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In a group of Soxaholix, a woman speaks:
Well, at least we've got the Olympics to kill time...


In a group of Soxaholix, a woman speaks:
I don't know about the rest of you, but I sure am hoping that they focus even more on the uplifting, emotional, and dramatic personal stories of the various athletes.


In a group of Soxaholix, a woman speaks:
Because let's face it, it's all about the pageantry and emotion.


In a group of Soxaholix, a woman speaks:
Oh, and the medal counts. Can't forget the medal counts.



Apparently my DISH package doesn't qualify me to get live streaming coverage at NBCOlympics.com. However, people in Asia and Africa get live streaming for free on YouTube. $10 later I have a VPN terminating in Japan and can now watch all I want.

Screw you NBC.

Not excited for the games one bit. I'd rather go out and listen to live music than stay home and watch the opening ceremonies with the GF. Sadly I don't think I will win this battle.

A friend of long standing fled her Londinium home (That's London for those of you in Revere) for the "relative sanity" of the Plum Island area. She is deathly nervous about either being arrested or blown up, which is part and parcel of most olympics post 1968.

Scott, I lost that same battle tonight with my wife. I wanted to go out, I've been instructed to bring a bottle of wine home instead. I set up the VPN primarily for the kids. They both compete in Olympic sports that won't get much TV time.

"This medal count sponsored by Gold Medal Flour. The official white powder of the Olympics"

I have to admit that track and field gets me going. Everything else, feh.

Actually with all the live streaming, this Olympics shapes up to be pretty good. But perhaps only if you are turned on by the idea of watching every heat of the men's 10,000.

It's about time. They could have streamed the last 2 Olympics but NBC was a total technical failure on top of wanting to control the narratives too greatly. This year, they finally came around and not only introduced extra channels to carry more of the events (I know RCN has them at least), but they're putting it all On Demand (whew, because my DVR can't hold all that HD content) and they're streaming most of it online for you to follow whatever sport and whatever athlete you want.

That was always one of my bigger problems too about NBC's Olympics coverage: they only cover Americans. We might have the worst 2-man rowing team in the world, so you never get to see any interesting rowing...or this year, you wouldn't see an ounce of men's soccer since our team couldn't even qualify this year. This year, you can watch an entire channel of Olympic soccer coverage. I'd thank NBC, but they're about 8 years late on this. Well, at least we finally got it.

There were video feeds on line, but NBC blocked them. Their people are just not the quality ABC had at Munich in 1972. The Israeli massacre would have been mis-managed by this bunch. No wonder Microsoft let their MSNBC deal expire. Only network worse than the NBC nets? YESSSSS!

I dig the track and the field, short swimming races, soccer especially womens since they cant compete elsewhere really any more, mens gymnastics but only for the display of incredible strength (all athletics that involve a judgement of who wins are a struggle for me), the badminton is actually pretty exciting. But the real story is Bob Costas. 1000's of athletes from around the globe, except one hot Greek blonde chick with bad joke distribution judgement, gather every few years so they can be background noise for Costas's cutesy intros to stories about, nope not the medal count, the village condom count.

I will undoubtedly watch much olympics this year. I will try not to drink Pepsi or eat non McDonalds french fries since the official products of the olympics must mean they are the best things humans can ingest, but I can promise nothing in this effort.

Costas is one of the dumbest announcers around. Incredibly superficial and incapable of providing insights outside his narrow sphere of Mickey, Magic, and .... I do miss the days of trying to figure out if Jim Lampley and Kathleen Sullivan were tripping the light fantastic in Sarajevo.

Costas is a blithering idiot. Jerry Seinfeld ran rings around him on MLBNetwork, saving a weak show about "Who's on First". THAT's what Costas can do--with help from a pro.
I still shudder thinking about him working with Joe (The best hitting 2nd baseman of the '70's) Morgan, who makes baseball even duller than it normally is.

Team America, Fuck Yeah!



The beginning of the end of my mini vacation. Sigh. Have a great weekend all. Hopefully we'll have something fun to yak about on Monday.

Thank Goodness Wally is safe!!

Curling FTW!!!!!

(We have to wait for the winter Olympics for that? FFFFFUUUUUUUU)

Could somebody have warned me that Ryan Seacrest was going to be on the Olympics? Not only is he a useless vessel of shit, but he can't interview my descending colon, let alone M. Phelps.

Plus, Seacrest and Costas on the same channel,along with that wall-biter Tom Hammond? Is NBC actively trying to go bankrupt.

I saw some of the Opening ceremonies online and NBC completely botched that up, too.

Yes, and that Meredith Viera has taken to the current trend of forgoing available informtion and shunning the notion of increasing your intelligence to champion the idea of being ignorant. If I have to listen to someone narrate that which doesnt need narration, can they at least add to my understanding and knowledge? Too much to ask? Uncool to want to know more than less about other cultures?

Mr. Bean was highlarious. NBC is infuriating, but to be fair I dont know who in the US with approp resources would actually do better. CBS, ABC probably do a different version of same junk, catering to the stupid. FoxSports probably would do well on the sports side, but probably couldnt resist unneeded "balancing" of the narrative on the overall presentation side via Foxnews side of the family (Britain's opening ceremony nod to NHS could not have gone uncriticized by a Fox US anchor, nevermind its someone else's country). I want to go back to my naive youth when we just watched sports and reveled in the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

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