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What is the most *fun* Olympic sport to watch?

 
 
BumbleBeeBoogie
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 11:23 am
@rosborne979,
I like watching different sports for different reasons including they bring back memories.

I like women's volleyball because I was a member of a competitive volleyball team until I destroyed my right knee when I was 36 years old. I never got hurt playing with women's teams, but suffered most of my injuries playing on mixed men and women teams. I never played on sand. One thing I noticed about the beach volleyball women was that they wear those skimpy pants. The men wear t-shirts and shorts. Why is that?

I like watching the swimming contests because my daughter (Butrflynet) and my son were members of competitive swimming clubs. They won lots of blue ribbons.

I like to watch the women tumblers because I was a tumbler at the YMCA when I was very young.

I also played baseball, basketball, tennis, and badmitten while in school, and enjoy watching them.
Razrez
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 02:54 pm
@Wilso,
Hah, I totally agree. I bet Usain beats his own record though in the next olympics unless he gets hurt which is always possible. That was really intense though 9.69 seconds!

Edit: hmm thought it would quote. This was in regard to the men's 100 meter sprint.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 02:57 pm
I like to watch fencing, but it's never on TV.

Plus the action is so fast you practically have to watch it frame-by-frame.

Tennis is good, but you can get that year-round.
mysteryman
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 03:32 pm
@DrewDad,
Actually, NBC DID show the fencing this year, at least the womens.
Since NBC is showing the olympics on all of its stations (NBC, CNBC, USA), they are showing sports that normally dont get shown.
Granted, the fencing was on real late at night or early in the morning (between 11 and 4 in the morning), but they did show it.
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hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 04:09 pm
@Miller,
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I'm sick of diving...


The Italian soccer team bore me too.
hingehead
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 04:15 pm
@ossobuco,
I think it's a lot easier to do in the US because you do win so many medals. The Oz coverage does show a lot of events where Australians don't feature (100m, gymnastics etc) but that could be because you can only show the one or two golds we have won on any given time maybe 3 or 4 times a day (live, arvo wrap, primetime repeat, late night wrap).

We do get a lot of watching an Australian losing in a preliminary round. And also because we are in so many team sports, and they go for an hour and a half per match, that eats up a lot of coverage.

I wonder what the chinese coverage is like?
George
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:09 pm
@hingehead,
hingehead wrote:
Re: Miller (Post 3363024)
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I'm sick of diving...



The Italian soccer team bore me too.

Hee!
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George
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:12 pm
@BumbleBeeBoogie,
BBB wrote:
...One thing I noticed about the beach volleyball women was that they wear
those skimpy pants. The men wear t-shirts and shorts. Why is that?...

Ratings, 3-B, ratings.
Wilso
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 07:39 pm
@hingehead,
The seven network coverage this year has been atrocious. Maybe when digital tv takes over completely and there's more views possible, things will change. During the 2000 games here our satellite providers had two channels assigned to the games as well, so we had more choices. We either need more options, or wait until it becomes the internet games, and we can choose what events we want to see.
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George
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 08:44 pm
...and in fact I am enjoying women's beach volleyball tremendously. The suits
help, of course, but Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are amazing to watch.

They beat a Brazilian team today. I found it amusing that on the tops of the
Brazilians' uniforms was written "BRA".
InfraBlue
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 09:10 pm
@George,
George wrote:
BBB wrote:

...One thing I noticed about the beach volleyball women was that they wear
those skimpy pants. The men wear t-shirts and shorts. Why is that?...

Ratings, 3-B, ratings.


And for this end this is exactly what Women's NBA needs, a change of uniform.

They could put the girls in volleyball bloomers and cut off tops. As it is, they look like a bunch of male adolescent hoodlums in those baggy outfits they're presently wearing.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 18 Aug, 2008 09:17 pm
The women's beach volleyball was remarkable because of the skimpy outfits and because it was over-aired. I'm sure the two facts are related. It annoyed me to no end.

I tend to prefer to watch gymnastics most of all simply because I was a gymnast in my younger, more energetic days. I also coached it for some time.

I'd have enjoyed track and field, ping pong, soccer...... if only they'd showed those at night. Seems they stuck to swimming, gymnastics and volleyball.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2008 02:06 pm
@George,
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...and in fact I am enjoying women's beach volleyball tremendously. The suits help, of course, but Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh are amazing to watch.

That final match in the rain was practically Olympic Porn. Smile
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Fri 22 Aug, 2008 02:08 pm
Once the olympics are over, I wonder if most of the events will appear on YouTube or some other internet video outlet. I missed a lot of stuff and I would like to go back and watch some of the finals which weren't aired.

What happened to the Ping Pong championships, was that aired?
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 11:02 pm
@rosborne979,
I wish they'd be available now for me anywhere. Youtube is getting hundreds if not thousands of take down notices a day from the IOC, and every video I find tends to be fake or already removed.

When I go to officially licensed sites, they tell me the content is not available where I am (Costa Rica).
rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 11:05 pm
@Robert Gentel,
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I wish they'd be available now for me anywhere. Youtube is getting hundreds if not thousands of take down notices a day from the IOC, and every video I find tends to be fake or already removed.

When I go to officially licensed sites, they tell me the content is not available where I am (Costa Rica).

NBC probably has a lock on everything now because they paid for the TV rights, but once the games are over and the value of the videos drop, maybe they will stop worrying about nixing all the online copies which must exist out there.

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