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Old 02-16-2014, 09:15 PM   #41
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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.
I think ice hockey is more action and more frequent scoring. Soccer is close to baseball IMO. Snooze.
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Old 02-16-2014, 09:39 PM   #42
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Soccer, 20 minutes of continuous turnovers and one shot at goal that misses everything. Then it repeats. I guess it is fun to play. I played water polo but am bored to tears if I try to watch it.
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Does anybody know when the IOC stopped giving medals to the winning athletes?
DW asked me yesterday whether they still had medal ceremonies as we've yet to see one. We DO see lots of "features" about athletes and how sad or inspiring their stories are.
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Anyone else think the interviewer, whoever she was, was over the top with Bode Miller after his run? I mean, she kept probing him and probing him on "his emotions" (his brother died earlier in the year) until he started tearing up, and SHE JUST KEPT GOING! Then they filmed him crouching down with others comforting him. I just thought it was way beyond necessary, I mean, give the guy a little privacy. My responses to it would not have been as gentlemanly.
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Anyone else think the interviewer, whoever she was, was over the top with Bode Miller after his run? I mean, she kept probing him and probing him on "his emotions" (his brother died earlier in the year) until he started tearing up, and SHE JUST KEPT GOING! Then they filmed him crouching down with others comforting him. I just thought it was way beyond necessary, I mean, give the guy a little privacy. My responses to it would not have been as gentlemanly.
Yep. DW and I were shaking our heads and "yelling" at her (as if she could hear us). It felt like she was determined to do whatever she could, ask as many difficult personal questions as possible, until she got him to break down. Very unprofessional and not very considerate, IMO.

To be fair, Miller has come to her defense this morning, but still, it wasn't just her, it was NBC overall that allowed it to go a little too far (keeping in mind we were seeing it tape-delayed).
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I am so frustrated with the coverage - or lack of coverage, of the actual athletes competing.

I lived in Bellingham WA in the early 90's and saw the olympics on CBC. Night and day difference in the coverage by the Canadian channel... More competition footage, less back story, "analysis" and hype by commentators. This was the same year that NBC tried to charge extra for PPV channels to "triple cast"... in case you wanted to actually see the competition. I just watched the competition for free on CBC.
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I am so frustrated with the coverage - or lack of coverage, of the actual athletes competing.

I lived in Bellingham WA in the early 90's and saw the olympics on CBC. Night and day difference in the coverage by the Canadian channel... More competition footage, less back story, "analysis" and hype by commentators. This was the same year that NBC tried to charge extra for PPV channels to "triple cast"... in case you wanted to actually see the competition. I just watched the competition for free on CBC.

I rarely watch NBC coverage on tv. Instead, I stream the events I want to watch using iPad/AppleTV. The streamed recordings show all the athletes competing without the fluff.
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Anyone else think the interviewer, whoever she was, was over the top with Bode Miller after his run? I mean, she kept probing him and probing him on "his emotions" (his brother died earlier in the year) until he started tearing up, and SHE JUST KEPT GOING! Then they filmed him crouching down with others comforting him. I just thought it was way beyond necessary, I mean, give the guy a little privacy. My responses to it would not have been as gentlemanly.
Call me a skeptic but I have my doubts about what really transpired on our TV's last night. Keep in mind that literally millions of dollars in endorsements are on the line when an Olympic athlete wins a medal and the public perception of that athlete plays a big part. Some make it big, others not so big.

Then look at the way Bode's wife was miked-up for the entire medal run and the focus of NBC was on her and Bode. She was commenting while he was competing and then consoling him after, all in front of millions of fans. Now to say that Bode Millers stock has risen would be a understatement.

I always question reality when lots of money and big media is involved along with seasoned competitive athletes who live off their fame.

Then again, perhaps I'm just too cynical.
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The coverage has been "okay", at least what I've watched. Did not the Bode Miller interview, but reporters should NOT be part of the story...
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Yep. DW and I were shaking our heads and "yelling" at her (as if she could hear us). It felt like she was determined to do whatever she could, ask as many difficult personal questions as possible, until she got him to break down. Very unprofessional and not very considerate, IMO.

To be fair, Miller has come to her defense this morning, but still, it wasn't just her, it was NBC overall that allowed it to go a little too far (keeping in mind we were seeing it tape-delayed).
Same here. 4 adults yelling at the tv to stop hounding the poor guy. Pissed me off.
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NBC had plenty of time to edit the interview before airing it, so it was deliberate, and they have lots invested in him, so this must have the approval of the highest levels. Remembering previous Olympics when Bode was more party animal than skier, maybe this is an effort by NBC to change his public image.
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Same here. 4 adults yelling at the tv to stop hounding the poor guy. Pissed me off.
That is the one and only part of the Olympics I have watched so far. I thought it was disgraceful. She should be ashamed.
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