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Everything posted by BTHarner

  1. I don't like Bach anymore than some of you, but he is not a complete ignoramus who blindly believes that this is going off as planned. Surely they are working with the needed parties, and they are many, to reschedule this and is withholding any comment until everything is set in stone. I just wish they would announce it now and just reset the countdown clock, but this is going to be incredibly complex. I think they will pull it off though (using lots of money to keep many happy) and, barring another situation such as this, the Games will take place in the summer of 2021.
  2. Well at least the look should be present from the beginning unlike 2016 when it seemed to arrive throughout the Games.
  3. Interest in the YOGs is, at best, lukewarm around here (75 total posts in the forums pertaining to the 2018 and 2020 editions). That's probably why nobody was beating the door down to post the OC as soon as possible. You can slap the Olympic rings on it, but it just doesn't feel like an Olympic Games. Just my opinion.
  4. You just cannot reason with these people. You can address all their concerns and then they'll invent some new ones just to keep stirring the pot and any amount of attention they get just emboldens their resolve and their agenda. Why do they target the Olympics and the Olympics only? How about motor racing and it's effects on the environment? How about other sports organizations and the their insistence on using public funds to build stadiums? They don't seem to have too much to say about the issues related to the 2022 World Cup, either.
  5. Puts me in mind of the Rio Paralympic logo.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Enjoy the Games Tatsh. I wish I could be there.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. It's not unprecedented, both the 1994 and 2002 logos were unveiled around a year after the previous World Cup.
  14. The shrieking English PA lady was atrocious. These ceremonies use to be such dignified affairs, some (not all) now seem like carnival sideshows.
  15. 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?
  16. 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.
  17. 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/
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Seoul was one of those that was up on the Olympic Channel then taken down after a few months. I have never seen LA 84 on Olympic Channel.
  21. I've been emailing the Olympic Channel every few months to get an explanation as to why certain OC videos were taken down and while others have remained. I finally got an explanation. Their reply: With regard to Opening Ceremonies, we are not the media rights owner for all of the years. As such, we are unfortunately not able to post all Opening Ceremony videos that may exist. Hope this helps. Sincerely, Olympic Channel I am guessing that they got permission to post some of them for a certain period of time, and then have to remove them. I think this also eliminates any hope of seeing any new ones posted anytime soon (The last one added, Innsbruck 1976 was many, many months ago).
  22. That was anything but boring. Excellent analysis, which far too many people fail to do before making up their mind on an issue. They see a headline that Sochi spent $50 billion and they feel no need to read any further. The idiots in Calgary who voted no due to cost were too myopic to realize that those facilities from 1988 are still going to need government funds for upkeep so that they can continue to hold World Cup events. The displacement argument makes me laugh. When I go someplace to attend a sporting event it is with the sole intention of doing so. When I go to a Nationals game in Washington I am not taking my money from any other part of DC, as I have no reason to go there except to see the game, Do the Games cause the locals and their money to flee for a couple of weeks. Sure, but the average visitor probably spends more than the average local in those two weeks. Your best point is that many blame the IOC for the rising costs of the Games, but it is my belief that the IFs drive up the costs. The IOC would probably be content with the LA model for venues, but the IFs seem to want the enhanced facilities and this, as well as their insistence of wanting every possible event on the program, has stretched the summer games to a breaking point (as well as ridiculously bloating the winter games).
  23. Just speaking for myself, but it just came to the point where it wasn't worth my time to spend more than a few minutes on the boards. This bidding process has become a joke, which is no surprise since the IOC, led by the delusional buffoon Bach, has itself become a laughingstock and has played right into the hand of voters who are too lazy to do any research of their own and rely on the same tired old rhetoric and misrepresentation of facts as presented by anti-Olympic zealots. Games-time itself is still a lot of fun, but the time in between has become depressing.
  24. Cameroon defeats Mali and qualifies for its second consecutive WWC>
  25. With this being the second WWC with 24 teams, I was expecting virtually the same field of teams that we had in 2015 (I wasn't expecting 4 teams from CONCACAF since they didn't have the extra spot given to the host. We will have between 16-18 teams returning, but four first-timers (Chile, Scotland, Jamaica, and South Africa) certainly exceeded my expectations (even more so should Mali beat Cameroon). For the record, the draw is a week from Saturday (8 December) at 1800 local time. Bring it on, the WWC is a beacon of refreshment in the increasingly crass world of sport. It can't get here soon enough.
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