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Ten Things to Hate About Olympics
Real Clear Sports ^ | July 26, 2012 | Jeff Neuman

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 women’s soccer matches on Wednesday and eight in men’s soccer on Thursday.

I’m 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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Will not watch one minute. NBC's horrid coverage, the greed of the IOC, and the budget busting costs of hosting killed it for me.
1 posted on 07/26/2012 6:38:26 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I don’t watch any events with judges as they are all rigged. Give me a stop watch or a tape measure.


2 posted on 07/26/2012 6:43:59 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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To: C19fan

#1 thing I hate about London Olympics:

Absolutely no coverage of Beach Curling.


3 posted on 07/26/2012 6:45:00 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: crusty old prospector

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?


4 posted on 07/26/2012 6:46:52 AM PDT by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: C19fan

I’m saving myself for Lolo Jones,Allyson Felix and female
vollyball!


5 posted on 07/26/2012 6:48:52 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: C19fan
I hate that we are not going to be allowed to watch this hottie:


6 posted on 07/26/2012 6:50:21 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: Dr. Ursus

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.


7 posted on 07/26/2012 6:50:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Michael.SF.
Or this one.


8 posted on 07/26/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

The curling conspiracy needs to be exposed!


9 posted on 07/26/2012 6:53:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: dfwgator

Why are we not going to be able to see her? She wins the hotness contest!


10 posted on 07/26/2012 6:54:59 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: C19fan

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.


11 posted on 07/26/2012 6:55:13 AM PDT by cubreporter
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To: C19fan

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.


12 posted on 07/26/2012 6:56:16 AM PDT by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: Michael.SF.

No bikinis this time. Too cold.


13 posted on 07/26/2012 6:56:58 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: Michael.SF.
She didn't qualify for Australia, maybe in 2016 though. But Leryn Franco will be there.

If you Google her, you can see a lot more of her.

14 posted on 07/26/2012 6:58:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan
#1 - Bob Costas
#2 - Bob Costas
#3 - Bob Costas
#4 - Bob Costas
#5 - Bob Costas
#6 - Bob Costas
#7 - Bob Costas
#8 - Bob Costas
#9 - Bob Costas
#10 - Bob Costas interviewing athletes and showing videos of how much they have overcome to be an Olympian.
15 posted on 07/26/2012 6:59:28 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: OrangeHoof

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.


16 posted on 07/26/2012 7:02:58 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator
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.

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.

17 posted on 07/26/2012 7:03:40 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: N. Theknow

Costas had one good moment last time, when he mentioned the “always enjoyable inflatable beaver” at the Vancouver closing ceremonies.


18 posted on 07/26/2012 7:04:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan
One thing I hate about the Olympics committee demanding Americans not yell "USA! USA! USA!"

Another thing I hate about the Olympics is the refusal of Avery Brundage to restore Jim Thorpe's medals. There is no doubt in my mind that Brundage was such a jerk because Jim best him in two events. Throughout his life Brundage proved himself to be a man of no character or integrity.

Brundage's reasoning? Jim Thorpe played a little professional baseball for very little money. Jim Thorpe didn't even understand that was against the IOC's rules and opted for the Olympics tryouts for the 1912 games. But Jim was vindcated later when it was discovered that there had indeed been 30 days between his last professional earnings, and his participation in the tryouts, as required by the IOC. Brundage's retort was "Ignorance is no excuse."

The IOC eventually restored his medals.

No thanks to Brundage.
19 posted on 07/26/2012 7:04:23 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: N. Theknow

And BTW....Go Ryan Lochte!!!


20 posted on 07/26/2012 7:05:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

I agree.I won’t be watching any basketball!


21 posted on 07/26/2012 7:09:53 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: righttackle44

Brundage was a anti-semitic bastard.


22 posted on 07/26/2012 7:10:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: cripplecreek

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.”


23 posted on 07/26/2012 7:10:33 AM PDT by Palmetto Patriot (How much better off would we be if these bastards would just leave us alone?)
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To: dfwgator

Australia, right?


24 posted on 07/26/2012 7:11:00 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: Palmetto Patriot
“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.

25 posted on 07/26/2012 7:13:30 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: N. Theknow

Sympathies...those near the Canadian border have an alternative.


26 posted on 07/26/2012 7:15:25 AM PDT by xp38
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To: C19fan
I remember when watching the Olympics was great family fun and entertainment.... until it became just a platform for advertisers.

TOOOO much advertisements!

Also, I wanted to see real substance in equestrian events and boxing but only tiny excerpts are shown!

27 posted on 07/26/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: N. Theknow
Thanks for reminding me to update my tagline to the same one I had in the last Olympics. Every minute Bob Costas speaks is another minute where real sports won't be 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.

28 posted on 07/26/2012 7:18:01 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Recycled Olympic tagline Shut up, Bob Costas. Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!)
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To: N. Theknow

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.


29 posted on 07/26/2012 7:21:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: OrangeHoof

“Now, there’s 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...


30 posted on 07/26/2012 7:26:47 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: KarlInOhio

People near the Canadian border are lucky, they can get the Canadian coverage.


31 posted on 07/26/2012 7:26:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator
I would dare say that well over 50% of the “foreign” athletes actually live and train here in the US.

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).

32 posted on 07/26/2012 7:27:48 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: dfwgator

Xena! Love it.


33 posted on 07/26/2012 7:29:02 AM PDT by jagusafr
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To: SMARTY

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.


34 posted on 07/26/2012 7:31:53 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: skeeter

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.


35 posted on 07/26/2012 7:33:11 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

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.


36 posted on 07/26/2012 7:33:46 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Time for a write-in campaign...Darryl Dixon for President)
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To: agere_contra

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.


37 posted on 07/26/2012 7:34:40 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: OrangeHoof

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.


38 posted on 07/26/2012 7:37:36 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (Liberalism: "Ex faslo quodlibet" - from falseness, anything follows)
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To: CatherineofAragon

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.


39 posted on 07/26/2012 7:37:54 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: skeeter

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).


40 posted on 07/26/2012 7:38:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan
I remember when ABC was broadcasting and they showed every routine live.

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.

41 posted on 07/26/2012 7:43:13 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

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.


42 posted on 07/26/2012 7:46:23 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: dfwgator

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?


43 posted on 07/26/2012 7:47:07 AM PDT by agere_contra (Vote ABO. Don't choose the Greater Evil and then boast about how principled you are)
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To: C19fan

#6 has been my pet peeve for over 30 years.


44 posted on 07/26/2012 7:48:47 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: agere_contra
What really turned us off was figure skating 24/7 during the winter Olympics!

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!

45 posted on 07/26/2012 7:49:18 AM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: crusty old prospector

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.


46 posted on 07/26/2012 7:53:42 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: SMARTY

If I ran the Olympics, I would basically scrap every event that has been added since the 1976 Montreal Games.


47 posted on 07/26/2012 7:57:55 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: C19fan

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”.


48 posted on 07/26/2012 8:00:09 AM PDT by tanknetter
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To: SMARTY
What is most annoying, the use of “instruments” like drums and trumpets to make noise. This should be banned. They can scream and clap, but that annoying crap makes watching painful.
49 posted on 07/26/2012 8:07:28 AM PDT by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: tanknetter
Nothing, could ever be worse than the Atlanta Mascot.

I mean seriously, WTF?!?!?!

50 posted on 07/26/2012 8:09:21 AM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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