Olympic Alternatives X

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.

Busy Afternoon, tonight not so much.

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

Instead of Women’s Curling Semi Final Canada (8 – 1) v. Switzerland (6 – 2) on USA

7:00 Oxygen Roseanne 3:00
8:00 SciFi Outer Limits 4:00
9:00 Spike CSI 7:00
10:00 Bravo Real Housewives 2:30
10:30 TV Land Hogan’s Heros 1:00
11:00 A&E First 48 2:00
11:00 TCM There Goes My Heart 12:30
12:00 AMC October Sky 2:30
12:00 Lifetime Wife Swap 3:00
12:00 ABC Family Full House 1:00
12:00 TNT Las Vegas 2:00
12:30 TCM General Spanky 2:00
1:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 2:00
1:00 TV Land Gunsmoke 2:00
1:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 2:00
1:30 Disney Phineas and Ferb 4:00
1:30 E! True Hollywood Story 5:00

Today’s marathon champ is Real Housewives at 14 Hours with a half hour break at midnight for Watch What Happens: Live.  Only 10 Hours of CSI.

Hal Roach time on TCM.  General Spanky is an Our Gang comedy (if you can call them that, I never got into them).  You should read the wiki because the backstory on the production is interesting (of course nobody clicks links ever).  October Sky is an anagram of Rocket Boys.

Resident Expert John Hodgman “fixes” the “bad” Olympics by throwing people off mountains instead of “elaborate sliding contests”.  “These are not sports, these are drunken dares.”  Also Figure Skating needs more glitz.

Last night’s Vancouverage 2010 is brought to you in Wild Strawberry from the Colbert Sports Zepplin.  He has a Cold War Update- Mike Eruzione guest with Scott Hamilton who admits there needs to be more “fabulous” in Skating, just as Hodgeman suggests.

Stephen also displays his skills as Assistant Team Sports Psychologist in Freud Rage: The Ice Man Counseleth.  Tonight at 11:00 his game changing inspirational speech.

Instead of Women’s Hockey (Bronze) Finland v. Sweden on MSNBC

2:00 ABC Family Sabrina the Teenage Witch 3:00
2:00 History The Lost Pyramid 4:00
2:00 Nick Spongebob Squarepants 3:00
2:00 TCM A Day at the Races 4:00
2:00 TNT Cold Case 4:00
2:00 TV Land Bonanza 5:00
2:30 AMC Dave 5:00

The Lost Pyramid is actually a pretty interesting documentary about a pyramid at Abu Ruwash that disappeared (spoiler alert- it was mined for pre-cut stone to it’s foundations).

Ice Cream!  Get your Tutsi Fruitsy Ice Cream!

Instead of Women’s Free Skate Preview and Women’s Cross country (4 x 5k) on NBC

3:00 Lifetime Desperate Housewives 6:00
3:00 Oxygen Snapped 6:00
3:00 TLC Police Women of Broward (and Maricopa) County 10:00
3:00 ABC Family Full House 4:00
4:00 USA Burn Notice 6:00
4:00 TNT Law & Order 7:00
4:00 History Egypt: Engineering an Empire 6:00
4:00 TCM Mr. Deeds Goes To Town 6:00

Another interesting History Channel Documentary.  Mr. Smith Goes to Washington was supposed to be a sequel to Mr. Deeds, but Gary Cooper was unavailable for the role.  Both are Columbia Pictures Capra Depression Era classics.

Instead of Men’s Curling (Semi Finals) on CNBC

5:00 A&E First 48 10:00
5:00 AMC The Bodyguard 8:00
5:00 E! Keeping Up With the Kardashians 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

Fortunately we get Olympics Update on MSNBC today instead of Tweety.  Gilmore Girls is the second episode where we first meet Paris Gellar.

Whitney Huston has never been one of my favorites, but I have a very funny Bobby Brown story to tell you some day.

Instead of Women’s Hockey (Gold) US v. Canada on MSNBC

6:00 USA NCIS 8:00
6:00 Lifetime Grey’s Anatomy 9:00
6:00 Oxygen Law & Order 2:00
6:00 FX Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story 8:00
6:00 TCM Hail the Conquering Hero 8:00
7:00 Toon Johnny Test 8:30
7:00 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 8:00
7:00 SciFi ST Next Generation 11:00
7:00 ESPN Iowa @ Northwestern 9:00
7:00 Animal Planet Planet Earth 6:00

8 Hours of Law & Order! 11 Hours of Planet Earth!

Last chance to see Wednesday’s editions.  Johnny Test at 8:00 is a new episode.  Hail is Preston Sturges’ last script for Paramount.

Instead of Women’s Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined on NBC

8:00 AMC Forrest Gump (x2) 2:30
8:00 ABC Family Nancy Drew 10:00
8:00 Food Iron Chef America 10:00
8:00 FX The Simpsons Movie 10:00
8:00 TBS The Whole Ten Yards 10:00
8:00 TCM The Killers 10:00
8:00 USA House 10:00
8:00 TV Land Andy Griffith Show 10:00
8:00 TNT Cleveland at Boston 10:30
8:00 Travel David Blaine 10:00
9:00 Lifetime Project Runway 11:00
9:00 MSNBC Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow 12:00
9:00 Toon Johnny Test 9:30
9:00 VH-1 Celebrity Rehab w/ Dr. Drew 12:00
9:00 ESPN Arizona @ California 11:00
9:00 History WW II in HD 11:00
9:30 Disney Phineas and Ferb 10:30
10:00 A&E Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force 12:00
10:00 Comedy Dimitri Martin, Sarah Silverman 11:00
10:00 Toon King of the Hill 11:00
10:00 Food Ace of Cakes 11:00
10:00 FX Archer 12:00
10:00 TCM The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance 12:00
10:00 TBS Family Guy 11:00
10:00 USA Burn Notice 11:00
10:30 TNT Denver at Golden State 1:00
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 SciFi Caprica 12:00

Is anyone else as tired of Forrest Gump as I am at this point?  The Simpsons is not so bad, though some parts are better than others.

The Killers is the good 1946 version starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner, not the bad 1964 version starring Ronald Reagan, Angie Dickinson, and Lee Marvin.

Nancy Drew is the premier episode of a brand new series I’m kind of excited about actually because when I was younger I was quite a fan (as well as Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, and a half dozen other series that were shorter lived and more obscure).

Archer as I’ve mentioned is by the same team as Frisky Dingo.  Caprica is last week’s episode.  It is technically possible to not watch anything except Family Guy from 10:00 to midnight.

Instead of Figure Skating Recap and Repeat on NBC

12:00 A&E First 48 2:00
12:00 Food Iron Chef America 1:00
12:00 Oxygen Law & Order 2:00
12:00 TCM The Dirty Dozen 3:00
12:00 VH-1 Celebrity Fit Club Boot Camp 1:00
12:00 FX Wild Things 2:00
12:00 Travel Dave Blaine 2:00
12:00 TV Land Roseanne 2:00
12:30 Lifetime Medium 2:30
12:30 E! True Hollywood Story 2:30
1:00 Comedy Futurama 1:30
1:00 Food Ace of Cakes 2:00
1:00 History WW II in HD 3:00
1:00 Toon Moral Orel, Oblongs 2:00
1:00 USA Burn Notice 2:00
1:00 VH-1 Good Morning Vietnam 4:00
1:30 Comedy Daily Show, Colbert Report 2:30
2:00 Food Good Eats 1:30
2:00 Toon King of the Hill 3:00
2:00 A&E Manhunters: Fugitive Task Force 4:00
2:00 Spike Unsolved Mysteries 4:00
2:00 USA Stephen King’s Riding the Bullet 4:00
2:30 AMC The Bodyguard 5:30

Even if you are planning on watching ‘Curling After Dark’ you need this update.

Instead of Women’s Curling Semi Final Sweden (7 – 2) v. China (6 – 3) on MSNBC

3:00 Food Iron Chef America 4:00
3:00 SciFi Haunted Prison 5:00
3:00 TBS The Ice Harvest 5:00
3:00 TCM Ice Station Zebra 6:00
4:00 TNT Numb3rs 6:00
4:00 TV Land Three’s Company 5:00
5:00 Toon Moral Orel, Home Movies 6:00

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- [email protected]

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. Winding down, just as I’m getting really efficient.

    This will take you through 8.

    • TMC on February 25, 2010 at 18:32

    I was just reading some of the Tweets from blogosphere pundits about this health care conference

    from david weigal

    I think the point of this conference is to make sure no one asks for any backroom discussion to be broadcast ever again.

  2. Canada advances, Finland leading by one at the third period.

    • TMC on February 26, 2010 at 01:02

    Heavy wet slushy snow and more to come. It was mostly quiet night in the ER by the Sea but started to liven up around dawn and was reaching crescendo when I left around noon when we had run  out of monitored beds. The last bed went to a 95 year old with the greatest sense of humor, laughing and joking even wit a heart rate of 38 (yes, that needs a pacemaker). She had everyone cracking up when she asked the one Paramedic, who is rather nice looking guy, if he had a husband becasue he was very pretty.

    I’m going to watch TDS/TCR and catch up with the outside world. I did catch some of the health care stand off. What a waste of 7 and a half hours. Obama took the public option out of his proposal because he’s afraid of Republican talking points. So much for spine.

    On to some Olympic news from the NYT

    On Wall Street, a Romance With the Curling Stone

    Wall Street trading is often described as a blood sport. But inside the great investment houses, the sport of the moment is, of all things, curling – that oddball of the Olympics that is sort of like shuffleboard on ice.

    This slow-poky game, which originated in 16th-century Scotland, has captivated the Type-A world of Wall Street almost by accident. CNBC, whose market chatter is the background music on trading floors, switches to curling from Vancouver shortly after the closing bell.

    And so, after a day of braying for money in the markets, traders are chilling out with curling. It is, fans say, a bit of after-market therapy. Curling is so slow, so gawky, so, well, weird, that it is hard not to watch.

    A Grieving Mancuso Falls Short in the Giant Slalom

    WHISTLER, British Columbia – Julia Mancuso skied fast in the women’s giant slalom Thursday, though not nearly fast enough to catch the 20-year-old gold medalist Viktoria Rebensburg of Germany. That Mancuso would fail to successfully defend her Olympic title in the event had been an obvious outcome since a series of random circumstances forced her into an unenviable do-over of her first run Wednesday.

    In 18th place when Wednesday’s race was suspended  because of fog and snow after one run, Mancuso came back Thursday to post the third-fastest time in the race’s second run, good enough for eighth place overall.

    Afterward, Mancuso twice broke down and cried while discussing the Wednesday death of her longtime friend, C. R. Johnson, who was killed in a skiing accident at Squaw Valley, Calif., where both grew up. To Mancuso, everything about Wednesday had been a bit overwhelming.

    “It was a bad, crazy day on the mountain, one I still can’t wrap my head around,” said Mancuso, who will not compete in Friday’s slalom, the last women’s event of the Vancouver Olympics. “Then I got home and found out about my friend’s death.”

    Johnson, a 26-year-old professional skier and X Games competitor, hit his head when he fell in a challenging and rocky area of Squaw Valley while skiing with friends. Mancuso said she had known and skied with Johnson since she was a young teen.

    ESPN Sets Sights on Different Way to Show Olympics

    With 25.2 million viewers watching the Winter Olympics in prime time, NBC Universal feels vindicated by a strategy that features tape delay of some events and shows nothing live in the Mountain and Pacific time zones

    “A tremendous amount of time and experience goes into how we plan the Olympics,” Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, said Wednesday from Vancouver. “Quite frankly, we’re pleased with the results.”

    But fans who crave the chance to see everything live, as many Canadians do, may find an ally in ESPN, which plans to bid for the 2014 Winter Games and 2016 Summer Games. It would discontinue the tape-delay template.

    “I don’t think nonlive is sports fan-friendly,” said John Skipper, ESPN’s executive vice president for content.

    The fundamental difference in philosophy pits NBC, an old-line broadcaster with cable and online properties, against ESPN, a cable empire that is heavily steeped in digital technology but has never carried the Olympics.

  3. triumphs over youth and energy.

  4. Yahoo TV Listings lets me down again!

    What the Fuck is Tweety doing on?

    This is listed as Rachel!

    Back to The Simpsons for me.

    • TMC on February 26, 2010 at 03:42

    • TMC on February 26, 2010 at 04:36

    http://sports.espn.go.com/olym… Americans claim gold, silver]

    WHISTLER, British Columbia — They swore they didn’t care which one of them won gold to become America’s first Olympic champion in a Nordic sport.

    Anyone who watched, knew Billy Demong skied to win.

    He attacked on the final hill, hustled into the stadium and raced across the finish line well ahead of three-time silver medalist Johnny Spillane, giving the United States a 1-2 finish Thursday in the large hill competition at Nordic combined.

    Challenging wind gusts and pelting rain, sleet and snow on the jump hill did little to dampen the Americans’ jubilation.

    “I don’t think either of us really cared which one was first or second,” Demong, of Vermontville, N.Y., said after ending America’s golden goose egg in Nordic sports at the Winter Games by winning the 10-kilometer cross-country leg in 25 minutes, 32.9 seconds.

    Spillane, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was four seconds behind him, and Bernhard Gruber of Austria, who had a 34-second head start after jumping the farthest off the large hill following a restart, was 10.8 seconds back and won the bronze.

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