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Olympics - 8/9/2008 10:38:24 AM   
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Who's going to be watching the most of the Olympics this year? I have more interest this year than in years past. I believe the fact that they are in China is the reason for my peeked interest.

My favorites will be

1)Track and Field= the shorter sprints and the Shot Put and Discus throw
2)swimming

The only draw back is that you have to pay to view many of the events. Oh to go back in time when all the events were carried by ABC,NBC,CBS

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 12:48:24 PM   
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The streaming video at www.nbcolympics.com is very nice. It looks like they're showing most (if not all) of the events in real time. It's the full events. I just watched the fencing (women's saber--the US have placed 3 in the top 4--finals are in a few hours), and sampled a bit of other sports. The video is very watchable.

I think they also have them to be watched after the event is over, so you don't need to stay up.

Quite nice. And no annoying "up close and personal" moments. I think it's going to work very well, particularly for the sports that don't get a lot of time.



Posted by Philistine at Madcows. Haven't tried the link, but likely will to try and catch archery, fencing, and other less covered sports.


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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 12:56:54 PM   
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Ok, just watched some fencing. Philistine is right, it is watchable video. Look for the little red 'live' symbol next to an events name in the left-hand column.



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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 12:57:38 PM   
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Thank you Goblin, will give it a try.

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 12:59:28 PM   
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They have a tv and online guide too. I just tried to catch some judo, which had a live symbol next to it, and it told me to check the guide, so they may not be accurate with the symbols.


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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 1:10:09 PM   
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Haven't tried the link, but likely will to try and catch archery, fencing, and other less covered sports.



I'd really dislike catching some archery. Might hurt a bit.

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 1:13:14 PM   
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Haven't tried the link, but likely will to try and catch archery, fencing, and other less covered sports.



I'd really dislike catching some archery. Might hurt a bit.



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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 1:57:53 PM   
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Hi Goblin,

Thank you for the link.

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 2:25:50 PM   
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Oh well, only people in th USA can watch that. <sigh>

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 10:09:06 PM   
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I periodically watch it if it happens to be on TV, but I don't follow it that much. If they had American Football as an Olympic sport I might watch a bit more, though...

It's amazing that every once in a while you can get excited over prerecorded stuff

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RE: Olympics - 8/9/2008 10:21:35 PM   
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I'll watch the boxing and, because it's the Mrs's obsession, much of the cycling. Not a lot else, probably. Track and field bores me to tears.

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 1:08:13 AM   
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I'll watch the boxing and, because it's the Mrs's obsession, much of the cycling. Not a lot else, probably. Track and field bores me to tears.



I will be following the boxing. We are supposed to be fielding a great team this year. Who knows, maybe it will spawn another Amir Khan, or God help us another Audley "A-Farce" Harrison

I will be following the women's gymnastics too. Very closely

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 4:58:35 PM   
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Track and field bores me to tears.


I love Track and Field!!


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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 6:32:21 PM   
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Who's going to be watching the most of the Olympics this year? I have more interest this year than in years past. I believe the fact that they are in China is the reason for my peeked interest.



Actually, I'm the opposite. I lost interest of sorts because it is in China. Politically correct or not, in my opinion the Olympic Committee should never have considered China for a number of very good reasons.

No I'm not trying to be political on the forum, and yes I recognize that watching it for the games themselves makes sense on a sports level.

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 7:24:20 PM   
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Ok, just watched some fencing. Philistine is right, it is watchable video. Look for the little red 'live' symbol next to an events name in the left-hand column.



Goblin

I was very interested in watching fencing during the last olympics and was really dissapointed in the style they use now. I expected to see some "fencing" but all it really was, was two guys charging at each other and one would score a touche'. It was more like jousting than fencing. Very little foil work. Very dissapointing. At least that was how it was in men's fencing, I don't know if the women do that too. Is it still the same?

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 9:18:45 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Zap

Who's going to be watching the most of the Olympics this year? I have more interest this year than in years past. I believe the fact that they are in China is the reason for my peeked interest.



Actually, I'm the opposite. I lost interest of sorts because it is in China. Politically correct or not, in my opinion the Olympic Committee should never have considered China for a number of very good reasons.

No I'm not trying to be political on the forum, and yes I recognize that watching it for the games themselves makes sense on a sports level.

Well said that man. 100% correct. The OC needs to have a look at themselves.

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 9:40:57 PM   
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ORIGINAL: Zap

Who's going to be watching the most of the Olympics this year? I have more interest this year than in years past. I believe the fact that they are in China is the reason for my peeked interest.



Actually, I'm the opposite. I lost interest of sorts because it is in China. Politically correct or not, in my opinion the Olympic Committee should never have considered China for a number of very good reasons.

No I'm not trying to be political on the forum, and yes I recognize that watching it for the games themselves makes sense on a sports level.

Well said that man. 100% correct. The OC needs to have a look at themselves.


Double ditto. IMHO, they might as well have it in Zimbabwe. The biggest difference between the two is there are not many nations in financial debt to Zimbabwe (as the U.S. is to China). At least there would be clean air in Africa. Aha, an ecological thread.

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RE: Olympics - 8/10/2008 11:00:24 PM   
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Human rights, politics, liberties, corruption, and religious issues aside... (although I totally agree with you)

I'm boycotting the Olympics because of what they're doing to baseball! A shame that London won't get to see one of the greatest sports in 2012. Unbelievable...

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 9:33:00 AM   
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So far the Olympics have not dissapionted. Swimming has been great to watch.

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 10:24:08 AM   
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This time it's pronounced "Rimprics". Get it right everybody

Cheers, Neilster

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 11:08:09 AM   
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Ok, just watched some fencing. Philistine is right, it is watchable video. Look for the little red 'live' symbol next to an events name in the left-hand column.



Goblin

I was very interested in watching fencing during the last olympics and was really dissapointed in the style they use now. I expected to see some "fencing" but all it really was, was two guys charging at each other and one would score a touche'. It was more like jousting than fencing. Very little foil work. Very dissapointing. At least that was how it was in men's fencing, I don't know if the women do that too. Is it still the same?


Yes, its about the same. I saw Ward face the Russian girl. More footwork than in the mens matches in general, but still each point was scored very quickly. More swashbuckling would be cool.


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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 12:30:37 PM   
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For my money, I much prefer Winter Olympics. SOme of those disciplines in the Summer ones just don't do it for me, sorry. ( like diving, synchro.swimming, ping-pong, etc..)

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 12:54:22 PM   
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For my money, I much prefer Winter Olympics. SOme of those disciplines in the Summer ones just don't do it for me, sorry. ( like diving, synchro.swimming, ping-pong, etc..)

Mostly I agree. Better physics in the Winter Olympics.

People always forget that most of the Summer Olympic events are pretty tedious and often even the ones that aren't are only good in small doses. Would you watch swimming every weekend? I think not. Some of them are pretty anachronistic too...I mean the "Modern" Pentathlon reflects the skills needed by a pre-mechanisation cavalry soldier on the run behind enemy lines! I'm not joking.

That's why that dodgy entity known as the IOC included superficially popular sports of dubious value like Beach Volleyball (which incidentally they were going to hold in Tiananmen Square until someone pointed out that this might not be such a good idea. I don't know about you but nothing says sun, fun, beach-sports and good times to me like Tiananmen Square )

And how about that opening ceremony? Spectacular apart from all the boring bits and all the performers looked terrified that they'd screw-up. One girl was picking her nose and one of the Chinese character blocks was up when he should have been down, so they were probably shot in the back of the neck, possibly with the concussions disguised by the closing fireworks I thought the combination of cute little kiddies and robotic, jack-booted, goose-stepping soldiers was a lovely touch too.

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 2:15:45 PM   
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This time it's pronounced "Rimprics". Get it right everybody

Cheers, Neilster



LOL, Rimprics! Hehe!

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RE: Olympics - 8/11/2008 2:19:58 PM   
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Ok, just watched some fencing. Philistine is right, it is watchable video. Look for the little red 'live' symbol next to an events name in the left-hand column.



Goblin

I was very interested in watching fencing during the last olympics and was really dissapointed in the style they use now. I expected to see some "fencing" but all it really was, was two guys charging at each other and one would score a touche'. It was more like jousting than fencing. Very little foil work. Very dissapointing. At least that was how it was in men's fencing, I don't know if the women do that too. Is it still the same?


Yes, its about the same. I saw Ward face the Russian girl. More footwork than in the mens matches in general, but still each point was scored very quickly. More swashbuckling would be cool.


Goblin



The women's foil medal matches were very good indeed, as were men's epee.

IMHO, sabre fencing has changed (declined?) with the advent of electric scoring -- it is boring, and seems to depend on "twitch" reflexes rather than fencing skill.

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RE: Olympics - 8/12/2008 1:28:25 AM   
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ORIGINAL: Goblin

Ok, just watched some fencing. Philistine is right, it is watchable video. Look for the little red 'live' symbol next to an events name in the left-hand column.



Goblin

I was very interested in watching fencing during the last olympics and was really dissapointed in the style they use now. I expected to see some "fencing" but all it really was, was two guys charging at each other and one would score a touche'. It was more like jousting than fencing. Very little foil work. Very dissapointing. At least that was how it was in men's fencing, I don't know if the women do that too. Is it still the same?


Yes, its about the same. I saw Ward face the Russian girl. More footwork than in the mens matches in general, but still each point was scored very quickly. More swashbuckling would be cool.


Goblin


Yeah. The least they could do is have to carve a "Z" on the opponents chest to end the match.

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RE: Olympics - 8/12/2008 9:51:17 AM   
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Dave Briggs said: Yeah. The least they could do is have to carve a "Z" on the opponents chest to end the match.




But could'nt they up it one skill level higher and carve "Zap" on the opponents chest.


Phelps the American swimmer is dominating the field! Three golds so far and 2 or 3 worlds records to-boot

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RE: Olympics - 8/13/2008 1:12:48 AM   
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Misty May and Kerri Walsh, if anything else just watch those two in their skimpy bikinis destroy the field in Women's beach Vollyball.

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RE: Olympics - 8/13/2008 2:36:20 AM   
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Track and field bores me to tears.


I love Track and Field!!





I Participated in track and field in high school thats where my interest comes from for this sport. Came from a small school.
Track and Field had a difficult time finding interested people. Though it did make it possible for the less talented atheltes to particpate. Our team did not have anyone to run the mile race. I threw the shot put. The coach asked me to run it. It was kind of embarassing when I had a quater of a mile to go but the rest of the runners had already crossed the finish line! I can laugh about it now.

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RE: Olympics - 8/13/2008 4:34:01 PM   
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Who's going to be watching the most of the Olympics this year? I have more interest this year than in years past. I believe the fact that they are in China is the reason for my peeked interest.



Actually, I'm the opposite. I lost interest of sorts because it is in China. Politically correct or not, in my opinion the Olympic Committee should never have considered China for a number of very good reasons.

No I'm not trying to be political on the forum, and yes I recognize that watching it for the games themselves makes sense on a sports level.

Well said that man. 100% correct. The OC needs to have a look at themselves.


Double ditto. IMHO, they might as well have it in Zimbabwe. The biggest difference between the two is there are not many nations in financial debt to Zimbabwe (as the U.S. is to China). At least there would be clean air in Africa. Aha, an ecological thread.

Wow! that is so awesome to hear because I love the olympics. I watch each and everyone of them except the moscow olympics in '84 or '88 whenever they were. So, this will be the very first ever olympics with Americans in it that I have 0 interest because of what China stands for. Although I would have to say I am rooting for Michael Phelps

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