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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #2130 on: February 07, 2014, 09:12:32 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

I get kind of annoyed, actually, at how few options we Americans get when it comes to Olympics coverage.  Sure, I'm happy to watch our own athletes.  I also want to watch athletes from other countries!  Half our coverage is our own team and most of the other half is sappy human interest vignettes about their home lives, though - as much as it may be interesting to find out who has twin boys and who grew up in Brooklyn, it would be more interesting to actually watch world-class athletes compete in the sports they went to the Olympics for.

Just my $0.02 (from someone who doesn't have cable anyway . . .)

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« Reply #2131 on: February 07, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

I get kind of annoyed, actually, at how few options we Americans get when it comes to Olympics coverage.  Sure, I'm happy to watch our own athletes.  I also want to watch athletes from other countries!  Half our coverage is our own team and most of the other half is sappy human interest vignettes about their home lives, though - as much as it may be interesting to find out who has twin boys and who grew up in Brooklyn, it would be more interesting to actually watch world-class athletes compete in the sports they went to the Olympics for.

Just my $0.02 (from someone who doesn't have cable anyway . . .)

I totally agree with you, and some of the bad stuff from the London coverage by NBC really ticked me off as well (like not showing the 7/7 tribute). I get that we're America, so of course they're going to tail the US athletes. But like you, Slartibartfast, I want to see a variety of athletes. 




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« Reply #2132 on: February 07, 2014, 09:33:18 PM »
Today I was talking with two coworkers: one Australian and one American. We were all discussing the Olympics and the Australian said that he was always a little disappointed that he didn't get to watch his own country's athletes on tv: rather he had to hunt for videos online. Our American coworker was surprised that:

A) Australia has a winter Olympic team (But it's summer there now!)
B) That an Australian wouldn't automatically want to watch all the American competitors (But we're the best!)

We set him straight and he left us with the classic line "Huh, I never thought of that before!"

I get kind of annoyed, actually, at how few options we Americans get when it comes to Olympics coverage.  Sure, I'm happy to watch our own athletes.  I also want to watch athletes from other countries!  Half our coverage is our own team and most of the other half is sappy human interest vignettes about their home lives, though - as much as it may be interesting to find out who has twin boys and who grew up in Brooklyn, it would be more interesting to actually watch world-class athletes compete in the sports they went to the Olympics for.

Just my $0.02 (from someone who doesn't have cable anyway . . .)

I totally agree with you, and some of the bad stuff from the London coverage by NBC really ticked me off as well (like not showing the 7/7 tribute). I get that we're America, so of course they're going to tail the US athletes. But like you, Slartibartfast, I want to see a variety of athletes.
I wouldn't even mind the sappy stuff if they showed some non-Americans' stories. And I'd love to see more about some of the countries that have only one or two athletes at the games.

Yes, Go Team USA, but isn't this a world event?

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« Reply #2133 on: February 07, 2014, 09:51:04 PM »
Sorry, but I want Canada to win at hockey just so Team USA doesn't win. :p

I remember going to see the USA vs Canada hockey, there were a lot more cheers for Canada.

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« Reply #2134 on: February 07, 2014, 10:18:03 PM »
That's because Canada is awesome. I always like to see them win at hockey. But USA ( or whatever your home country is) for everything else!  ;D

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« Reply #2135 on: February 07, 2014, 10:36:27 PM »
It's not so much of a problem with the Winter Olympics, but I'm always irritated during the Summer Olympics that they don't cover all the sports. Fewer 'human interest' stories, more coverage of events like fencing and equestrian events!

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« Reply #2136 on: February 07, 2014, 11:46:09 PM »
hmmm, maybe it's because I have a bazillion channels via satellite, but during the London Olympics I managed to see and record most of the sports, not just the more popular ones.  NBC's olympic website had full replays of all of the events. And their satellite channels also carried the lesser known sports. 

I expect the same thing to happen with these olympics.  If I can't watch something live, then I'll record and watch it later.

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« Reply #2137 on: February 08, 2014, 01:56:29 AM »
This will be the third Olympics I haven't watched the coverage has been horrible and the TV Guide worse. I just want to watch some gymnastics. Putting Olympics (list of 20 sports including gymnastics) 8am - 12pm doesn't make me want to watch for four hours instead of 15 minutes, it makes me go do something else instead.

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« Reply #2138 on: February 08, 2014, 06:09:06 AM »
It's not so much of a problem with the Winter Olympics, but I'm always irritated during the Summer Olympics that they don't cover all the sports. Fewer 'human interest' stories, more coverage of events like fencing and equestrian events!

Yes! Australia is OK at swimming internationally, I get it. But if you watch Olympic coverage, the first 6 days are the back of someone's head swimming up and down the pool. Heats, semi-finals, finals - every stroke of every race.

I want to see the hammer throw!

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« Reply #2139 on: February 08, 2014, 06:13:30 AM »
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« Reply #2140 on: February 08, 2014, 06:18:34 AM »
It's not so much of a problem with the Winter Olympics, but I'm always irritated during the Summer Olympics that they don't cover all the sports. Fewer 'human interest' stories, more coverage of events like fencing and equestrian events!

Yes! Australia is OK at swimming internationally, I get it. But if you watch Olympic coverage, the first 6 days are the back of someone's head swimming up and down the pool. Heats, semi-finals, finals - every stroke of every race.

I want to see the hammer throw!

Same. Bring on the hammer throw. Or the archery. & never being able to find out when they're going to broadcast those events is so frustrating.

One of the reasons I enjoy the Winter Olympics is that there's more variety in the coverage because there are fewer Australians competing. This will be the first Olympics where I've got the tv channel (10) app on iPad & hope to be able to catch up on the stuff I really care about. Still early days though.

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« Reply #2141 on: February 08, 2014, 11:14:23 AM »
Sorry, but I want Canada to win at hockey just so Team USA doesn't win. :p

I remember going to see the USA vs Canada hockey, there were a lot more cheers for Canada.

Hockey is a religion in Canada (my family is Canadian, even though I was raised in the US), not so much in the US. I know you know that, just commenting to add that. My mom's first cousin is a relatively famous hockey player (at least in Ontario), and his town named a hockey rink after him.  :)

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« Reply #2142 on: February 08, 2014, 11:39:53 AM »
This will be the third Olympics I haven't watched the coverage has been horrible and the TV Guide worse. I just want to watch some gymnastics. Putting Olympics (list of 20 sports including gymnastics) 8am - 12pm doesn't make me want to watch for four hours instead of 15 minutes, it makes me go do something else instead.
I'm confused. This is the Winter Olympics- gymnastics are part of the Summer Olympics.

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« Reply #2143 on: February 08, 2014, 01:11:46 PM »
I just wish it were easier to watch Olympics coverage if you don't have TV.  We don't get a broadcast signal and don't subscribe to cable.  It would be really nice if NBC would put *all* of it online, instead of just the bits and pieces they feel like doing.  I would particularly have liked to show my girls the Parade of Nations.  It's one of my favorite parts of the start of the Olympics, but I can't find it at all.  I don't have a cable account, so I can't log in to see anything.  I'd be happy to watch a bunch of commercials if I could then actually see the Parade of Nations.  I wouldn't even mind it being broken up with a commercial between every few countries, I just wish they'd show it somehow.  We never got to see it at all in the summer Olympics, which was sad as we were in the midst of studying world geography and it would have been really nice.

(And yes, I've seen plenty of directions for how to see the Olympics illegally, but I can't find any *legal* way to do it.)

On the plus side, my parents have a DVR and have been recording, so maybe when we visit them they'll still have it and we can watch it.  Not ideal, as it would be nice to be visiting with them when we're there.  But it's an option.
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« Reply #2144 on: February 08, 2014, 02:00:08 PM »
I agree with you guys that I do not like the way NBC presents the Olympic coverage. With the London Olympics, it was very irritating to be watching a competition, they'd show the American and other leaders but break away from coverage to switch to human interest. I expect to deal with the same issue with ice skating coverage this year. In my opinion, NBC is over "producing" and is way too proud of their coverage.