BTW, the women's softball game yesterday was spectacular. Seven innings--both pitchers were superb. The Japanese pitcher had a no hitter into extra innings. The US pitcher had a one hitter into extra innings. Whew.
IMO, that's the best kind of fun of Olympic TV watching. You get to watch, with players at their best, a sport that is usually not transmitted much by TV, at least not on that level.
Even if our networks are too soccer-prone (I can't wait for our national male team to be eliminated... perhaps today
), I have been able to enjoy, besides all the swimming finals, the whole women's synchronized diving competition, a nerve-wracking archery match, a great basketball game between Argentina and Serbia-Montenegro, most of Puerto Rico beating the US "Nightmare Team"
, a couple of good women's volleyball games, among what I remember best.
With the cable options, most Americans now have an edge. Let's see if NBC does a good analysis of the ratings.
I'm hoping that for 2008 most Tv viewers around the world are given what Olympic journalists on the venues are given, at least since Barcelona '92: a chance to see everything that happens in all the Olympic venues in dozens of channels. True freedom of choice.