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Everything posted by FiveRingFever

  1. Kelly Clark. 5th Olympics, 3-time medalist.
  2. Germany sucks but Netherlands appears to be the odd team out. I bet they would have advanced in a round robin format like volleyball has.
  3. Two-run downhill? Sacrilege. Also, does the author realize that the distance XC races are just more laps run on the same courses as the other races?
  4. Ho hum. Another one-sided women's Grand Slam final.
  5. Apparently, the bay will not be cleaned up in time for the games. http://espn.go.com/olympics/story/_/id/10948291/official-said-brazil-not-meet-water-pollution-targets-2016-games
  6. ^^ I like the "LOVE HOPS AND LIVE THE DREAM" neon sign. Might have to borrow that catch phrase in the future.
  7. I've been putting on Today in the mornings to try and catch their Sochi stories. I didn't see Vonn at all, but I could have missed it. I did see a story on the mothers of Davis & White.
  8. That's not correct. ABC would have shown a taped package in prime time much like NBC does. http://www.deadline.com/2011/06/olympics-will-bidding-be-a-games-changer-for-u-s-networks/
  9. I'm not sure Vonn would be all that interesting on TV.
  10. Well, the weather is not going to be all that different from Beijing. That was brutally humid, but everyone managed.
  11. So, you would rather follow up one poor decision with another?
  12. I have gone to around 20 Olympic wrestling sessions and have been to 2 U.S, wrestling trials. I also have seen Olympic softball and baseball, and I don't give a crap about squash. I think wrestling belongs in comparison to the other two sports in terms of tradition, international participation, and relatively low logistical demands. I don't think it's even close for that matter. The problem with wrestling really was its governing body. They seem to have gotten their heads out of their rear ends and made a lot of necessary changes, so I would be surprised not to see them back in 2020.
  13. It's actually a lot easier for MLB to accommodate the Olympics than the NHL, but they're too busy worshipping at the altar of the almighty dollar to give up their All Star weekend cash cow and play a few scheduled double headers. God forbid we don't get to see the Home Run Derby!
  14. I'm not comparing them, which is why I asked in the first place. I basically was wondering if Canadians beyond the Toronto area were interested in the PanAms, or if they're apathetic like Americans would be if they were held in the USA. Secondarily, I was also wondering how interest in the PanAms compared to the WWC, which, as I stated, is of particular interest to me personally. I don't think those are unreasonable questions to ask of people on this board. No offense intended.
  15. I was curious because they definitely wouldn't be high profile at all in the states. There was a time when the PanAms were much more popular here, and they actually were televised on a major US network. I remember some classic boxing matches back when the Cubans and Americans were two of the top teams in the world. I'm sure the PanAms would still be a good event to attend if it's in your backyard, but I can't see a lot of people shelling out for plane tickets and a hotel room to attend. It seems like the Women's World Cup is a higher profile event, but maybe that's just my perspective from following women's soccer since I first saw in in Atlanta. I actually will probably try to attend a few WWC games wherever the US team ends up, but I think I'd rather get to Toronto for an Orioles/Blue Jays game than for the PanAms.
  16. Do Canadians in general give a rip about these games? The PanAms are pretty much the junior varsity in terms of the higher profile sports. The only reason I pay attention is that some of the events qualify spots for the Olympics,
  17. Seems like having a round of 16 with a field of 24 is unnecessary. Good selection of cities, though. I'm thinking of going to it, although in 2015 I'm definitely going to Beijing in August for the IAAF championships and Las Vegas in September for the FILA World Wrestling championships.
  18. I think because the figure skating team event has both a short and long program for each discipline and requires three sessions, they needed to begin early because the figure skating venue is also the short track venue. I'm not sure why they need to start the other ones early, but if it means another night of coverage, I'm all for it.
  19. I like Hicks. He's solid on everything he does and definitely an upgrade over Ryan. I wonder what's behind the switch. I would think that Alpine and long track are roughly equivalent in prestige, so maybe it's because the US alpine team happens to be pretty strong right now. Or maybe he just likes the scenery.
  20. I remember they also showed USA-Canada (somewhat abbreviated) from Sarajevo in '84. But I guess in some people's minds, the Olympics have never been on a network other than NBC.
  21. I say heck with these proposed choices and let's see some lumberjack events. Chainsaws, axes, and log rolling >> the ribbon, the hoop, and the ball.
  22. I think the attendance argument is a little weak because baseball has so many more games each season than the other professional team sports. But yes, having a tournament with MLB players along with the Japanese and Korean leagues would be epic.
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