Tuesday, February 21, 2006


I'm home this morning waiting for the security installer to show up. Got the TV tuned to the Olympic channel. And you know what pisses me off? Some of the world's most fantastic athletic achievements are going on over there, and the wanking Today Show is doing a special feature on ice skaters who fall down.

That is so offensively pathetic I can't even believe it.



  • Even worse was a full 5 minutes devoted to some football player who was in the Superbowl who was in Torino WATCHING the Olympics. They interviewed him, his mom, and his dad. Who cares? The Superbowl is over. I think it's possible I might be watching the Olympics because... um... I want to see the Olympics.

    I think NBC has done an exceptionally crappy job with coverage this year, overall.

    By Blogger Ethelred, at 10:14 AM  

  • Here's the deal: Ever since my house was broken into three weeks ago, I've left the TV turned on pretty much all the time to give the appearance that someone's home. And since the Olympics started on 2/6, I've had the TV tuned to NBC for coverage.

    So far I think I've seen about 10 minutes' worth of actual Olympics and countless hours' worth of reruns of the same few minutes of footage. (Okay, it's possible I can't tell the difference between one luge run and another.)

    At least half of what I see is the Cavalcade of Dashed Hopes. Somebody falling on the ice rink or wiping out on the ski slope. The wobble, the bobble, the tenth-of-a-point reduction in score that means the Death of the Dream.

    If it bleeds, or is at least an incredible downer, it leads. If it's a happy ending, well, its 15 minutes of fame are already more than half over. Because sports should be grim and joyless, apparently.

    Crappy coverage? Oh yeah.

    By Blogger Jugglernaut, at 10:24 AM  

  • I did like the Italian ice dancers grimly not speaking to each other last night, though. That was good soap-opera drama, sports aside.

    By Blogger Ethelred, at 10:40 AM  

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