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BTHarner last won the day on July 26

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  1. BTHarner

    Qatar 2022

    Puts me in mind of the Rio Paralympic logo.
  2. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    That was a fun few weeks. I had serious doubts a few years back about how this was going to turn out. After all, they seemed more concerned about the mascot than the venues. It all turned out fine in the end and I commend those who made it possible.
  3. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    The entire commentator-free ceremony is up on the Pan Am Sports Channel. The app is also now up, but only in Spanish and only on Android devices.
  4. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    Still have to watch the rest of the ceremony after the parade of athletes. Decided to be a nice husband and go with my wife to a concert and returned home late and watched on the DVR through the end of the parade. I think my initial impressions might be clouded from fatigue and crankiness so I'll need to take the time to watch it again at a better time.
  5. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    Enjoy the Games Tatsh. I wish I could be there.
  6. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    There was absolutely no promotion on any of ESPN's English-speaking outlets and that is indicative of where the event ranks on the sporting hierarchy. Many friends my age remember them from the 70s and 80s (before the international sports calendar got glutted with more frequent and lucrative World Championships and the like) when CBS would broadcast the Games, but had assumed that they no longer existed because there was no English coverage from 1995-2003 and just snippets since. The amount of coverage on ESPNU is just fortunate timing since they have a lot of time to fill during the down period in the college athletic calendar. Ironic that you had no idea about the Pan Ams, I was the same way about the Tour de France, I was totally oblivious to it until I saw the headlines about today's stage being shortened by hail.
  7. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    Actually the graphic look. I wouldn't trade my opening ceremony experience for anything, it will always be one of the most memorable experiences in my lifetime. I know those who are more into the artistic presentation didn't think much of it but, being culturally naive, they could have replaced Cirque du Soleil with thecombination of the Mummenschanz mime troupe and Up With People and I still would have found it memorable.
  8. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    There isn't much that I would trade from my 2015 experience, but this look is so much better. Great to see so much coverage on the ESPN family of networks. It has its downsides though. I decided to subscribe to Sling for a month to get ESPN Deportes since a tech would have to stop by and re point my dish to get the channel via satellite. Turns out you can't use the DVR function or fast forward or rewind for ESPN Deportes on Sling. Also the streams on ESPN3 and the ESPN app are not archived for on-demand viewing. I also needed my Sling subscription to be able to watch any of the Spanish streams. I guess I just need to set the DVR for ESPNU on my satellite when I can't watch live, just like the old days of Olympic TV before you could watch anything at anytime. As of yet, I have not seen a mobile app to follow the Games, that is sort of a must anymore.
  9. BTHarner

    Qatar 2022

    It's not unprecedented, both the 1994 and 2002 logos were unveiled around a year after the previous World Cup.
  10. BTHarner

    Ceremonies on UTube, Part 3

    The shrieking English PA lady was atrocious. These ceremonies use to be such dignified affairs, some (not all) now seem like carnival sideshows.
  11. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    Tickets finally went on sale today. Prices are lower than 2015, which is to be somewhat expected even though I saw a report that listed Lima as one of the more expensive cities in Latin America. Several sports, including rowing and canoe/kayak are free. I would be nice to do a second consecutive Pan Am games, but other matters will force me to follow them at home. I would be a little peeved if I were going because the ticketing website lists the basics like date, time, and place for the various sessions, but no other details. How would somebody to wants to see a certain event final know which session to purchase?
  12. BTHarner

    Tokyo 2020 Look of the Games

    The uneducated public is always quick to blame the IOC for all the ills associated with the games, but the greedy IFs are equally to blame. They're a bunch of spoiled brats who have ridden the gravy train for decades and can't take no for an answer without throwing a tantrum. I hope the IOC is able to organize the 2020 boxing competition without AIBA, it might set a precedent that could be repeated down the road.
  13. BTHarner

    Tokyo 2020 Look of the Games

    Sounds like the IFs are less than enamored with the plans for the look. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/olympics/2019/05/07/olympic-sports-slam-tokyo-organizers-over-cuts-at-venues/39455687/
  14. BTHarner

    Preliminaries vs Finals

    Make sure you know your limits when it comes to how much you want to see each day. Trying to attend multiple sessions day after day with any amount of travel involved will wear you down
  15. BTHarner

    Lima 2019

    Too bad they didn't offer this in 2015, I would have paid the money for it. https://www.panamsports.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/ENG-2-Pass-Lima-2019-compressed.pdf