Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Olympics - Passes and Fails

So the Olympics have come and gone and a majority of my free time has been returned to me (although I do have a significant number of hours still on dvr that need to be watched). Afterwards I have come to a number of conclusions.

1. I really want to be in the Olympics. Having a skeleton track within an hour of my house is awesome but it costs money that I don't have (as does everything) and I have a wife hesitant to let me try it.

2. NBC really dropped the ball on this on. I mean they put the suck in sucked. Their coverage of the 2008 games was awesome, they had a number of fails but overall I thought their passes outweighed their fails in Beijing, not so much this time.

(A) Pass 1 - they fixed that stupid "LIVE" stamp that was on all broadcasts in 2008 to only be actual live broadcasts this time. And since I am in mountain time I should never have seen this, which I didn't.
(B) Fail 1 - What is the purpose of online coverage if they only show one or two different events. The only thing live online was either curling or hockey and on top of that you had to have an outside cable company account to be able to log into the video feeds.
(C) Fail 2 - Their coverage overall sucked majorly. They only followed the headliners or Americans and even then not all the time. I saw one event where they only showed the gold medal race and nothing else. Thanks NBC because I didn't care about anything else but the final race.
(D) Fail 3 - Too much figure skating. What demographics are watching this that they needed to show 10 days of figure skating almost uncut as opposed to almost anything else. Because I care about ice dancing all that much.
(E) Fail 4 - The closing ceremonies - Oh this has a host of it's own problems. So once the actual coverage started they would continually cut away to commercial in the middle of something happening then at the end they just cut away to their new show while events were still ongoing. They disclaimered it with "come back in an hour to see what we felt you didn't want to see". This was all a ploy to watch their new show "The Marriage Ref" which turned out to be rather slow and not even that good to begin with.

3. I got to play Fantasy Olympics :-D. Although I was more of a fan the way they had it run in 2008, it still was a bunch of fun. Things I would have preferred would to be able to see everyone's team, even after trades like in 08. I ended winning my league and tying for second overall (out of 141 teams). Although after the tiebreaker I came in fourth which is the same score from 08.

4. Even ESPN got into it where you vote for or against an event and they ranked the people based on the results.

So all in all I enjoyed watching the fantastic Olympians but got frustrated by NBC more often then not.

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