Olympic Alternatives IX

You thought I was not serious?

I’m dead serious.  The only way to effect change is through sacrifice (changing your habits) and protest (telling people what you think, publicly).

Plenty of other stuff out on the Hypnotoad.  Just look-

The Hypnotoad.

"Television is a vast wasteland"

Primetime Update.

Late Night Update.

Why are you Update.

Slow day today as they wind down.

Here’s a list of things (not comprehensive) I think more worthy of your eyeballs.

Instead of Men’s Hockey US v. Switzerland on NBC

8:00 SciFi Moonlight 4:00
9:00 Spike CSI 6:00
1:00 USA NCIS 10:00
1:30 VH-1 Celebrity Rehab w/ Dr. Drew 3:30
1:30 Disney That’s So Raven 4:00
2:00 TMC The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 4:00
2:00 TNT Cold Case 4:00
2:00 TV Land Bonanza 5:00
2:00 Comedy Shaun of the Dead 4:00
3:00 AMC The Secret Of My Success 5:30
3:00 ABC Family Full House 4:00
3:00 Lifetime Desperate Housewives 6:00
3:00 Oxygen Breakin’ All the Rules 5:00
3:00 Nick Fairly Odd Parents 3:30
3:30 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 4:30
4:00 Bravo Millionaire Matchmaker 9:00
4:00 FX Spiderman 3 7:30
4:00 SciFi Caprica 5:00
4:00 TMC Duel in the Sun 6:30
4:00 TNT Law & Order 7:00
4:00 Disney Wizards of Waverly Place 6:00

Hardly any marathons worthy of the name today.  The Secret of My Success is Michael J. Fox at his peak if you happen to be a fan.  Spiderman 3 still is what it is.  Shaun strikes me as an interesting film that I might like to see and reminds me that I’m watching Young Frankenstein instead of Vancouverage 2010.

Oh well, it’s one of Mel Brooks’ two best movies (the other is Blazing Saddles), and I can always catch it online or the last repeat at 7:00.

Olympics?  We don’t need no stinkin’ Olympics.

Instead of Curling Tiebreaker Britain v. Sweden on MSNBC

5:00 A&E First 48 7:00
5:00 ABC Family Gilmore Girls 6:00
5:00 Nick Spongebob Squarepants 6:00
5:00 SciFi Stargate 7:00
5:00 Discovery Cash Cab 7:00
5:00 Oxygen Bad Girl’s Club 9:00
5:30 AMC Dave 8:00
6:00 Lifetime Grey’s Anatomy 9:00
6:30 TCM Indiscretion of an American Wife 8:00

At least we can be thankful for at least one more Tweety free day.

Indescretion looks like an interesting flick.  I’ve never seen it and can’t recommend it, but you should at least read the wiki.  Written by Truman Capote and starring Montgomery Clift, everyone involved with the project and all the critics hated it.

I kind of remember a science fiction novel that had about the same plot as Dave, it was set on Mars I think.  I have no clue how to hunt it down unless that rings any bells for someone.

Gilmore Girls will be the very first episode, when Lorelai makes a deal with the devil (Emily and Richard) to get Rory into Chilton.  I hadn’t seen the last episode until last night and I’ll call it satisfactory, though Barack Obama has turned out to be a HUGE disappointment.

Instead of Men’s Hockey Russia v. Canada on CNBC

7:00 Spike 100 Ways to Die 10:30
7:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 8:00
7:00 ESPN Florida State at North Carolina 9:00
7:00 Discovery Man v. Wild 10:00
7:00 Toon Johnny Test 8:00
7:00 TNT Bones 9:00
7:30 ABC Family Step Up 10:00
7:30 FX 30 Days of Night 10:00

Well, since I missed the 1:00 I guess you know what I’ll be watching, though I do like Man v. Wild and frequently watch it while putting together Weekend News Digest.

Instead of Men’s Short Track 500m, Women’s Giant Slalom, Women’s Aerials, Cross Country, and Bobsled on NBC

8:00 A&E Dog the Bounty Hunter 11:00
8:00 AMC Forrest Gump (x 2) 2:00
8:00 TCM The Diary of Anne Frank 11:00
8:00 TV Land Andy Griffith 10:00
8:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 9:00
8:00 MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow 12:00
9:00 PBS The National Parks: America s Best Idea 11:00
9:00 Bravo Shear Genius 1:00
9:00 Comedy Futurama 10:00
9:00 ESPN Los Angeles @ Dallas 11:30
9:00 History WW II in HD 11:00
9:00 Lifetime The Jane Austen Book Club 11:00
9:00 TNT Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 11:00
9:00 Toon Star Wars: The Clone Wars 9:30
9:00 VH-1 Into the Blue 11:00
9:00 Oxygen A Cinderella Story (x 2) 1:00
9:30 Disney Phineas and Ferb 10:30

Life is like a box of Forrest Gumps, you know exactly what you’ll get.

I’m just so not a fan of Will Ferrell, except as Bob Oblong and W.  I did see a car sliding across the Start/Finish line at Daytona week before last during one of their Green, White, Checkered crashes.

Flaming chunks of twisted metal.

Instead of Men’s Hockey Finland v. Czech on CNBC

10:00 Toon King of the Hill 11:00
10:00 Food Dinner Impossible 11:00
11:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 12:00
11:00 Toon Family Guy 12:00
11:00 Food Good Eats 11:30
11:00 TMC Alfie 1:00
11:00 TNT Leverage 1:00
11:00 USA Burn Notice 12:00
11:00 Discovery Man v. Wild 1:00

Dinner Impossible is always fun to watch because it’s an entirely different ball game to cook for 2 or 3 hundred people at a time.

Alfie is of course Michael Caine’s debute, though it seems like he’s in everything since he’s never met a script he didn’t like.

Instead of Men’s Hockey Sweden v. Slovakia on CNBC or Women’s Short Track 1000m, Speed Skating and Medal Ceremonies and Repeat on NBC

12:00 A&E Dog the Bounty Hunter 3:00
12:00 Travel Man v. Food 3:00
12:00 TV Land Roseanne 2:00
12:30 Lifetime Medium 2:30
1:00 Comedy Futurama, Daily Show, Colbert Report 2:30
1:00 Food Dinner Impossible 2:00
1:00 TCM A Room With A View 3:00
1:00 Toon Moral Orel, Oblongs 2:00
1:00 MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow 3:00
1:00 History WW II in HD 3:00
2:00 AMC The Secret Of My Success 4:30
2:00 Food Good Eats 2:30
2:00 Toon King of the Hill 3:00
2:00 USA Pistol Whipped 4:00
2:30 Comedy Tosh.0 4:00

Keith’s dad is not doing well.  Special Comment.

Instead of Curling Tiebreaker Britain v. Sweden (repeat) on MSNBC

3:00 ESPN Los Angeles @ Dallas 5:00
3:00 SciFi Stir of Echos: The Homecoming 5:00
3:00 TBS Elizabethtown 5:30
3:00 TMC Mrs. Brown 5:00
3:00 Toon Family Guy 4:00
3:30 TV Land Three’s Company 5:00
4:00 TNT Numb3rs 6:00
4:30 AMC Our Little Girl 6:00
5:00 Toon Moral Orel, Home Movies 6:00
5:00 TCM Room at the Top 7:00

This part still under construction, expect updates.

All of them far more worth your eyeballs than NBC and its horrible coverage.

This isn’t even political, except for the lesson in activism.

Am I serious?

Dead serious.

Email- nbcolympicsfeedback@nbcuni.com

Oh Rose, have something to eat.

Two hundred thousand years in the future he’s dying, and there’s nothing I can do.

Well, like you said, two hundred thousand years, it’s way off!

But it’s not!  It’s now.  That fight is happening right now!  And he’s fighting for us, for the whole planet, and I’m just sitting here eating chips!

Listen to me!  God knows I have hated that man, but right now I love him, and do you know why?  Cause he did the right thing, he sent you back to me!

But what do I do every day, Mum?  What do I do?  Get up, catch the bus, go to work, come back home, eat chips and go to bed, is that it?!

It’s what the rest of us do.

But I can’t!

Why, cause you’re better than us??

NO, I didn’t mean that!  I just…  But it was.  It was a better life!

And I don’t mean all the travelling, and seeing aliens and spaceships and things, that don’t matter.

The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life.  You know, he showed you too!

That you don’t just give up!  You don’t just let things happen!

You make a stand, you say no, you have the guts to do what’s right when everyone else just runs away.

I want to make it very clear that you can use this thread to talk about the Olympics all you like.

I will be watching something else.

And you’re perfectly free to post your own essay, I might even promote it.

But to those who say that it doesn’t matter, that now that NBC has its advertisers ratings mean nothing, you couldn’t be more wrong.  They have guaranteed those advertisers a certain number of eyeballs and if NBC doesn’t make their numbers they have to give their sponsors free advertising until they do.

You have power.  You just have to have the willpower to use it.


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  1. This will take you through 8.

    Afternoon Edition on the way.

    • Eddie C on February 24, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    but these diaries have been making me go there. Lucky that I did not see this sooner or I would have sat through “Shaun of the Dead” again.

    I recorded “The Chronicles of Riddick” a few nights ago and I’m really looking forward to getting the time to veg out through that one again.      

  2. Who has a triple-phallic name?

    Not really that difficult.

  3. US 2 Swiss 0.

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 12:19 am

    the Olympics. Here are some news up dates:

    Live Analysis: United States Beats Switzerland, 2-0

    Analysis of Wednesday’s United States-Switzerland men’s hockey quarterfinal. The Times’s Jeffrey Marcus was at the arena providing updates, and Stu Hackel, a contributor to the Times’s Slap Shot blog, provided analysis throughout the game.

    Vonn Crashes Out of Giant Slalom

    Canada Calms Panic With a Rout of Germany

    Canada crushed lightly regarded Germany, 8-2, in an elimination game Tuesday, and its reward was another elimination clash on Wednesday, against Alex Ovechkin and the Russians.

    Canadian Wins Gold in Women’s Ski Cross

    Here at women’s ski cross, otherwise known as crash central, Ashleigh McIvor of Canada won gold Tuesday, in large part by doing something that sounds relatively simple. She stayed upright.

    “staying upright” That says quite a lot about this sport.

    U.S. Completes a Step Forward With a Silver Medal in Nordic Combined

    Meet a Met Who Can Curl

    Jason Bay may not be the best hitter the Mets have ever acquired, but he may be the best curler.

    I thought of you, ek, when I read this. 😉

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 1:04 am

    Canada v Russia starting now on CNBC. Actually a better utilization of pixels than their usual fare.

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 2:04 am

    on MSNBC by a very tight game of Men’s Curling between the Brits and the Swedes. Right now in End 11, tied 6/6. Men’s Hockey in 1st between Canada and Russia  Canada 3/Russia 0

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 2:17 am

    Final Sweden 7/ Great Britain 6. Sweden moves to the Semi-Finals.

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 2:36 am

    6/2 in the second. I love my twitter friends

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 3:49 am

    It is over for the Russians. The Canadians now move on the semi-finals.

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 4:00 am

    Live Analysis: Canada 7, Russia 3

    Analysis of Wednesday’s Canada-Russia men’s hockey quarterfinal. The Times’s Jeffrey Marcus is at the arena providing updates and analysis throughout the game.

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