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Old 08-02-2016, 06:54 PM   #41
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The IOC corruption is the biggest issue to me. Much bigger than doping or cheating that rules and enforcement can address to equalize the playing field.
But to know some bureaucrat is getting tons of money and benefits - to pick some country is outrageous.
I'm not sure why but it upsets me enough I would happily vote for the death penalty for such IOC bureaucrat and of course the briber individual.

So it has killed the excitement of the Olympics I used to feel, before I knew the about the payoffs.
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The IOC corruption is the biggest issue to me. Much bigger than doping or cheating that rules and enforcement can address to equalize the playing field.
But to know some bureaucrat is getting tons of money and benefits - to pick some country is outrageous.
I'm not sure why but it upsets me enough I would happily vote for the death penalty for such IOC bureaucrat and of course the briber individual.

So it has killed the excitement of the Olympics I used to feel, before I knew the about the payoffs.

Being a practicing cynic/curmudgeon, I can confidently state that influence peddling, bribery, cheating, etc. was/is/forever more will be evident in many human interactions...
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Not really into it anymore. I still watch soccer despite FIFA but the Olympic committee and the rampant cheating has soured me on the Olympics.
Yes, I agree.
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The Olympics has became too big, has too many events which don't make sense, different sport has different rules on who can participate, too many athletes are doped out, too many athletes are recruited to play for another country, .............
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Used to like watching them but there became just too many commercials and human interest stories and too little actual competition. Ruined it for me. Never watch anymore.


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Sure, we'll watch them if they're on when we're watching TV--we won't go out of our way to watch them. I really hate the melodramatic back stories we have to sit through--just show the events.
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I usually watch Swimming and Track & Field. Canadians are usually better at the Winter Olympics though.

That being said, I enjoy watching this CAD swimmer for the entertainment value alone at the beginning of each swim heat 😂. Whoever said Canadians are polite?! 😜

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OK, I guess because I eat supper, it's pretty easy to watch the Olympics when they show them in the early evening.
So I have watched Phelps get his 20th gold medal and the US women gymnastics team do their stuff.
The actual events are pretty exciting.

The RIO Olympic calamities are astounding
- green swamp water anyone
- Folks being robbed, bus windows being broken, the un-readiness of RIO to host the games.
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Sure, we'll watch them if they're on when we're watching TV--we won't go out of our way to watch them. I really hate the melodramatic back stories we have to sit through--just show the events.
Streaming FTW!

I've watched I'd guess at least six hours of competition every day since they started, almost all of it on a stream or replay where I could skip around to what I want to see. Being on the west coast, the primetime "live" coverage is tape delayed, so we're seeing stuff three hours after it happened. I watched the entire gymnastics team final in about an hour on the replay stream, instead of spread out from 8 until before midnight on primetime.

The other advantage of the streaming coverage is no back stories, straight competition. Definitely the way to go.

Yesterday alone, I watched two 7's rugby matches, the women's USA soccer match, the entire gymnastics team final, and all of the swimming finals and semi-finals in about five hours. Wife and I are sports geeks, but especially for the Olympics considering we are both "Olympic sport" athletes. (She is a retired gymnast, me triathlon and running).

NBC tailors their coverage for what they think women want, since by numbers women watch more Olympics than men do. And their 20-year-old research suggests that women WANT more of the backstories and less of the actual competition... hence why most of their coverage is advertising ($$$) and back stories. Pass.
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We use it to fall asleep. Works very well.
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I was watching weightlifting today followed by ping-pong. What a combination. Hard to believe Ping-Pong is an Olympic sport?
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I love ping-pong! It got really big late 60's. One guy smashing and the other guy way back there returning...

It's like tennis court distance across a table -
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I was watching weightlifting today followed by ping-pong. What a combination. Hard to believe Ping-Pong is an Olympic sport?
Wait until 2020 when they add baseball/softball, karate, skateboarding, climbing, surfing, and Pokemon GO.

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Darn. I missed the ping pong coverage. Watching them play is both amazing and funny.

Have been watching women's swimming and women's beach volleyball. I like seeing Katie Ledecky kick butt in the swimming and seeing how well the volleyball will be post Misty May Treanor. Haven't been too interested in gymnastics, more Phelps medals or women's soccer.
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We have had it on when we have gone to bed (DW likes the ambient light/sound of the TV) and I swear I think the only thing that we have seen is swimming!

It's all be quite boring, so it's makes falling asleep pretty easy.
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lol at the olympics. snooze fest
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Darn. I missed the ping pong coverage. Watching them play is both amazing and funny.

Have been watching women's swimming and women's beach volleyball. I like seeing Katie Ledecky kick butt in the swimming and seeing how well the volleyball will be post Misty May Treanor. Haven't been too interested in gymnastics, more Phelps medals or women's soccer.
So, the cold weather forced the women's beach volleyball competitors to dress in full body-covering clothing. I understand the number of TV viewers was down more than 30%. That, and that awful green water.

Here's an Olympic rant by the WGN news team sports announcer that sums up the feelings many people have about the coverage. Pat Tomasulo’s ‘Olympics’ report includes R. Kelly lip sync, video of his HS wrestling career | WGN-TV

So far it's been very difficult to get complete summaries of all of the previous day's activities. It's not gonna change anytime soon, NBC has a contract to televise the Olympics through 2032.
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So, the cold weather forced the women's beach volleyball competitors to dress in full body-covering clothing. I understand the number of TV viewers was down more than 30%. That, and that awful green water.

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Those who turned away because of attire missed a very good match last night. A pretty near upset. Oh, the USA team wasn't dressed in full body-covering .

Must have been quite chilly tough as I'd think after all the running and diving around, they can easily work up a good sweat.
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I have not had any luck finding any streaming services. What one(s) are you using?
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