I do love the Olympics--but the NBC broadcast coverage of it is absolutely the worst. It's almost like the producers, directors and network executives get together after every Olympics and say, "Okay, how can we make it worse the next time?" Case in point: men's gymnastics. Yesterday was the qualifying round, in which the teams compete to see who qualifies for the 1) team competition 2) individual all-around and 3) the event finals. So, the United States, an outside shot for a team medal, came in second place. The only things they showed? The pommel horse, where two of our guys fell off, and a couple of high bar routines. They did not show the floor exercise, where Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton registered the highest scores of the entire day, finishing first and second. They did not show any of the Chinese gymnasts, who finished in first place--nor did they show any of the routines of the five time world and defending Olympic champion. They did not show anything other than bad American routines; a German athlete injure himself; and of course, five routines from host team Brazil, who qualified surprisingly for the team competition in sixth place. Okay, that's a story because it was unexpected, but it wasn't by any means of sports journalism the biggest story of the day in Men's Gymnastics. It was, at best, a fucking footnote.
Then again, Tim Daggett and Al Trautwig are the absolute worst, most annoying commentators. I finally went on the NBC app on Apple TV to see the US men's floor routines (which were spectacular and definitely deserved to be shared with a prime-time audience) and glory be, there was NO commentary at all.
It was heavenly.
And I'm sorry--both Jake and Sam have matinee-idol good looks. And they have shots at medals.
So, by all means, just show them fucking up.
Which begs the question, "NBC, why do you hate America?"
It really frightens me to think what they are going to do the women's coverage.
The library event went well, and as always, it was lovely to see and talk with other writers. Bouchercon looms on the horizon; just over a month away. I stopped at That's Amore on the way home and picked up a Chicago style pizza, which takes care of all meals for the weekend (there's over half left still). I was going to make pulled turkey today but realized that the pizza will fill me up for today, so I am going to put that on in the morning tomorrow so it's ready for tomorrow night's dinner. I have lots of work to do today as well; the kitchen is a sty, there's always writing and editing to do, of course, and I must make sure I get things done so I can watch the Olympics with a clear conscience.
My sinus issues and illness seem to have also cleared themselves up, which is truly lovely. Huzzah!
Okay, back to the spice mines with me.
Sorry about your coverage - the BBC here is about the best in the world at this sort of thing!
It's great to have some chance a medals; the USA usually has a good haul, but we're not too shabby ourselves this year, especially in swimming and gymnastics (both men and women).