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I didn't go because:

Poll ended at Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:40 am

I didn't think they'd actually get it built.
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And get myself blowed up? You're kidding, right?
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No votes
I'm just a tad short on cash since my job got outsourced.
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I'm just a tad short on cash, period.
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Sorry, that's not my idea of a vacation.
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46%
 
Total votes : 13

Olympic attendance

Postby atwoodian » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:40 am

Early attendance numbers at the Greek Olympics are setting records for low numbers. So far it seems anyone can get into any event for less than face value of the ticket, though that probably won't hold for certain "hot" events.
Why didn't YOU go?
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A3144-2004Aug15.html
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Postby Adam Sinclair » Mon Aug 16, 2004 8:59 am

You need an "all of the above" to click... that's why I didn't go.
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Postby Paco » Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:30 am

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I find myself rooting against the Americans more and more. All this rah rah we're so much better crap turns me off. THey should get rid of flags and just let the people compete without nationalities as a centerpeice.
How about that iraqi soccer team?
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Postby Adam Sinclair » Mon Aug 16, 2004 9:33 am

No shit! How about Ian Thorpe? go Aussies!
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Postby atwoodian » Mon Aug 16, 2004 11:28 am

Adam Sinclair wrote:You need an "all of the above" to click... that's why I didn't go.


I thought about it, then figured that the last choice sort of threw out the other ones. If you didn't want to go in the first place, the rest of 'em don't matter much. Just pick the one that tops your list. :-)

How bout dem Iraqis, hey?
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Postby Adam Sinclair » Mon Aug 16, 2004 3:54 pm

I can hear the chants now: Go 'raq Go!
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Postby Marge » Fri Aug 20, 2004 1:50 pm

Paco wrote:I find myself rooting against the Americans more and more. All this rah rah we're so much better crap turns me off. THey should get rid of flags and just let the people compete without nationalities as a centerpeice.

I hear you.
But I also get the sense that a lot of the jingoism is added by the sports commentators and the tv networks. Chrissakes, the TV Guide channel shows an up-to-the-minute medal count.
(Don't even get me started on the craptacular tv coverage.)
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Postby Paco » Mon Aug 23, 2004 9:00 am

the coverage isn't so bad if you have cable. I babysat my neices for a couple days and got to watch it on the other stations and saw some good stuff. Field hockey is cool, saw Netherlands women beat Germany. the peice on women in running & marathon was really good. Watching the Afghani woman run in sweats to not show off her legs, and finish 3 seconds back in a 10 second race was really good. You can see some good stuff.

But if you're just stuck with NBC like I was this weekend, sucks generally. Costas seems so sedated, but compared to some of those announcers it isn't surprising. The swimming guy and the rowing color person are unreal. How can you get that excited over a couple guys rowing a boat??
-I turn it on saturday and I see guys jumping up and down on trampoline-wtf-when did that become a sport??
-Ping-pong was on this morning, how is something you play with a beer and chips in your basement a sport? I'm holding out for skee-ball, that's where I'm a viking!
-also womens race-walking was on-why do they need to wear bikini bottoms's to do race walking?? Not that I mind, but..???
-enough with the beach volleyball. please.
-Gail Devers fingernails.....eeeuuwww!
-did we really need to watch the marathon women hurl at the end?? Was it socially accceptable?
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Postby newlow » Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:21 pm

I haven't watched much of anything, but damn I think competitve level PingPong is badass! I do not know how a person can respond with such quickness. This ain't no beer and chips game.
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hgher, faster, farther??

Postby Paco » Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:38 pm

but, but, it's PING PONG!!!!!!!!! Fer crisakes it's freakin' ping pong!!!!

What's next? Dodgeball? Masters Tetherball? Competitive 4-square??
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Postby shelly » Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:39 pm

Yeah, the women's marathon was cool.

The announcers' blatantly pro-american coverage is pretty much a given, but it still annoys the crap out of me. It infuriates me that whenever someone from another country goofs up, they immediately state what it will mean for so-and-so american's chances for a medal. Can't they do ANY better?

And, who wants to watch all those olympic moments stuff? Just show the actual competition and shut up.
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Postby Marge » Mon Aug 23, 2004 2:26 pm

shelly wrote:And, who wants to watch all those olympic moments stuff? Just show the actual competition and shut up.

Exactly. If you would take out all the puff pieces (like the sexy photo shoot of Amanda Beard -- "she's an olympic sex symbol!") and the commericals, there would be about 10 minutes left per hour.
And how many medal ceremonies do I really need to see? The correct answer is Zero.

It also drives me nuts that for individual sports, they only show the people they consider to be contenders. How about instead of jumping from What's his name Hamm to Phelps to Misty May back to Phelps back to Hamm, they would just show a whole event, including the Armenians and the Italians and the Canadians. It doesn't really honor the spirit of "it's an honor just to compete" to ignore everyone but the americans and the winners.
Rant over. For now.
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Postby Paco » Tue Aug 24, 2004 12:58 pm

Marge wrote:Exactly. If you would take out all the puff pieces (like the sexy photo shoot of Amanda Beard -- "she's an olympic sex symbol!") and the commericals, there would be about 10 minutes left per hour.

Didja notice they went to commercial with 6 minutes left in the Lith/US bball game with the US up by about 3. when they came back US was down. They didn't even bother to wait for play stoppage.

Ditto on the Amanda Beard shot. I'd much rather have one on Inge de Bruijn..;)
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Postby Paco » Fri Aug 27, 2004 7:56 am

Marge wrote: How about instead of jumping from What's his name Hamm to Phelps to Misty May back to .....

May & Walsh are on Leno monday night.
Just wanted to make sure you didn't suffer too much withdrawal from beach volleyball & US jingoism. :wink:

and you may want to avoid your Wheaties for the next couple months.
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Postby Marge » Fri Aug 27, 2004 1:26 pm

So, what does everyone think? Should Hamm give back the gold?
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