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Everything posted by BTHarner

  1. The NBC coverage numbers are absolutely mind-blowing, I remember back in 1996 when the total coverage came to roughly 170 hours, all on the main network. For all the hours on TV though, for me it is all about the streaming and being able to watch what I want when I want which, until four years ago, was something I never ever thought would be possible.
  2. The boxing coverage at past Games always included features such as Teddy's Corner with Teddy Atlas (don't know if he will be part of this year's coverage), plus he and Bob Papa spent about 10 hours griping about the judging in Beijing. And don't forget about all those extra commercials you can slot into tape-delayed coverage.
  3. Please tell me that NBC will keep the archives up for a few months like they did in 2008. There is only 24 hours in a day (even during the Olympic Games) and I just will not be able to cram everything in over the games-time period.
  4. I'm surprised to see the BOA rep got any camera time at all. I remember seeing a news photograph showing a cameraman facing the crowd with his back turned towards the track as the flag went by the camera's position. When i think of 1980, I think of really big flags. They look like you could pole vault with them. A final note. Thanks to the boycott in 1980, Sochi 2014 will likely outnumber Moscow in terms of number of participating nations.
  5. As someone who enjoys Yanni, Jarre, and John Williams, I disagree with your assessment of Atlanta. Otherwise I concur with you on Albertville, Barcelona, and Lillehammer. The collection of Japanese folk songs used in Nagano was rather neat as well. BTW the music for the Spanish entry in Barcelona was titled "Espana", sadly I have not found a recording of it elsewhere. Which was probably a good thing as my wife and I got married the weekend after the Barcelona Games and every piece in our ceremony had an Olympic connection of some sort and I would have probably tried to stick that one in at the last minute.
  6. I liked the music used from 1984-2000, whether is was played by an orchestra, a marching band or a cd player. The music from 2004 and 2008 was fine as music (I do have CDs of both), but it just seemed out of place when used as background music for the parade.
  7. I wonder if, now that we have a proliferation of streaming players that connect to TVs (Roku, Apple TV, etc), TVs with internet apps, and game consoles (PS3, Xbox360), if NBC will be making its online coverage available through those types of devices.
  8. I don't think it was necessarily the signs that upset the Koreans as much as the lack of respect for the tradition of the parade as demonstrated by some in the American delegation. The let themselves get strung out, wandered off the track into the shade and get interspersed with the delegations that followed (poor Vanuatu, making it's Olympic debut had its grand entrance spoiled by a bunch of US fencers who carried a large sign to get NBC's attention because they figured they would be ignored in the network's coverage. The tactic worked). It really was a disrespectful showing that alienated a host country (that already had some anti-US sentiment over non-Olympic issues) that values reverence to tradition. One could say that it reminds them of Atlanta in 1996, but that was more poor execution of a novel idea and not ignorant behavior on part of the athletes.
  9. Always glad to see others who enjoy the CFL style of football. The different rules do make it a fun game to watch. As a fan of both Montreal and Saskatchewan it was strange to watch this year's Grey Cup without either or both playing for the first time in seven years.
  10. Actually there are around 87,000 Latvian-Americans living in this country. Their complaints must have resonated at NBC as they now take the time to acknowledge all the participating nations even if it is a brief mention coming back from commercial. It is just a sad reality about living here, the network has to try to make back the money it paid out for the rights. It's too bad the IOC doesn't set up some premium service to watch the old Olympic footage instead of having to hope somebody puts it on Youtube and you hope to get a chance to watch it before the copyright police step in. I'd gladly pay $30 a month to watch this stuff. I guess it would be a question of whether enough people would do the same to make it worthwhile.
  11. Just found this. Sure beats the cut-up NBC version
  12. Actually they do, the ParaPan Games begin Nov. 12th in Guadalajara.
  13. Procrastination is a Pan Am Games tradition. Why would anybody want to mess with it?
  14. I'd just be happy to be somebody's placard bearer.
  15. I do respect anyone who has nostalgic feelings and laments the loss of the website. For me, though, one of the great parts of being an Olympic junkie is that, while one Games must end, there is always another one to look forward to. I will probably reflect on the Vancouver Games on the first anniversary next month, but other than that it's onto London.
  16. As Olympic fanatics we get into these musical pieces because of what they represent to us, the attachment of the memories from a certain Olympics to a piece of music associated with that particular celebration. But it dawned on me today while sitting in my car with an Olympic-related CD playing that friends of mine who haven't experienced these memories would probably think I was strange for listening to this stuff. To each their own.
  17. Also, that 2014 logo is nice. It runs against the grain of all the garbage emblems that have been unveiled in recent years.
  18. Anybody else finding the Guangzhou 2010 website difficult to navigate. The schedule and results section is impossible to get into.
  19. Will the women in the Lesotho delegation be marching in topless like they did in Melbourne four years ago?
  20. I commend your perseverance in regards to these pieces of music. I wish I knew more of the titles myself. I must have watched that ceremony a hundred times while I was still on my buzz from attending the Games, but for the longest time I didn't know many of the titles myself. I loved Santorini, but it took until 2004 before I found out what it's title was and who composed it. Don't get discouraged, sometimes you get lucky and just stumble unto these things when you least expect it, especially in the internet age.
  21. I don't know if Tesh's music was used in 1996, but he sure made a lot of people cringe with his sappy gymnastics commentary. How many times did we hear about Vitali Scherbo nearly quitting after his wife's near-fatal auto accident.
  22. Atlanta had a great idea there with bringing the athletes in down the ramp, too bad the execution was so flawed. One good thing came out of it, Bob Costas' remark about "people unwittingly defecting" remains one of my all-time favorite remarks by a commentator, and I laugh every time I watch the tape.
  23. I actually loved Torino's choice of music, but then I haven't accepted the fact that disco is dead yet.
  24. I can't speak for SkiFreak, but I've always enjoyed that music that is played during the parade (except for Beijing, ugggh). There are many people who actually enjoy the procession, and to them it, along with the lighting of the cauldron, are the opening ceremony. I know Baron is very much into the theatrical elements of the ceremony, I have no problems with that. We all have our own interests, and the Olympic Games not only brings athletes from different parts of the world together, but is also unites fans with different interests and perspectives.
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