Monday, August 18, 2008
A Few Thoughts on the Olympics…
Like most people I have been interested in the Olympics as of late. Who isn’t excited by nations competing with nations? “The thrill of Victory or the Agony of Defeat” I thought since this blog is a journal of sorts I would post my thoughts.
Is it just me or is this the 2008 Summer Olympics of Swimming?
With my direct TV I am able to see several channels of the Olympics… I get NBC, MSNBC and USA showing the Olympics. My question is why the hell does NBC have to show us 87% swimming, and 12% gymnastics and 1% woman’s softball.
Over the last week I have watched over 10 hours and tuned in during prime time, day time, night time and oh gosh what time is it time and every time its usually a swimming event and not always with the over achiever Michael Phelps (Whose resume says something like I am not a professional athlete I just have people that donated a hell-a-nice website available in English or Chinese).
I can understand that NBC must pay the bills by broadcasting the money sports but must they broadcast the same stuff on both channels? Maybe the male swimmers are eye candy I don’t know. I am sure there are ladies who are hot for the swimmers but do woman audiences dominate your ad dollar? Maybe!!! The woman swimmers are not very attractive so easy with those close-ups as they should be used sparingly. (Send hate male to idon’firstname.lastname@example.org). They ain’t Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit models ok?? Get the picture??? For those keeping score with the eye candy… the female weight lifters doing the clean and jerk has been the least appetizing thus far.
And then must NBC replay the same event at different times? According to the Official Olympic Website there are 28 sports with 302 medals. That’s a lot of variety. NBC should maybe dedicate some time to those gasp other sports. I have seen a few things I wish I could see more of like Fencing and Archery however for just a few minutes at a time. The communist NBC has blocked almost all attempts freely distributing Olympic content via the web outside of NBC.com.
Shawn Johnson: the next Olympian Gone Bad!!!
Last night as I watched the floor routine and saw Shawn Johnson’s score busted by the last woman to perform I had this thought. Isn’t she pissed? Let’s recap the scenario… The USA woman’s team gets the silver. Ok nice job and what a great surprise but Shawn gets a 2nd place ribbon. The next night Shawn gets beat by her alleged best friend and room mate Nastia Liukin in the woman’s all around. (Side note: Nastia, Nasty I keep getting them confused. I know its Russian and her dad is a former Russian Star.. use the above email for more hate mail or use the comment portions to tell me you hate me.). Then after the floor debacle and the cameras and reporters and etc all in her face I was expecting Shawn Johnson to go all Tanya Harding and just blow a gasket. I was expecting Johnson to go Postal… Start beating people i.e. Nasty and screaming you blankety blank I worked x amount of years to come in second you no good Harlot!!!! Think of it as Jerry Springer at the Olympics. Of course this didn’t happen… Shawn Johnson I thought showed the greatest sportsmanship that I have seen in a while in sports. She has appeared to be kind and gracious even while coming up short. Kudos!!! What a Great role model for kids.
Labels: 2008 Olympics, Michael Phelps, Shawn Johnson