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Old 02-09-2014, 05:27 PM   #21
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I have tried to avoid Olympic TV coverage for over 20 years or so. It seems to be on many stations so avoiding this boring, wasteful specticle is a chore at times. DW likes the skating, so it's on @ our place, but my eyes are not focused on it.
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Can you get access to the CBC Sochi app in the US?

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/cbc-...791578992?mt=8
Thanks for the tip, but unfortunately, no.
The US version of the iTunes store won't let me get it.
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If you can get CBC, their coverage of Olympics is usually much better than NBC. NBC is too much fluff, not enough of the competition and is too US-centric IMO.
Ever since I moved to Washington many years ago, I watch Olympics and some other things primarily on CBC.

When Al Michaels arrives on scene, my tv gets muted. Same with Bobby. But I even watch NFL muted most of the time, though I like Al Michaels and Chris Collingsworth for NFL. I leave the sound on for them.

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During the first weekend, my favorite was the very exciting last 10 minutes of the men's 30 km "skiathalon" cross-country race. At the finish, the top ten were separated by only about 15 seconds, the top four by only a second and a half.

I caught much of the men's luge, starting early in the morning and finishing on the late evening show. The men's downhill certain didn't disappoint.

My preference for the timed events grows stronger with every triple lutz...
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USA just defeated Russia in hockey. 8th round of an overtime shoot-out. Very exciting. The Kings' Quick came up big as did Oshie.
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USA just defeated Russia in hockey. 8th round of an overtime shoot-out. Very exciting. The Kings' Quick came up big as did Oshie.

That was a hell of a game! Oshie has ice water in his veins. That was a huge stage for a young kid and he didn't flinch. Quick's last save was fantastic.
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Kinda difficult to score on a guy named Quick
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USA just defeated Russia in hockey. 8th round of an overtime shoot-out. Very exciting. The Kings' Quick came up big as did Oshie.
Liked the result. But I hate deciding games with shootouts.
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Not a Bob Costas fan. Do enjoy the alpine skiing events. Don't enjoy the subjectively scored events.
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FYI, According to the WSJ's trusty stopwatch, NBC's nightly prime time Olympics coverage is only about 1/4 action.
Here is the break down:

Commercials 33.1%
Breaks in the action 26.8%
Action 24.4%
Replays 9.3%
Studio 4.1%
Athlete interviews 2.3%
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Does anybody know when the IOC stopped giving medals to the winning athletes?

Watching the coverage I keep hearing that so-and-so won gold, and the other guy won silver, and some poor loser won bronze. Apparently, they are giving hunks of metal as the prize for winning. Perhaps the IOC is on some type of austerity budget and can no longer afford to get the medals minted. I hope they at least are giving polished ingots and not just lumps of raw ore.
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FYI, According to the WSJ's trusty stopwatch, NBC's nightly prime time Olympics coverage is only about 1/4 action.
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Commercials 33.1%
Breaks in the action 26.8%
Action 24.4%
Replays 9.3%
Studio 4.1%
Athlete interviews 2.3%
How does that compare with pro football?

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How does that compare with pro football?

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No idea. But a comparison to football and baseball would be interesting. When the pitcher shakes off three signs in a row, is that action?
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No idea. But a comparison to football and baseball would be interesting. When the pitcher shakes off three signs in a row, is that action?
I was thinking about baseball when I wrote that. I'm about 99% sports-agnostic, but I enjoyed watching baseball when I was younger. People would kid about what a slow game it was, but then I think I read there are only a few minutes of actual play in pro-football? Seems like it - a hike, run, tackle or hike, pass, run/incomplete only takes a few to tens of seconds at a time.

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Interesting coverage of the skating suits. Maybe we should all give up wearing vented sports clothing.
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I think soccer has the most continuous action of any of the big popular team sports.
But for this American, I find the lack of scoring to make the game really dull.
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Interesting coverage of the skating suits. Maybe we should all give up wearing vented sports clothing.

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FYI, According to the WSJ's trusty stopwatch, NBC's nightly prime time Olympics coverage is only about 1/4 action.
Here is the break down:

Commercials 33.1%
Breaks in the action 26.8%
Action 24.4%
Replays 9.3%
Studio 4.1%
Athlete interviews 2.3%
I wonder how this compares with CBC? I've never had a chance to watch CBC so I have no idea how their coverage is. And I wonder if NBC's off-primetime coverage is any different in those numbers. Seems like they cover events more fully without hopping around.

I generally enjoy the coverage. I like the back stories as well as the coverage. I don't mind the USA slant, it's somewhat like your local sports station covering the local college team along with the (other) national powers. I'm seeing a lot of events where the US isn't in contention.

There's just something about the Olympics. For 47.5 months of the year I wouldn't care to watch things like sleds going down between refrigerated walls, but during those 2 weeks I enjoy it.
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I wonder how this compares with CBC? I've never had a chance to watch CBC so I have no idea how their coverage is. And I wonder if NBC's off-primetime coverage is any different in those numbers. Seems like they cover events more fully without hopping around.
Here is a link to today's CBC Olympic schedule. I don't know if it will work for you outside of Canada.

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I have not been watching on TV, just using the iPad app, so I have not audited the percentages of time spent on different activities. I agree, I like the back stories. I also think it's perfectly legitimate to emphasize your own athletes.
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