fast enough to get close to Mike Powell's world record is doing something else that pays a lot more.


You know the story about the three blind men and the elephant, right?

Seems like you ended on the wrong end and have concluded it smells like shiat.
 
2014-01-08 08:52:37 PM  
I still remember the opening  ceremonies  of the winter games  a few years back, and Bob Farking Costas would not shut the fark up about explaining the dance of the "Child of Light".  All you had to do was sit and let us watch it, with the actual music and narration written for it. Costas acted like he was describing the event for blind people.  Hey, do the color commentary on the actual SPORTS, you FARK, and shut the far UP when it's the entertainment part.

They were just as bad in London.  I pray for an easy way to watch a BBC feed this time instead.

CSB from 15-20-odd years ago:  Dick Button and some worn-out  former ice dancing competitor/coach lady were doing the play-by-play on the Ice Dancing competition.  Every act was the same shtick, from a different country: really corny costumes and stilted "dance" moves, to a montage of music that had no rhyme or reason to it. "First do ten seconds of ice-waltz, then ten seconds of ice-rhumba, oh, LOOK how OUTRAGEOUS that team was, to do the ice-cha-cha BEFORE the Ice-Hustle.!"

The the Russian couple took the ice.

And blew everyone's minds.

Wearing very modern, stylized outfits, more like ballet dancers, their routine was done to some very avant-garde music, full of dissonance and cacophony of broken-sounding cuckoo clocks and collapsing machinery, as their interpretational moves played out a ballet depicting the strains of living thru the Perestroika period and changing your entire political world, ...using only movement. It was fascinating, and very emotive and evocative.... clearly levels ahead of anything anybody else was doing.

And the biotch commentator lost her shiat completely, from the very start.

 "This is ALL WRONG!

"I'm not seeing any traditional steps here!"


"I don't know what that WAS, but it was DEFinitely NOT Ice-DAN-cing!!!! 11111!!!"

"The judges should fail that team with a zero score, it was NOTHING like what we usually do!"


Dick Button was more diplomatic, allowing that it was certainly "avant-garde" and "experimentalist" in approach, but certainly showed great precision and athleticism, with creativity. The Ice biotch just never got over it. I swear she was going to have a stroke right there; had the cameas not been watching, I feel sure she's have throw a chair on the ice, and run over to claw out the eyes of the team. I forget now what level the Russians placed in that scene, but it wasn't important - they had OWNED that ice and changed the face of the sport in just a few minutes. The crowd knew it, and approved, even though miss icedancing queen disapproved.
 
2014-01-08 09:02:40 PM  
entire olympics should be boycotted, but nobody seems to have the balls
 
2014-01-08 09:06:51 PM  
The judges should fail that team

No athletic competition should ever be decided by voting. Boxing, this goes for you as well. Scoreboard or finish line or GTFO.
 
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