Well the good news about the Canada v. Switzerland game on MSNBC is that it cut Tweety to only half an hour.
The bad news is that I had the misfortune to watch him at all.
Of course if you tune back in at midnight, you’ll get to see that fatuous gasbag for a full hour.
Be still my heart.
No changes in schedule since this afternoon, it’s still pretty much, Men’s Downhill, Pairs Free Skate (Long Program), Snowboard Cross, and Speed Skating (Men’s 500m).
The Snowboard Cross should be much more like NASCAR than this afternoon’s time trials but don’t expect asphalt collapses and flaming chunks of twisted metal (though it is entirely possible someone will slide across the finish line on their
But it’s really a failure of imagination, pure sports ignorance, and pandering to the “Bubba” audience not to compare it with Moto-Cross which it was modeled after. It’s a twisty obstacle course with double jumps you have to carry by far enough or FAIL and frankly I saw a lot of people landing short. The bottom of the turns tend to get rutted too so maybe asphalt failure is not that bad a metaphor (but a major NASCAR FAIL! at Daytona).
4 Boarders to a heat so you get some interaction, but in Moto-Cross they start them 8 or 16 at a time so it’s no worse than that. In NASCAR you get 32 Cars in 2 Lines wrecking each other 4 or 5 at a clip in the last 2 laps which they have to restart over and over and over and over again until they get a clean White Flag (next to last) lap.
After that it doesn’t matter how many of them wreck eack other, the race is done. The other 495 miles are just for shits and giggles.
They actually did stick with the (yawn) Cross Country this afternoon which surprised me, especially when it ended early. Of course they did it out of crass calculation.
NBC Ruins Olympics Men’s Downhill For Millions Of Fans
Henry Blodget, Business Insider
Feb. 15, 2010, 2:17 PM
(A)s usual, NBC wants to maximize its revenue by delaying the event until the most people will watch it: This evening in primetime. The live finals of the figure-skating pairs competition and other events presumably weren’t enough to ensure the massive audience NBC needs to lose less of its shirt on these Games.
Someday, perhaps, the NBC Sports brass will understand that the world has changed in the past 25 years. Within an hour or two, the name of the winner of the Men’s Downhill will be everywhere–on the radio, on other TV stations, on the Internet, on news sites. Even people who want to play along with NBC’s self-serving little game will have a hard time avoiding the news. Thus, for most of them, the most exciting event at the games will be ruined.
And there’s some skating too.
Tomorrow evening Caribou Barbie will be handling Olympic coverage. I urge you to make it a fun and exciting experience.