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September 16th, 2000

Olympic Madness

I can safely say that I’m not a fan of the Olympics. While I might end up watching an hour or two before it’s all over, I’m much more interested in things like the Sox pennant chase.

In any event, it seems really strange how the Olympics are being handled this year. I wake up and see the results and news either in the paper or online, and then see the actual events hours later. This is mostly being done on NBC, I understand, so as not to totally interfere with programming; allegedly CNBC and MSNBC will be showing more live-type stuff.

Curious, is this driving any of those interested, nuts? -pm

Posted in Consumer Commentary

FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Saturday September 16, 2000 -- 11:38:21AM
I do think that the Olympics are much more important and interesting than mass-produced/mass-consumed sports such as professional American sports. The goal of finding who is the best at a particular skill such as the fastest runner or swimmer seems much more tantalizing than a somewhat artificial skill such as hitting homers or throwing baskets (OK, they do those in the Olympics but it's not the focus ...) Also, the competition is much more intense and the athletes are more excited.

I think the reason NBC is showing the stuff weird is because of time zone differences between US and Australia. That said, I do not have a TV to watch them on, but in the future I would very much like to attend the Olympics live, which I hear is one of the most rivetting experiences in life.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:47:05 pm

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