US Olympic Team Fashion – or not!

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Yes, this is well out of my realm of normal criticism. Which just shows you how bad this has gotten this year.

As I quipped today – “Who designed our outfits? A band of hallucinating monkeys?!!”

First there were the widely panned Opening Ceremony outfits which were..well…frankly quite boring and not in the least representative of the USA. Frnech berets? What?

Heck, the Ralph Lauren POLO! symbol was bigger than the flag displayed. Tacky. Also, made in China. Double Fail.

I mean, as an example, the Swedish team’s attire that same night was also rather unattractive, but as my 1/2 Swedish teen stated “Well, those types of shirts are pretty popular over there.”

Back to the USA – have you seen what ALL the athletes wear for a medal ceremony? I’m calling it “Early 21st century formal prison attire”

The only thing that saves those outfits are the adorable girls wearing them with those gold medal winning smiles 🙂

On Sunday 15 and I were watching men’s water polo and all was going along fine until we saw it – Old Glory – not very well placed (or, VERY well placed depending on how you choose to look at it!):

Really – a nice flag on the SIDE would have been fine. The U-S-A across the back on a navy background is acceptable. But the stars and stripes up front? Aack!

But, today, that was surpassed. The men’s beach volleyball team today sported outfits that sent ripples of horror through twitter and Facebook. I was alerted to them by a friend describing them as “Norwegian curlers pants cut up into shorts”

My descriptions: “Golfers without clubs or a cart”  “Jockeys without a horse” and I do completely agree with Norwegian Curling pants comparison. At any rate – YUCK.

On the upside if they win a medal they will cover those things up with the prison attire.

;-/

NBC Sports needs to wake up & Do It Live!!

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Dear NBC Sports,

You see that image up there? It’s the Breaking News feed on Twitter. It has 1.6+ MILLION followers. I can guarantee you that a significant portion of those followers (like, me for instance) live on the West Coast. The Pacific Time Zone. Why should this matter to you? Well, think about where the Winter Olympics are this year for a minute. What time zone? Yes, yes, that’s right, Vancouver is on the WEST Coast! Of North America! Which means it is in the Pacific Time Zone! Pretty cool huh?! All of us California sports lovers are just THRILLED that this huge event is taking place in OUR time zone! For once, we can see it live!!

Right?

RIGHT?

Oh you are kidding me! No? NO?! You are still forcing us to watch Previously Recorded events??! Freaking TAPE DELAY on our OWN coast?! Are you NUTS? Or, are you just mired in 1994? Do you not have one  clue about the internet?  Have you not heard of Twitter?

Oh wait – I think you HAVE:

Let’s see, I took that snapshot at 5:27pm Pacific Time. Your broadcast of the men’s 5000 meter speed skating event just NOW showed the final heat with Hedrick missing the podium and Kramer sealing the Gold. Look at that teensy font at the bottom left – You know what that says?

about 3 hours ago

That’s right – THREE hours ago you sent that tweet. So that anyone following your twitter feed would know who won. You also have an NBCOlympics twitter account which ALSO sent those results out three hours ago. You are advertising it for people to follow for all the up to date Olympic announcements. Brilliant! Except that you are SPOILING YOUR OWN SHOWS!! So basically we here on the west coast should follow you guys, but then not look? Now, sure that one only has 50,000 followers. Not the 1.6 million that Breaking News has. But hey, I have BREAKING News for you too: Their feed also tweeted results all day! LIVE!

Do I even need to cover internet sites? Like you OWN? Also with real time results and…pictures..and VIDEO?!

So what’s the point of this rant? The point is that we here on the West Coast would like to see these events LIVE!! Especially the Big Ones! Like the Opening Ceremony for instance. My east coast friends were having a roaring good time last night commenting on the Ceremony (which was pretty darn moving & visually beautiful), while I sat here watching….Entertainment Tonight? Because the west coast got it all two hours later. By then, even though we all already knew it would be Gretzky lighting the torch, we already KNEW it for sure! WHY WHY WHY? When will you TV big wigs learn that people will tune in because of the EVENT, not the time it is broadcast.

Do you have any idea how much impact would be removed from the iconic “Do you believe in miracles?!” call of the 1980 hockey game if half the world had already tweeted & facebook & blogged about it??!!

Mary Lou Retton bouncing into Bela Karoli’s arms & into gymnastics history would have been all over You Tube before we saw it live here (even though it freaking HAPPENED here!).

I know, it’s a real challenge when the games are on another continent almost a full day ahead of our time zones.

I know, because I got my ass up at 5am back in 1994 to watch (live) the gold medal hockey match between Sweden and Canada in Norway. Because the EVENT was what drew me in.

So really NBC Sports, give your viewers some credit here. Give us some RESPECT. It is 2010. There are literally dozens of ways that the results will get to our eyes well before your hideously out dated Previously Recorded Broadcasts. It is taking away a ton of the joy of sitting down to watch these events.

Do it live NBC. Do it live. Because the rest of the world already is.

Confessions of an addict

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Hi, my name is tpgoddess0103 and I am an Olympics addict.

The 2008 Beijing Olympics have been too much for me.

It all started on Opening Night. I tried to stay away. Didn’t set my DVR. Knew we would head out to dinner with a good chance I would miss large chunks of it (including the parade of athletes) therefore making it easier to just not watch.  Alas, it was not to be. Since when did sushi restaurants have 6 tvs?? All tuned in to NBC! There was no way not to see them! We were mesmerized by the sights even though we could not hear the sounds. So pretty. So enormous. So stimulating. What could I do?  I was hooked! I raced home ensuring I made it in time to watch the parade. I don’t care where you are from, it’s a fabulous event. The personal stories then start ensuring that you will tune in to see what the next chapter is for these atheltes who have overcome lord knows what (insert appropriate childhood illness/tragedy and/or prior atheletic disappointment here).

For the past 9 days and nights I have been attached to the tv and computer. I fall asleep to Bob Costas on NBC and wake up to Matt Vasgersian on USA. If I just can’t keep my eyes open (such as the night of the 4×100 mens freestyle relay or the night of the women’s all around gymastics finals), I get up the next day and watch the replay of the entire broadcasted event on my computer. Heck, last night I was watching the gymnastics on my computer with the live feed on the tv behind it (it was that super long swin event…no need to focus!)

Giving in fully to the knowledge that this addiction has a vise grip on me, here are the moments that made an impression on me:

  • Watching the women’s team archery final – yeah, archery! Rain was coming down, but the Korean women were tough as nails. And I marveled at the aparatus. Not quite the old bow and arrow anymore!
  • Badminton! When did that become as fast paced as table tennis?
  • Speaking of tennis – the pure joy on Roger Federer’s face when he won the doubles gold. This is the man who has dominated the tennis world for 5 years, who was knocked out of the singles event, but still fullfilled a childhood dream with that victory. Wonderful to see that he is not jaded.
  • Speaking of jaded…isn’t it nice how the US men’s basketball team is NOT this year? The Redeem Team is so far doing a great job of participating all around in the Games. They’ve gone out to watch other events such as the women’s basketball, the swimming and beach volleyball. No prima donas, no isolation, just full team participation. Well done.
  • Beach volleyball – well, it’s all about Walsh and May right? As of this writing they are undefeated and through to the semi final round. I’ve seen all of their matches and they really are amazing. Even more amazing though (ahem), are those outfits they have to wear! Honestly the smallest shorts I’ve ever seen. When they wear white I just want to put a towel around them!! Then they dive into the sand and I subconsiously start picking at my own underwear to get the sand out…’cause it’s there isn’t it? How could it not be? Yikes!
  • Trampoline? Did you see that? We caught some of it while out to lunch yesterday and – WOWZA! How fun did THAT look?? I like that waaaay better than stupid rhytmic gymastics (my apologies to anyone who loves that sport, but…zzzzzzzzz)
  • I’ve caught random snippets of team handball, rowing, water polo, indoor volleyball, soccer, field hockey and table tennis. Sports that I would never watch in off years, but in the Olympics? Thrilling!
  • Of course the top two sports in the first week were gymnastics and swimming. Thanks to the internet video replays, I’ve seen all the women’s events. Yes, my first thought upon seeing the Chinese team that first night was “isn’t there a minimum age limit?” Still, whatever their age, they truly do shine from top to bottom as a team. Of course, Lukin and Johnson placing top 2 in the overall was awesome. Especially given the talent of the Chinese team performing in their home arena. But really, the best part of the women’s events is when they go to Bela Karolyi in the studio with Bob Costas! He is sooo fiery and passionate and in your face with his cheering and with his disgust at perceived judges errors. “This is WRONG” he says pounding his fist on the desk! Love it! (On a side note, can someone please explain why they chinese girls needed 20 hair clips and the rest only needed 3? Thanks)
  • Swimming. Ah swimming. Where the US team earned a big ‘ol Kick ASS award! Led by the greatest swimmer ever, Michael Phelps. How much drama did he provide? 1/100th of a second? Really? They can measure that??!  Did you see the still shot of that butterfly final? The one showing Phelps touching the pad a hair’s breath in front? Miraculous. How much fun was it to watch his mom at every final? And his coach? I cannot imagine anything happening in the final week to knock him down as THE Top Athelete of these games.
  • Of course, I also love the ‘old’ ladies of their sports. Dara Torres and the German gymast Oksana Chusovitna. Torres won two silver medals at the ripe old age of 41 and Oksana won a silver in the vault at 33 years old. Both moms. Rock on old ladies!!
  • Usain Bolt winning the 100 meter dash last night. Hot dogging it and *still* breaking the world record. Hated that he hot dogged it. Love that one shoe was untied! Wish he had played it straight though and really shown what he could do. This was the stage for that. Kinda took some of the glow off the race for me.
  • On a generic note, you all shed a tear or two no matter how many times you see the flag raised and hear the anthem played and see the atheletes start crying, right? You can’t not!

I know that since I am typing this at 11:30pm (I mentioned the addiction issue, right), that I am forgetting many things. Track and field is starting up so it will be like a whole new games this week. Geez, the Jamaican girls just blew away the 100 meter dash. Dang. Ack! Stop watching! Need to sleep!!

So, ‘fess up friends. How addicted are you? What are your highlights so far?