Friday, February 17, 2006

Let's Talk Olympics

I've been in the chair watching a lot of the Olympics this week, mostly because I've been plagued by headaches. Anyway, at least there's something fun to watch. I watched parts of the opening ceremonies and I have to complain about NBC's idea to have their stupid Nightly News anchor Brian Williams on as a commentator. Bob Costas is a professional, he doesn't need any help. And Williams was trying to make it into hard news, instead of sports. I'm not that big into sports, but I mean, come on, this is THE ultimate sporting event, the best opportunity all these countries have to leave behind politics and come together in a peaceful setting to play and compete. So when the Danish team came into the stadium, stupidhead Williams was saying things about those cartoons that are pissing off the Muslim world that originated in a Danish paper. Oh, shut up. And sometimes his comments were not only annoying, they were incredibly inane, such as when the team from Madagascar filed into the stadium. Williams: "Known to children across America as an animated feature..." Okay, Williams, just shut it.

I'd also like to complain about the whiningest event announcers at the Olympics: figure skating!! In every other event I've watched, the announcers are able to explain the event enough so that we the viewers understand what things the judges are watching for in scoring. And they are also pointing out all the good things that each competitor is doing. Not figure skating! All they do is bitch, bitch, bitch! If the person hasn't already screwed up, they'll talk about how they had a terrible practice or how they're inconsistent or they don't like this or that or wah wah wah! Shut up and let us enjoy it!!

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