Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by Douglas, Jun 28, 2012.
i think they should shoot at each other. then they'll be pretty fucking athletic
Might as well make paintball an Olympic event. See Team USA kill those commie bastards!!!! (with paint)
The limited selection I can understand. They are going with the marquee events and/or the ones that show American athletes at their best. They have a limited amount of prime time, after all. What is unforgiveable is basically turning all of them into a reality show.
I'm with you on showing the marquee events. The thing about the coverage that grinds me is that last night they showed a couple balance beam routines, went to commercial and then came back for the other couple balance beam routines. It'd be nice if they could've squeezed the Russians and Americans into one set instead of breaking up the four minute and a half routines with a P&G commercial thanking moms everywhere for churning out Olympic athletes.
Anyone see that farce of a boxing match between Anthony Ogogo (GB) and Levgon Khytrov (UKR)? Looked fixed to me, Ogogo did well especially in the second round but how does Khytrov only win by one in the third (8-7), didn't see Ogogo scoring three points in that round. Overall Khytrov was the better fighter, he inflicted two standing 8 counts on the Brit.
Everytime Khytrov got a bit of momentum in the third, mysteriously the referee broke them up for some unapparent reason.
Ended in a tie and the judges individually voted Ogogo the winner as the tie breaking method. Problem is they looked at the score sheets later and they did the math wrong - I kid you not, turns out the Ukranian won by a point and they are appealing the result.
Is the home field advantage turning ugly?
My issue has been, do we need to see every swim heat and do we need to see every single move the american gymnasts make (and every move their parents make in the stands??). So many other events going on, that they should be showing stuff even if no American;s are participating. I did not see the South Korean fencer girl lose, if it was not for telemundo I'd have no idea there was soccer being played. What about seeing some of the other basketball teams? or Judo? Cycling? or Weightlifting (where a guy broke his elbow) or pretty much anything other than swimming, gymnastics and volleyball. The back stories are so contrived, the athletes so hyped and the climax so anti-climatic.
If we're still talking about prime time there's no way they'd give up 90 minutes, or even a 45 minute half, to show a soccer match. NBC Sports Network has been showing soccer matches (Japan-Brazil on right now) during the day on the regular. Same would go for giving up prime time with a basketball game. They'd be hard to condense. I agree on cycling. I watched some race yesterday without any clue what was going on, and it was exciting. France and GB were doing a 3 man team sprint of some sort which took all of a minute and would have been perfect for prime time. Also agree on weeding out preliminary swimming rounds.
If you've got DirecTV there is a channel dedicated to soccer and one to basketball. They're in the 700s somewhere just past the MLB package.
I don't really want to defend primetime NBC, because like I said, they've basically turned it into a reality show. But even in the best of worlds they are only going to be able to cover a handful of events in any depth, and they are going to go with the big ones. Prime time is designed for the most casual of viewers. The other stuff you can stream, which means there is actually more available to you than there has in any other olympics. This is the first one where you could watch every single event if you wanted, and for that NBC should be applauded.
This "controversy" is too dumb even for CE.
Watch on the BBC
Do we really need another documentary on Kerri Strug rather than actual sports?
Finally some track.
Whingers. I think I've now seen the 43rd repeat of the swimmer who qualified for the 1500m freestyle with the seventh (7th!) fastest time. He's like 13 seconds slower than the Chinese bloke who will win it.
To add to the boring the broadcaster then showed his races from 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011.
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