Fans cheer during the women's singles luge competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Bulldog: Olympic Impressions
The following is not a detailed examination and is not meant to mock the Winter Olympics. I love the Winter Olympics. It is simply a sampling of the impressions I gathered after watching the first weekend of coverage from Sochi.
If you were with us for our Olympic Draft on Friday you may already know this. There aren't that many events in the Winter Olympics. There are even fewer that make the cut as being important enough to American audiences for NBC to actually put them on television. This showed up over the course of Saturday and Sunday.
There is a lot of figure skating. More than ever with the team competition new this year. I'm not entirely down on the figure skating but the way things shook out for me this weekend any time I spent more than twenty minutes watching the coverage it seemed I ended up with figure skating. I can't tell you how many actual hours NBC and its family of networks spent with figure skating. I didn't take notes. It was the weekend after all and I work hard enough Monday through Friday. My guess would be something in the neighborhood of eleventy billion hours were spent on figure skating over the course of the weekend. A few different times my sons left the room muttering for me to let them know when the people with the guns started skiing again.
This was capped early on Sunday evening when one of the experts, sorry no notes so I'm not sure who it was, told us that the final result was pretty much determined already and only a skater taking a header into the judges table could change it.
So you know, DRAMA!
I also may have been guilty of watching too much of the coverage at different times of the day. This resulted in some unfortunate repeats. The way things shook out Saturday I was watching early in the morning and saw some men's downhill practice runs and some speed skating. Following swimming class and hockey practice I was back in my chair for the afternoon coverage which provided me with, wait for it, the same men's downhill practice runs and some speed skating.
I took a nap at this point.
I think this pattern repeated itself on Sunday, nap and all.
The guys doing the Biathlon woke me up. They were fired up big time and it wasn't just histrionics. These guys were armed with more info on these competitors than you could shoot a rifle at. I may have even remembered some of it had I thought it would ever prove to be useful to me ever again. But in the moment, I had to hand it to them. They were on the job and crushing it.
Here are a few other observations. I was kind of bummed that Bode Miller didn't perform better in the men's downhill. I was even more bummed that I found out on Twitter at 7:30 am that he finished 6th. Poorly played by me and I'll have to be better moving forward.
That said, downhill skiing is insane and the images it provides mesmerize me every time.
Snowboarding slope style is only slightly less insane.
I don't remember cross country skiers collapsing around the finish line as often in past Olympics. It seems this course is more challenging due to altitude. Still, maybe get a bench or two out there somewhere.
Speed skating is on my list of things I'd like to see in person at some point in my life. I bet the, well, speed is breathtaking in person. I would also bet that wanting to see it means I may have to plan on getting to the Winter Olympics at some point. When is Toronto going to host one of these things? Come on Toronto, step your game up!
Women's hockey could really use another good team. I got up and turned on the game Monday morning between the USA and Switzerland and it was 7-0 early in the 3rd period. Eventually Canada and the US will play and that will be awesome but the rest of the tournament is pretty uneventful.
Fun time so far and obviously much more to come. That includes the men's hockey tournament and hopefully Ryan Miller in goal for Team USA.
As I finish this Al Michaels is telling me about some luge coverage coming up and I realize I've yet to see any luge, bobsleigh, or even skeleton yet. I love these events. A track, a sled and a clock. Can't wait to see them.
Well it was great to me. See you got to really get into each sport. Because they work so hard to get their. I mean 4 years on training is a lot. What we got remember is that anytime the americans come to play in these games. other countries are going to do what every they can do to beat them. Its all of about who is the best. So i'm going to watch every sport to give them our surport. not for just main events but for all events. Its really the best sports on tv right now. untill you get to basketball. because the bills coaches are set, the next big thing they can do is sign jarius byrd. And for the sabres is to finnish this hell of a season. And the most we will hear from them again is may. thats a long way off. So lets go U.S.A. For the gold.
I Started Getting Into The Olympics
Early monday morning. I could not sleep and did not have to work, so I stayed up all night watching the Olympics online. I watched both men and women's curling which was extremely entertaining. I had four open windows on my screen at once so I could watch all the matches going on at the same time. And only the USA broadcast played commercials, which sucked. There are no commercial breaks during curling, only a five minute break at the halfway point, yet NBC took several long commercial breaks during the USA women's match. Needless to say, I quickly dumped the NBC broadcast and stuck to the BBC and Skysports broadcasts that were completely commercial free. The women's downhill was great, with an American leading after that, eventually dropping to third and a bronze medal, unfortunately. The USA's women's hockey game was entertaining even though it was a blowout. The men's speed skating was great. Had to feel for the competitors that crashed. Months, if not years of training for this moment and they fail to finish the race. All in all, I enjoyed it and the night flew by. Thankfully, there was no figure skating for me to not watch. Not a big fan of events that are "judged" to decide winners.
Wouldn't they need mountains?
The Olympics have become nothing more than another champiosnship series, snowboarding is a joke!
All of these athletes face each other at a dozen, or more, other events every year. They are almost all well paid pros, these games have become meaningless. I have not heard one single person talking about the Olympics in any matter. This is ONLY for the athletes taking part, otherwise meaningless.
And snowboarding, really? A sport that didn't exist 15 years ago, where the contestants don't even take off their sunglasses on the podium. This is one of those trendy pseudo sports that the Olympic committee is using to drum up interest.
The Olympics are a joke!
No Time for the Olympics
Some people work for a living, do things, and not sit by the television all day. I could care less about the Olympics anyway.
CBC's coverage is much better...
Saw some skeleton yesterday. Too bad us WNYers have to use the rabbit ears to pull that HD station in. Why does TWC only allow us to get CBC in SD? Must be money...
Re: CBC's coerage is much better...
MUCH MUCH better! Always has been. The Canadians, as dense as they can be, certainly showcase the Olympics well. I remember watching the 1984 Summer Games and thinking to myself "Who knew they had crew in the Olympics?" They didn't waste time with the "personal interest" stories and they blew away the NBC "triple cast" as well.
Apparently the guy has enough time to read Bulldog's article and then comment. Good for you, you are not watching, I am, and it has been enjoyable.
"Wouldn't they need mountains?"
Reply: Wouldn't Atlanta need water, a river, class 5 rapids, beaches, and more to host the summer Olympics? Nope, clearly not.
If Atlanta proved anything, if you don't have it, build it or outsource it.
Women spend all your money. Women like figure skating. So guess what is on all the time?
There was one hot Canadian chick though.
Stop saying "could care less"! It's "couldn't care less"! If you could care less, that means you do care. Think about it before you say it wrong. You sound completely ignorant. Go back to 3rd grade.
re: to no time for the olympics.
well thats nice you got a job. I do too, what the hell thats got to do with surporting our teams for the gold. Just some people are so miserable in they life. that they can say any thing postive about any thing. So sad.
Yeah, CBC has this down. They have in recent years angled more Canadian as the Canadians got better, but they still cover everything well. Check out the website coverage as well. The are webcasting events from all over. Some without (partisan) commentary.
Park City Olympians
Bulldog: You should be very proud of every Olympian!!!
Sage is the Rage here in Park City, Utah...
As is Ted Ligety; Joss Christensen; Lindsey Van; Steve Holcomb; Sarah Hendrickson; Megan McJames; etc...all from Park City.
Toronto for the Winter Olympics would be good, but where are you going to have the Alpine events, Holiday Valley, KB or Swain????
PS: Spent last Saturday in Denver attneding the Av's and Sabres game. About a third of the attendance was in Blue & Gold. The Olympians from their respective country were introduced; Ryan Miller received the largest applause and standing ovation with chants of GO USA...!!! To bad the game was pathetic. Take good care, Dr. Butts
I am REALLY mad with this coverage. NO hockey on broadcast until gold medal games. But what's just boggling my mind is that you need a CABLE subscription to watch ONLINE. IF I WANTED CABLE I WOULDN'T BOTHER WATCHING IT ON THE INTERNET. Why are they so stupid?
I agree, the olympics are a big zero
The Olympics get more attention now from the "made up" sports, like snowboarding and synchronized swimming than they do for what they used to represent. I could care less if they went on hiatus for 10 years. Who cares if Bobo McTavish wins the downhill mega slalom knee skiing or not?
Was this supposed to be Olympics coverage or the ramblings of a crazy person?
COULDN'T CARE LESS, the Sabres are more interesting
just a media hyped event now. They used to be interesting and mean something. Don't know anyone following these games.
Wrong. I'm in 4th grade now. I don't know about everyone else.
...that you did not mention Curling Bulldog. It's a great sport, one of strategy and requires precision to play it at this level!
dont watch olympics
You are still young thats a fact. But don't it untill you try it. You might learn something. Because even in football players took up ballat dancing to be able to jump up for footballs Have you every heard of a man name lynn swann.
Miller an after thought after this morning's win
An after thought as he should be. That was a very strong performance today. Quick is the anchor. Miller may only spell him from time to time. I think Quick easily and quickly (no pun intended) put any debate to rest about who is the real #1 goaltender for team USA. Miller only gets a shot in any potential medal game if Quick gets hurt. For team USA to have a shot at a medal we need to hope and pray that Quick does not get hurt.