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  1. Yeah, I saw that too. I'm not sure what the deal is. And the local 30-minute special that precedes the primetime show was advertised as starting 7 PM. I'm not completely sure that they haven't changed their schedule in the past. Looking back at the Athens schedule, it says each weeknight broadcast was scheduled to start at 8 PM, but I could've sworn there were nights when they went on the air at 7:30. I guess we'll see soon enough.
  2. I like it. It's a little on the colorful side, but I like it a lot. It beats the predominantly blue/green look that seems to get recycled over and over in Atlanta, Syndey, Athens, etc.
  3. From what I recall, Brian Williams was criticized a bit for being a little downbeat in 2006, where for every country he seemed to have a completely depressing anecdote about some serious issue they were facing. I didn't think he was too bad and it's certainly not something that he can't fix. Peter Jennings was great at it for many years, providing enough details about foreign countries without making you weep for the future of the world. Then again, they might just go with Meredith Viera. I could see that happening, too.
  4. I'd assume it'll be Brian Williams of NBC News. Mary Carillo & Dan Hicks usually handle the Closing.
  5. Too bad that Al Michaels, he of "Do You Believe in Miracles?", won't be in Beijing. I guess he's gotten to the point where he rather do the NFL for a few months and spend the rest of the year relaxing.
  6. Are they still going ahead with the cloud seeding thing? Is there any chance that it works and if so, when should we expect the rain?
  7. NBC just released its tentative schedule today. Available in PDF form here: http://nbcumv.com/sports/program_detail.nb...ympicgames.html This is what we (U.S. viewers) have been waiting for. LOTS of great information here. I guess all that's left is the announcing assignments (I've only browsed thus far but I don't think they're in here) and we'll be all set.
  8. Sailing and dressage try my patience a bit, but I'll watching any and everything that I can. If I had to rank the five sports that I'm most excited about, I'd say (1) swimming, (2) track & field, (3) basketball, (4) gymnastics, (5) indoor volleyball. Some other personal favorites are rowing, water polo and handball. I'm actually kind of excited about baseball, too. It'll be interesting to see how the USA rebounds from missing the '04 Olympics and one of the Orioles' (my favorite team's) top pitching prospects, Jake Arrieta, will likely be one of the top players on the team.
  9. It's curious that NBC would delay Trials coverage for the west coast, considering how it's unlikely to get big TV ratings either way. But I remember reading that for the Olympics, the decision whether or not to delay the coverage is up to the local affiliates. I remember it being a big deal in 2002 when the Winter Olympics were in Utah but local NBC affiliates in that region were choosing to hold the coverage until 8 pm local time.
  10. I saw it once on TV after the trials. Might've been last Saturday, I think. Been watching NBC & USA all week and I haven't seen it since. It's pretty stupid in my opinion, but this wouldn't be the first time that there's ever been a bad cross-promotion. If they were airing it 10 times a day, I'd probably be annoyed. But it's pretty much never on TV, so who cares?
  11. USA Track & Field revealed their uniforms during the trials a few days ago.
  12. There's no chance that you're this miserable in real life. At least, I hope not. I'm sure it's terribly inconvenient for you to have to scroll past pictures of the stadium. If you don't want to see the pictures, don't read the thread.
  13. Tyson Gay runs a wind-aided 9.68 (!) to win the U.S. Trials. Walter Dix and Darvis "Doc" Patton also make the team in the 100m.
  14. Holy crap, are you serious???? That's a huge turn of events.
  15. Gay ran it in the quarterfinals too, so he can probably do even better. The funny thing is it came a round after he was almost eliminated because he misjudged the finish line and pulled up early. I'd guess he was trying extra hard to be impressive in the quarterfinal. As for Beijing, I don't see Powell winning gold, mainly because he has yet to be truly impressive in a major meet (just look at how he got dusted in the '07 Worlds and then admitted to being nervous afterward). Bolt is the real deal, though. I think either he or Gay will win the gold. It might be a biased pick, but I'm going with Tyson Gay. As for the American women, their 100m competitors are set for Beijing: Muna Lee (1st, in a mild surprise), Torri Edwards (2nd) and Lauryn Williams (3rd). I think it'll be Veronica Campbell's race in Beijing.
  16. Just read in an article that Mary Carillo (according to her) will be hosting NBC's late night show this time around. I think it was Pat O'Brien who hosted in '04. She'll also do the Closing Ceremonies with Dan Hicks again. So it looks like Lampley in the day, Costas in primetime, Carillo at night.
  17. Thanks for posting this. I've been on pins & needles waiting for NBC's schedule. Good to finally know what the daytime hours will be. Interesting. I'd assume that 12:30-5 window allows for live coverage of the men's basketball bronze & gold medal games. They're scheduled to run from noon to 5, Beijing time. I'm still a little surprised that NBC couldn't get the gold medal game at a better time, but I'm sure I'll try to wake up at 2:30 or 3 AM local time and watch. Also, check out the odd late night times on Aug. 11, 13, and 14. The late night show is almost always from 12:35 to 2, but on those three nights, they go on late and don't go off the air until 2:30. I'm guessing there will be some kind of live event they want to stay on the air and show.
  18. Does this board have an "edit post" function which I'm not aware of? I just want to add my opinion on the Games in general: the Games should've never gone to Beijing, and the IOC was absolutely wrong to ignore China's deplorable human rights and health records. At the end of the day, the IOC is comprised of little more than a bunch of prostitutes for whom money and lavish excess are the only things of any importance. Kiss enough ass and promise to break the budget on shiny white elephant venues, and the Games are yours. There isn't a major sports governing body in the world that is driven nearly as much by pure greed. That being said, I love the Olympics and will support and watch the athletes, regardless of what city or country they compete in. And the Olympics should NOT be a political event or bargaining chip, so politicians should just butt out.
  19. No chance that the US boycotts in 2008. NONE. Lessons have been learned from the '80 boycott, which did NOTHING but cheat hundreds of American athletes (and thousands of athletes worldwide) out of something they'd worked their entire lives for. And on top of that, the boycott was a failure, considering how the Soviets didn't leave Afghanistan for another nine years. Also, with the billions of corporate dollars at stake in today's big money world, there's no way Congress or anyone else would pull the rug out from under the USOC. This is nothing more than a handful of blowhard politicians getting an idea in their heads and seeing an opportunity for free publicity.
  20. There will be a second "official" game with more realistic competitors and surroundings, and it will be released next year.
  21. Looks like a really interesting game. And hopefully, the Wii will advance Olympic video games beyond the usual button-mashing.
  22. The U.S. rarely, if ever, goes with a "star" athlete, so I'd be shocked if it ends up being Phelps. They occasionally do (Evelyn Ashford in '88), but it's usually an honor that goes to an older athlete who has been to several Olympics (like women's basketball player Dawn Staley in '04) or one who has overcome some type of serious obstacle (injury, personal tragedy, etc.). The pick usually comes as a surprise, so I'm not even going to venture a guess.
  23. A little more info has come out: NBC Previews the Broadband Olympics A few highlights: NBC's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing will include more than 1,000 hours of live streaming video delivered via the Internet... ... NBC will shoot more than 2,400 hours of footage for its broadcast, cable and Internet platforms... ... The preview video for the 2008 Summer Olympics, which appeared to be designed as a pitch reel for advertisers, touted tennis coverage on MSNBC, boxing on CNBC and the triathlon on NBCOlympics.com ...
  24. I've been waiting for a definitive shot of the inside of the stadium, and this is probably the best one I've seen to date. When they get the lights and everything put in, I think it's going to look very good from the outside.
  25. Oops. Forgot the link: http://www.nbcsports.com/olympics/index.html
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