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Zag 77
07-28-2012, 03:47 PM
Watching the opening ceremonies I had a few observations based on watching them since 1964


The 2 hours leading up with a bunch of entertainment nonsense that was not entertaining.

Queen Elizabeth II. A wrinkled old prune. Does she EVER smile?

The length. I can see why the swimmers did not want to stand on their feet for 5 hours if they had to compete the next day.

Paul Mc Cartney. Yikes, he has not aged well, nor does his voice hold up anymore. And of all the classics, good grief, why "Hey Jude?" For the Olympics?


No single person to go light a cauldron. Not sure about that.


The entry of the athletes.

Good to see Ronny Turiaf, Olympian.

Good to see the pro athletes having fun like all the amateurs.

The Olympic Flag ceremony. A great tradition.

07-28-2012, 04:21 PM
Michael Phelps apparently sucks now for being the fourth best swimmer in the world.

I just discovered an Olympics basketball channel which covers my biggest complaint each year of the Olympics which is that it seems like they never show the sports I want to watch.

Once and Future Zag
07-28-2012, 06:08 PM
Bond/Queen - amusing.

We were blown away by the agrarian -> industrial part of the ceremony here. Very powerful - and strangely seemingly inspired by Lord of the Rings.

Rock on Kenneth Branaugh (and nice, starting off with a little of the Bard) and the dancing capitalists

The children's lit/NHS section didn't feel coherent. Tubular bells... what?

The last part was fun, but again paled against the amazing first part.

Rowan Atkinson vs Chariots of Fire was very quintessentially British.

Paul was indeed a weak way to end.

"Heroes" for the entry of the GB contingent was pretty damn cool, but the Beegees for Fiji was a little weird.


If they were going to go with an aging rock act, I'd have gone with one that could still pull off the musical performance side - maybe Pink Floyd?

Only one wheeze from the TARDIS for that multigenerational Brit institution of Doctor Who?

07-29-2012, 09:12 PM
Major League Soccer has 3 players on the Honduran Olympic team. All three combined to score the goal to beat Spain, one of the Gold medal favorites, 1-0 in the group stage. And a 4th player on that team, Mario Martinez is rumored to have signed with the Sounders. He started and played the full 90 minutes up top as a forward.

Andy Najar came to the USA at 12 years of age. He was spotted and brought into the DC United academy system and later signed with DC United at the age of 17.

Roger Espinoza plays with Sporting Kansas City. He came to the US when he was 12 and lived in the Denver area. Played three years in College including his final year at tOSU before being drafted by SKC in the MLS Draft.

Jerry Bengston was born and raised in Honduras and played for Vida and Motagua before signing with the New England Revolution of MLS as a Designated Player on July 5th.

Mario Martinez is another Honduran born and raised. Plays/played for Real Espanya of Honduras who has loaned him out to Valeranga of Norway and Anderlecht of Belgium. And reports are that he has now been loaned to the Seattle Sounders for a 1 year loan and option to buy.

07-30-2012, 12:39 PM
I am hugely disappointed with the olympic coverage. I do not like watching sporting events on a tape delay. What the hell is the point of watching something when I can look up what happened on the internet hours before it is shown on TV. I refused to watch the winter olympics in Vancouver for this same reason, but especially because I was in the same damn time zone and they still tape delayed it. Yesterday, I watched China play Spain and then watched the US take on France in basketball. First of all the US game coverage started in the second period. I didn't get to see any of the first period. Then during the US France game the announcers referred to the China vs. Spain game coming up later that day as if I hadn't just watched it.

07-30-2012, 12:56 PM
Tape delay really sucks!

Love the Olympics, but unfortunate to know who wins 10 hours before being able to watch.

The U.S. opening ceremony unis were a bit dated, no? 1930s maybe? LOL

07-31-2012, 09:33 AM
What I also don't like about the olympic coverage is that they show the same dang events (swimming, beach volleyball, diving, gymnastics) during prime time and give you no taste of the other events that take place. I realize that NBC's sister stations are showing things during the day, and that things are being streamed online, but most folks don't see anything until they get home for the evening. I know NBC has to make a buck with advertisers and such, and they probably have prime time programming obligations on their sister stations, but I love the Olympics, and I consider events such as archery, judo, wrestling, fencing and even badmitton to be just as important and worthy of attention as beach volleyball. In fact, in some ways I enjoy these events even more than the popular ones because you never see these sports regularly on TV, and the participants don't get anywhere near the amount of attention and endorsement dollars that a champion swimmer does. Yet they work just as hard and are just as proud to represent their country. In many ways, the people who participate in these sports represent the real spirit of the Olympics. I can understand certain events - especially events that the U.S. is good at - getting more attention than others, there is just a complete lack of balance on NBC's part.

07-31-2012, 11:04 AM
I have the same gripe too, CDC. Why does gymnastics and swimming always get so much air time?

I got burned on a big time spoiler this morning, which is sure to be on for about 4 hours tonight. Argh...

07-31-2012, 11:26 AM
The modern pentathlon involves five events: pistol shooting, fencing, 200m freestyle swimming, show jumping and a 3km cross-country run. Completely different events with a completely different set of skills, and you must master all of them.

It's probably the hardest Olympic sport that there is. Far more difficult than anything LeBron James will do on the basketball floor.

Wouldn't be shocked if NBC shows none of it in prime time.

07-31-2012, 07:46 PM

A special medal is no consolation for a terrible judging mistake. I have a co-worker from South Korea who is enraged. Apparently South Korea has been victimized several times in recent Olympics by bad judging. I hope this lady gets a chance to compete in 2016 and that she gets a fair shake.

08-05-2012, 01:31 PM
A happy ending (sort of) for Korean fencer Shin A Lam who was screwed out of a medal on Monday:


She'll at least go home with a real medal in team epee fencing.

Some analysts are calling Monday's judging mistake one of the five worst judging mistakes in Olympic history, yet there wasn't one word mentioned about it on any of NBC's prime time telecasts. They could've at least devoted 30 seconds to the event. The story was especially compelling because she was forced to sit on the piste, alone, for an entire hour with 6000 people staring at her while the protest was being reviewed. She was visibly upset and then had to be escorted to the locker room in tears when she was informed that the protest had failed.

On another note, Team USA won its first gold medal ever in judo last week. Kayla Anderson’s story is truly remarkable. It’s probably the best “feel good” story of the Olympics thus far:


08-05-2012, 01:46 PM
Good news on the fencing, and I completely agree. Would've liked to have seen coverage of that.