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    Taking nothing away from the cities that host them - a lot of people do an amazing job of preparing and putting them on, or those that dedicate their lives to the events - I just haven't felt ANY interest in the last several Olympics in even tuning in. Does anyone else feel this way? I'm not sure if it's the fact that they are now every two years and have become less of an 'event', information overload, too many other options, media/corporate spectacle... I guess all of those things now that I type them out. Anyone else like this?

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    Somewhat. Not like the days when you had the controversy of the U.S -vs- the Soviet Union and their droogs like East Germany, Romania, etc.

    My problem with the games is they are pushing too many human interest stories with people we don't care about, and ridiculous sports only added to increase interest of a specific demographic; Snowboarding was only included to increase ratings for younger adults who can't stand ice-dancing, which also is a joke.

    The really hyper competitive events though like short track speed skating are still a hoot and intense as hell. Mens figure skating never gets old.

    Then again I can watch curling all day long, and admit it

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    I still dig the Olympics, but preferred it every 4 years. Its was more of a big deal. It has lost some its luster, though, from what I remember as a kid.

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    +1 on the rampant commercialization and "human interest" stories. That's pretty much what killed it for me.

    I enjoy watching the high-speed events such as the downhill skiing and bobsledding, but it drives me insane when they show 2 minutes of actual racing, then 5 minutes of commercials, then 5 minutes of "human interest" background story, then this repeats. Even worse when you don't know when they'll be showing the event you want to see, and it's all rolled in at random.

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    Was never much of a summer Olympics fan, so for me, it's still every four years... That being said, I do think a lot of the excitement about the Olympics has been diluted by so many other options.

    Curling baffles me, but snowboarding has piqued my interest a bit this year. And yeah, short track speed skating is great. Apolo Ono sure seems to have lucked out the other day.

    What bugs me is the television coverage, with too many commercials, and I hate the way they split up the various events (to try to get you to sit through it all).

    Amazingly, I believe NBC reported the highest viewership of Opening Day this year. I wonder how much of that interest though, was spurred by the tragic death of the luger just hours earlier. Unfortunately, perhaps it's tragedy and/or controversy (eg. Kerrigan v. Harding) that up the ratings, rather than the sports themselves.
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    It may not be the same topic, but it's the same mood and offers a little bit of humor with the whine.

    What is the purpose of all this negativity?

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    I still like the Olympics, in particular the winter Olympics, but I totally hate the way it's covered. All too frequent MUCH LOUDER THAN THE PROGRAM commercial breaks, schizophrenic jumping between events, and all the inane human interest stories. Ideally, I would rather they showed one event at a time ( with each time slot known in advance so I don't have to sit through events I have little interest in ), minimal human interest stories, and few or no commercial breaks. To me it would reflect more highly on the sponsor if they simply had an occasional banner flashed at the bottom of the screen, or perhaps simply said this coverage bought to you by so and so at the beginning and end of the program. I'm not sure the lengthy commercials really serve any purpose. Most people use them for bathroom or snack breaks. I've long made it a point NOT to buy the products of companies who choose to interrupt my TV programs. Besides, 99% of the products I see advertised are already well known, established brands. It's not like people aren't already aware these products exist. Do we really need 10 45 second spots hawking, for example, Coke?

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    I'm enjoying these Olympics more than i ever did before.


    Because . . . .


    Now i have DirecTV, and i can RECORD it,

    and (later) watch it at MY pace.


    Which, i must admit, includes Zapping thru those

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    I still enjoy watching some of the winter Olympics.Not quite the same as the cold war days but maybe better in some respects.Now we can concentrate more on the actual sport and national pride without so much of the politics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empath View Post
    Gloom, Despair And Agony On Me

    It may not be the same topic, but it's the same mood and offers a little bit of humor with the whine.

    What is the purpose of all this negativity?
    I guess Prozac has been prescribed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    I'm enjoying these Now i have DirecTV, and i can RECORD it, and (later) watch it at MY pace. Which, i must admit, includes Zapping thru those EndlessCommercials ! ! ! _
    Aren't DVRs great?

    I agree about NBC's coverage - it stinks! They try to string out the events to maintain maximum ratings. Saturday they teased Women's Biathalon for hours, and then finally at 5:30 they got around to showing it, and must have had 5 commercial breaks from 5:30 to 6:00.

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    If it weren't for DVR I'd never survive NBC's intelligence insulting coverage.

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    Since when has the olympics been every two years?

    You have winter olympics every four years and the summer olympics every four years.

    And I'm loving it, but then again I watch the coverage on the BBC - 100% event coverage with no ad breaks :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZMZ67 View Post
    I still enjoy watching some of the winter Olympics.Not quite the same as the cold war days but maybe better in some respects.Now we can concentrate more on the actual sport and national pride without so much of the politics.
    That's actually why I'm enjoying them more ( NBC's crappy coverage notwithstanding ). I couldn't stand the political overtone back in the Cold War days. Now it's more about pure sport, which is in keeping with the original Olympic spirit. It's just a pity the frequency and length of commercial breaks have grown exponentially since then.

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    thank god the channel the olympics are shown here, do not show commercials.. well not much anyways.

    and that they choose few events every day that they think which interest our public most and show them almost entirely in one row and just do decent highlights section of others (like between a hockey games periods they go thru the other events highlites) and then send a recording of other event after their chosen "main interest event".

    no jumping between dozens of events and different sports. no commercials. not too many "in depth articles" either. (only interviews of the athletes before the event or after.. "so why did you fail today then!" hahaha)

    even superbowl was nice to watch here, as while you guys watched the dozens of commercials we either saw highlites or replays.. or calming camera view of the stadium or new orleans or miami.. or just saw the teams huddles on sidelines or field. much more convinient in my mind than watching the same million dollar commercials every 5-10 minutes.

    but to answer the topic. yeah i also have lost a little bit of the "feeling" of the olympics this year.. hardly any interest in the sports. (the hockey might persuade me to follow more..) but dunno why these olympics seem so uneventful and uninteresting this year.

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    Could also have something to do with some of the epic fails we've seen so far in the past few days....

    -Torch malfunction at opening ceremony
    -Inadequate electric zambonis causing skating delays
    -Trucking/flying in snow as it continues to rain, causing skiing delays
    -Criticism of Canada for not allowing other nations sufficient training time at their venues before the games
    -Oh, and a dead luger

    Not a great start.

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    Apparently the folks that made it there in person are kind of ticked off about not being allowed to get near the torch. They got it fenced off at some distance and you have to take your pics through the chain link.

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    You'd think that with all that natural gas burning in the torch, they'd at least let you light your cigar with it!?! Are the PC police present there in Canada with no outdoor smoking allowed?

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    I remember when I was a kid and the Olympics was for AMATEUR athletes... that's when I enjoyed them. Yes, the hype and the commercialization and the stark contrast between the "human interest" stories and how brashly crass so much of the world is - athletes and non-athletes alike - has caused it to lose it's appeal.

    I used to love baseball, when I was a kid, before they ruined that, too.

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    Taking nothing away from the cities that host them - a lot of people do an amazing job of preparing and putting them on, or those that dedicate their lives to the events - I just haven't felt ANY interest in the last several Olympics in even tuning in. Does anyone else feel this way? I'm not sure if it's the fact that they are now every two years and have become less of an 'event', information overload, too many other options, media/corporate spectacle... I guess all of those things now that I type them out. Anyone else like this?

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    Last time I watched the Olympics the East German womens team really needed a good shave. That traumatized my pure and inocent psyche. I haven't been able to watch it since.

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    Somewhat. Not like the days when you had the controversy of the U.S -vs- the Soviet Union and their droogs like East Germany, Romania, etc.

    My problem with the games is they are pushing too many human interest stories with people we don't care about, and ridiculous sports only added to increase interest of a specific demographic; Snowboarding was only included to increase ratings for younger adults who can't stand ice-dancing, which also is a joke.

    The really hyper competitive events though like short track speed skating are still a hoot and intense as hell. Mens figure skating never gets old.

    Then again I can watch curling all day long, and admit it
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    Quote Originally Posted by amigafan2003 View Post
    Since when has the olympics been every two years?

    You have winter olympics every four years and the summer olympics every four years.
    After the '92 Albertville games they did Lillehammer 2 years later in '94. Individually the Summer and Winter games are each 4 years apart.

    For example:

    Winter- Vancouver 2010, Sochil 2014

    Summer- London 2012, Rio 2016

    So if you put it in chronological order, it does come out to an olympics every 2 years.




    I love the olympics. I always have, and I always will. I thought the death of Nodar Kumaritashvili was very tragic, and I agree that NBC played up his death for ratings. They went as far as showing the actual crash footage during the opening olympic broadcast, which left a very bad taste in my mouth. How insensitive can they get. I did enjoy the opening ceremonies though. Very artistic and cool. Seeing all the athletes from around the world lifted my spirits and reminded me that the games are there to unite. We definitely need that emotion more often.



    There is one thing that gets to me more than anything, though...

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    The tape delays.





    I live on the west coast of the US (the same time zone as Vancouver), but guess what? I CAN'T WATCH ANY OF THE PROGRAMMING LIVE. The one time in my life that I can finally watch the games live is spoiled. When I found out NBC delayed broadcasts for all the folks coming home from work (to get higher ratings), I cried foul. I also don't like the fact NBC randomly mixes up the sports during every broadcast. If you want to watch ice skating, be prepared to have slalom, speed skating, bobsled, biathlon and short track thrown in between every skater's performance. It's not that I don't like those sports, it's just NBC is under the impression that everyone in America is on Ritalin.

    Doctor, please prescribe some Vicodin because I'm going to sleep now.

    Which begs the question, how do you watch it live?

    (Gets off soapbox)

    Other than that I do enjoy watching the venues I want to see. Loved watching Evan Lysacek snag the gold, but what really pulled at my heart was watching the pair skaters Shen/Zhao win. 30 years ago the Chinese skating program stunk. Really bad. Since then they have been working at it, and redemption is an understatement. They deserved it.
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    What a pity one of the greatest winter Olympics in recent memory was diminished by substandard coverage. I'll miss the Olympics but I won't miss hearing the same dozen or so commercials repeated six times each every broadcast. Incidentally, those Toyota Sienna commercials with "The Family" get my vote for most irritating commercials, probably of all time. That fat woman brings stupid and annoying to a new low. I really hope it's all supposed to be a satire. Heaven help us if people like this really exist.

    Anyway, great Olympics, poor coverage. So many great stories they missed with their narrow focus on only the top athletes and/or the US athletes. Here's hoping PBS or at least Fox gets the Olympics after NBC's contract is up. The final insult added to injury was basically cutting the closing ceremoney short so they could stick in the premiere of some reality show. NBC = nothing but commercials.

    Open question - if the Olympics coverage is representative of network TV in general then how on Earth do they have any viewers at all? I'm asking because I pretty much stopped watching network TV when sitcoms took over in the 1970s. From my point-of-view it went from laughably bad to intolerable. Not just the programming, but the frequency and stupidity of the commercials. At least 30 years ago car commercials weren't excessively annoying and drug commercials didn't even exist.

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    There was no possible way to watch any part of these Olympics without a DVR with the fast forward skip forward button.

    Some parts were enjoyable, both gold medal hockey women's/men's games were excellent and hard fought.

    I had to laugh at the final insult by NBC (who IMHO, should never be allowed to ever cover anything important), where as the cheesiest of cheesy closing ceremonies were abruptly cut off with no notice, credits, or ceremonious farewell to go to some completely stupid Marriage show with Jerry Seinfeld, Alec Baldwin, and Kelly "Eye Candy" Ripa featuring a dead dog that some guy wanted to have stuffed and put on an altar in his home.

    After everyone clicked off, supposedly, following the dead dog show, there was a return to some parade of cheesy inflatable moose floats.

    I wish Jerry Seinfeld would get it through his head, that he will never be able to follow up "Seinfeld," and just make do with the royalties. Without Larry David writing the scripts, he is about as funny as Kramer trying to perform in a flea-bag bar. Larry proved the point by having a non-sequel sequel with the Seinfeld case on last season's Curb Your Enthusiasm that was actually great again.

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    DVR saved the olympics for me. After I fast forward through all the commercials and bs 4 hours turns into 2. My only biggest grip about the olympics as a whole is the fact that they let professional athletes play, examples are Hockey, basketball even snowboarding (Shaun White) and the "youth of the world" now have to make it to the pro's in these sports to participate.

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    Olympic is a joke, nothing more than getting rich for businesses and huge money hole for taxpayers, plus half of the "sports" are not sport at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    There was no possible way to watch any part of these Olympics without a DVR with the fast forward skip forward button.
    Quote Originally Posted by JB5 View Post
    DVR saved the olympics for me.
    Bingo! 99% of my TV viewing is by DVR. I will not tolerate commercials. The Olympics is a perfect example. Watch the events you're interested in, zip by the rest. You can just do a delayed start if you want. Saves oodles of time. I wouldn't have cable TV without a DVR. Not worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amigafan2003 View Post
    Since when has the olympics been every two years?

    You have winter olympics every four years and the summer olympics every four years.

    And I'm loving it, but then again I watch the coverage on the BBC - 100% event coverage with no ad breaks :-)
    Exactly! For me Olympics is every 4 years - SUMMER Olympics. There is plenty of ice-skating to watch all the time, and ice hockey, and even skiing, so there is little need for the winter Olympics.

    Now I fully agree with many of the gripes and complaints about the TV coverage. Probably until we get some interactive way to watch via the internet, so we can choose which sports to watch and get them live, coverage will always suck. Oh, and the internet coverage needs to be available in HiDef on the big plasma! (or LCD...).

    One issue with the human angle stories, is that we simply do not know much about the star athletes ahead of time, who can keep up with the young talents as they develop in all the different sports and countries of the world? The TV does try to give some background but we simply run out of mental space to follow it all unless we happen to make some connection (e.g., they happen to focus on someone from your home town).

    On the commercialism, don't forget that the costs of staging these Olympics is huge, and the TV rights are the main way to recoup some of these costs back. As to the athletes themselves, I think they still mainly have to be amateurs, don't they? (OK, there are some exceptions, e.g., the basketball players).

    The Olympic spirit overall is very admirable, and does help to bring countries and peoples together -- remember the China Olympics and their fantastic ceremonies? Better they focus on showcasing their country this way than in some other (less benign) way!

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