Saturday, August 09, 2008

2008 Olympics...


I've never been a huge fan of the Olympics. I like "live" sports and the idea that it's been taped and edited to fit into a time slot just irritates for as for a sports event.

For instance, last night we watching/endured the Opening Ceremonies. They were nice and long and Bob Costas is irritating at best. But everything wrapped up nice and neat at exactly 11:00 pm.

I like "live" sports and they don't begin and end on time. I like Cubs and Cougars games that go into extra innings (like yesterday's Cubs win over the Cards). But the Olympics, unless they are here in the US (and I'm not saying that they should be), are always taped and edited to show during prime time.

But I noticed something new that they are doing this year... or if it isn't new, I missed it last time. They now have a whole website set up where you can watch stuff live. (It's HERE.) I've actually been fairly impressed with it. It has running metal counts, schedules of upcoming events and more. You can even set up your cell phone to get text messages so that you don't miss "live" events online. I don't know if I'll go to that extreme. But they are trying.

We'll see what happens.
I've also never been a huge fan of the "summer" Olympics. I enjoy the "winter" ones more. But I like the swimming and basketball (and I'm sure, as Jackie has already warned me, that I'm going to have to endure some gymnastics) so we'll see what happens.


1 comment:

  1. I've always preferred the summer to the winter games. There's something about the track and field events that just feels more Olympic than figure skating and snowboarding.

    I especially remember the Sydney triathlon that had the competitors swimming around the harbor. Seeing them against the massive opera house was pretty impressive.