Skip to comments.Ten Things to Hate About Olympics
Posted on 07/26/2012 6:38:15 AM PDT by C19fan
The 2012 Olympics begin in London on Friday, though the Games have already begun with six womens soccer matches on Wednesday and eight in mens soccer on Thursday.
Im already feeling the overkill.
I have loved the Olympics for a long time. The history, the parade of nations, the round-the-clock cavalcade of sports.
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I don’t watch any events with judges as they are all rigged. Give me a stop watch or a tape measure.
#1 thing I hate about London Olympics:
Absolutely no coverage of Beach Curling.
In ‘honor’ of the Olympics a little question:
Who’s birth certificates are more likely to be authentic? A female Chinese gymnast, or Barak Obama’s?
I’m saving myself for Lolo Jones,Allyson Felix and female
I know one difference between now and then. Back in the day, I would be real pumped for basketball, if the US lost, I would have been devastated. Now I actually hope they lose. It was better when we had the amateurs, even if we didn’t always win.
The curling conspiracy needs to be exposed!
Why are we not going to be able to see her? She wins the hotness contest!
Won’t be watching either. It’s like a three ring circus anymore and just plain boring. In fact, we quit watching Greta and Hannity and all those talk shows a LONG time ago. Same old stuff spewed out by different people is all. Life is so much more peaceful without all the yakking going on and the constant discussing of topics that go nowhere and...never solve anything anyway. So, when we normally would have been watching them...we are now outside on the deck enjoying the beauty of it all while enjoying a glass of wine. It’s GOOD to feel that serenity inside ones self. If the Americans win Gold... I will be happy for them and the work they put into their sport over the years but... if they don’t do well I will still be happy they had the opportunity to participate in something that in my mind USED to be Grand. Good luck to everyone.
What ruined the Olympics was the fall of the Soviet bloc. From the 50s-80s, the Olympics were the Free World versus the Communist World as to whose ideology was better and, while some like Nadia Comanesci and others were adored despite their horrid governments, it was IMPORTANT for the US to have a higher medal count than the USSR. It mattered, by gum.
Now, there’s no monolithic “bad guy” to root against and the world is more multi-cultural and politically correct so you can’t enjoy ethnic stereotyping as we used to.
The other thing that ruined the Olympics was the addition of so many garbage sports from the X Games and others. I was okay that baseball and American football were not included as long as things like beach volleyball and skateboarding weren’t either.
No bikinis this time. Too cold.
If you Google her, you can see a lot more of her.
I would dare say that well over 50% of the “foreign” athletes actually live and train here in the US. The world is indeed much smaller today. People now root more for the individuals than the country.
Amen to that Brother Gator!
Don't watch the tat-emblazoned, piercing-festooned, dunk-show-boating-like-they-just-saved-the-village-from-a-rogue-elephant NBA thugs any other time so why start now except to watch them crash and burn.
Costas had one good moment last time, when he mentioned the “always enjoyable inflatable beaver” at the Vancouver closing ceremonies.
And BTW....Go Ryan Lochte!!!
I agree.I won’t be watching any basketball!
Brundage was a anti-semitic bastard.
Re: Beach Curling Conspiracy
Beach Curling is not popular on Manhattan’s East Side. Hardly anyone plays it, and no one watches it.
NBC’s policy can be summed up in one sentence:
“If Anna Wintour won’t watch, then no one can watch.”
Pretty much. ABC was so much better, even when they did there "Up Close and Personal" segments, they were still done well, especially when they showcased the Soviet athletes, like Vasily Alexeyev.
Sympathies...those near the Canadian border have an alternative.
TOOOO much advertisements!
Also, I wanted to see real substance in equestrian events and boxing but only tiny excerpts are shown!
I always DVR the olympics because there are so many commercials, human non-interest stories, and general yapping that I can watch an evening's events in an hour.
I was trying to see which Universities’ current or former athletes would be most represented in London. Florida is sending 37, I think only USC is sending more.
“Now, theres no monolithic bad guy to root against”
I dunno - “USA! USA!” will probably be seen as hate speech by much of the rest of the world. Pitiful...
People near the Canadian border are lucky, they can get the Canadian coverage.
This and the end of the cold war are why I've lost interest. Being the underdog to the commies & their steriods made things so much more interesting.
The other thing I cannot stand is the networks apparent avoidance with coverage that might be construed as patriotic - I don't really care to see background stories on foreign atheletes (who aren't named Michelle Jenneke).
Xena! Love it.
You may prefer the BBC coverage then. You can probably get it on www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/tv
The BBC may not be able to admit that the capital of Israel is Jerusalem, but they do know how to handle sports events: and they always use expert commentators.
So many of the foreign athletes go to US schools, I think eventually instead of marching for their countries, they should march for the US University they went to.
The only time I’ve ever watched the Olympics was back during the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan mess, LOL. I couldn’t care less about it. Pro football is the only sport for me.
I am almost sure the BBC will not allow online access to their coverage outside of Britain, unless somehow how can fake a British IP Address.
I gave up watching the Olympics in the 80s. It wasn’t the medal count, but the endless parade of ‘sports’ that I had never heard of and didn’t WANT to know about. It was the 800 variations of who can swim fastest. It was when boxing became a style sport rather than who can knock the other guy on his butt sport.
When there are 10,000 events, it is a safe bet that 9,950 or more are boring.
That, and sports have umpires or referees. Not judges. You can judge someone’s performance playing a flute, but flute playing isn’t a sport.
The last straw for me was when NBC showed the Ladies Figure Skating finals from two years ago on tape delay despite that fact that it was happening in Vancouver. Of course, NBC spent more time on not showing the premier event of the Winter Olympics and they only showed perhaps a half a dozen routines. I remember when ABC was broadcasting and they showed every routine live.
Well the general rule is the first week of the Games are for the women (Gymnastics), and the second week is more for the men (Track and Field).
Not everything was live, obviously, because of time zone differences, but back then, there were fewer media outlets, so you had to go out of your way to find out what happened before it was aired during Prime Time...today with the Internet and Cable TV, it's easy now to find out what happened.
In fact, I recall that even the famous USA-USSR Hockey Game in 1980 was not shown live. But I remember even before they showed the game it was clear that Jim McKay couldn’t contain his excitement because he knew what had happened.
My bad: you would need to buy a VPN account with an IP address located in the UK.
Maybe BBC Worldwide operates a subscription service?
#6 has been my pet peeve for over 30 years.
There is so much subjectivity in the judging and besides, how much of THAT can we be expected to see during the overall Olympic programming.
Also, women's softball....REALLY???? Wall-to-wall coverage of a sport hardly anyone wants to watch, even when there isn't an Olympics!
I agree. If a victory doesn’t come from a measure, or a time, or a score, then it’s not a sport. Gymnastics and figure skating come to mind.
If I ran the Olympics, I would basically scrap every event that has been added since the 1976 Montreal Games.
11. The mascots. The London ones look like giant walking penises (or, as one commentator has said, the products of a one night stand between a Dalek and a Teletubby [NOT the purple one, obviously])one of which is emblazoned with the 2012 logo - which itself looks like a profile shot of two people engaging in a sexual act occasionally referred to as “a Lewinsky”.
I mean seriously, WTF?!?!?!