Olympics

02/14/2006 6:05 pm
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Skip Bayless has to be about the worst sports guy on any network. sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=bayless/060214&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab4pos1 Seriously. I'm enjoying the Olympics. I think there is a vibe about the athletes that we don't see with our professional sports like the NBA, NFL, and MLB. I enjoyed watching speedskating and seeing a couple of no name Americans win gold. Skip Bayless tries to convince you that Olympians are bigger primadonas than NBA players. If i'm not mistaken, in the past summer games, the NBA players for Team USA refused to give out autographs to the other US athletes. He also made the claim that if the NBA Dream team wanted to win gold, they undoubtably would. Well, that's the point. Olympic athlete's care. They want. They train their entire lives to get to the Olympics, and even harder to be the best. I would take 100 Olympic athletes as my role model over the best NBA player any day of the week. And one more thing, Skip, just because there is no ball doesn't mean it is not a sport.
jon.jpgJon - 2847 Posts
02/14/2006 @ 06:54:58 PM
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Yeah I don't even read or listen to what Skip Bayless says. I personally love the olympics and even if I didn't, I wouldn't believe for a second that the average Olympian is a bigger primadonna than the average NBA player. Maybe he should watch some curling.
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question_mark.gifAnon. Nut Can Fan (Guest)
02/14/2006 @ 08:11:31 PM
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Skip says:

[quote:9fd20c9fea]Really, "American Idol" is the mutant offspring of the Winter Olympics, returning to devour the original. Why did the Winter Olympics captivate living-room America? Because it created stars out of unknown amateurs and gave Mr. and Mrs. Gullible and their kids Innocent and Nave the feeling that they, too, could have escaped their humdrum existence and overcome evil foreign judges and struck Olympic gold. Sound familiar?[/quote:9fd20c9fea]


You can say the same thing about a lot of things (poker comes to mind), but I think the biggest point of this passage is that while the Family Gullible really have no shot at becoming rich and famous through sports, they can always fall back on journalism, because if a dumbass like Skip Bayless can do it, anybody can.


ETA: This is Matt, by the way.
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fry6beeu9.jpgJeremy - 8953 Posts
02/14/2006 @ 08:48:06 PM
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I'm not going to read the article and I dont watch the olympics, but yould be hard pressed to make that primadonas argument with a straight face.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
02/27/2010 @ 04:40:13 PM
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Watch the Hockey game tomorrow at 3:15. The "rarest of sporting events" according to Al Michaels as he referred to it in 1980. If you've ever watched any portion of a hockey game and thought to yourself "this is exciting, maybe I could get into this", then this is the game you need to watch. Olympic hockey is the best kind of hockey to watch.
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flower .jpgPackOne - Well you can get this lapdance here for free.
02/27/2010 @ 09:42:32 PM
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I think the majority of the Olympics is awesome. I watch most of it.
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sarah.jpgSarah - 4091 Posts
02/28/2010 @ 07:34:42 AM
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I'll pass. Although we did watch an Apollo Ohno preliminary race or something where he waslike last for the 1st 13 or so laps and they kept talking about how he was going to make his move. He did make his move with like 2 laps to go and it was an awesome sight to see, as he finished in first by a large margin. That's been pretty much the extent of my Olympics watching.
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2887.gifAlex - I don't need to get steady I know just how I feel
02/28/2010 @ 06:54:31 PM
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I've watched as much I could, but I'm not a big fan of commercials and I think NBC was going for the record most commercials during a sporting event. Plus I was similarly annoyed by all the fluff pieces about Canada and athletes. Just show the competitions yo.
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scott.jpgScott - 6225 Posts
02/28/2010 @ 08:26:21 PM
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The hockey game had almost no commercials. They usually make it a point to highlight the host country with stories about the country, so this was no exceptions, especially for a country so close in proximity and friendliness as Canada. I liked all the stories about Canada, specifically the story about the town of Gander that helped out with all the international flights on 9/11.
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jon.jpgJon - 2847 Posts
03/02/2010 @ 11:40:24 PM
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I watched the majority of olympics on dvr and got to skip the commercials. I actually thought multiple times how I would have been annoyed if I had to watch it live with all the commercials and the handful of things I don't care about that get mixed in.

I don't mind the fluff pieces if they're done correctly. I thought they were this year. My sister told me about the Gander story and it sounds awesome.
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