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mscelina
02-13-2010, 06:23 AM
What?!?! No Olympics thread yet? The travesty!

I'm watching the opening ceremonies right now and I'm pretty excited the aboriginal peoples of Canada are getting the spotlight. It will be hard for the opening ceremonies to overcome the tragedy of this afternoon on the luge track, but it's always exciting to watch the Olympics kick off.

And who will light the torch, hmmmm?

*I'm rooting for anyone BUT Gretzky*

mscelina
02-13-2010, 06:40 AM
And the grief on the faces of the kids competing for Georgia is a very sad spectacle to witness. What a classy response from both the Georgian team and the spectators at the opening ceremonies.

*continues to talk to herself*

Haggis
02-13-2010, 06:41 AM
And who will light the torch, hmmmm?

*I'm rooting for anyone BUT Gretzky*

Stevie Yzerman. :D

mscelina
02-13-2010, 06:43 AM
Heh. Had to get the Red Wing reference in there, didn't you? :D

Haggis
02-13-2010, 06:45 AM
Heh. Had to get the Red Wing reference in there, didn't you? :D

:D

But, yeah, Gretzky. Of course. Who else?

mscelina
02-13-2010, 06:46 AM
Brian Boitano. He might as well be Canadian. ;)

Haggis
02-13-2010, 06:47 AM
I'm fairly certain Margaret Atwood doesn't stand a chance.

mscelina
02-13-2010, 06:50 AM
How about Michael J. Fox? *grin* Or...um...Jim Carrey? They're Canadian!

Haggis
02-13-2010, 06:54 AM
I thought about Fox for a minute there. Didn't he used to do an actor's hockey thingy?

Haggis
02-13-2010, 06:56 AM
Speaking of Michael J. Fox, Terry Fox would have been perfect.

mscelina
02-13-2010, 07:01 AM
All I know is that everytime I see the Atlanta opening ceremony when Muhammed Ali lit the flame, I get a little weepy.

And, everytime people think they know for certain who's lighting the flame, it's someone completely different. Therefore, I put my vote in for....Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.

mscelina
02-13-2010, 07:02 AM
Or the Canadian chick who was trying to sing the US National Anthem, forgot the words, skipped off the rink for a cheat sheet, tried to skip back on the ice and wiped out on her ass while the world laughed. She always shows up on the Best Damn Sports Bloopers shows. Maybe they'll give her a chance to redeem herself.

And then maybe she'll set herself on fire. It could be funny.

Haggis
02-13-2010, 07:08 AM
I cheated and did some Googling. Lots of folks are actually betting on Terry Fox's mother to light the torch. I'd say that would be a good call. What he did was one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen.

I'll put a quarter on it, Celina. Who you betting on?

http://images-cdn01.associatedcontent.com/image/A9653/965381/470_965381.jpg

mscelina
02-13-2010, 07:34 AM
Oh, that would be awesome!

I'm going to say...um...well...

Celine Dion. The quarter's in the mail.

Haggis
02-13-2010, 07:57 AM
:roll:

mscelina
02-13-2010, 09:14 PM
And after all that, the big reveal made it to FAILblog. *sigh* It would have been so pretty, even with Gretzky there--BUT, it was redeemed by the cameras' merciless glare on Gretzky's twitching face as he and millions of people around the world realized that...NO, the fourth arm wasn't coming up.

I laughed so hard I didn't even mind Gretzky being there. I figured his wife had placed a bet on the lighting of the torch, and the Great One pulled a few strings to make sure his little woman was able to recoup some of her infamous losses on pro football. The only thing it needed to be absolutely perfect? The faint strains of "Blame Canada" playing in the background while Trey Parker and Matt Stone were busted huddled together under the bleachers, holding a wrench in the middle of the square-wheeled gears of that immobilized arm...

Haggis
02-13-2010, 09:30 PM
I crashed early. Missed the whole thing. Then today I got to thinking that the Mackenzie brothers would have been perfect for the job.

mscelina
02-13-2010, 09:44 PM
.

Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
For all that hockey hullabaloo
And that bi*ch Anne Murray too!
Blame Canada! Blame Canada!
They're not even a real country anyway...

The Robin Williams version from the Oscars I'm thinking--you know, the year they lost to Phil Collins and ended up doing a whole episode about it? Just imagine what South Park will do with this??

Other than that, though, I thought the opening ceremonies were really beautiful and well done. If I can manage to survive NBC's bastardized coverage of the Games, I'm looking forward to an interesting couple of weeks.

Haggis
02-13-2010, 09:55 PM
I've got to find the Canadian channel that's doing the coverage. Their coverage of the Olympics--especially the Winter Olympics is always better.

BTW, what time does the Synchronized Curling start?

mscelina
02-13-2010, 10:01 PM
Smart alec. :D Synchronized curling indeed!

Speed skating, luge and biathlon--a little bit of ski jumping and some hockey today. Downhill events and practice are postponed due to slush. Luge practice, on the other hand, is going on as scheduled. Most stuff won't start until late afternoon eastern time, so hopefully we'll actually be able to watch a lot in real time tonight--unless NBC gets all scroogish with the coverage as usual.

Haggis
02-13-2010, 10:04 PM
Thanks. Love speed skating. I was one of those kids who could skate very fast forward. Never did learn how to skate backwards. :D

mscelina
02-13-2010, 10:05 PM
Me either. I also learned how to stop--by running in to something at the opposite end of the rink and closing my eyes, all the while hoping someone smaller than me didn't get into my way.

Wayne K
02-13-2010, 10:15 PM
I just skipped through 150 channels and nothing was on. Is this thing a secret?

Haggis
02-13-2010, 10:33 PM
I just skipped through 150 channels and nothing was on. Is this thing a secret?

Yes. Be vewwy, vewwy quiet. :)

mscelina
02-14-2010, 12:05 AM
*pssst--no, it started at 2 EST. Check NBC, MSNBC, and Universal*

mscelina
02-14-2010, 06:52 AM
Okay, I'm getting pretty pumped for both the moguls and the 1500 short track speed skating finals tonight. Ohno looked awesome; all the American girls and that really incredible Canadian were amazing in the qualifiers for the mogul ski finals.

Looking like a fun night!

Puma
02-14-2010, 06:31 PM
I'm amazed there aren't more people on this thread.

Lucky wipeout in the short track last night - lucky for US - and moguls - unbelievable.

I had a sobering moment this morning - the first Olympics I ever saw on TV were the Squaw Valley Winter Olympics in 1960 - that's fifty years ago! They were so awe-inspiring and the thrill hasn't decreased over the years.

I'm looking forward to the pairs short figure skating programs today and keeping my fingers crossed for Denny and Barrett (and Evora and Ladwig but I don't think they have as much of a chance - but I'm tickled they're there.) Puma

Snowstorm
02-14-2010, 11:48 PM
Finally! I finished my upteen hours of work a day for two weeks, and in a little while I'm vegetating on the couch to watch the Olympics. I LOVE the Olympics. I heard of the luge crash. That made me sick for sorry for the athlete and the Georgian team.

NOW: to the couch!

frimble3
02-15-2010, 02:12 AM
If you are near enough to the Canadian border to pick up Canadian signals, "CTV" is the Canadian Olympic provider this time. They outbid the national network, CBC, which will still put on daily highlights, I imagine.
CTV will provide constant reminders of how much gold we haven't won yet, and sneer at the woman who won silver, who was trying to be all up-beat and "I didn't lose gold, I won silver".
"Own the Podium", motto of the Canadian Olympic movement, is about the tackiest, win-at-any-cost motto, ever!

Puma
02-15-2010, 07:31 PM
Some sort of questionable judging in the pairs figure skating last night - even the commentators remarked about it. Sounds like the "new" judging system has problems just like the old 6.0 system. It's too bad they can't figure out how to take the "human factor" out of evaluation of sporting events. Puma

mario_c
02-15-2010, 07:41 PM
I was surprised and upset to learn Dale Begg-Smith was a spam mogul (NPI). I wonder if that's why he had to move out of Canada? Well, maybe not...I don't know if anyone has ever been arrested in the Olympic Village :ROFL: but that would be fun to see.
And it made me happy to see the kid from Canada beat him.

mscelina
02-15-2010, 07:52 PM
Begg-Smith was told by the Canadian coaches that his spamming activities weren't the sort of thing they thought acceptable for a Canadian athlete to do, so he bolted for Austrailia. At fifteen. Already a spam millionaire.

so yes, it was very, very sweet that he lost the gold to a Canadian with a great human interest story and one hell of a run.

Snowstorm
02-15-2010, 08:01 PM
Some sort of questionable judging in the pairs figure skating last night - even the commentators remarked about it. Sounds like the "new" judging system has problems just like the old 6.0 system. It's too bad they can't figure out how to take the "human factor" out of evaluation of sporting events. Puma

Yeah, the commentator said she wanted to see the "master sheet" I think she called it. I was surprised by the higher scores on those questionable pairs.

For those skaters that fell during their routines, I just don't understand why they allow themselves to display a body language of: "I blew it, let me just flop my arms and legs to finish the routine." I can understand their disappointment in themselves for the fall, but to go through the motions of the remaining routine by flapping around with a hangdog expression just makes the scores go even lower and probably makes themselves feel worse.

Wayne K
02-15-2010, 08:19 PM
I love the Olympics, but the commercials are killing me. The wife and me started keeping track after a while, and it was close to half the programming. I'm hoping it'll wane a bit as it continues, but I doubt it.

Its a shame, because I'm losing interest.

Chumplet
02-15-2010, 08:26 PM
The CTV coverage seesaws between sappy and hilarious. I love the fact that Alex Biladeau won but I hope we get another gold soon so we don't have to see his heart-melting profile over and over.

Last night they had his family in the studio & one of the sports hosts brought in some champagne for a toast. They giggled and shushed when the mom mentioned her daughter was too young to drink.

The early morning crew is relaxed and sometimes they say stuff they wouldn't ordinarily say. Like when the host mentioned news anchors doing body shots off each other. Ew. Hahaha!

Shadow_Ferret
02-16-2010, 06:21 PM
I'm so tired of NBC's lousy coverage. They have 4 channels. Do they use them like they said they would? No. And then when they only have one channel showing, what is it? Figure skating. Please. Give us an alternative to that!

And please, I don't care about backstory. Its enough for me to know these athletes have trained all their lives for this moment, I don't need to know or even care that they have an aunt in Poughkeepsie dying of ringworm.

And it was funny, last night we had the pairs figure skating on (I was flipping between that and the much more interesting Westminster) and my 9-year-old comes in.

"Put on the Olympics."

"This is the Olympics."

"Seriously?"

"Yes."

"Really? This is the Olympics?"

My thoughts exactly.

Wayne K
02-16-2010, 06:29 PM
After an hour of it yesterday I've turned it off You're right Ferret, between the interviews and the commercials, I can't do it. I'll watch the highlights on ESPN.

Shadow_Ferret
02-16-2010, 11:28 PM
Curling is a funny sport. They even dress in bowling clothes.

veinglory
02-16-2010, 11:37 PM
I kinda like Begg-Smith. He and his brother run a legal and very profitable business which is not actually spam-based. From what I have seen of the Canadian sports infrastructure I think he did the right thing. They said he couldn't run a business and be a world-class sportsperson--and guess what, they were wrong. I suspect that if he had stayed in Canada his placing would have been worse, not better.

Shadow_Ferret
02-18-2010, 12:12 AM
Watching hockey reminds me of how much I miss seeing it on a regular basis. Now I only get to see it every 4 years. I wonder when the NHL will come back from strike?

Wayne K
02-18-2010, 01:11 AM
I'm enjoying Curling. The mens team from Germany looks awesome. I wish I understood it better

Shadow_Ferret
02-18-2010, 05:21 AM
Its like table shuffle board. Didn't you ever hang out in bars? :D

And I have trouble respecting the snowboarders. They seem to not have the level of respect for the games that most of the other athletes have. And they seem too much the burnout, surfer dude, you know?

Snowstorm
02-18-2010, 09:53 AM
Curling is a funny sport. They even dress in bowling clothes.

I consider curling to be the bowling of the Winter Olympics. No insult intended because I love curling.

I pulled up the rules on the Internet so I can learn about it. Like golf, just to watch it in ignorance is booooring. Learning about it makes it even more enjoyable. Now it's fun to yell at the TV and armchair QB.

mario_c
02-21-2010, 09:05 AM
aaaaand Congrats to Apolo Ohno for his record breaking 7th medal. Cheered on by his new pal Michael Phelps :D

Wayne K
02-21-2010, 05:48 PM
The US women had a great come from behind victory against Great Britain in curling yesterday, and the Switzerland Norway hockey game was great.

These people put a lot into this, so I'm still watching.

Quick note though. NBC is a cowardly organization. If they're going to interview every athlete who is getting married, I'd like to see one interview of an athlete who wants to but is forbidden by hate and discrimination by their government.

Snowstorm
02-21-2010, 07:29 PM
The men's curling match between Canada and Great Britain was AWESOME! For a while there, I was wondering if the undefeated Canada would go down, but they pulled it out. I laughed out loud when the announcer talked how one of the curler should "throw a howitzer." Those men can really make those rocks go screaming down the sheet, can't they?!

ETA: I though it was really cool that "The Great Skate" Gretsky was there rooting for the team. Did you all see the Canadians bust out in their national anthem? I thought it was inspiring. I have to pity the other teams playing matches on other sheets. That had to have been really distracting.

Shadow_Ferret
02-21-2010, 08:09 PM
Why does NBC seem to think America is going to embrace curling the way Canada has? And really, if you're going to broadcast it, EDUCATE us. The announcers discuss it as if we all know something about it. Don't just tell us what they did or need to do, tell us WHY.

And again, can I complain about NBC's lack of coverage? They have four channels dedicated to it. Today, USA will be showing movies all day long, and CNBC has paid programming on. WTF?

Snowstorm
02-21-2010, 08:24 PM
I noticed the announcers explain some things in the beginning of the match, not so much as the match goes on. There is one male announcer (I don't know his name) who is good about explaining things. The players have microphones and they'll listen in on their discussions. This announcer will explain what the players are talking about. But, yeah, Shadow Ferret, I wish they would explain even more than they do.

I think curling will pick up in the US, though likely only in the northern tier. I can't remember the NFL's San Fran 49er player who was elected Honorary Captain of the US men's curling team. I think interest is growing.

I have to laugh about your comment (at myself, not you) about lack of TV coverage . I'm so close to having my WIP fully edited, ready for printing or sending to beta readers. I'm an Olympics addict, and this coverage is a huge distraction! Or, my WIP is a distraction to watching the Olympics. I'm not sure which ...

Wayne K
02-22-2010, 01:58 AM
The USA Canada hockey game will be on cable. NBC sucks.

50,000,000 Americans won't be allowed to watch their team play as these douches yap about patriotism. The greed in this country is getting out of control.

mario_c
02-22-2010, 10:42 AM
What do you mean 'getting'? Oh well, I don't really like hockey and I have to admit US vs Canada was a fantastic game. Riveting!

I will never get curling, but that's OK. You know what oddball sport I like? Biathlon. Gotta love a game where the announcer says "Any moment now the contestants will start shooting." :ROFL: Usually it's the spectators who start shooting, but they don't plan that. :D

Snowstorm
02-22-2010, 11:26 AM
The worst thing about watching the Olympics? The sappy commercials from P&G or other products about "Thanks Mom", like only Moms raise Olympians. Granted, Moms likely do the majority of work, but all I can think is yeah, Apolo Ohno's dad didn't do much.

cray
02-22-2010, 07:11 PM
The USA Canada hockey game will be on cable. NBC sucks.

50,000,000 Americans won't be allowed to watch their team play as these douches yap about patriotism. The greed in this country is getting out of control.


agreed.

how is it decided to not air the us/canada hockey game?
i really would be that viewership would have been way up for that game. insane.

Jcomp
02-22-2010, 07:37 PM
agreed.

how is it decided to not air the us/canada hockey game?
i really would be that viewership would have been way up for that game. insane.

There's this drive for networks (and even sports leagues) to push their cable properties for sporting events despite getting max viewers on network TV. I don't know exactly why, but I guess somebody behind the scenes is doing some math that puts a higher value on putting the games on cable and guarding the hell out of the footage (which is why we're only seeing still shots of the game on SportsCenter instead of full replays, like it's a pay-per-view boxing match or something).

cray
02-22-2010, 08:50 PM
that just blows.

;)

Jcomp
02-25-2010, 05:46 AM
Man, Canada is killing Russia right now. Every other time I turn around they're scoring.