Discussion in 'Olympics 2016' started by Diamond, Aug 10, 2016.
And not that great at football these days either
Anyone who thinks these games are shit is an idiot who obviously hasn't watched anything. Some brilliant performances, surpassing many from four and eight years ago. Amazing backdrops to many races too. The booing is largely good natured too, makes for a pleasant change from the cheer anything that moves of London or the ordered enthusiasm if Beijing.
And we're only just getting into the good bits.
Judo has been outstanding, handball is good (though my enjoyment has been helped by the French men looking ominous).
Archery this evening has also been great - two shoot offs from four quarterfinals and the semis shaping up to be very finely poised.
Fencing has been fun. Sevens is always good value. Cycling Road races were outstanding, and even the TTs managed to offer some excitement.
Horse dancing is as ridiculous as it always has been.
Haven't seen any athletics yet.
Wait till the final of this.
U.K. went out to Iceland in the qualifiers.
I've been enjoying it but BBCs coverage has been dodgy.
oi! that our license fees they are saving by not renting a studio
It's got nothing to do with them not having a studio. It's the millions of Aussie commentators they seem to have found along with switching channels constantly and not seeming to be able to show anything but the cycling for more than 30 minutes solid.
I've watched most on the red button / laptop as the actual normal coverage is poor.
Hear hear! We were complaining on the gymnastics thread that we shouldn't have to channel hop between three sides during one event.
Pretty sure that I just heard this being played as a soundtrack to one of the 400m heats in the stadium:
The way it's presented is definitely dodge but the breadth of the coverage is amazing. I've been using this heavily:
Schedule - Rio 2016 - Olympic Games - BBC Sport
Exactly. That's the only way to see anything in a decent way.
But even then the level of commentary has been debatable. Lots of non relevant conversation and bias against Brits I understand being neutral, but no need to be extra horrible about those paying your wages.
I do enjoy seeing the medalists reaction to that colorful little statue they all get. The Canadian lady in the cycling just shrugged her soldiers and said 'no idea' to her team mate.
According to the Beeb, it's a 3D printed model of the logo, because the traditional bouquet wasn't considered suitably green for the Green Games.
I thought they could give them a potted plant each, which could be planted in an 'Olympic garden' or summat.
The BBC track and field commentary is pretty good (Steve Cram, Steve Backley, Brenden Foster, Scottish bloke etc.) but the sideline punditry is woeful (Gabby Logan, Denise Lewis). Michael Johnson offers some occasional insight but the others seem to be dragging him down to their level this time.
Yesterday's morning track and field session had syndicated commentary from an Aussie bloke and a British bloke with no punditry intersections and it was a breath of fresh air - that was on the red button rather than a main BBC channel.
The cycling commentary and analysis is outstanding. I know bugger all about cycling but Chris Hoy has a great ability to explain complex technical stuff in a way that a novice can understand. Chris Boardman is probably the best commentator across all sports, he seems to have about three pairs of eyes as he just doesn't miss anything.
Just watched a documentary about how, in a lot of ways, the 1936 Games set the template for all subsequent ones (apart from the 1948 post-war austerity ones): big triumphalist opening ceremony, massive vanity stadium building projects, state-of-the-art global broadcasting, torch relay &c.
Johnson's a great commentator... there was a great moment yesterday when he managed to dismiss the collective wisdom of Denise Lewis, Paula Radcliffe and Gaby Logan in one swift sentence.
I wish they'd stop trying to dress things up the studio... I know its their job... but winning a gold medal or any medal is good enough without them constantly referencing it to 'how many medals' they've won in total or making out their the greatest of all time. Just enjoy the competition for what it is..
The mainstream BBC coverage has been biased and disrespectful to non-GB competitors. This morning 5 Live announced that Ennis Hill and Rutherford got silver and bronze and waffled on about how good their performance was despite not meeting expectations etc, without mentioning who actually got gold. In the cycling last night, Hoy and Balding, who I usually respect, were gossiping (presumably at the producer's insistence rather than it being their idea), whilst exciting racing involving non-Brit competitors was going on in the background. Luckily, the competition continued live on iPlayer.
I'd love to know whether the Olympic intellectual property police have been going round threatening people with prosecution if they don't paint over their Olympic rings in the beer shop in the favellas, like they did to small town cake shops in 2012.
Some occasional insight?! No, no, no, man is consistently insightful and interesting.
That I will agree with, I think I've learned more about the cycling this Games than any other.
Almost every nation's media will focus on their own athletes, it's what the majority of their audience is interested in. I'm not saying it's the way i like it, but the BBC are not the only ones guilty of it and in some seasonally are far better than other countries.
Some of those BBC streams are well shit. This is the women's marathon right now:
(my connection is fine)
The games has really caught fire over the past 48 hours or so, with real fireworks in the athletics.
I've been managing to catch a bit of Red button stuff during the day (come on - the coverage is incredible - it was only a short time ago that we had to watch whatever they happened to spoon-feed us on a tiny amount of channels). I've also been taping the highlights show (9.15am - BBC2), and results avoiding (with mixed success ), and then watching as-live at lunch time (with judicious use of the fast-forward button to compress the 3-hours into one!).
I actually really recommend this method.
eta: Joys of working from home though
attention deficit Olympics with Bolt doing 100m in under 4secs
Can't wait for the horse dancing. Now that's a real working man's sport.
What's this thing about Chinese swimmers pissing purple?
No, I just fast-forwarded through John Inverdale's inane interviews . Did have to skip some of the heats, which is a shame, but I'm not doing the whole 3am thing this year I'm afraid.
The games have been fun, but them killing Juma after the opening ceremony was shit
Drugged him up, paraded him round then shot him. Cunts.
WTF? Who was he?
Amazon jaguar shot dead after Olympic torch ceremony
i thought he was a football player or something
i thought i heard that as well i thought i was going mad lol
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