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    Olympic Games

    I'm pumped for the Vancouver games to start tonight!! Is anyone else?

    What are you going to watch? I love downhill skiing, xc skiing, curling, hockey and speedskating. And I'm looking forward to Mr. Colbert's broadcasts from BC.

    GO CANADA!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 05dukie View Post
    I'm pumped for the Vancouver games to start tonight!! Is anyone else?

    What are you going to watch? I love downhill skiing, xc skiing, curling, hockey and speedskating. And I'm looking forward to Mr. Colbert's broadcasts from BC.

    GO USA!!!
    Fixed your post. Much better.

    I'm, of course, looking forward to hockey. Also, curling...LOVE me some curling, and there's probably no sport in the Winter Olympics I anticipate more.

    Also looking forward to snowboarding, downhill skiing, bobsled, speedskating and ski jump.
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    Speaking of the Winter Games, why is the press giving Lindsay Vonn such a hard time? It's not her fault she (likely) broke her shin. But all I'm seeing are stories about how she is making bank without having to do anything. Yeah. I be that was her plan. Geez..

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    I get into the Summer Olympics way more than Winter but I'll probably watch hockey and speedskating.

    I found a pretty cool feature on NBC's Olympic website if you're forgetful like me and don't have some sort of DVR. http://www.nbcolympics.com/event-res...les/index.html Click on the sport and then it shows every event for that sport with a notify me feature. You can enter an e-mail address or phone number and get an e-mail/text when that event is getting ready to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Tex Devil View Post
    Speaking of the Winter Games, why is the press giving Lindsay Vonn such a hard time? It's not her fault she (likely) broke her shin. But all I'm seeing are stories about how she is making bank without having to do anything. Yeah. I be that was her plan. Geez..
    I totally agree. I heard her give the announcement and she sounded really, really down about not being able to compete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blazindw View Post
    Fixed your post. Much better.
    Actually, it is the over-the-top nationalism (particulalry in network coverage) that makes the olympics less enjoyable for me. Instead of focusing on the fact that there are tremendous atheltes all over the world, and making htis a time for less tribalism and a time for the world to come together n something positive, network television makes it one long the-USA-must-be-better-than-everybody-else-at-everything show.

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    I think national pride is a good thing to have. If Canada is involved, I want them to win. but I still get really really excited when other awesome stuff happens at the Olympics. I live in Baltimore and was screaming at my TV during Phelps' races in Beijing and when that guy from Togo won his country's first medal in whitewater kayaking and when Bolt was making history on the track. Just because you want glory for your country doesn't mean that you don't want anyone else to win.

    That said, watching the Olympics in the USA is oftentimes very frustrating. I remember being forced to watch Tara Lipinski's practice session (in Nagano?) because there were no Americans in contention in any other event happening at that time. And there are always those wretched Costas human interest stories that go on forever. Canadian coverage is usually more well-rounded but not so much of late. Our Own the Podium commitment will probably make for much more Canadian-centric news up there. In Italy I was forced to watch fencing almost exclusively during the Athens games. Every country showcases the events that they are favoured in but I hope that over the next 17 days NBC remembers that there are other countries in the world besides those in North America.

    PS Check out Colbert's Olympic poster:
    http://www.comedycentral.com/images/...mpicFairey.pdf

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Tex Devil View Post
    Speaking of the Winter Games, why is the press giving Lindsay Vonn such a hard time? It's not her fault she (likely) broke her shin. But all I'm seeing are stories about how she is making bank without having to do anything. Yeah. I be that was her plan. Geez..
    Memories are short, aren't they? It's like no one's aware anymore that Vonn was hospitalized after a horrendous crash in a training run for the '06 Olympics, then portrayed as a genuine hero for actually racing a week later.

    Mostly this is because the sports press feels cheated out of the opportunity to recycle all their Michael Phelps stories and just change the names. Also, they have no idea how to explain to people that she's the best American female skier ever if they can't point to Olympic gold medals. I love how the U.S. press thinks Olympic skiing results are more important than the World Cup season. The success ratio in terms of wins/podiums from the top skiers is much lower than almost any other sport - looking at one race in the middle of the season is a horrible way to determine who's best. Nonetheless, I still get the impression Americans think Bill Johnson was one of the all-time great downhillers based on his winning one race in Calgary.

    Also, she's paying for the sins of Bode Miller, whom they'll never forgive for not winning 4 gold medals in 2006, and not crying about it afterward.

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    cbc

    When I lived in michigan I loved watching CBC cover the olympics. Not as much production value, but they actually cover the GAMES!!! Plus, it is a little more neutral in their pro US coverage...since they are the Canadian broadcast channel. NBC is for all of the non-sports fans to watch the olympics

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    Quote Originally Posted by kexman View Post
    When I lived in michigan I loved watching CBC cover the olympics. Not as much production value, but they actually cover the GAMES!!! Plus, it is a little more neutral in their pro US coverage...since they are the Canadian broadcast channel. NBC is for all of the non-sports fans to watch the olympics
    The cable teevee on the Duke campus when I was there got CBC! So we got its olympic feed as well as Hockey Night in Canada (with Don Cherry even). I agree, much less focuced on any single nation and MUCH more live coverage, with fewer commercials.

    I've watched some European coverage over several Games and it's much better too. This is even the case in Germany, which would have plenty of excuses to trump up its own athletes (they are certainly proud of German athletes, but not to the exclusion of others as in the US). Almost no commercials either but their teevee is subsidized.

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    I always liked the CBC WAY more than any American network until the Beijing Olympics. You may recall that it took Canada quite a while to get their first medal at those games and the CBC seemed to turn on their own team...calling them out and talking about their failures. It was weird and it bothered me. Still much much much more balanced than American networks though. I wish I was going home for the games...le sigh

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    Well, this will dampen the spirit of tonight's Opening Ceremonies.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/olympics/w...ory?id=4909034

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    Quote Originally Posted by kexman View Post
    When I lived in michigan I loved watching CBC cover the olympics. Not as much production value, but they actually cover the GAMES!!! Plus, it is a little more neutral in their pro US coverage...since they are the Canadian broadcast channel. NBC is for all of the non-sports fans to watch the olympics
    I definitely loved watching CBC for Olympic coverage when I was growing up in MI. I even watched CBC during the Stanley Cup playoff. And I agree with the other poster who said that just because I want the U.S. to win everything doesn't mean I won't root for other athletes from other countries. As a Wings fan, I want all of the Wings players, regardless of country to do well. Stevie Y is the GM of Team Canada, so while I want him and the other Wings players to do well, I'm pulling for my country to win.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duke4Ever32 View Post
    Well, this will dampen the spirit of tonight's Opening Ceremonies.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/olympics/w...ory?id=4909034
    Really, really, REALLY sad news. I pray for that man's family and teammates. They've been talking about the Whistler track for years...it's unlike any track in the history of luge, skeleton or bobsled. It's nearly straight down for 150 meters and people are routinely exceeding 90mph in speed. To put it plainly, it's far and away the most dangerous track ever. It's extremely sad that this has happened just hours before the Opening Ceremonies, where walking into the stadium should be one of the greatest moments in these athletes' careers.

    P.S. Deadspin has a video clip showing the accident (I won't post it here out of respect). Not for the faint of heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blazindw View Post
    Really, really, REALLY sad news. I pray for that man's family and teammates. They've been talking about the Whistler track for years...it's unlike any track in the history of luge, skeleton or bobsled. It's nearly straight down for 150 meters and people are routinely exceeding 90mph in speed. To put it plainly, it's far and away the most dangerous track ever. It's extremely sad that this has happened just hours before the Opening Ceremonies, where walking into the stadium should be one of the greatest moments in these athletes' careers.

    P.S. Deadspin has a video clip showing the accident (I won't post it here out of respect). Not for the faint of heart.
    Wow. You'd think they'd pad those steel columns. That's awful. What is scarier is I think there would be spectators there too during the actual races such that he would have been a missile flying at people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A-Tex Devil View Post
    Wow. You'd think they'd pad those steel columns. That's awful. What is scarier is I think there would be spectators there too during the actual races such that he would have been a missile flying at people.
    I found a video on youtube, but I think anything that gets put up there is removed quickly.

    Why the hell are those colums there in the first place? What are they holding up? Not part of the track wall. Not spectator stands. Not a teevee camera. Those columns are on the direct trajectory of someone losing control out of that curve. Doing 90 mph. He didn't have to die.

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    NBC's Olympic Coverage

    Right now I give them an F.

    I live in Los Angeles. They are tape delaying the big stuff.
    So last night at 7:30 pm the coverage starts. We get 90 minutes of nothing, then the athlete entrance for an hour and its 10 o'clock. The real ceremony part then starts. We could have seen it live from 4:30 on.

    Now Apollo Ono has already skated so we either need to avoid the hearing about results or knowing how he did as we watch it.

    Ridiculous.

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    Stinks so far.

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    Al Michaels has been awful. It's as if he's watching cues from someone standing behind the camera...not fluid

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    Agreed. I am completely disappointed that they are tape delaying. Seems on the weekends at the very least, they should be showing the action live instead of holding out until 11pm to show us the good stuff. Very annoying and really takes all the fun out of the event.

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