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2018-02-17 10:49:49 PM  
"with worthless (and incredibly robotic) analyst Bode Miller "

Miller isn't a great announcer (yet), but he is far from worthless.

And

"Correction (5:01 p.m.): Due to confusing language on NBC and our failure to read our own reports on the subject, we previously stated that the Super-G practice run was canceled. There are no practice runs in the Super-G event."

You dipshiats forfeited any right to call any ski coverage worthless.  But blame NBC.  It's clearly their fault you don't know anything about the ski race you're criticizing coverage of.
 
2018-02-17 11:11:24 PM  
I've been running my VPN through Vancouver so I can watch the CBC feeds. NBC sucks hard. For decades they've been f*cking up the Olympics.
 
2018-02-17 11:45:49 PM  

Sliding Carp: "with worthless (and incredibly robotic) analyst Bode Miller "

Miller isn't a great announcer (yet), but he is far from worthless.

And

"Correction (5:01 p.m.): Due to confusing language on NBC and our failure to read our own reports on the subject, we previously stated that the Super-G practice run was canceled. There are no practice runs in the Super-G event."

You dipshiats forfeited any right to call any ski coverage worthless.  But blame NBC.  It's clearly their fault you don't know anything about the ski race you're criticizing coverage of.


Go home, Bob Costas, you're drunk
 
2018-02-18 12:00:34 AM  

Sliding Carp: It's clearly their fault you don't know anything about the ski race you're criticizing coverage of.


Correction or not, everything they said about NBC's coverage of that event was correct.
 
2018-02-18 12:00:54 AM  
has anyone got the link to the full run? the 1:21 clip does not do it justice
 
2018-02-18 12:01:28 AM  
Women's Super G? Did they hit the right spot?
 
2018-02-18 12:10:29 AM  

fader74: has anyone got the link to the full run? the 1:21 clip does not do it justice


From the Czech athlete wins super-G thread
 
2018-02-18 12:24:46 AM  

ZMugg: fader74: has anyone got the link to the full run? the 1:21 clip does not do it justice

From the Czech athlete wins super-G thread


There's nothing like a good pilsner after a marathon super-g session.
 
2018-02-18 12:29:02 AM  

ZMugg: fader74: has anyone got the link to the full run? the 1:21 clip does not do it justice

From the Czech athlete wins super-G thread


thank you. more complete than the 1:21 clip, but still rather edited. I dang well know I saw the whole thing earlier in the day, but it's now been scrubbed/disallowed in US market, for whatever reasons. You'd think they'd want it spread around, it's a great story.

Owell.
 
2018-02-18 12:48:48 AM  
Two of the worst decisions made about the Olympics in the modern era:
1) Allowing NBC to continue their bullshiat coverage
2) Moving the Winter Olympics to off-years, killing the big 'Olympic Year' year-round coverage
 
2018-02-18 12:59:21 AM  
Watching this constant parade of privileged white kids really warms the heart, doesn't it?
 
2018-02-18 01:37:07 AM  
Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless.  I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.  It's the ultimate *wait what? did that just happen* face ever in an awesome way.  Too bad NBC farked it up so bad. On borrowed skis no less.
 
2018-02-18 01:56:42 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless. I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.


That really is magnificent.  I can almost hear her thinking, "is the timing broken?  I really hope the computer didn't lose my time completely.   Are they going to fix that?"
 
2018-02-18 02:05:46 AM  

STDMan69: Women's Super G? Did they hit the right spot?


It was spot on coverage; despite blowing it. (?)
 
2018-02-18 02:31:17 AM  

STDMan69: Women's Super G? Did they hit the right spot?


Seriously. Phrasing?
 
2018-02-18 03:33:41 AM  
Because NBC has never regarded the Olympics as a sporting event but rather as a television reality show. And like any reality show, they use live footage (or rather pre-taped and edited footage) to build a narrative and once they lock into a narrative, that's the script they roll with and it's really hard to change direction.

They do this because they want to secure that elusive women 34-49 demographic, who are not avid consumers of sports but will watch it for the storylines.

So remember: Every time you have to sit through some sob story about a speedskater's triumph over adversity because their mother has cancer and they grew up in a town without snow or ice, remember that they're not doing it for you, they're doing it so cheesecake eating midwest housewives don't change the channel after Oprah.
 
2018-02-18 03:40:54 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless.  I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.  It's the ultimate *wait what? did that just happen* face ever in an awesome way.  Too bad NBC farked it up so bad. On borrowed skis no less.


I wonder if she's thinking "How did I come in so fast? Did I miss a gate? Am I gonna be disqualified? I've never done this before, please tell me I did this right and did not fark up."
 
2018-02-18 03:41:30 AM  

God_Almighty_Himself: Watching this constant parade of privileged white kids really warms the heart, doesn't it?


Your name says it all
 
2018-02-18 05:31:16 AM  

God_Almighty_Himself: Watching this constant parade of privileged white kids really warms the heart, doesn't it?


Pull your skirt down, your internalized racism is showing
 
2018-02-18 05:57:15 AM  

FarkingSmurf: Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless.  I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.  It's the ultimate *wait what? did that just happen* face ever in an awesome way.  Too bad NBC farked it up so bad. On borrowed skis no less.


I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful expression of pure bewilderment.
 
2018-02-18 06:27:38 AM  

Ishkur: Because NBC has never regarded the Olympics as a sporting event but rather as a television reality show. And like any reality show, they use live footage (or rather pre-taped and edited footage) to build a narrative and once they lock into a narrative, that's the script they roll with and it's really hard to change direction.

They do this because they want to secure that elusive women 34-49 demographic, who are not avid consumers of sports but will watch it for the storylines.

So remember: Every time you have to sit through some sob story about a speedskater's triumph over adversity because their mother has cancer and they grew up in a town without snow or ice, remember that they're not doing it for you, they're doing it so cheesecake eating midwest housewives don't change the channel after Oprah.


This is why the actual live feeds have been great, I can nope right out of story-lines, granted sometimes there is no commentary at all.  I watched three hours of women's curling where there was no commentary,  which I'm betting happens on any match where english isn't the primary language of one of the teams.  (And you know.......I think I'm ok with that.)
 
2018-02-18 07:14:15 AM  
NBC gets criticized for not showing figure skating because they missed something big. They cut to figure skating, and miss something big. Serves them right.
 
2018-02-18 07:44:07 AM  

thisdaydreamer: FarkingSmurf: Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless.  I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.  It's the ultimate *wait what? did that just happen* face ever in an awesome way.  Too bad NBC farked it up so bad. On borrowed skis no less.

I don't think I have ever seen a more beautiful expression of pure bewilderment.


Which is why NBC deserves a pass on this one. In an event where the top skiers have the first twenty runs, you can forgive them for not sticking with an event when the skier who won can't even believe it.
 
2018-02-18 08:17:23 AM  
16 minutes later, Ledecká crossed the line to shock--hers, the spectators, the announcers, and especially Veith's.


Does this article even know how to sentence?

(and apparently Fark doesn't like m-dashes?)
 
2018-02-18 08:22:31 AM  

STDMan69: Women's Super G? Did they hit the right spot?


Nobody could find it
 
2018-02-18 08:26:06 AM  

iron_city_ap: NBC gets criticized for not showing figure skating because they missed something big. They cut to figure skating, and miss something big. Serves them right.


And the worst part is, they wereshowing figure skating, on the main channel. They missed this result because they switched the coverage over to something they were already showing on another channel! Ineptitude plain and simple. Though I do realize all of the postponements in the alpine events have thrown a bit of a monkey wrench into the coverage timing, you'd think NBC would be better at adapting than they have been.
 
2018-02-18 08:31:05 AM  

God_Almighty_Himself: Watching this constant parade of privileged white kids really warms the heart, doesn't it?


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2018-02-18 08:37:28 AM  

Ishkur: They do this because they want to secure that elusive women 34-49 demographic, who are not avid consumers of sports but will watch it for the storylines


it also has to be chewed up and reconstituted for the 'average american' who doesn't want to see that other countries are better than the americans in most of the sports, or are even participating in the events that americans do well in
 
2018-02-18 08:44:26 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Two of the worst decisions made about the Olympics in the modern era:
1) Allowing NBC to continue their bullshiat coverage
2) Moving the Winter Olympics to off-years, killing the big 'Olympic Year' year-round coverage


THIS.
SO MUCH THIS.
AND ANOTHER THIS.
 
2018-02-18 09:11:10 AM  

wichitaleaf: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Two of the worst decisions made about the Olympics in the modern era:
1) Allowing NBC to continue their bullshiat coverage
2) Moving the Winter Olympics to off-years, killing the big 'Olympic Year' year-round coverage

THIS.
SO MUCH THIS.
AND ANOTHER THIS.


NBC coverage:
Jingoistic - America 1st
2 runs then a personal story, preferably with the athletes mom or disabled sibling
Lots of ads to pay for the gazzilion dollars they paid in the Olympic committee for the rights
 
2018-02-18 09:13:22 AM  

whither_apophis: Sliding Carp: "with worthless (and incredibly robotic) analyst Bode Miller "

Miller isn't a great announcer (yet), but he is far from worthless.

And

"Correction (5:01 p.m.): Due to confusing language on NBC and our failure to read our own reports on the subject, we previously stated that the Super-G practice run was canceled. There are no practice runs in the Super-G event."

You dipshiats forfeited any right to call any ski coverage worthless.  But blame NBC.  It's clearly their fault you don't know anything about the ski race you're criticizing coverage of.

Go home, Bob Costas, you're drunk


It can't be Bob.

He's not tall enough to work the keyboard on his own.
 
2018-02-18 09:15:30 AM  

Ishkur: Because NBC has never regarded the Olympics as a sporting event but rather as a television reality show. And like any reality show, they use live footage (or rather pre-taped and edited footage) to build a narrative and once they lock into a narrative, that's the script they roll with and it's really hard to change direction.

They do this because they want to secure that elusive women 34-49 demographic, who are not avid consumers of sports but will watch it for the storylines.

So remember: Every time you have to sit through some sob story about a speedskater's triumph over adversity because their mother has cancer and they grew up in a town without snow or ice, remember that they're not doing it for you, they're doing it so cheesecake eating midwest housewives don't change the channel after Oprah.


Ever been in a Steelers or Packers thread?

Cheese-eating Midwest housewives are avid sports fan. They turned sweeping into a sport.
 
2018-02-18 09:29:30 AM  
I love the Olympics and hate the coverage, guess I'll go eat worms.

/more coffee
 
2018-02-18 09:35:03 AM  

Sliding Carp: FarkingSmurf: Oh man the look on her face is absolutely priceless. I could watch her crossing the finish line a hundred times and it would still put a smile on my face.

That really is magnificent.  I can almost hear her thinking, "is the timing broken?  I really hope the computer didn't lose my time completely.   Are they going to fix that?"


Apparently this isn't even her main sport she is a snowboarder.  So she probably is trying to internalize that she just did the impossible and it doesn't register.  She looks quite humbled by the experience.
 
2018-02-18 09:46:21 AM  
Once again I'm so glad that as a Michigander I live close enough to Canada to watch the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation).  Their Olympic coverage - especially the winter one - is always better/more informed.
 
2018-02-18 09:52:31 AM  

This text is now purple: Ever been in a Steelers or Packers thread?


Is football in the Olympics?
 
2018-02-18 09:53:16 AM  

This text is now purple: They turned sweeping into a sport.


If that were true, the United States would be better at curling.

It utterly sucks balls.
 
2018-02-18 10:02:16 AM  
It doesnt suck enough to keep me from watching. Maybe my jimmies are not as easily rustled as some I guess.
 
2018-02-18 10:19:08 AM  
The NBC team covering the Super G had the excitement on par with Joe Buck.
 
2018-02-18 10:28:02 AM  
I am not sure how they cover skiing but are the announcers watching it live from a tower or are they watching video themselves and hence, have no control over the feed?

One other point.... the skier BORROWED her skis from Shiffrin
Truly amazing run
 
2018-02-18 10:46:57 AM  
I like how they keep saying "these athletes from the OAR."
 
2018-02-18 10:49:58 AM  
Ledecká says she still plans to compete for gold in snowboarding next week. If she does, she'll be the first person to ever compete in the two events in one Olympic Games.

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/Yes. I get the point Deadspin is trying to make: "two events" = "two sports". For journalists, they sure aren't very good at using words correctly. And in any event, they're still wrong. There are several instances of people competing in multiple distinct sports at the same Olympics:

Carl Schuhmann: 1896, medaled in both gymnastics and wrestling, also competed in weightlifting and some track & field events.

Sowy Baker: 1908, medaled in boxing, also competed in swimming/diving

Jennison Heaton: medaled in both skeleton and bobsled in 1928

For an article calling out another reporters crappy reporting, there's a bit of "physician, heal thyself" in this.
 
2018-02-18 10:50:00 AM  

neglogon: I am not sure how they cover skiing but are the announcers watching it live from a tower or are they watching video themselves and hence, have no control over the feed?

One other point.... the skier BORROWED her skis from Shiffrin
Truly amazing run


I wonder how that all went down just entering an event you've never done before. I bet Shiffren was just hoping she wouldn't crash and break her skis. Maybe she can return the favor and let Shiffren borrow her snowboard next week and let her enter the snowboarding event just for shiats and giggles.
 
2018-02-18 11:01:22 AM  

Uzzah: Ledecká says she still plans to compete for gold in snowboarding next week. If she does, she'll be the first person to ever compete in the two events in one Olympic Games.

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/Yes. I get the point Deadspin is trying to make: "two events" = "two sports". For journalists, they sure aren't very good at using words correctly. And in any event, they're still wrong. There are several instances of people competing in multiple distinct sports at the same Olympics:

Carl Schuhmann: 1896, medaled in both gymnastics and wrestling, also competed in weightlifting and some track & field events.

Sowy Baker: 1908, medaled in boxing, also competed in swimming/diving

Jennison Heaton: medaled in both skeleton and bobsled in 1928

For an article calling out another reporters crappy reporting, there's a bit of "physician, heal thyself" in this.


I believe they meant those two specific sports, not just two in general.  I could be wrong, it's not worded the bestestly.
 
2018-02-18 11:16:48 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Two of the worst decisions made about the Olympics in the modern era:
1) Allowing NBC to continue their bullshiat coverage
2) Moving the Winter Olympics to off-years, killing the big 'Olympic Year' year-round coverage


The worst decision:

Acting like we want to see the farking Olympics.

Seriously the Olympics are dumb and boring.  Like 90% of the events boil down to lots and lots of racing of different lengths.

Racing is boring to watch.

Figure skating is cool but I can only watch so much.

The Olympics just aren't interesting television now that they aren't a proxy war between us and the soviets.  The reason they stay around is largely that they're a popular way to extract graft from countries where corruption is rampant.
 
2018-02-18 11:26:12 AM  

TheFoz: I believe they meant those two specific sports, not just two in general.  I could be wrong, it's not worded the bestestly.


Huh. You're right. I missed the "the" in the quote. That just makes it stupider: "This is incredible! No one has ever competed in the 135 lb. weight class of Judo and the 4x100 meter relay at the same Olympics!" "That's right, Tom. This reminds me a bit of Jorn Stengeleud, who competed in the 143 lb. class of judo and the 4x400 meter hurdles relay in 1997. But nobody has ever competed in *these* two events before! You are seeing history here, folks!"
 
2018-02-18 11:31:37 AM  

Uzzah: Ledecká says she still plans to compete for gold in snowboarding next week. If she does, she'll be the first person to ever compete in the two events in one Olympic Games.


It refers to those two events specifically. It's not claiming that she is the first to participate in two sports in general.
 
2018-02-18 12:10:30 PM  

Uzzah: Huh. You're right. I missed the "the" in the quote. That just makes it stupider: "This is incredible! No one has ever competed in the 135 lb. weight class of Judo and the 4x100 meter relay at the same Olympics!" "That's right, Tom. This reminds me a bit of Jorn Stengeleud, who competed in the 143 lb. class of judo and the 4x400 meter hurdles relay in 1997. But nobody has ever competed in *these* two events before! You are seeing history here, folks!"


No see, you've misread it again. This time you've read things that aren't there, they didn't make out to be some kind of gigantic big deal, just stated it as fact.

Besides ever watched domestic sportsball programs? They're full of even more useless shiat, "he's the first quarterback to throw this many completions in a pre-season game during a leap year within a stadium south of the mason dixon line since 1969."
 
2018-02-18 12:59:00 PM  

The Wooden Pickle: God_Almighty_Himself: Watching this constant parade of privileged white kids really warms the heart, doesn't it?

Your name says it all


I guess someone has never seen the summer games.
 
2018-02-18 02:48:57 PM  

TheFoz: Uzzah: Ledecká says she still plans to compete for gold in snowboarding next week. If she does, she'll be the first person to ever compete in the two events in one Olympic Games.

[img.fark.net image 460x288]

/Yes. I get the point Deadspin is trying to make: "two events" = "two sports". For journalists, they sure aren't very good at using words correctly. And in any event, they're still wrong. There are several instances of people competing in multiple distinct sports at the same Olympics:

Carl Schuhmann: 1896, medaled in both gymnastics and wrestling, also competed in weightlifting and some track & field events.

Sowy Baker: 1908, medaled in boxing, also competed in swimming/diving

Jennison Heaton: medaled in both skeleton and bobsled in 1928

For an article calling out another reporters crappy reporting, there's a bit of "physician, heal thyself" in this.

I believe they meant those two specific sports, not just two in general.  I could be wrong, it's not worded the bestestly.


It's actually pretty clearly worded when it says the two sports, you know, the ones already mentioned in the article.
 
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