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How the Americans rated the London Games?
Yahoo Sport UK ^ | 12th August 2012 | Yahoo Sport UK

Posted on 08/12/2012 5:19:58 AM PDT by the scotsman

'Our sister site in the States, Yahoo! Sports, has published a 'report card' on how they felt London did in hosting the Olympic Games. Read their thoughts below:'

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.eurosport.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: chat; olympics; sports

1 posted on 08/12/2012 5:20:06 AM PDT by the scotsman
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To: the scotsman

I think the Rio games are going to be a disaster compared to London. Or Atlanta. Or Sidney. Or Seoul. Or...


2 posted on 08/12/2012 5:38:55 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: the scotsman

I think the Rio games are going to be a disaster compared to London. Or Atlanta. Or Sidney. Or Seoul. Or...


3 posted on 08/12/2012 5:39:02 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: the scotsman

Didn’t watch. Didn’t care.

I likened these games to the Roman circuses. A distraction for the masses.


4 posted on 08/12/2012 5:44:33 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Delhi Rebels

Why? I think the good thing about Rio the games are going to be played in early to mid August, which means low 70s and little rain. And they are only an hour ahead of EDT in August.

The disadvantages are that the sunsets are about 530pm local time and of course you have to worry about the drug gangs in the favelas.


5 posted on 08/12/2012 5:47:04 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: the scotsman

I thought the games were well-run with the exception of the very pc, lame opening ceremony.


6 posted on 08/12/2012 5:51:45 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: 3Fingas

I did not think NBC did a good job with the coverage. I am hoping more live events of the major sports in 2016 due to the real lack of time difference.


7 posted on 08/12/2012 5:53:36 AM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: the scotsman
I thought the Brits did fine.

McKayla, however, was not impressed.


8 posted on 08/12/2012 5:58:47 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Perdogg
I did not think NBC did a good job with the coverage.

NBC sure dropped the ball on this one:

Shin A Lam of South Korea: The Saddest Story of the Olympics that American TV Neglected

Read it and get pissed off (and actually, we can blame London a bit for this one).

9 posted on 08/12/2012 6:06:48 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Drew68

lol...I bet this young lady will live the regret that little expression. Her long term fame is tied to it.


10 posted on 08/12/2012 6:11:09 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Drew68
unbelievable.
11 posted on 08/12/2012 6:14:46 AM PDT by Perdogg (It's time to come together for America)
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To: Drew68

Thanks for posting that. This should have gotten some coverage on NBC.


12 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:10 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Drew68

Thanks for posting that. This should have gotten some coverage on NBC.


13 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:24 AM PDT by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters of Freedom, Committee of Correspondence)
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To: Drew68
NBC did manage to cover the stories of some non-US athletes.
During the men's platform diving preliminaries a couple of days ago, NBC ran a background story in praise of an Australian diver, featuring his homosexuality and how he had "come out" and been celebrated for that fact. They showed pictures of him cavorting in makeup and a bikini bottom in a "gay day" parade.
Not long after that, back to the actual competition, there was a brief interview with a US diver after his dive who praised God and said whatever happened was "all in His hands." Nice antidote to the poison NBC was pushing.
I didn't catch the US diver's name at the time but discovered today that it was the come-from-behind winner of the gold, David Boudia.
14 posted on 08/12/2012 6:26:24 AM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: mollynme

‘featuring his homosexuality and how he had “come out” and been celebrated for that fact. They showed pictures of him cavorting in makeup and a bikini bottom in a “gay day” parade.’

‘discovered today that it was the come-from-behind winner’

Unfortunate turn of phrase, lol.


15 posted on 08/12/2012 6:30:15 AM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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To: Drew68

I am sure I’ll get flamed but it was satisfying to see her land on her conceited rump.


16 posted on 08/12/2012 6:30:38 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Vote for Sarah Palin, she is the cure to the disease and infection of socialism.)
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To: Drew68

There was fencing? Who knew? NBC didn’t air it just like they didn’t air much of anything other than the pool, the gymnasts, the pool, women’s volleyball, the pool, some track and more of the pool. I heard the queen’s cousin won something with a horse but never saw any horse. Didn’t see any sort of target shooting, either. Turned over to Telemundo to find out there was soccer events, who knew?!? I heard we won medals in Judo and Taekwondo but never saw a word about it in the NBC schedule. Tennis anyone? No, never saw that either. NBC was a MAJOR FAIL.


17 posted on 08/12/2012 6:34:48 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

They had other sports such as fencing, water polo, wmns boxing, team handball,etc on NBCSN, CNBC, and MSLSDNBC


18 posted on 08/12/2012 6:38:35 AM PDT by Perdogg (It's time to come together for America)
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To: bgill

I agree, major fail. It would have been nice to see the little known events instead of the prime ticketed events.


19 posted on 08/12/2012 6:43:00 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (Vote for Sarah Palin, she is the cure to the disease and infection of socialism.)
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To: mollynme

Yes, NBC aired that gay story several times. They also interviewed every effeminate diver in the games. Makes me want to stereotype all male divers as gay.


20 posted on 08/12/2012 6:47:25 AM PDT by bgill
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To: bgill

The tennis final was on NBC live. Soccer events were on other NBC channels, not the main one. You had to be alert to catch the things you wanted to see. Not everything made prime time.


21 posted on 08/12/2012 6:55:45 AM PDT by Bookwoman ("...and I am unanimous in this...")
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To: Perdogg
unbelievable.

Yep. And for those who don't click on the link I provided...

...a 15-year old "volunteer" timekeeper forget to reset his watch and cost South Korea's Shin A Lam, the presumable gold medal winner in fencing, the medal that she was all but guaranteed to win.

Imagine that... You prepare all your life for this moment... And then some zit-faced teenager gets distracted and forgets to reset his watch. And now you lose...

And then there's the lovely McKayla Maroney (who I posted in the pic above), the absolute world champion in vault gymnastics, a young woman who nailed perfectly her complicated and difficult routine 33 times in a row --and then fell on her ass the only time it mattered.

Gotta love the Olympics!

22 posted on 08/12/2012 7:01:05 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Drew68

There’s a lot of grousing about how NBC didn’t cover that, but I think it’s retarded. Why should NBC have covered it? It’s a sport Americans don’t watch and don’t understand, an athlete none of us know anything about, and the whole spectacle of it is because of a rule we never heard of. Yeah it was a bad thing that happened to her, but that doesn’t mean NBC should have covered it. What should they have done? Showed the film of her crying for 5 minutes while explaining the whole thing in voice over? What would that accomplish? There’s a lot that happens at the Olympics, it’s just plain not possible to cover it all. And thanks to the internet there’s really no compulsion to even try, anybody even slightly interested in this situation found out about it, without NBC grinding their coverage to a halt showing footage of a girl crying.


23 posted on 08/12/2012 7:03:27 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: Drew68
Maybe Kayla was watching Manzano, USA track silver medalist, waving the Mexican flag.


24 posted on 08/12/2012 7:08:15 AM PDT by bgill
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To: discostu
discostu, I love you buddy! You're one of the handful of intelligent FReepers left. But I gotta disagree with you on this one. You minimize this as though it was nothing, some Korean girl gets robbed, who cares? Whatever sport they're competing in, these olympians prepare their whole life for this one event. Imagine you are at the top of your game. You have been rehearsing for this stage since you were three years old. There's millions in endorsements on the line. And you lose because the teenage timekeeper was too busy updating his status on facebook to reset his watch?

And then your loss is ignored altogether on the only TV station that matters because they were too busy playing re-runs of scantily-clad beach vollyball players.

25 posted on 08/12/2012 7:19:54 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Drew68
McKayla, however, was not impressed.

My mother always told me my face was "going to get stuck that way forever". Now with the internet it can.

26 posted on 08/12/2012 7:20:23 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: Bookwoman

Some of us don’t have “other” NBC channels but that’s probably for for the best.


27 posted on 08/12/2012 7:32:30 AM PDT by bgill
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To: the scotsman

Didn’t watch a single second of the games. Way too political and corrupt to matter.


28 posted on 08/12/2012 7:41:31 AM PDT by CodeToad (History says our end is near.)
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To: Eye of Unk
I am sure I’ll get flamed but it was satisfying to see her land on her conceited rump.

Giver her a break. That scowl that is now famous the world over is Maroney being pissed at herself.

Fact is, McKayla Maroney is an order of magnitnude better at vault gymnastics than anyone else in the world. Fact is, she could probably compete on the mens' level and still beat them (during tryouts, she vaulted a full foot and a half higher than the gold-medal winner).

Maroney losing to Romania's Sandra Izbasa is akin to losing tic-tac-toe to a 4-year old. She lucked out and I'm certain if you asked Izbasa who the best vault gymnacist in the world is, she'd answer McKayala Maroney.

29 posted on 08/12/2012 7:50:15 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: bgill

Looks like he kept the American flag aloft while the Mexican flag dragged on the ground.


30 posted on 08/12/2012 8:00:27 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: the scotsman
I haven't watched a moment of a Summer Olympics since Los Angeles in 1984 -- and even then I just didn't "get" it.

This isn't competition, folks ... it's an entertainment extravaganza and an enormous business venture.

31 posted on 08/12/2012 8:39:05 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Drew68

I can understand why nobody wants to give a lot of attention to that story. I mean, how serious can a sporting event be if a competition is held at its highest level and the timekeeper is some 15 year-old kid? LOL.


32 posted on 08/12/2012 8:41:47 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: the scotsman
Haven't watched much of the Olympics.

Been watching the Braves, they're kicking ass.

The Nats have been, too, though.

33 posted on 08/12/2012 8:45:56 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Perdogg

I’m concerned more about the crime and transportation and facilities and infrastructure in Rio than the weather.


34 posted on 08/12/2012 8:55:07 AM PDT by Delhi Rebels (There was a row in Silver Street - the regiments was out.)
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To: bgill
Turned over to Telemundo to find out there was soccer events, who knew?!?Good husband that I am, I pay $30 each month that my Russian wife can have 100+ Russian TV channels (TVoIP). Been watching the olympics in Russian. They have several sports channels and have covered everything.
35 posted on 08/12/2012 10:06:57 AM PDT by Drew68 (I WILL vote to defeat Barack Hussein Obama!)
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To: Drew68

Thanks for the compliment. It is big, for HER, but it’s not big for us, and NBC’s job is to entertain us. I feel really bad for her, it’s a shame. But she’s by no means the only person to get hosed by bad officiating in this Olympics (last 2 teams our women’s soccer team faced have some serious complaints to make too), or any other. She wasn’t ignored by the only TV station that matters, she was ignored by NBC, which matters here, but not in South Korea where she’s from, or Canada, or most of the rest of the world. And I’m pretty sure no fencer has ever gotten million in endorsements, at least not in America.

As much as we can complain about NBC’s coverage (and there’s plenty of room for legitimate complaint), ratings were up, they actually broke even, a rare thing for Olympic coverage. They did their job, they got lots of eyeballs to the ads during their very expensive event. Were there stories missed? Of course. Good stories? Yes. Sad stories? Yes. Important stories? Well it is just sports so lets not go crazy. If it hadn’t become an internet stink she probably wouldn’t know or care if NBC had or hadn’t carried her story.


36 posted on 08/12/2012 10:08:49 AM PDT by discostu (Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends.)
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To: the scotsman

I see the US Men’s Basketball team got the Gold without actually having to play defense.


37 posted on 08/12/2012 10:09:44 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bookwoman

The main NBC coverage is geared towards women, men have to go to the other channels.


38 posted on 08/12/2012 10:11:41 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Drew68

Wow, that’s just as much of a travesty as what happened to the US Basketball team in 72.


39 posted on 08/12/2012 10:13:04 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: KarlInOhio
McKayla will be alright....she's even having fun with the meme, she and a couple of other of her teammates posted this picture, the other day, showing their disappointment with the pool being closed


40 posted on 08/12/2012 10:16:30 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: the scotsman

Hey Yahoo.UK - where are the surveys of what American television viewers thought; without television viewers do any Olympic supporters think their would be funding support for the Olympics, at what things cost today??

Personally I would like to see the venues, not the entire Olympics, be what the networks bid to televise and sometimes NOT granted exclusive rights either.

With NBC the sole provider, we are hostage to its event selection and its scheduling of what time to show them. Another network, with television rights, might have shown an event at a time when more viewers did/wanted to watch, in competition with NBC.

Some cable channels may have shown more events “live” London time, and some American viewers may have stayed up to watch them.

As it was, viewing was often a case of viewing what I had already been told the results of.


41 posted on 08/12/2012 11:27:39 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: the scotsman

I just Thanked the good Lord that I didn’t have to be over there!


42 posted on 08/12/2012 1:32:50 PM PDT by Patsygirl
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To: Patsygirl

Why?.


43 posted on 08/12/2012 6:48:36 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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