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RE: I watch the Olympics (but alas no Fencing)

by Adam (Vicar)
on Sep 26, 2000 at 01:02 UTC ( #33960=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to I watch the Olympics

What little of the Olympics I have watched have been from my Parent's place, or from one of the many local watering holes. My TV still doesn't get any channels and I'm too lazy to buy an antennae of pay for cable. The coverage has been pretty poor too, hardly enough to convince me to get cable or anything. I mean, they didn't televise half the sports, including my favorite: Fencing.

Which especially surprised me since the US did so well. We took 10th place in Individual Men's Foil (out of I'm not sure... but at least 64 competitors, probably more.) He (Cliff Bayer) did remarkably well, and in fact was eliminated in a bout with the eventual gold medalist... by one point. We also took 4th place in the Women's Team Foil (We missed the medal by a mere two points... Thats hard to compare to something like football or baseball, but perhaps a basketball score of 99 to 98 comes close.) And given NBC's pention for Athlete bios and personal stories... two of our competitors were sisters.

But I'm ranting. And I did enjoy watching some of the competitions. (missed the trampolines though...) I guess I'll just have to save up some money and go see the Fencing live in 2004 (Athens or bust... donate to the fund now!)

Update: Ok, I need to vent a little more. I don't like the abuse of the tape delay either. I was watching an Olympic baseball game roughly a week ago, and they edited out an entire inning! I mean, they had just finnished the top of the 12th, went to commercial, came back and it was the bottom of the 13th! Granted, it was overtime, but still...

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