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  1. *yawn* 30 years ago nobody could imagine anyone but ABC hosting the Olympics with Jim McKay. Then NBC got their groove going around Barcelona. Anyone can broadcast these things.
  2. I really want to see Toronto win this - I am on record as saying they got screwed. But I have questions. I don't see how the Pan Am plan would help Toronto in winning a future SOG. It's been several years since I have been in the Toronto area, but I do recall how spread out The Golden Horseshoe was. That and how traffic on I think it is the 401 can get? Can't this be centralized more? What happened to the island the 2008 games were supposed to be held on?
  3. Nadia said the same thing and I guess I agree with her assessment. But rules are rules. Mark my words, it will come out 20 years from now they were under aged, much like the East German and Russian women swimmers admitted they were doped in 1976.
  4. Oh geez. Deal with your Indian issues like we do. Give them thousands of acres to put a casino on where they can collect revenues with very little tax or contribution that they give to members of their tribes, and give little back to the communities and they are happy. Lord knows, here in California most of them are living better than I am.
  5. If I go, I think I am driving up. It's only 15 hours from San Francisco. Stop in Portland and then continue. Otherwise fly to Seattle and rent a car. I am not even going to think about flying into Vancouver - that would be a nightmare. Although I imagine customs will be a nightmare all around. Accommodations - my supposed friend at the Four Seasons has not gotten back to me
  6. It would be great - I would love to meet you and Kendegra and even Mr. X - if he can get out of Jr. High home room to do so. (j/k) Check your PM. Like Puppy, my tentative ticket order hovers around $2500 U.S. I am not going to Whistler if I go. I would like to but sitting on a bus on a mountain roadway for 2 hours without a ciggy and a beverage is not my idea of a good time.
  7. I have pretty much - I am only hesitating because that year is also my parents 50th wedding anniversay and my sister and I promised to take them to Hawaii or go on an Alaskan Cruise. Plus, if I get the tickets now I will get charged this December right when Christmas and property taxes are due.
  8. I went on and registered. Still haven't decided if I want to go or not. But in the registration it asks where you found out about CoSport - ATR was a choice but Gamesbids wasn't?
  9. Try living next door to them! j/k btw You know, it's not bad. When I first read it I was like, o.k., how unoriginal. But now I am thinking it's got potential. Altho, unfortunately, that damn national anthem is now stuck in my head.
  10. Oh dear! Is this a preview of the OC in Vancouver?
  11. Your right! I missed that - sorry Congrats NZ! YOU are one of the biggest medal winners!
  12. ^^^ Another of the best quotes of the games. Thank you - you have been a wonderful audience but I am now bored with this topic.
  13. It had to be on CBC - it was right when they raised him to the top - they held him for a second and then there was a slight drop and he kinda freaked a little. I guess I find this whole "fakery" argument amusing for the same reason I really haven't cared for the opening ceremonies since '88 and Lillehammer which from that point back, there was no electronic wizadry, and everything was performed by people with no computer aid. Much more real and spirited IMHO
  14. A good question. I recall, in my youth, having to play out in the cold in November - not nearly as bad as during a February Olympics. Never as crisp, my spit valve would gurgle and I couldn't get it all out, the woodwinds had a horrible time with their reeds, the trombonist, trumpet players and French Horn musicians (Well - the French Horns are high strung in the first place ) were having lip problems, etc.
  15. I would be surprised if ANY orchestra from Los Angeles forward actually were playing. That ceremony always looked sketchy to me as I used to be in an orchestra. Continuing the tradition of gaffes - that poor Govoner General in 1988 messing up, Reagan messing up, the BIG messup in '56 with how much tnt they put in Ron Clarke's torch. Stuff happens in ceremonies. Heck in Bejing did you notice how the cable dropped and Li Ning kinda freaked right before he started his run? Live is rarely picture perfect. So stuff happens to enhance them.
  16. He's in NYC doing promotional stuff for Visa - and he is hosting Saturday Night Live on September 13. And of course, celebrating this win!
  17. P.S. - did you know that on a per-capita basis, the Aussies came in ahead of GB, China AND the U.S.? Congrats!
  18. Actually, if you would look back before posting, you would see that we in the US are not the ones trying to "adjust" the medal totals. They are what they are. We have always counted them one way - others another. Also we are not the ones whining about it - but if it makes you feel better, go ahead.
  19. Oh Jesus Christ - now you just look pathetic. Here - here's another way to access the votes. Do a mathematical calculation on this: Jamaica Is The Biggest Medal Winner In Bejing. Oh dear - Britain placed after Australia - again. And the US over China . . . You Brits are so cute sometimes. "And that's the way it is, Thursday, August 28th, 2008. This is Walter Cronkhite, CBS News. Goodnight."
  20. Typical - does not acknowledge that he/she was wrong after earlier insults, but finds a way to turn it around and claim to be a victim. That pretty much says it all. Moving on . . .
  21. Wait a minute - perhaps you need to get your facts correct. NOWHERE did I critisize Greece. In fact, I am about the only person that agreed with Savas about the current state of the Olympic facilities. And after the shameful display of some on here after 2004, I make it a practice to rarely, if ever, comment on anything to do with that country as individuals like you tend to turn things into a personal crusade and insult anyone who don't agree with you. So please try and take steps to make yourself look less foolish in the future.
  22. Even if you are a meda critic, I don't care. Nor do I care what you think we should and should not have been watching. I'm sure, however, if there had been a full piece about how Thaneau was trying to get back into these games and failed you would have been extolling their virtues. Don't like it - tune in somewhere else. These were about the best televised games by NBC in the US since Jim McKary last did it in '84 IMHO.
  23. I know this will be a shock, but I am not interested, as an example in that Greek woman who staged a motorcycle wreck in 2004 that your fellow countryman started a thread for (Thaneau is her name, right?) NBC reports on what it's core audience, North America is interested in. NBC does market research to see what the American audience is interested in and quite frankly, I would have been pissed if they had cut away from Misty and Keri. It wasn't live anyhow and we saw the 100m shortly after so whatever. Geez I get annoyed with people saying what NBC should and should not be showing when they don't even live here! CBC focused on their medal hopefuls - BBC was almost orgasmic in covering theirs. That is just the way it is.
  24. When you think about it, I no longer doubt what Savas said. I recall during the last minute preparations of Athens when questions arose if facilities would be completed, that even the Greeks on here admitted that they aren't the fastest when it comes to preparing for grand projects. So it doesn't surprise me four years later that some facilities may just now be in the process of being converted. If the Greeks are comfortable with that then what does it really matter?
  25. Hmmmm - doesn't sound like abandoned to me. BTW - there is a BBC report on Google I found that essentially said the same thing this report did but they went around with a camera.
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