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Thursday, August 14, 2008
I like to watch....
...the Olympics silly - get your mind out of the gutter.

Seriously though, I am SO sleep deprived this week from watching Michael Phelps into the wee hours of the morning all week.

And maybe it's all the advances in training, maybe it's the fact that most of America is overweight and out of shape these days and it's all relative, but there is an element of pornographic awe and voyeurism in watching nearly naked, mostly perfect bodies pushing themselves to extraordinary accomplishments, often times into extraordinary shapes, lengths and heights as well.

2,900 hours of broadcast coverage over two weeks, and at the end of week one, I bet I've watched close to 40 hours of it since last Friday night and the jaw dropping Opening Ceremonies. Sure, I've cooked, cleaned, surfed the web, talked on the phone, and worked during coverage as well, but the Games have been on non stop while I'm at home. I'm afraid if I change the channel, or God forbid, turn it off, I'll miss some quirky backdrop story on an athlete, a not to be missed moment in Olympic history that everyone will be talking about at work tomorrow - but me, or some shot of Beijing that looks familiar or was where I was hanging out less than a year ago.

Despite the pageantry of the Games, the banality that is Bob Costa is nearly unbearable. I mean, he "dismissed" the President of the United States! (I probably would have too - but not on live TV). And Bob - if you're reading buddy - give in to the gray. Jim Lampley has. You look like you're wearing a helmet of Grecian Formula.

With the glaring exception of the Today show crew trying to learn to sing Chinese Opera this morning (think cats being strangled on live TV - I was embarrassed for them), the coverage has been great for the most part.

The best part - hands down - are the athletes. They are just so much fun to watch with their determination, courage, strength, passion, joy, and yes - let's admit it - hot bodies.
posted by Broadsheet @ 8:06 PM  
2 Editorial Opinions:
  • At August 15, 2008, Blogger Jamaila said…

    The best part of the Bob Costas coverage is watching Bela Karolyi manhandle him when he gets excited about something. Last night during Nastia Liukin's routine Bela practically grabbed him by his lapels, and Costas was SO visibly uncomfortable with it, it was hilarious.

    We've been watching all the prime-time coverage, and it's been really inspiring. They are really amazing athletes, all of them. (I'll admit it kind of makes me feel fat and old, though. ;) )

  • At August 18, 2008, Blogger simply scott said…

    I've definitely enjoyed watching it, although I totally ignore the NBC staff as they about as passionless as the Chinese athletes. Blech!

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