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Old 02-07-2014, 11:42 AM
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Well the Olympics are starting - I hope things turn out with some exciting competition & US success

..but is anyone else getting perhaps just a little tired of all the of reports of possible safety concerns (no safety issues have yet arrived), some hotel problems (some toilets didn't work but we've had that in the US as well), and some dogs rounded up - even killed (so just let 'em roam and bite people? - seriously every city in the US rounds up wild dogs and kills them - why is this big news that ESPN reporters break down and cry on-air about?)..

I hope we actually start getting reports on sports soon...tonight NBC covers the Opening Ceremony..starting at around 6PM although the ceremony actually begins at 10AM our time
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Old 02-07-2014, 08:01 PM
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If there was any doubt that NBC was going to use their broadcast of the Winter Olympics as a political tool for the Obama administration, it was answered tonight. Their Olympic Coverage started at 6:30 tonight, and they have so many hours of coverage of the opening ceremonies (which actually happened this morning so there is no excuse for any delay) and well over 500 hours of various sports that even with several other networks, they have to spill their coverage over to online sites. But instead of showing what they claimed would be shown, the first 23 minutes so far have been nothing by a long political message, accompanied by a 15 minute interview with Barack Obama. Now they are showing a long segment with scenes of Sochi and interviews with Maria Sharapova.
If this is what their Olympic coverage will be, I'm out.
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the media clearly have an agenda...
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Old 02-07-2014, 10:16 PM
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If anyone watched the opening ceremonies, they saw a malfunction when 5 massive hanging snowflakes were supposed to have expanded into the 5 Olympic Rings, followed by pyrotechnics coming from the rings.
However, one of the rings malfunctioned, and never opened, and the pyrotechnic never happened. Anyone watching the NBC tape-delayed coverage saw it, but the millions of TV viewers in Russia saw an altered version that edited out the malfunction.
The officials controlling the information that the Russian viewers are allowed to see edited the ceremony by cutting out the malfunction, and splicing in video of a rehearsal where everything worked fine.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/0...?ncid=webmail2

Malfunction and the edited Russian TV version-


Notice the backdrop is much different.
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Old 02-08-2014, 07:48 AM
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US wins first Gold Medal
http://espn.go.com/olympics/winter/2...chi-first-gold
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Another controversial editing decision-

NBC decided to edit out the IOC President's anti-discrimination statement from his speech in last night's opening ceremony so as not to offend or embarrass Vladimir Putin-
http://deadspin.com/nbc-edits-out-io...op-1518727938?


It was reminiscent of the editing job NBC did during the opening ceremonies at the London Summer Olympics in 2012-
http://deadspin.com/5929778/heres-th...ant-you-to-see

NBC also aired a video prior to the ceremonies in which Russia's communist revolution and the millions who suffered and died under the failed 70+ years of imposed communist totalitarianism just a "pivotal experiment".
http://nation.foxnews.com/2014/02/07...tal-experiment
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Old 02-15-2014, 12:19 PM
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OLYMPIC HOCKEY

USA beats Russia!! Patrick Kane & gang rally USA in OT Shootout
http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/02/...at-we-learned/
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:00 PM
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Olympic Men's Hockey

US beats Czech Republic 5-2
US plays Canada in one semifinal, but in the other semifinal it will be Finland and Sweden, as Finland surprised and upset the Russians and caused quite an uproar among home-nation fans.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/winter-o...-hockey-semis/
http://www.cbssports.com/olympics/ey...finlandrussias
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Don't sleep on the Finns. They are a very good team with exceptional goaltending.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:36 PM
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NBC missed a huge opportunity, IMO- I looked all over to see if they would have any of the hockey games in prime time ...but I didn't see it...not on their flagship station NBC, nor CNBC nor NCSports..
what the heck - I know lots of people would have loved to have seen the US quarterfinal win or the Russian loss...but all they had was women's bobsledding and other nations' curling, and figure skating!

I have come to the conclusion NBC is doing a terrible job and not showing the very sports people would watch in prime time
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:47 PM
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They did show highlights of the US-Russia game and other US hockey games on their nighttime coverage, but since the games were broadcast live early in the morning on the NBCSortsNetwork cable channel to record ratings, they chose not to tie up too much of the primetime space with replays.
http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/nbc-...ratings-sochi/


By the way, the figure skating always draws the highest ratings for any Winter Olympic sport, thus many hours of it, including re-broadcasting warmup skating and other non-action content.
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:09 PM
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US Women's Hockey had the Gold Medals literally in their bag then had an epic meltdown and gave it away
http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/02/...s-hockey-game/
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interesting how little coverage it is getting but...
at the Sochi Olympics - Russia had a MAJOR, institutional cheating system in place that is only now getting media attention....
http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/oly...8c4e7ce7b.html
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Studies show that Russian cheating and doping went way beyond the Olympics...
They've been cheating at every international competition in almost every sport for years - likely decades...
http://www.pjstar.com/sports/2016071..._medium=social

I guess some people must be surprised by this, I am not...
..and in other news, the sun came up this morning...
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The Rio Olympics start Friday, August 5. And this weekend, some of the first Olympians are arriving and moving into the apartments in the athlete's village.

One of the first teams to arrive in Rio ahead of the Olympics are some of the Australian athletes.
But already there is trouble being reported-
The Australian Olympic Committee has complained to the Rio officials and to the International Olympic officials about deplorable conditions in their athlete's apartments. They are refusing to stay there!-
http://www.kingstonguardian.co.uk/sp...afe_or_ready_/

The apartments are not finished, water pipes leak, gas pipes leak, wires are exposed, some apartments don't have electricity, the hallways and stairways are not illuminated and they fear for their athletes' safety, and they say they are filthy.

Instead of working hard to fix all the problems, the mayor of Rio inflamed the situation further by first saying the accommodations in Rio were better than the ones in Sydney. Then he offered to put a kangaroo in the Australians' apartments to make them feel at home!
http://www.smh.com.au/sport/olympics...24-gqct15.html

What a buffoon. This Olympics should be fun.
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Only 12 Of The 31 Olympics Athletes' Village Buildings Have Passed Safety Inspection

http://deadspin.com/only-19-of-the-3...ium=socialflow

Athletes arriving with no place to stay.
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Old 08-03-2016, 06:09 PM
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The Olympics have already begun...
Soccer competition started this morning and several games have already been played - the US Women's team plays at 5pm today vs New Zealand
- in fact it has just begun and is on NBCSports

here are some of the early results in women's soccer:
Sweden 1 - South Africa 0 -- attendance 13,349
Brazil 3 - China 0 --attendance 27,618
Canada 2 - Australia 0 -- attendance 20,521
Germany killing Zimbabwe 6-1 in 2nd half
US 1 - New Zealand at halftime
(note- the eight tune up games & "friendlies" that the USWNT held in the US leading up since March averaged about 20,000!)



edit- the US women just scored in the 9th minute to go up 1-0 over New Zealand
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US 2 - New Zealand 0
Germany 6 - Zimbabwe 1 -- att 20, 531
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Olympics opening ceremonies being delayed broadcast by an hour..
reason explained-- to hit prime time better but also to allow for moderating of the video feed in case anything undesirable shows up

"And it allows us to curate it with the narrative and storytelling of our announcers to explain what's going on. And it allows us to put in commercials without cutting out large chunks of the show."

... to curate the event in a way that best pleases them. Should anything unexpected or controversial happen.."


like the political messages that happened at Sochi



News coverage tonight has even been "ranking" this year's Olympic scandals...
#1- Doping concerns
#2- Zika fears
#3- Protesters - even attacking those who carry the torch
#4- Filth/pollution
#5- National hero Pele chooses not to light the torch
#6- Lots of problems with horrid construction and deficient facilities
#7- Crime, drugs, prostitution concerns & safety concerns for athletes and visitors
#8- Lots of other general scandals/greed/corruption
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Old 08-07-2016, 09:30 AM
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Olympics Men's Basketball

Australia looked strong with Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills, and Matthew Dellevedova leading the way
Australia 87 - France 66
I wish we REGULARLY had American players who played THIS HARD and this well for their NATIONAL TEAM!


US 119 - China 62
like the NBA playing a college JV
If China didn't have Li Jianlian - a very good NBAer it would have been way worse.
Li had 25, Kevin Durant had 25, Jimmy Butler 8


Serbia 86 - Venezuela 62
ex-MVC Greg Echenique scored 12 for Venezuela, Bogdan Bogdanovic a Phoenix Suns 1st Rd draft pick who stayed in Europe- had 19 for Serbia
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