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I love when the Olympics roll into town – or rather, show up on my TV, nightly. I remember always being infatuated with the Winter and Summer games as a child – always wishing I could jet off to the host country to be there in person. I loved watching all my favorite events and holding my breath in anticipation, hoping the Gold Medal would be achieved by the athlete or team du jour.
This year? I’m not feeling it. I feel so disconnected and grumpy about it and I think it’s due in large part to the coverage. I’m not digging any of the commentators. I feel like most of their commentary is a bunch of negative drivel. They seem to take pleasure in trying to conjure up unnecessary drama. They harp and harp on disappointment and loss a lot more than achievement and victory. I feel like the athletes deserve much better than that. Much like this post keeps harping on the suckiness of the Olympic coverage.
I’m not digging the constant back and forth sporting event coverage. First I’m watching one sporting event that gets interrupted by another sporting event that gets interrupted by another event and back to the original sporting event. I just don’t ever remember it being that way, although The Husband assures me it has always been like that. I guess I’m getting old and cranky.
Social media is doing a great job in spoiling all the highlights. Hey, I get that some people want to know the Olympic news the second it happens and I’m cool with that, but maybe websites (I am looking at you, MSN) could invest in a little something called a spoiler alert? Maybe make it a little bit harder to see which country in gymnastics took home the Gold. Sigh.
One of my favorite things about the TV Olympic coverage is learning new things about the host city. This year all I keep seeing is the London Eye and Daniel Craig. As eye pleasing and exciting as those two things are, I am sure there are lots more to London than a ferris wheel. Maybe I’m just missing all the good Inside London segments?
The saving grace for this year’s Olympics for me is the texting spurts I have during the prime-time coverage with a friend. A great alternative when you can’t all gather in one living room.
How do you feel about Olympic coverage this year?