The Official Olympics Thread
Posted 14 August 2004 - 02:37 PM
Anyways, you guys need to pick up some international channels. In addition to coverage on CBC, CBC French, CBC Newsworld, CBC RDI, and TSN, we also get NBC's coverage. (I head that NBC's talking heads chattered all the way through Björk's performance lastnight, which is an absolute DISGRACE to broadcasting ettiquette. Zero brains there...)
Posted 15 August 2004 - 01:23 AM
How much hacking can you do to a Tivo? Any sort of media-center options for them? I read that they are coming out with new $99 units, and I never knew it was so cheap a month to have Tivo.
There is actually LOTS of hacking you can do to a Tivo. In reality it's a Linux PC in a box. The series 2 models can connect to a home network and play your computer's mp3s and view pictures [standard feature]. People have found ways to upload their own bits of software into it to have it do new things, but I haven't explored it too much. I do know that adding/replacing the HDD is one of the most 'involved' hacks out there, and it took me only 1 hour to do.
As for cheapness... yeah I just picked up my second unit for $50 (after rebate) a few weeks ago from tivo.com. Now there's a deal for $79. If you (or anyone else) is planning on getting one, PM me so I can tell you how to give me referal credits!
Now back on topic... So far I'm impressed with the coverage -- you just have to remember that there's stuff in as many as 6 channels out there. And if you have Tivo, you can FF over the uninteresting stuff. A good example: Woman's Air Rifle -- no Americans made the cut, but coverage nevertheless. BTW, Air Rifle wins for coolest uniforms EVER!
Posted 15 August 2004 - 03:38 AM
Posted 15 August 2004 - 03:34 PM
In my opinion, it has to be the South African domination of the Men's swimming relay. They took out the Aussie's with their all-star Thorpe, and the American's with their all-star Phelps to create a new world record. If you didn't see the event, the South Africans had open water between them and the competitors for most of the race's duration. Kudos.
On a side note, CBC always has little culture featurettes, that showcase whatever country the Olympics are held in that year. This year, they call it "Greek to Me." Today they featured a small village on the island of Crete that is only accessable by foot or boat, leaving very few chances to come or go. So, it creates an interesting self-reliant community, without many of the problems of the modern world.
If I had the chance, I think I'd likely choose some place like this to live, instead of living under the constant pressure and necessity to succeed. I think it would be a good place to retire, at least.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 06:00 AM
Posted 16 August 2004 - 12:03 PM
Still, gymnastics hasn't been as exciting for me since 96. That was a great year for gymnastics. I miss the mag 7.
As far as NBC broadcasting... *shrugs* I haven't seen as much of the annoying things because I haven't been able to watch much. I do find it interesting how every different commentator pronounced Kosuke Kitajima's name differently, and I don't think anyone pronounced it correctly.
Edited by Ummeiko, 16 August 2004 - 12:06 PM.
Posted 16 August 2004 - 12:38 PM
Posted 20 August 2004 - 02:19 AM
Posted 20 August 2004 - 03:11 PM
Men's all-around was just amazing. To see Paul Hamm, or anyone, come back from such a horrible vault to win... it was beautiful. For those who didn't see or hear about it, vault was his fourth rotation, and he botched the landing so badly that he sat down and slid off the mat onto the judge's table. But two solid routines on Parallel Bars and High Bar (9.837 each I think), plus having his closest competitor falter on High Bar, and he pulled out a win over two South Koreans by .012. It was beautiful. Everyone thought he had no chance after vault.
On the women's side... the team finals were alright. Romania deserved to win because they were consistent. I was really pulling for Svetlana Khorkina to win the all-around, but Carly was clearly the better gymnast last night.
High board diving starts this weekend, so I'm looking forward to that too. I'm not a big fan of Track and Field, but right now the 10,000 meter is on, and I'm just amazed at their endurance. I could never do that.
Posted 20 August 2004 - 03:23 PM
Posted 20 August 2004 - 04:24 PM
Posted 21 August 2004 - 12:38 AM
Posted 21 August 2004 - 06:55 PM
Still on the lookout...
You notice how golden tanned the Tennis Doubles girls and Beach Volleyball girls were?
On the other hand, anyone see the Japans Gold Metalist for Judo? Yikes!
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