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Old 08-07-2016, 03:28 PM
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An interesting article about NBC's coverage of the 2016 Olympics.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/sport...3a2_story.html

I happen to agree with this insightful writer. NBC is less interested in showing viewers the sporting events, than they are in "packaging" their coverage with pre-produced "soft-focus" side-light reports about the athletes' backgrounds and personal stories. It has worked for them in past Olympics, but apparently American sports fans are getting smarter, and they would rather see more of the events covered, and less of the side stories. Ratings for the opening ceremonies was the lowest in 24 years, and ratings for the Olympics overall have been down.
I suspect a lot of viewers are tired of these pre-packaged heart-gripping or tear-jerking side-stories like I am.
NBC has 5 or 6 different networks covering the Olympic events, so maybe they should just dedicate one network full time to the Oprah Winfrey-style backstories, and leave the other networks to do the actual sports.
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Old 08-07-2016, 05:04 PM
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the official Rio 2016 web site is horrible - can't find anything - next to impossible to see all the teams in their group standings,
and have to download if you want to see results or box scores..

Sadly, the NBC Olympics site isn't much better but in case anyone interested - ESPN has easiest to view results...
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Old 08-08-2016, 07:48 PM
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Here is one example of the hard-hitting, professional NBC coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0mytsYtnm8

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There is an MVC connection to tonights' EPIC women's 100 breaststroke win by Lilly King, her dad Mark, was my teammate on the ISU track/CC teams in the mid 1980s. Great family, I can not even imagine how proud they are of their daughter, just a great story!
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Old 08-09-2016, 09:30 AM
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There is an MVC connection to tonights' EPIC women's 100 breaststroke win by Lilly King, her dad Mark, was my teammate on the ISU track/CC teams in the mid 1980s. Great family, I can not even imagine how proud they are of their daughter, just a great story!
The Lily King 100m breaststroke gold medal really does have an interesting back story. She is just a freshman at Indiana University competing in her first Olympics. Her main competition was Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova, who was the reigning world champion in the 100 meter breaststroke. But the Russian has been caught multiple times in the past using banned performance enhancing drugs, including once for anabolic steroids. She has been suspended a couple times, including a 16 month ban after her steroid cheating. She was one of the innumerable Russian athletes who were recently caught using a different PED, meldonium, and was suspended for this Olympics as were numerous other Russian athletes in many different sports. But in a mysterious reversal which was never explained, her ban was rescinded and she and a few other swimmers were allowed to compete despite the proven PED use.
Lily King, and most of the other swimmers were upset that a known cheater was allowed to compete, but King won the event clean.
http://www.charlotteobserver.com/spo...e94523947.html
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I should have also added, Lilly King's mother, Ginny, swam for, and graduated from, Illinois State, so both parents were MVC grads. #MVC
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:42 PM
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anyone watching this all out brawl between the Brazil & Columbian soccer teams?

If they had the basketball rule about anyone else getting involved or coming from the bench- then the entire Brazilian team would be ejected.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:30 AM
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One more Olympic soccer note- US Women's National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo, who was criticized for sour-grapes comments after the favored USWNT lost to Sweden. She called them cowards for not allowing the US women a better chance to win the match.
Yesterday, the US Soccer federation suspended her from the team, and cancelled her contract-
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports...nths/89308542/
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/u-s-soc...024543832.html
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:23 AM
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I believe they only have two upcoming scheduled friendly exhibition games in the next year, and the World CUP & next Olympics are 3 & 4 years away,
so suspending Solo now will have little impact....she often sits out the meaningless exhibition games..as she did against Puerto Rico and Columbia this past 6 months..
Unless she retires, just as soon as some meaningful game comes along, she will likely still be the best they have and they will "re-instate" her.
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so suspending Solo now will have little impact.........she will likely still be the best they have and they will "re-instate" her.
Solo was, by far, the highest paid member of the US Women's National team. And she wasn't just suspended from playing, her contract with the USWNT was cancelled. So her pay will drop from around $150,000 per year to zero. I think that is a pretty significant impact. Plus, she earns several times that amount yearly in commercial endorsements and sponsorships. Now that she has embarrassed herself and US Soccer and been kicked off the team, she will certainly lose all that.
And this was not the first time she has been suspended or caused great embarrassment for US Soccer (just Google Hope Solo and legal issues). I think this was probably the last straw and finally gave the US Soccer people a reason to do what they wanted for a long time and move on without her. It was obvious in these Olympic games that her skills are not what they used to be, and by the next World Cup in 2019 or the next Olympics in 2020, there will surely be other women with superior skills. I am sure there will be appeals and maybe lawsuits, but barring some issue that violated her contract, I don't see them reinstating her.
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pretty sure this hints that the Russian athletes are all still doping and cheating...

"More than 30 Russian athletes withdrew from a tournament ..after the unannounced arrival of anti-doping officials."
https://themoscowtimes.com/news/russ...-arrives-60204

I sure hope the Olympics use the latest detection technology...just sayin'
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