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2014-02-10 11:53:02 AM  
rage: i don't have a cable subscription, so i can't (legally) stream Olympic events.

not rage but the stereotype might annoy me if i were gay but amusing and worthy of a balls of steel salute:

www.truthrevolt.org
 
2014-02-10 11:56:57 AM  
My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.
 
2014-02-10 12:00:41 PM  
i like how i was settling in to get my olympics on the other night only to end up getting english premier league soccer instead.
 
2014-02-10 12:01:04 PM  
Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.
 
2014-02-10 12:03:45 PM  
You want to see luge racing? Well, stay up until 11pm then. We have to run more coverage of Mary Carrillo going places, and doing things.
 
2014-02-10 12:05:53 PM  
I just don't get it.

Yesterday I watched the NBCs coverage in the morning, then the NBC prime time coverage later in the day. But most of the coverage was of the same events-ski jumping and figure skating. Seriously? There is so little going on at the Olympics that we have to repeat coverage?  And while we are on the subject, an hour of ski jumping is just a bit much....they all sort of look the same.

But then we have to rush through the men's downhill-which has to be one of the premier events of the Winter Olympics.

And to the color analysts- maybe stop screaming and explain WTF is going on? We watched hours of the slope snowboard stuff- but not once did anyone explain the scoring. Do all the ramps count for all that much? Is distance worth more or less than style? What about cool goggles? Maybe it is not obvious, but many of us watch events we have never seen before (or see very seldom) when we watch the Olympics.

And yes, I am sure I could stream something better...but really- all I want to do is sit in the chair in front of a fire and click on the bigscreen. I don't want to run an IT lab, or fight with some website somewhere.

OTOH, there are just some events and performances that even NBC can't fark up.
 
2014-02-10 12:06:12 PM  

hb0mb: My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.


I want to see the video of Ballmer when he heard that comment.
 
2014-02-10 12:08:12 PM  
Don't we do this every 2 years, and NBC ignores us and does its thing anyway?
 
2014-02-10 12:09:45 PM  
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2014-02-10 12:26:35 PM  

ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.


http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/02/black-olympians-step-forefront-lik e- never-2014-sochi-winter-games/
 
2014-02-10 12:27:12 PM  

hb0mb: My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.


I wished they would have just shut the f*ck up for awhile. Somebody in the Fark thread suggested that they have an SAP-like button that would block the announcers and let the audience enjoy the pageantry for what it is.

/I don't need to hear 14 times that they are announcing the countries in Cyrillic-Alphabet order.
 
2014-02-10 12:28:07 PM  
 
2014-02-10 12:30:43 PM  

I hate to admit this but I like the coverage so far. The media really has a hate on for Russia this year. They went so far as to mention the alleged affair between Putin and one of the ladies running the torch.

ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.


Here is one. And a funny story too!

img607.imageshack.us
Link

 
2014-02-10 12:32:26 PM  

ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.


Yes, this female Russian curler. And she's magnificent. PNSFW http://yapet.livejournal.com/252952.html
 
2014-02-10 12:34:20 PM  

ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.


And how can you miss this?!
img802.imageshack.us


And this really needs a caption contest:
img849.imageshack.us
 
2014-02-10 12:43:13 PM  

dj_bigbird: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

Yes, this female Russian curler. And she's magnificent. PNSFW http://yapet.livejournal.com/252952.html


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 12:44:16 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

And this really needs a caption contest:



img.fark.net

and these crazy white people actually pay money to watch fat guys slide a big freaking rock down the ice
 
2014-02-10 12:50:22 PM  

hb0mb: My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.


That was product placement.
 
2014-02-10 12:52:14 PM  
I have Fios, so I can watch whatever I want live online.

I just watched Team USA get our asses kicked in curling and now I have the sads.
 
2014-02-10 12:53:49 PM  
I haven't really been watching the Olympics, so I can't really complain about anything.

However, I DO enjoy watching people on the internet whine about NBC's coverage of the Olympics, so if I could get some better coverage of that I would be happier.
 
2014-02-10 12:56:38 PM  
So basically it's the same tape-delayed human interest nonsense that we've dealt with for decades. Except now people have the power to broadcast their disproportionate hissy-fit rage all over the world instantaneously. Thanks Slate.
 
2014-02-10 01:07:37 PM  
img31.imageshack.us
 
2014-02-10 01:13:34 PM  
The #NBCFail hashtag is in full force.

Also check out An Open Letter To NBC
 
2014-02-10 01:23:22 PM  
Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.
 
2014-02-10 01:33:19 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: And this really needs a caption contest


i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-10 01:33:38 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


Don't forget the biathlon.

Skiing AND shooting.
 
2014-02-10 01:34:40 PM  
Personally, I love pink eye'd Bob Costas. Looks hilarious everytime i see him
 
2014-02-10 01:36:43 PM  
Seriously NBC. Is there something else going on right now other than Women's Ski Jump training? It's not even the actual event.
 
2014-02-10 01:38:19 PM  

Tooterfish: Personally, I love pink eye'd Bob Costas. Looks hilarious everytime i see him


Maybe even

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 01:42:02 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


No, the Summer Games are way better. There are a million track & field events, swimming, handball, basketball, gymnastics. Tons of exciting stuff.

The problem with the winter olympics is that there's very little direct competition. With the exception of speed skating, how many events feature people going against each other at the same time? If you watch luge, you see "guy going fast around a corner, fast around another corner, there's his time. Now here's the next guy going fast around a corner..." If you watch running or swimming it's "Okay, we're gonna fire this gun. Swim/run back here as fast as you can." Seeing one athlete run by another is way more rewarding than seeing a skiier hit a checkpoint 0.09 seconds faster than the current leader. There's no "photo finish" potential at the Winter games (again, aside from speed skating and cross-country skiing).

And yeah, whoever mentioned the scoring confusion upthread is right. I had no idea what was going on with the slopestyle stuff.
 
2014-02-10 01:45:32 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


I forget who called it the World Slipping and Sliding Championships. Maybe Jim Murray. He nailed it.
 
2014-02-10 01:45:58 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


They should move some of the indoor summer olympics sports into the winter olympics to combat some of the summer bloat. There's no reason weightlifting, judo, etc couldn't be done in the winter.
 
2014-02-10 01:48:52 PM  

ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.


saw a couple marching in the opening ceremonies.

But yeah, the winter olympics are very white.
 
2014-02-10 01:48:58 PM  
i.imgur.com
 
2014-02-10 01:49:54 PM  

Imperialism: And yeah, whoever mentioned the scoring confusion upthread is right. I had no idea what was going on with the slopestyle stuff.


More flips - good.  Falling or hands touching the ground during landing - bad.
 
2014-02-10 01:50:42 PM  

hb0mb: My favorite part was during the opening ceremonies when the lady newscaster told everyone if they wanted to know more about the Russian alphabet they should, "google it."  Gee, newslady, that's very helpful.


I figured she was "fark it, do it yourself" because she was cold.
 
2014-02-10 01:50:50 PM  

Tax Boy: spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.

They should move some of the indoor summer olympics sports into the winter olympics to combat some of the summer bloat. There's no reason weightlifting, judo, etc couldn't be done in the winter.


It means building yet another arena or two.
 
2014-02-10 01:55:07 PM  

derpy: Tax Boy: spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.

They should move some of the indoor summer olympics sports into the winter olympics to combat some of the summer bloat. There's no reason weightlifting, judo, etc couldn't be done in the winter.

It means building yet another arena or two.


I went to the atlanta olympics. these events were in the convention center. They threw down some mats and put up temporary bleachers. Done.

Of course in Sochi terms, doing this would cost Eleven Billion dollars.
 
2014-02-10 01:57:37 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/02/black-olympians-step-forefront-lik e- never-2014-sochi-winter-games/


How does Lolo Jones count as black? The only thing black about her is her weird ass name.
 
2014-02-10 01:58:32 PM  
Some people were mad that NBC didn't show the Russian police choir singing "Get Lucky"

Wow, that was awesome!
 
2014-02-10 02:03:23 PM  

my lip balm addiction: InterruptingQuirk: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/02/black-olympians-step-forefront-lik e- never-2014-sochi-winter-games/

How does Lolo Jones count as black? The only thing black about her is her weird ass name.


You think we got her from a thinned out gene pool, nah, she is wonderful blender baby. From her wiki

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 02:04:52 PM  
you would see an actual outcry if the majority of americans watching had already seen the cbc and bcb programming models.   most people have no reference point of pure suck on the suck spectrum.
 
2014-02-10 02:10:39 PM  

craigzy: you would see an actual outcry if the majority of americans watching had already seen the cbc and bcb programming models.   most people have no reference point of pure suck on the suck spectrum.


It's trivially easy to watch BBC coverage, don't even need to go with using a proxy, for those who are so motivated. And judging by the number of people asking for links, I'd say that's a lot of people. Also with the live streaming on NBC people are seeing how events actually run and that's not helping NBC with their regular coverage.
 
2014-02-10 02:11:28 PM  

dj_bigbird: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

Yes, this female Russian curler. And she's magnificent. PNSFW http://yapet.livejournal.com/252952.html


...like the fist of an angry god...
 
2014-02-10 02:12:43 PM  
This is why I VPN to Canada for CBC coverage online. I dont want to stay up and watch it live, but they have full event replays that I can watch when I get home from work, and I can watch the entire event. I plan on watching me some curling when I get home today.
 
2014-02-10 02:14:54 PM  

kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]


Obviously referencing Australia but could easily have been written by a non-Southern-state American (the spelling & grammar are too good to be from a Southerner).
 
2014-02-10 02:20:38 PM  
I "hate" it so much that I only watched the opening.

GF: "Don't you want to watch the opening ceremonies?"
Me: "No, it's a worse version of a boring parade. All they do is walk in to music."
GF: "Whatever, I'm going to turn it on and watch it."
*5 minutes lateR*
GF: "Okay you were right. This is really boring."

I might watch some hockey in the later rounds, but I really only like watching a few olympic sports (hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball) and those are mostly summer ones anyway.
 
2014-02-10 02:24:05 PM  
Umm...yeah I don't care because I'm recording the broadcast to fast forward through all the NBC yakking bits.
 
2014-02-10 02:24:33 PM  
I quit watching when the networks (NBC et. al) decided I'd rather see features about the Olympics. I don't care about the heartwarming struggles to get to this point. Mommy and Daddy had to drive you to the rink every day. Oh boo farking hoo. You fell down and broke your coccix, big farking deal. Everyone competing had struggles. Just quit talking and show the damn event. Show the damn thing live. I want to know when it happens, not 10hrs later. It has been too much to ask so I quit watching.

/quit watching when MTV stopped showing music videos
/yeah I'm old, get off my damn lawn.
 
2014-02-10 02:29:17 PM  

kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]


How cute, someone posting a rage letter on their own feed rather than the channel's feed.
 
2014-02-10 02:29:34 PM  
I have 4 words to say then I will leave.

Not one single minute.

Okay. 3 more words.

Bob Kostas sucks.

/enjoy the Olympics. I hope Pooty Poot is found in bed with the gay Men's curling squad from Canada while they are brooming his privates
/not that there's anything wrong with gay curling
 
2014-02-10 02:29:36 PM  

my lip balm addiction: kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]

Obviously referencing Australia but could easily have been written by a non-Southern-state American (the spelling & grammar are too good to be from a Southerner).


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 02:31:13 PM  

redmid17: I "hate" it so much that I only watched the opening.

GF: "Don't you want to watch the opening ceremonies?"
Me: "No, it's a worse version of a boring parade. All they do is walk in to music."
GF: "Whatever, I'm going to turn it on and watch it."
*5 minutes lateR*
GF: "Okay you were right. This is really boring."

I might watch some hockey in the later rounds, but I really only like watching a few olympic sports (hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball) and those are mostly summer ones anyway.


Yeah, you missed a hell of a show. There were some interesting bits before the athletes walked in, and then there was a awesome floor show. The Russians projected really cool scenery on the floor of the stadium and had the actors and dancers moving around in it while the scenery changed around them. The technical ability to do that was cool, but the coordination and actual show using that produced one of the best opening shows ever.
 
2014-02-10 02:31:38 PM  

the801: rage: i don't have a cable subscription, so i can't (legally) stream Olympic events.

not rage but the stereotype might annoy me if i were gay but amusing and worthy of a balls of steel salute:

[www.truthrevolt.org image 700x394]


OK, I just saw this image for the first time about 20 minutes ago here on fark, what's the story behind it? Is this a commentator? Is he trying to specifically make a point about the Russia homophobia thing, or has he been dressing like this for years? I just don't know who the guy is.
 
2014-02-10 02:31:54 PM  

mr_a: We watched hours of the slope snowboard stuff- but not once did anyone explain the scoring. Do all the ramps count for all that much? Is distance worth more or less than style? What about cool goggles? Maybe it is not obvious, but many of us watch events we have never seen before (or see very seldom) when we watch the Olympics.


As I understand it, there are literally no scoring standards for slopestyle at all.  The judges watch, then they make up a number based on any criteria they, as individuals, have.  The end.  So, cool goggles -- maybe.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think I really like that.
 
2014-02-10 02:32:33 PM  

Imperialism: The problem with the winter olympics is that there's very little direct competition. With the exception of speed skating, how many events feature people going against each other at the same time? If you watch luge, you see "guy going fast around a corner, fast around another corner, there's his time. Now here's the next guy going fast around a corner..." If you watch running or swimming it's "Okay, we're gonna fire this gun. Swim/run back here as fast as you can." Seeing one athlete run by another is way more rewarding than seeing a skiier hit a checkpoint 0.09 seconds faster than the current leader. There's no "photo finish" potential at the Winter games (again, aside from speed skating and cross-country skiing)


Yep, there are few actual races.. even Speed Skating is a timed event (other than short-track).  It's boring.

Then there are so many judged events and the stupidly silly trick skiing/boarding events.  Oh he turned around 3 times and put a finger in his anus.  That's a bonus of 5.729.

All of the scoring is so complicated, I don't think they know how to explain it.
 
2014-02-10 02:33:10 PM  

redmid17: I "hate" it so much that I only watched the opening.

GF: "Don't you want to watch the opening ceremonies?"
Me: "No, it's a worse version of a boring parade. All they do is walk in to music."
GF: "Whatever, I'm going to turn it on and watch it."
*5 minutes lateR*
GF: "Okay you were right. This is really boring."

I might watch some hockey in the later rounds, but I really only like watching a few olympic sports (hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball) and those are mostly summer ones anyway.


Really, you just want to watch the end of the ceremonies, all the spectacle and technical show, right? Or is that at the beginning? I can never remember, but it's the only part of the opening ceremonies I watch...
 
2014-02-10 02:34:11 PM  
Whatever.  The winter Olympics are for women and gays.  I have no desire to watch dudes in spandex riding a sled or people prancing about ice dancing.  BTW, Sidney Crosby is the favorite for the gold in ice dancing.  Hockey (both men's and women's) is the only thing worth watching.  And even that annoys the crap out of me because it jacks around with the the NHL schedule.
 
2014-02-10 02:35:03 PM  

Shostie: spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.

Don't forget the biathlon.

Skiing AND shooting.


I think the biathlon would be more fun to watch if they could take out the competition...
 
2014-02-10 02:35:29 PM  
I actually prefer the Winter Olympics over the Summer competitions. There are fewer 'team' sports and more individual competitions, and I enjoy watching the alpine events especially. The biathlon competitions this weekend were actually entertaining to watch, but then NBC decided to show them both live in the morning and then recorded in the afternoon. Apparently quite a few of the matches are being played at night at these Olympics late enough to be seen live if you're near a TV during the daytime.

What bugs me the most are the inevitable puff pieces and build-ups for upcoming taped competitions. Last night's promo for the men's downhill final, they mentioned the eventual winner, Bode Miller and an "up and coming" young American skiier. I told my wife that even if I didn't know that Miller hadn't won, I would have known something was up because no way would they have mentioned the other American skiier unless he did something notable, and wouldn't have mentioned the Norwegian skiier at all.

And of course there was ice skating, and ice skating, and MORE ice skating, then there was ice DANCING. They should at least have people throwing things at them while they're performing their routines, just to make it more interesting...
 
2014-02-10 02:38:33 PM  

Slaves2Darkness: redmid17: I "hate" it so much that I only watched the opening.

GF: "Don't you want to watch the opening ceremonies?"
Me: "No, it's a worse version of a boring parade. All they do is walk in to music."
GF: "Whatever, I'm going to turn it on and watch it."
*5 minutes lateR*
GF: "Okay you were right. This is really boring."

I might watch some hockey in the later rounds, but I really only like watching a few olympic sports (hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball) and those are mostly summer ones anyway.

Yeah, you missed a hell of a show. There were some interesting bits before the athletes walked in, and then there was a awesome floor show. The Russians projected really cool scenery on the floor of the stadium and had the actors and dancers moving around in it while the scenery changed around them. The technical ability to do that was cool, but the coordination and actual show using that produced one of the best opening shows ever.


From my view, it looks like I didn't miss anything, though obviously there are a lot of people who enjoy that stuff. I've never really been one for parades, fireworks displays, et al. Not really up my alley.
 
2014-02-10 02:38:40 PM  
So tell me that NBC covers all the US Hockey games at least...

Maybe even one not involving the US, or is that madness.
 
2014-02-10 02:39:25 PM  
In addition to all the other stuff for which they deserve hate, I really hate how NBC went from a nice grid layout for the streaming video on their website for the 2012 Summer Olympics to "Put everything on one page in a list, with no semblance of order, and make that page impossible to find from the main page".
 
2014-02-10 02:39:30 PM  

Panty Sniffer: The winter Olympics are for women and gays.  I have no desire to watch dudes in spandex


Somebody sounds like they have a big closet to come out of....
 
2014-02-10 02:43:21 PM  

pslong009: In addition to all the other stuff for which they deserve hate, I really hate how NBC went from a nice grid layout for the streaming video on their website for the 2012 Summer Olympics to "Put everything on one page in a list, with no semblance of order, and make that page impossible to find from the main page".


Yeah, that's my personal rage as well.  Their web designers pulled out all the stops and went direct to potatoe.
 
2014-02-10 02:46:04 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: my lip balm addiction: kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]

Obviously referencing Australia but could easily have been written by a non-Southern-state American (the spelling & grammar are too good to be from a Southerner).

[img.fark.net image 256x389]


It is doubtful that Twain wrote that rant, he's been dead for a good while.
 
2014-02-10 02:46:35 PM  

kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]


he mad
 
2014-02-10 02:52:25 PM  

Moopy Mac: InterruptingQuirk: my lip balm addiction: kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]

Obviously referencing Australia but could easily have been written by a non-Southern-state American (the spelling & grammar are too good to be from a Southerner).

[img.fark.net image 256x389]

It is doubtful that Twain wrote that rant, he's been dead for a good while.


img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 02:53:01 PM  

Mikey1969: Shostie: spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.

Don't forget the biathlon.

Skiing AND shooting.

I think the biathlon would be more fun to watch if they could take out the competition...


lh3.ggpht.com
 
2014-02-10 02:54:40 PM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: Somebody in the Fark thread suggested that they have an SAP-like button that would block the announcers and let the audience enjoy the pageantry for what it is.


Step One:  Set up 5.1 surround sound.  Step Two:  Unplug center channel speaker.
(Suggested by a Farker long ago; works pretty well for football and baseball, but haven't tried yet for the Olympics.)

I feel like the rage could be split between NBC and the IOC.  Maybe someone who understands more about building fanbases can explain:  Why doesn't the IOC *require* events to be covered (like, "gold-winning performance must be aired; all performances by your country's athletes must be aired" at a minimum), or something?  You'd think they'd want to make sure their events were being broadcast, preferably in a reliable and accessible way that garners interest and draws in new fans, before granting *sole* ownership to one broadcaster!  If you're not going to do that, why not allow competition, or just sell off "you get [something that many watch] but you -must- air [something with a smaller audience]"?

But, specifically, NBC, WTF?  You have 3? 5? a brazillion? channels.  Why am I seeing pantloads of figure skating and very little else?  And, really, who gives a flying fark about the human interest stuff -- the sporting event, you know, could actually be made interesting, if you had any respect for the sport, the athletes and your audience.

Then again, if it didn't pull viewers of some kind, they'd be doing something else.

/ I know, I know:  $$
// hockey sure looks a lot like soccer on NBCSN
/// if the pre-olympic match or two I saw is any indication, the US Men's Curling team is going to get its ass kicked
 
2014-02-10 02:56:05 PM  
What exactly are you all biatching about?  These were the events that occurred yesterday:

 -  Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill
 -  Biathlon - Women's Sprint
 -  Cross-Country - Men's Skiathlon
 -  Figure Skating - Team - Men Free
 -  Ice Hockey - Women - Group B
 -  Luge - Men's Singles
 -  Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual
 -  Snowboard - Ladies' Slopestyle - Semifinal
 -  Speed Skating - Ladies' 3000m

On a lazy, snowy Sunday yesterday, I decided to stay home and watch the Olympics all day. I saw all of these events except for luge and Group B women's ice hockey, but it may have been on MSNBC or some other sister network.

And for everyone complaining about not being able to see it in real time, NBC has been showing events in real-time from 1am - 4am if you're so hard-pressed to pull an all-nighter to watch speed skating semifinals

So what exactly is the problem with NBC's coverage?
 
2014-02-10 02:56:43 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: he's been dead for a good while.


[fark_0xFCO6rGp_1Mjqd_ZEP0NRoB2EA.gif]

MMMMM.... TWAAAAIIIIINNNNSSSSS....
 
2014-02-10 03:03:38 PM  

dripping with sarcasm: I quit watching when the networks (NBC et. al) decided I'd rather see features about the Olympics. I don't care about the heartwarming struggles to get to this point. Mommy and Daddy had to drive you to the rink every day. Oh boo farking hoo. You fell down and broke your coccix, big farking deal. Everyone competing had struggles. Just quit talking and show the damn event.  Show the damn thing live. I want to know when it happens, not 10hrs later. It has been too much to ask so I quit watching.

/quit watching when MTV stopped showing music videos
/yeah I'm old, get off my damn lawn.


NBC has been showing coverage of the events live, feel free to stay up until 3am to watch them
 
2014-02-10 03:03:56 PM  

Apples01: What exactly are you all biatching about?  These were the events that occurred yesterday:

 -  Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill
 -  Biathlon - Women's Sprint
 -  Cross-Country - Men's Skiathlon
 -  Figure Skating - Team - Men Free
 -  Ice Hockey - Women - Group B
 -  Luge - Men's Singles
 -  Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual
 -  Snowboard - Ladies' Slopestyle - Semifinal
 -  Speed Skating - Ladies' 3000m

On a lazy, snowy Sunday yesterday, I decided to stay home and watch the Olympics all day. I saw all of these events except for luge and Group B women's ice hockey, but it may have been on MSNBC or some other sister network.

And for everyone complaining about not being able to see it in real time, NBC has been showing events in real-time from 1am - 4am if you're so hard-pressed to pull an all-nighter to watch speed skating semifinals

So what exactly is the problem with NBC's coverage?


NBC's daytime/live coverage is pretty good, as is the coverage on their various subchannels (NBCSN, etc.)

It's the primetime coverage that has always sucked balls. Not just NBC. CBS back in the 90s was even worse.

The primetime "coverage" doesn't treat the olympics as sport, but mostly as entertainment/reality show/travelogue, etc. I generally ignore it and try to watch/record the daytime if possible or watch online later.

Saw a tweet a while back -- something like "Keep the Today Show out of my primetime olympics".

Pretty much it in a nutshell.
 
2014-02-10 03:05:25 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: my lip balm addiction: InterruptingQuirk: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

http://uptownmagazine.com/2014/02/black-olympians-step-forefront-lik e- never-2014-sochi-winter-games/

How does Lolo Jones count as black? The only thing black about her is her weird ass name.

You think we got her from a thinned out gene pool, nah, she is wonderful blender baby. From her wiki

[img.fark.net image 758x71]


i wanna eat at the next family potluck she holds. that sounds like a good time.
 
2014-02-10 03:08:30 PM  

Bendal: I actually prefer the Winter Olympics over the Summer competitions. There are fewer 'team' sports and more individual competitions, and I enjoy watching the alpine events especially. The biathlon competitions this weekend were actually entertaining to watch, but then NBC decided to show them both live in the morning and then recorded in the afternoon. Apparently quite a few of the matches are being played at night at these Olympics late enough to be seen live if you're near a TV during the daytime.

What bugs me the most are the inevitable puff pieces and build-ups for upcoming taped competitions. Last night's promo for the men's downhill final, they mentioned the eventual winner, Bode Miller and an "up and coming" young American skiier. I told my wife that even if I didn't know that Miller hadn't won, I would have known something was up because no way would they have mentioned the other American skiier unless he did something notable, and wouldn't have mentioned the Norwegian skiier at all.

And of course there was ice skating, and ice skating, and MORE ice skating, then there was ice DANCING. They should at least have people throwing things at them while they're performing their routines, just to make it more interesting...


When I watched the women's mogul finals, they showed the Japanese chick, the two Canadians, and skipped the other two women in the final before showing Hannah Kearney.  Before her run, I was all "Oh, fark, she's gonna screw up and lose, thats why they showed the Japanese skiier."  Sadly, that's close to what happened.
 
2014-02-10 03:13:37 PM  
Oh!  there was something interesting in the Olympics this morning.  A Russian female speed skater after the race unzipped her suit to cool off or something.  She forgot that she was not wearing any thing underneath it.  That is worth watching.  Did NBC show that?
 
2014-02-10 03:15:52 PM  

I'm holding out for the live cross country snowboarding.



Link

joytripproject.com
 
2014-02-10 03:18:10 PM  

Maud Dib: I'm holding out for the live cross country snowboarding.

Link

[joytripproject.com image 551x336]


What would be an amusing Olympic event would be the drug testing of snowboarders.
 
2014-02-10 03:18:49 PM  

Panty Sniffer: Oh!  there was something interesting in the Olympics this morning.  A Russian female speed skater after the race unzipped her suit to cool off or something.  She forgot that she was not wearing any thing underneath it.  That is worth watching.  Did NBC show that?


I don't even think it would be a problem here

assets.nydailynews.com

But, I'm usually wrong about that
 
2014-02-10 03:20:30 PM  
InterruptingQuirk:
I don't even think it would be a problem here

[assets.nydailynews.com image 635x1018]

But, I'm usually wrong about that


Well that is disappointing.
 
2014-02-10 03:21:26 PM  

Maud Dib: I'm holding out for the live cross country snowboarding.

Link

[joytripproject.com image 551x336]


Danger of 'scooch leg'? LOLwut!

img.fark.net
 
2014-02-10 03:26:19 PM  

Apples01: What exactly are you all biatching about?  These were the events that occurred yesterday:

 -  Alpine Skiing - Men's Downhill
 -  Biathlon - Women's Sprint
 -  Cross-Country - Men's Skiathlon
 -  Figure Skating - Team - Men Free
 -  Ice Hockey - Women - Group B
 -  Luge - Men's Singles
 -  Ski Jumping - Men's Normal Hill Individual
 -  Snowboard - Ladies' Slopestyle - Semifinal
 -  Speed Skating - Ladies' 3000m

On a lazy, snowy Sunday yesterday, I decided to stay home and watch the Olympics all day. I saw all of these events except for luge and Group B women's ice hockey, but it may have been on MSNBC or some other sister network.

And for everyone complaining about not being able to see it in real time, NBC has been showing events in real-time from 1am - 4am if you're so hard-pressed to pull an all-nighter to watch speed skating semifinals

So what exactly is the problem with NBC's coverage?


Bob Costas.  (I agree, the daytime coverage is very good- I was watching men's curling earlier today live streaming w/o commentary, now I'm watching the women's curling w/commentary on NBCsports and I really appreciate it). Also, the live streaming is really easy to use- someone above mentioned changing the way you find it on their website though and I agree, that sucks.

The primetime coverage is cringe worthy though. They had some woman handicapping the team figure skating competition as if we were friggen 3 year old. "this checkmark in this box means that USA is strong in the men's singles competition" YES I KNOW HOW TO READ A GRID. MAYBE TELL ME WHY YOU PUT A CHECK THERE.
 
2014-02-10 03:35:17 PM  

Sliding Carp: As I understand it, there are literally no scoring standards for slopestyle at all.  The judges watch, then they make up a number based on any criteria they, as individuals, have.  The end.  So, cool goggles -- maybe.


Which means it is not a sport, it is a talent show.  American Idol is just as much a sport as Figure Skating or Slopestyle.
 
2014-02-10 03:38:14 PM  
I watched a portion of cross country skiing yesterday and the announcer was screaming at the top of his lungs for the last 2 minutes of the race. I guess it was supposed to make it more exciting?
 
2014-02-10 03:40:02 PM  
Every time NBC "covers" the Olympics,  we see about as much as we did for the 1980 Moscow Summer Games.
 
2014-02-10 03:40:33 PM  

LarryDan43: I watched a portion of cross country skiing yesterday and the announcer was screaming at the top of his lungs for the last 2 minutes of the race. I guess it was supposed to make it more exciting?


Which is why I prefer Joe Buck over Gus Johnson
 
2014-02-10 03:42:11 PM  
just another prolonged dose of nbc talking heads attention whoring which is momentarily interrupted with a glimpse of competition.

fark nbc
 
2014-02-10 03:42:34 PM  
Guelph35:Which means it is not a sport, it is a talent show.  American Idol is just as much a sport as Figure Skating or Slopestyle.

Curling is definitely not a sport.  One of my tests of whether or not something is a sport is whether or not they can do it while smoking or getting liquored up.  If the answer is yes to either of those questions it is a hobby.  Golf is a perfect example of that, which brings up another test:  Can a 70 year old guy compete in it?  If the answer is yes it is just some old fart jacking around in the grass hitting balls around.
 
2014-02-10 03:43:35 PM  

LarryDan43: I watched a portion of cross country skiing yesterday and the announcer was screaming at the top of his lungs for the last 2 minutes of the race. I guess it was supposed to make it more exciting?


I caught that too, had to mute it.
 
2014-02-10 03:45:26 PM  
I wish they'd stop randomly switching between snowboarding and downhill skiing (interesting) and figure skating (only interesting because there are hot chicks in short skirts).
 
2014-02-10 04:03:56 PM  
Not a single pic of a rage-o-meter.
 
2014-02-10 04:09:24 PM  

Panty Sniffer: Oh!  there was something interesting in the Olympics this morning.  A Russian female speed skater after the race unzipped her suit to cool off or something.  She forgot that she was not wearing any thing underneath it.  That is worth watching.  Did NBC show that?


Yes
 
2014-02-10 04:21:10 PM  
I think all sports should be shown over the air without any ads free in my time zone without any extras or talking or stories that I dont like on the clearest channel I recieve. Oh and dont show the dumb sports that in my head are not important sports. Otherwise i'll be really cheesed off with steam and I shall send strongly worded* Tweets and Facebook posts and FARK posts and Reddit posts to show I mean business!


*with curse words like mature people use! So I can sound crazy angry to prove how serious I am about this
 
2014-02-10 04:23:44 PM  
Commentator 1: Oooh! This is getting very exciting now...
Me: Hmm.
Commentator 2: Yes, this cross country skiing race has come down to these last few hundred meters.
Me: Interesting, I think I'll continue to watch this.
Commentator 1: Over the next couple minutes XYZ will need to attack on this hill as she doesn't have the skill to beat them in a sprint.
Me: Wow. This is intense.
Commentator 2: XYZ is attacking on the hill, ABC counters the attack!
Me: Holy Crap! Look at them go, this is awesome!
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break> ####
....5 minutes pass.....
Me: <All excitement lost.>
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break over> ####
Commentator 1: <Right back into the excitement since this was taped.>
Me: Interested, but nowhere near as excited as before the commercial break.
Commentator 1/2: <finish off the last 60 seconds of the race>

I know I didn't miss anything because of the commercial break, but why did they need to cut to commercial with only 60 seconds left in the race? Some robot is probably following some predetermined commercial break schedule, but still, they managed to kill every ounce of excitement I had built up in the 10 minutes I had been watching. It's like cutting to commercial between the 2nd and 3rd outs in the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series....
 
2014-02-10 04:30:23 PM  
Did anyone see the awful interview with the Russian Hockey Coach.  He was a player in the infamous 1980 game.  Basically they just asked him in a few various ways.  "How was it loosing to the US."  "We had a parade, what did you do?"
 
2014-02-10 04:32:07 PM  

Guelph35: Sliding Carp: As I understand it, there are literally no scoring standards for slopestyle at all.  The judges watch, then they make up a number based on any criteria they, as individuals, have.  The end.  So, cool goggles -- maybe.

Which means it is not a sport, it is a talent show.  American Idol is just as much a sport as Figure Skating or Slopestyle.


No argument from me.  It's fun to watch in small doses, and I'll watch the skiing slopestyle because there's a local kid in it, but I don't think it belongs in the Olympics.
 
2014-02-10 04:43:43 PM  

ancker: I know I didn't miss anything because of the commercial break, but why did they need to cut to commercial with only 60 seconds left in the race? Some robot is probably following some predetermined commercial break schedule, but still, they managed to kill every ounce of excitement I had built up in the 10 minutes I had been watching. It's like cutting to commercial between the 2nd and 3rd outs in the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series....


They got you to watch a commercial, and some fluff about some other sport.  They held you hostage.
 
2014-02-10 05:09:27 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


Blasphemy!  Winter > Summer Olympics (although I do love them both).

Winter is much more dangerouser!  And more skill-oriented, in my opinion.  There's definitely more events in Summer...so there's that.
 
2014-02-10 05:12:27 PM  

BizarreMan: ancker: I know I didn't miss anything because of the commercial break, but why did they need to cut to commercial with only 60 seconds left in the race? Some robot is probably following some predetermined commercial break schedule, but still, they managed to kill every ounce of excitement I had built up in the 10 minutes I had been watching. It's like cutting to commercial between the 2nd and 3rd outs in the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series....

They got you to watch a commercial, and some fluff about some other sport.  They held you hostage.


I knew there were victims Involved Now I know who they are. The hostages.
 
2014-02-10 05:13:00 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: Panty Sniffer: Oh!  there was something interesting in the Olympics this morning.  A Russian female speed skater after the race unzipped her suit to cool off or something.  She forgot that she was not wearing any thing underneath it.  That is worth watching.  Did NBC show that?

I don't even think it would be a problem here

[assets.nydailynews.com image 635x1018]

But, I'm usually wrong about that


as the a liter who knows all, i can say with definitive authority: not a problem here.
 
2014-02-10 05:14:28 PM  
Take all the money spent all over the world and do something useful with it - like hunger, climate change, peace.
 
2014-02-10 05:22:39 PM  
Another reason to hate NBC.  Apparently the half pipe for snow boarding is a mess, and NBC wouldn't let them work on it because it would cause too much noise and distract from whatever nearby event was being tape delayed for later broadcast.
 
2014-02-10 05:55:31 PM  
Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched
 
2014-02-10 06:14:54 PM  

mr_a: And to the color analysts- maybe stop screaming and explain WTF is going on?


did you catch the analysts with the cross-country skiing races?  that guy was over the top...you'd think he was describing game 7 of the nba finals.
 
2014-02-10 06:15:18 PM  

dustman81: Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched


Dear IOC,
What he said.
Another American
 
2014-02-10 06:17:34 PM  

stir22: mr_a: And to the color analysts- maybe stop screaming and explain WTF is going on?

did you catch the analysts with the cross-country skiing races?  that guy was over the top...you'd think he was describing game 7 of the nba finals.


Or an invasion of Martians during the Super Bowl.

Our entire living room broke up in 10 minutes of laughter when someone wondered aloud what he must have been like on his wedding night.
 
2014-02-10 06:27:34 PM  

mr_a: dustman81: Dear IOC,

Asking as an American, please, please stop giving NBC the rights to broadcast the Olympics in the US. All they know how to do is fail. They screwed up London 2012 and are screwing up Sochi 2014. I would rather watch the CBC's or BBC's coverage since they cover the events live, in their entirety.

Thanks,
An American who wants to watch the Olympics as it was meant to be watched

Dear IOC,
What he said.
Another American


thirded
 
2014-02-10 06:43:00 PM  

Northern Claw: Take all the money spent all over the world and do something useful with it - like hunger, climate change, peace.


Where were you stationed in the Peace Core?
 
2014-02-10 07:06:36 PM  
If internet whining ever becomes an Olympic event my country will sweep the medals.
 
2014-02-10 07:26:40 PM  

spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.


arent the summer games just varieties of running and jumping?  To me they're both pretty tedious but it's cool seeing people that are awesome at things doing what they do best
 
2014-02-10 07:34:04 PM  

Shostie: spman: Am I the only one who finds the Winter Games much more dull compared to the Summer Games? There seems to be a lot more variety in the Summer Olympics, but with the winter games it mostly boils down to skiing, skating, snowboarding, sledding, and curling. Some of it is entertaining, but the most part it just gets a big yawn from me.

Don't forget the biathlon.

Skiing AND shooting.


They need to have drinking, too.
 
2014-02-10 09:06:23 PM  

Bendal: They should at least have people throwing things at them while they're performing their routines, just to make it more interesting...


I think, halfway through the routine, Lucic should bust out of the penalty box and board 'em.
 
2014-02-10 09:51:07 PM  

ancker: Commentator 1: Oooh! This is getting very exciting now...
Me: Hmm.
Commentator 2: Yes, this cross country skiing race has come down to these last few hundred meters.
Me: Interesting, I think I'll continue to watch this.
Commentator 1: Over the next couple minutes XYZ will need to attack on this hill as she doesn't have the skill to beat them in a sprint.
Me: Wow. This is intense.
Commentator 2: XYZ is attacking on the hill, ABC counters the attack!
Me: Holy Crap! Look at them go, this is awesome!
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break> ####
....5 minutes pass.....
Me: <All excitement lost.>
#### NBC Sports: <Commercial break over> ####
Commentator 1: <Right back into the excitement since this was taped.>
Me: Interested, but nowhere near as excited as before the commercial break.
Commentator 1/2: <finish off the last 60 seconds of the race>

I know I didn't miss anything because of the commercial break, but why did they need to cut to commercial with only 60 seconds left in the race? Some robot is probably following some predetermined commercial break schedule, but still, they managed to kill every ounce of excitement I had built up in the 10 minutes I had been watching. It's like cutting to commercial between the 2nd and 3rd outs in the 9th of the 7th game of the World Series....


I am getting the weirdest sense of déjà vu about this post...
 
2014-02-11 12:01:24 AM  

stir22: mr_a: And to the color analysts- maybe stop screaming and explain WTF is going on?

did you catch the analysts with the cross-country skiing races?  that guy was over the top...you'd think he was describing game 7 of the nba finals.


I'm not sure if you're being satirical or not, but I think it's funny that you imply something that happens annually in the US is less important or impressive than something that happens every four years on an international scale.

[thatsthejoke.jpg?]
 
2014-02-11 12:09:59 AM  
haven't really watched the Olympics since they switched from ABC to NBC,
bring back Howard Cosell
 
2014-02-11 04:17:18 AM  

my lip balm addiction: kmfjd: [i.imgur.com image 429x721]

Obviously referencing Australia but could easily have been written by a non-Southern-state American (the spelling & grammar are too good to be from a Southerner).


They're too good to be from an Australian commentator as well.  Seriously though, my little brother is no fan of the Aussie commentary but NBC flat-out puts him into a rage.  (He plays beer-league table tennis, and tried to find streams during the Summer Games.  Oops.)  So I'm thinking we should show whoever wrote that some sweet, sweet Costas magic and declare HATE a new Olympic sport.  Gold for Australia!
 
2014-02-11 06:54:40 AM  
Although I can't stand most of the commentary, 99% of the commentary, the guy doing the curling last night at USA-Norway was very good.
 
2014-02-11 09:07:38 AM  

NuttierThanEver: The Stealth Hippopotamus: ferretman: Are there any 'non-whites' for any nation participating? Haven't noticed any so far.

And this really needs a caption contest:


[img.fark.net image 850x529]

and these crazy white people actually pay money to watch fat guys slide a big freaking rock down the ice


Here's how I know you've never watched curling.
 
2014-02-11 10:36:36 AM  

the801: rage: i don't have a cable subscription, so i can't (legally) stream Olympic events.


SO MUCH THIS. fark YOU NBC.  fark YOU RIGHT IN THE EYE.
 
2014-02-11 10:39:55 AM  

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: I wished they would have just shut the f*ck up for awhile. Somebody in the Fark thread suggested that they have an SAP-like button that would block the announcers and let the audience enjoy the pageantry for what it is.

/I don't need to hear 14 times that they are announcing the countries in Cyrillic-Alphabet order.


If I could pick and choose the sports to watch, a la carte, and only listen to the sounds of the events, no color commentary... oh man I would be in Heaven.  I would probably pay a small fee for such a service, but at the very least I'd be happy to watch NBC ads.

Why can't they do that?

They are losing viewers every year for the olympics... I wonder if it has to do with the coverage?
 
2014-02-11 11:19:22 AM  
Good news/bad news Bob Costas' eye boogies have gotten so bad that Matt Lauer is going to take over.
 
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