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  1. Why the hell would NBC make such an asinine request for the Parade of Nations? They're not even going to show the blessed thing live!
  2. I support a total ban on Russia competing, not just in Rio 2016 but in Pyeongchang 2018 - both Olympics and Paralympics. Would the overall level of competitiveness be affected? Of course. But it would nice to see someone win gold in rhythmic gymnastics and synchronized swimming who isn't Russian. Not that there's any doping in those sports, but if Russians can manipulate the judging in figure skating... The turnover in synchronized swimming was rather quick, don't you think? The USA had won gold in Atlanta, but between then and Sydney, they just disappeared in favor of the Russians. It was as
  3. I'm not naive. I know that this happens all the time around the world. I've been watching the Olympics since 1992. Still, NBC's coverage, even by broadcasting standards, is ridiculous and takes all the fun out of watching the Olympics. Often I have to press the mute button on my remote control, even during the Olympic Trials broadcasts. NBC can praise everyone on Team USA to the high heavens, and paint a gifted but resource-limited runner from Chad or Myanmar as a worthless peasant if they wish, but they forget (at their own peril) that the Olympics are for the whole world, not just their pers
  4. So, I've been watching NBC's coverage of the US Olympic trials. As is the case with anything combining the Olympics and the Peacock Network, it's sickening, especially in the swimming coverage. I couldn't believe it - they were making the swimmers out to be these pure, holier than thou, humble do-gooders who deserve to win every gold medal in the pool because they are pure, holier than thou, humble do-gooders. "Katie Ledecky is so humble, and yet she's going to Stanford!" Ugh. Give me a break, Ambrose. Even Michael Phelps was portrayed as this god now that he has a son. The commentators are go
  5. I didn't know about the time difference in the summer. Fortunately I edited my spreadsheet.
  6. I am following the Winter Youth Olympics in Lillehammer. Yeah, I know that some people think that they're just BS, but I like seeing potential stars of the future taking part in these events. The cultural and educational events also add a lot of gravitas. I also like the fact that these athletes HAVE to stay for the duration of the Games, even if they've already completed the events. Of course, they're mostly minors. It probably wouldn't work for those over 18. Could you imagine elite athletes at the Olympics being forced to stay and attend conferences and such? Many would beg the nearest volu
  7. So, I made a spreadsheet of the scheduled finals in each of the 300+ medal events in Rio (except for badminton, sailing, and tennis, for which I couldn't get concrete times). I didn't just do the local times, I did what times they would be on the West Coast (where I live) and the East Coast. I discovered that many of the blue-ribbon events, such as in swimming and athletics, would take place just after 10 PM Rio time. This would mean that if NBC showed them live on the East Coast, this would be around 7PM ET (4PM PT). I bring this up because I'm not sure how NBC is going to air their showcase
  8. I'm still annoyed that South Africa refused to let Sive Speelman compete in Sochi.
  9. I personally do not mind if athletes from countries that aren't known for winning tons of Olympic gold medals across the board, end up running tables (if not THE table). That to me is part of what attracts me to the Olympics. I also like it when people like Matthew Mitcham and Chad Le Clos come from virtually nowhere and thwart the favorites.
  10. I have a lot of complaints about NBC Universal's Olympics coverage. But one thing that really pisses me off is that every two years, they build up many American athletes as not just gold medal favorites, but favorites to win multiple gold medals. I think that NBC plays a significant role in athlete's Olympic campaigns. It wasn't necessarily always like this. Ever since Mark Spitz won 7 gold medals in Munich, subsequent US Summer Olympic teams have had at least one person who was touted to win wheelbarrows full of golds: Shirley Babashoff in 1976, Carl Lewis in 1984, Matt Biondi in 1988, and M
  11. Excluding anything about the International Olympic Committee, what are your pet peeves about the Olympic Games?
  12. I've calmed down now. Anyway, I bet that Japan and South Korea would be horrified if, in seven years time, the Communists break through in several sports that they've been trying to break through for decades. I bet that there is a cross-country skier in South Korea or New Zealand or even Iceland who has been skiing since childhood and trains as hard as the Scandinavians if not harder, but won't ever make it to a World Cup, World Championship, and/or Olympic podium because FIS will be too busy pumping money so that the Communists can rope a man or woman who's never skied before into becoming a
  13. FFS. I'm so pissed. Thank goodness that I'm on medication, otherwise my bedroom would be a disaster. This has got to be the worst decision that the IOC has ever made. It went against its best interests and ruled in favor of money snow as opposed to the real, reliable thing. Communists. We might as well have chosen other beacons of freedom like Sochi and Salt Lake City, and hell, while we're at it, let's give the next Winter Youth Olympics to Pyongyang! How about Tehran? They won't let women in the stadiums even with their chadors and burqas and niqabs because they are dirty whores who corrupt
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