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Beijing Olympics
« on: August 7, 2008, 01:38 PM »
Opening ceremonies are upon us.  Any interest in the games?

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #1 on: August 7, 2008, 01:42 PM »
Definitely planning on watching the swimming events, volleyball (sand and court) and women's gymnastics.  Not too sure what else will be of interest or televised for that matter.  My family is more into the Winter Olympics, so there is very little we watch during the Summer games...
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #2 on: August 7, 2008, 03:33 PM »
I will watch it if it is on and LIVE.

Any event that requires Speed, Strength, Distance or Scoring Points (ie Goals or Targets) I will watch. 

If it involves a "Judges Interpretation" of the happenings, I will not.  Those are exhibitions as far as I am concerned and too open to "politics and popularity".  Not trying to diminish what those folks do, but the fact that their success rides on Subjective goals lessens what they do.

I also lament the fact that BMX racing is an event this year... Can we stop lowering the bar for what is considered a competition?   

I miss the Cold War too...it was more fun when some of the Countries were "Mysterious" and clouded and Closed.

I love Sports on the World Stage, I just wish the broadcast rights here in the USA were not exclusive.  NBC will have us watch 45 minutes of Gymnastics Practice of the 3rd string US team, and miss other Competitions or Events.  Sorry...I'll get off the soapbox.

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #3 on: August 7, 2008, 03:47 PM »
I think they should bring back the tug of war.  They could even do it based on weight classes.  Like for the lightweight division you can have up to 5 guys with a total weight of 750 lbs and no individual over 200 lbs, up to the heavy weight division with 5 guys up to 1500 lbs total.  And since its purely a test of strength, its not like any countries wouldn't be able to field a team.  Just a thought.
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #4 on: August 8, 2008, 10:16 AM »
We'll definitely be watching it - always enjoy catching the Olympic Games, the summer ones in particular.  Its the only time that I'll watch things like swimming, volleyball, track and field etc. - but its interesting to me.  Of course, I'm all into the b-ball, hopefully Team USA can pull their heads out this year and win the gold again.

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #5 on: August 8, 2008, 10:36 AM »
Opening ceremonies are upon us.  Any interest in the games?

I want to watch the old swimming chick and the volleyball chick with the hot ass and the Banana Boat tattoo.

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #6 on: August 8, 2008, 12:38 PM »
I also lament the fact that BMX racing is an event this year... Can we stop lowering the bar for what is considered a competition?   



It is only a matter of time before the X-Games become part of the Olympics. After all they already took away Snowboarding for the most part.
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #7 on: August 8, 2008, 05:02 PM »
Further diluting the games this year.... Olympic Trampoline...and it is a Medal Sport...

Look out for Olympic "Wii Fit Hula Hoop" at the 2012 Games, as an exhibition of course.

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #8 on: August 9, 2008, 08:34 AM »
I never liked the Olympics. Even as a kid i felt most of it was boring and not really "sports". I won't be watching.
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #9 on: August 9, 2008, 08:42 AM »
I watched the opening ceremonies last night and was completely awestruck. The Chinese sure now how to put on a show.
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #10 on: August 9, 2008, 03:16 PM »
We had the opening ceremonies on at work and they were great.  We did make a few jokes about the Mongolians actually getting over the wall.   ;D

It was also a very touching story about the child walking with Yao Ming how he saved two of his classmates after the earthquake.  Just amazing stuff!
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2008, 12:28 AM »
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2008, 10:21 AM »
That 400m relay last night was pure awesome.

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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2008, 10:37 AM »
Canada is of course just destroying the competition... ::)
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Re: Beijing Olympics
« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2008, 01:47 PM »
That 400m relay last night was pure awesome.

Did they ever end up actually showing the race?  I stayed up until 10:40pm mountain time and never saw it.  I could not handle watching the gymnastics anymore.  Not because of the competitors but I just got sick of the commentators whining about any little mistep.  Hearing John Tesh did not help.