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  1. Even though we might not get any news about this until around 2018, the way the OC has decorated Handea might give us a glimpse of what they might do...
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  2. saying "there's the man who made katinka hosszu the athlete that she is" is beyond sexist, beyond demeaning, and beyond offensive to the woman who put in years of her life training and delivering on the main stage while her husband screamed from the sidelines. the sexist comments simone biles and the women's gymnastics team faced was likewise completely unacceptable ("they could be standing in a mall right now"). if you can't or won't see that, then this part of the conversation is over and we have nothing to discuss on that point. this is not a shades of gray issue; these are sexist comments and it's par for the course for NBC. researchers using hard data from past olympics are also discovering that the sexist coverage is not simply perception, but reality. these are world-class athletes being subjected to degradation not imposed on their male peers because NBC has to compulsively make them more likeable, more relatable, and more normal-seeming to connect with women viewers. the vast majority of men are able to stand on their own, their stories and narratives can focus primarily on their sport and achievements but women cannot. they need to be brought down to a level of "they're still just girls at heart." that is what's sexist. and that is what's unacceptable and shameful. the rest of your response seems be predicated on the fact that we on this forum don't have to watch primetime if we don't like it, that there are plenty of other streaming and cable options, and other totally obvious observations. but, of course, we're not necessarily arguing for ourselves but for the vast majority of americans who have been conditioned to treat NBC's primetime show as the highlights reel or the main course, when they don't always have the time or the inclination to watch 10 hours of coverage a day. in that, we're asking NBC to do better and there's nothing wrong with that. and it's not just us. the low rio ratings indicate that something has got to change -- and these are our complaints and suggestions. the timing for this discussion couldn't be better. you mentioned the abundance of commercial breaks in NFL games, which is fine. there are more natural breaks in the action, as you say. but it's a false equivalence. natural breaks aside, when you cover a sports contest as a narrative instead of a competition, the commercials interrupt the flow of that narrative (as they would a primetime drama) and make it more difficult to invest in. networks are aware of that and have standardized the number of minutes they break for ordinarily and occasionally present premiers and other shows with limited interruption. i think the washington post put it well a few weeks ago: "Even if you buy NBC’s argument that the majority of the viewing public prefers edited, packaged programming over the vagaries of live sports competition, then ask yourself this question: Why aren’t NFL football telecasts tape delayed and packaged? Why don’t the networks delay and collapse the games in favor of sugary features showing childhood films of the Manning brothers on a swing set instead of wasting viewers’ time with a penalty-filled second quarter? The fact is, no network would do that. Why? Because the networks assign a dignity and an import to a live NFL game that they don’t to women’s gymnastics." you also don't see chopped up coverage ignoring entire teams altogether. and with the rio ratings drops, the tired old argument that people prefer it this way doesn't hold up. no, no, no, you're missing the point. the coverage hasn't gotten any worse (or better) but rather people may be getting wise to how consistently awful it is. i like to think it does get worse, but it's been terrible for a while. and there are lots of reasons why ratings might have dropped -- NBC is surely pulling them all out to save face with advertisers -- this is just a theory. but judging by the media attention it's gotten, it's not a particularly far fetched one. we can all agree that more options (streaming, cable) is better for everyone, and NBC is doing a good job with that. this is particular criticism specifically aimed at the hackneyed editing, poor commentary, and cloying dressed-up jingoism that passes for olympic primetime coverage. as i said before, NBC (and the networks before them) have spent the latter half of the 20th century until today building up the idea that watching the primetime coverage is worthwhile and must-see in order to keep up with the olympics in any meaningful way. these new options are still new and people are still discovering how to effectively replace the primetime coverage during the games, and until they do this criticism will be valid and important. well, mikey is a phd candidate who is studying this academically so i trust him to be able to separate fact from opinion and to keep it in mind as he watches our coverage and come to his own independent conclusions about its quality, which i doubt will be seriously impacted by the opinions of we "rabble-rousers" who dare to call bad editing and sexism for what it is. if i had to guess, i'd say this will all become evident as he invests any real time in our primetime coverage, but perhaps he will come to entirely different conclusions through his academic lens. to which i say more power to him.
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  3. Yeah, right. Right now I am scared inside my apartment fearing those protests will hurt me and my family... not! If you want a real protest go to Caracas right now. THAT is a protest. Get real...
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  4. I really didn't find that many flaws with their daytime show, or late night. It's the prime time that needs more tweaking.
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  5. Hey everyone, It has been a while since I have posted here. No, I am not late to the party, at all. As a matter of fact, since I live in Rio, I was part of it the whole time, but life makes some surprising twists, which means sometimes I wasn´t able to do it properly. Four years ago I wrote this post, right after London Games. Then, I´ve tried to sum up all my expectation and fears about the Games and, on the last paragraph, I wrote: "Hopefully, in 4 years, I can come here and write that Rio made a great Olympic Games, just like London did last night, and finally have one of dreams finally come true and remember for the rest of my life." So, here I am, to fulfill my promise. I wish I was able to come here more often. When I wrote that piece, back then, things were doing OK for me. My daughter was recently born (after a very difficult period of pregnancy), and I started to make lots of plans again. Unfortunately, similar to what happened to Brazilian economy, it all went downhill after that. My wife, a year later, acquired a neurological disorder which, at least until today, is still unexplained and no closed diagnosis has been proved yet (she can still walk and do things like a normal person, but only for a short period of time, when she starts to feel shortness of breath). Because of that, I had to completely change my life and dedicate most of the time trying to help her and my daughter, while trying to keep a normal life, which started to become very difficult after a year. To make things worse, I´ve bough an apartment, before it started to built, months before my wife started to get sick, and it was only ready to move this January. Meanwhile, the building period began, and I followed closely (reading SSC forum) all the infrastructure and stadia, eager to watch in person, but most of the time postponing because was either too tired to go. Then came the World Cup and I´ve tried to watch as many games as possible, missing the Final because of my credit card company (long story). Then it was the countdown, the ticket marathon (almost a year logging at the site every single day at work and at home), the Whatsapp groups, with sirens and chats with fellow brazilians about the event. Even with all that build up, I wasn´t really completely focused on the Games because it still wasn´t my main priority and I kind of felt a little sad because I knew that moment wouldn´t return. So, because I wasn´t able to enjoy the pre-show, I decided that I would really focus on doing it when it really matters. And boy, I really did. 74 sessions. 125 finals (40% of total). All on site. Rushing from one venue to another at least once a day. Cursing the guy who thought the shooting venue would be easy to arrive and prasing the one who made a short walk for the golf venue. Regretting of doing some almost impossible movements intercity, even knowing Rio mass transportation for at least 25 years. Lucky that I got a crazy taxi driver that was able to arrive at the BMX venue in 15 minutes from the train station to watch both finals. Happy that some sessions were canceled because I wouldn´t be able to watch it anyway. Leaving home between 9-10 am and coming home between midnight-1 am (sometimes even 2:30) every single day dead tired with my feet hurting during the first 10 days. All of this because I knew it was once in a lifetime experience. Sure, I "miss" some of the most dramatic brazilian gold medals but, really, since I wasn´t really interested before, I knew I wouldn´t change my schedule because of that (and don´t regret it at all). Saw lots of other things that I will never forget, like the european supporters at canoeing slalom, the crazy heavyweight event in weightlifting (the TV missed a lot of the action on the stands), the Argentinians almost falling from the upper sectors during the QF Basketball against USA, and so many others that made me feel happy of being there after all the effort spent to see them. Then, during the second week, when things were a little less rushed, I started to enjoy the moments. Walking slowly around the Olympic Park and at Deodoro cluster, watching other people around the bleachers and walking around the venues. The volunteers. Everything. I knew it would be over soon, so I wanted to soak it as much as possible of the whole atmosphere. Finally, the final day, the final session, the final cerimony, and it was gone. So, it is possible to say Rio made a great Olympic Games? Yes. THAT great? Well, maybe not, mostly on details that would match Rio with the great ones, but it was one heck of event. It is strange that, if Rio wasn´t selected as a host of the event, I would be OK with that, although I would always imagine how would it be. I don´t need to do this anymore. It was a reality. Also, I think it is kind of weird that my projections of which stakeholders would be successful in organizing the Games were almost spot on (City Hall doing things right, State of Rio, BOC and former president doing it wrong), even though 1 year ago that scenario would be very unlikely. After all, who cares? I will remember it for the rest of my life (but I am still glad that I was right ) My apologies for not being present here during this period. I really wanted to chat with all of you, to make the experience even better. Now, I return to my normal life, with all the problems that were left behind, but with one big smile that will follow me every time I talk about those 16 days in August 2016. I don´t even know if I will be as dedicated to the Olympic Games as I was before (well, I am still a commentator during the Winter Olympic Games, so I guess I will keep for quite some time), if I will download every video from now on, but I know that, more than ever, the Olympics will be a big part of my life. Not bad for someone who joined here in 2003 when Rio was "only" the next host of the PanAm Games. Thanks for reading.
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  6. Baseball: Tokyo 2020 to stage baseball, softball game in Fukushima TOKYO, Sept. 3, Kyodo Tokyo 2020 Olympic organizers are working toward staging a baseball and softball game in the 2011 quake and tsunami struck Fukushima Prefecture, a source close to the matter said Friday. Baseball and softball were among the five sports approved last month by the International Olympic Committee to be added to the Tokyo Games program, and the 2020 organizers will look to get approval for the plan from the IOC Executive Board in December. The organizers are working to present the idea to IOC president Thomas Bach in October when he visits Japan for a meeting. http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2016/09/431717.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
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  7. Show someone a rock out of context and it can turn into a rocket. Just hilarious.
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  8. Can Walmart Be A Official Partnet of The U.S. Olympic And Paralympic Team And LA 2024 Bid?
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