Friday, August 22, 2008

Do they sell Olympic Spirit as an alcoholic beverage?

It has been a ton of fun watching the Olympics this go round. It has been a long time since I cared so much and thanks to DVR I've caught way more than I ever even wanted to watch. At least its commercial free! The swimming was amazing and I think I effectively taught Jack how to chant "U S A" during the relays. The dominance of our beach volleyball teams has also been a lot of fun to watch and definitely worth staying up late to see. I can't say its all been fun though. Has anyone else been watching the track and field events? Let me preface this by saying that normally I love watching the track and field stuff but I honestly think that the commentators have been effective in making even amazing accomplishments seem disappointing. Like last night Jeremy Wariner came in an unexpected 2nd in the 400m, but the US swept the medals. Maybe I'm just too naive and think that it would be cool to come home with any Olympic hardware but all the announcers could talk about was how disappointing a race it was for one guy. Not anything like "that's fantastic! US men just swept the 400". Now I'm not an idiot, I know that the track and field has been a huge let down. I know that DNF for relays is bad, I know that hitting hurdles is not good, I know that second place isn't as good as first. I just think it would be a lot more fun to focus on the good that is going on in stead of dreadfully awkward track-side interviews, hugely over-hyped disappointments and whatever Jamaica is killing us in at the moment. Maybe that's just me. I still love watching track events but maybe next time WE could get Michael Johnson in stead of letting the BBC have him. Maybe we could pull Al Trautwig away from platform diving for a second and get some people in there who have some more positive stuff to say about the overall performance of US athletes and not focusing so hard on the disappointment of individuals.


Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, and yes - I agree with all of what you said! Not crazy about some of the track interviews and questions that were asked and attitudes. Loved swimming and am crazy about all volleyball and gymnastics (not crazy about some of the judging and scoring). I love the Olympics and America!

Things I love said...

Amen. Brady and I hate watching the track-side interviews. The interviewers will NOT give the athletes a break. Its ridiculous. ANd did you see when the US women's pole vaulter won the silver and her coach chewed her out because she didn't win gold....AND she's only been doing this for 4 yrs! What an amazing moment for her when she won the Silver, but her coach ruined it and might as well have slapped her across the face and punched her in the gut.

Brady and Taryn said...

By the way, don't be alarmed by "things i love". It was just me, taryn, signed in under a different account.