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Olympic musings

- August 3rd, 2012

There is good and bad news about the CBC buying back the rights to the 2014 and 2016 Winter and Summer Olympics.

The 2012 Games currently going on in London are being covered in Canada by a broadcasting consortium that includes TSN, CTV and Sportsnet.

Their coverage has been widespread. That’s the good news. There are multiple sports to choose viewing from throughout the day and night.

CBC won’t be able to match that and that is the bad news.

The good news is we won’t have to put up with the same feature or news event being covered at least once on all three stations.

Honestly, seeing an almost frothing Canadian interviewing gushing at an eighth place finish is bad enough but seeing it done by three different gushers on three different stations is too much.

For those who care nothing about who wins or loses and are only interested in the competition, the lack of perspective by television desk jockeys is one of the main reasons so many are turned off an event where flag waving and excuse-making by media has become commonplace.

The classic came during the Olympic women’s road race involving Canadian Clara Hughes. After the race, one of those television desk jockeys explained that while Hughes didn’t win a medal, she at one time led the race.

He failed to mention that Hughes led the race when every racer was still in the peloton and she was merely at the front along with another 20 or so riders who took turns “leading the race.”

Athletes just want to be respected and given credit for how hard they work. They are the last people who want the media to make excuses for them.

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Please, please, please, stop calling women or young women “girls.” They are athletes or young women, or women. Calling a 25-year-old woman a girl is demeaning.

The funny thing is, you don’t hear announcers calling adult men “boys,” ever.

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Finally, cheating is a standard at the Olympics. Some athletes get caught, others don’t whether it’s drugs or simply manipulating the system. The badminton scandal saw four teams thrown out of the Olympics for losing games deliberately so they could get a better seeding in the next round. The teams were so obvious about it, Olympic officials had not choice but to toss the teams out.

But what’s incredible is that the Japanese women’s soccer team is still in the Olympics after their coach admitted manipulating a result against South Africa to get a better seed in the next round.

The Japanese coach admitted telling his players not to score in the second half.

Why are the Japanese still in the Olympics?

 

 

 

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1 comment

  1. Mark says:

    The spectacular Olympics have become a spectacle. I’ve boycotted all things Olympic this time around.

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