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2018 winter olympics

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#1 JasonJ

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 0917 AM

Watched some of it on TV so far and some of the preview stories of some of the local athletes. Was able to enjoy it a little actually. There's a pretty amazing variety of winter sports and it makes for some interesting watching in how people become so proficient in them.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 1012 AM

I don't make it a habit to watch sports on tv, but I occasionally come across the Olympics while I'm flipping channels. I am mesmerized by curling, I suspect because it looks like the only Olympic sport that you could perform with a beer gut.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 1703 PM

I'd watch it if they'd actually show the competition.  I tried watching this weekend but NBC's coverage had more commercials than an NFL game and when they weren't in a break they were splitting their time with stories of American athletes.  I saw, maybe, 12-15m of competition in the hour or so I tried watching.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 2001 PM

I gave up on NBC last Olympics. By all accounts now they've gotten worse.

 

CBC streaming is almost perfect. It's how I'll be doing all my Olympics from now on.

 

Really enjoying the Biathalon events - the wind has been brutal on the rifle range.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 2157 PM

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Reason to watch Olympics :lol:


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 2208 PM

Or would have been if it had actually fallen off.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0905 AM

Oh, dear;

 

https://www.usatoday...ands/328425002/

 

"As you all know, it has lots of canals that can freeze in the winter," Couric said, "so for as long as those canals have existed, the Dutch have skated on them to get from place to place, to race each other and also to have fun."

 

Couric's comment was not the only misstep in NBC's opening ceremony coverage. The network apologized over the weekend for analyst Joshua Cooper Ramo's on-air remark that "every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation." Japan occupied Korea for four decades. NBC later fired Ramo.

 

Note that Ramo is a graduate of NYU and U of C. 


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#8 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 0912 AM

All lies. Everyone knows the Dutch booze up on their canals, not skate on them.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1804 PM

Some people in Ottawa skate to work.

 

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1853 PM

I thought Ottawans were all about their rails?

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 1913 PM

Well there is a bit of a stink going on now as the new LR is behind schedule and going over budget.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 2149 PM

Only things worth watching are ice hockey, biathlon, and bobsleigh. Give me all of those and I'm a happy FCO.


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 0647 AM

Only things worth watching are ice hockey, biathlon, and bobsleigh. Give me all of those and I'm a happy FCO.

You might add curling to that. I'm sure that is a sport that gets better the more booze is involved :o


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 0858 AM

I generally make a clear distinction between events that should be considered sports and events that are entertainment.

 

Sport, being defined in this instance by some objective measurement used to determine a winner (points scored, best time, longest leap, and so on).  While there may be a referee, that person is only there to ensure that competitors are treated equally and the referee does not as a rule determine who will win. The contestant controls if he or she will win.

 

The entertainment events, on the other hand, consist of contestants performing for a band of judges who then award subjective points determining the winner.  The contestant's aim is to please the judges who are the ones who control who will win.

 

The performance of figure skating can be very pleasing to watch with impressive feats of skill, but I am really watching a bunch of judges raising their cards, and where human arbiters are inserted to determine who wins, corruption will eventually follow as surely as night follows day.

 

 

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