Who doesn’t like kittens, bunnies, and little baby seals?
So you already know I don’t much like Figure Skating. Richard does though and tonight we have one of the two hardest and most technical disciplines- Pairs (the other is Ice Dancing).
The Chinese are the overwhelming favorites, people won’t shut up about them, and of course since it’s Figure Skating the Judging is a joke. About as credible as a Sunday Morning pundit and just as focused on celebrity and buzz and asskissing sychophancy.
The big difference is at least if they crash and burn Figure Skating Judges have the shame to deduct a tenth or two.
So I think it’s all as real a sport as professional wrestling.
Tonight is the Short Program that at least has the virtue of being short, though I’m certainly not going to guarentee to keep even one eye open after spending 6 and a half hours starting at 4:30 am drumming my fingers watching repeats of the pre-race show waiting for America’s Cup to start (we crushed Alinghi like a bug as I predicted).
Among the other offerings attempting to entertain me (starting at 7 pm on NBC main) are Freestyle Skiing Men’s Mogul, the last run of Men’s Single Luge (flaming twisted metal from the ladies tees), and Speed Skating (Women’s 3000m I think. Did I mention how useless the website is?).
Those are all on tape delay because they’re actually happening right now (6 pm).
Prison documentaries are far more important than anything happening in Vancouver so MSNBC is not carrying even a repeat of the Finland v. Russia Women’s Hockey that at least CNBC will put aside their paid programming and beat sweetening business biographies grudgingly aside for at 7:30 pm.
At the end of the evening nothing original, only a recap and anthem trivia medal ceremonies which will last but a merciful half hour before all the prancing sequined costumes we’ve seen before starts again.
If they have local news at 11:30 and don’t arbitrarily go off schedule again I’d like to recommend The Venture Brothers. It’s not the best episode, but they’re all good.