How much of the Olympics will you be watching?

dan's picture
lots and lots
14% (10 votes)
a fair chunk
31% (22 votes)
just a little bit
31% (22 votes)
none
25% (18 votes)
Total votes: 72
lauraska's picture

I only like certain sports,

I only like certain sports, and I find NBC's non-stop coverage to be kinda boring. So I'll probably just try to watch diving, track & field, and some of the soccer or basketball. Did you know that one of the discontinued sports is the "tug of war"?? I can't BELIEVE they got rid of that!

Larry99's picture

I really like the olympics.

I really like the olympics. opening ceremonies last night were pretty impressive.

george's picture

I enjoy a lot of

I enjoy a lot of it...especially track & field. If NBC thinks I'm going to be chanting "USA...USA" for things like fencing or skeet shooting, however, uhhh...no.

I wonder if Philly could ever host an event of that magnitude. My guess would be no because it's not really a world city like NYC or wherever. I know they did the one in Atlanta but by all accounts that was a disaster.

When do the drunken mud wrestling finals take place, anyway?

ford's picture

I never new tug of war was

I never new tug of war was in there. But on a side note, what do people think about only having sports were there is an indisputable winner, more like the original games. So we would only have sports like running, shooting, pole vault, basket ball etc... You could not have sports like diving or gymnastics, because they give points for smiling at the end (for real) and points if they like your style. Style. I'm mean really, that is not a way to decide the leader in a sport.

Gymnastics and figure skating are incredibly demanding sports that take years to get good at, I just don't think you should get a medal for it.

NEW KENZO's picture

george wrote:I enjoy a lot

george wrote:

I enjoy a lot of it...especially track & field. If NBC thinks I'm going to be chanting "USA...USA" for things like fencing or skeet shooting, however, uhhh...no.

I wonder if Philly could ever host an event of that magnitude. My guess would be no because it's not really a world city like NYC or wherever. I know they did the one in Atlanta but by all accounts that was a disaster.

When do the drunken mud wrestling finals take place, anyway?

I thought this too. I was wondering about it today actually and remembering how JFK stadium, if it had been preserved and maintained, would've made it a lot more feasible. The money that China has is a bit out of our league and there's not a chance for Philly in the next 50 years probably. At least we were able to have Live Aid back in the day. It was one day rather than 2 wks but the world watched us then and were forced to listen to the Hooters as they opened the concert.

ford's picture

I think we could host it.

I think we could host it. I've been to two summer Olympics, Atlanta and LA, a lot of the venues were spread out, it was all jammed into one purpose built area. I think it's better that way.

If you look at it we have the Linc, Penn, Lasalle, Temple, citizens park, Riversharks. I'm sure I'm missing stadiums. Remember that only the opening ceremony is the big to do, lot's of other stuff goes on in smaller venues. In Atlanta, I went to a basketball game in what seamed like a dressed up High School.

I think the biggest problem would be the hotel space.

george's picture

Seems like every Olympics

Seems like every Olympics demands a brand new venue as a centerpiece, though. I could be wrong but it seems like the last one held in an existing facility was the LA Coliseum in 1984. In Barcelona, I think they basically rebuilt an existing stadium from the ground up. None of the Philly stadiums (nice as they are) seem to be the size the Olympics demand....in the 85-90,000 range.

I don't doubt this area could host one but since Atlanta it seems like the IOC pretty much just looks at cities that are major world capitals. Maybe the best shot would be if NYC ever got the games and with Philly being so close the area might get some of the events.

dan's picture

The USOC nixed us for 2016

The USOC nixed us for 2016 in 2006.
But we're considering a bid for 2020 or 2024.

Ftown66's picture

I kinda got turned off by

I kinda got turned off by the olympics years back when we started letting the pros compete for the U.S.

snailgem's picture

i stopped watching the

i stopped watching the olympics back in the day when they got rid of pankration.

PattiMey's picture

Ftown66 wrote:I kinda got

Ftown66 wrote:

I kinda got turned off by the olympics years back when we started letting the pros compete for the U.S.

I feel the same way. The minute some of these " million dollar babies " started playing it just wasn't the same anymore.

dan's picture

snailgem wrote:i stopped

snailgem wrote:

i stopped watching the olympics back in the day when they got rid of pankration.

I think they dropped all the sports that couldn't be used to sell sporting wear.

george's picture

They should go back to the

They should go back to the original Olympic ideal and have them all compete nude. Maybe a Nike "swoosh" on their butts, but nothing more.

The ratings would skyrocket.

snailgem's picture

george wrote:They should go

george wrote:

They should go back to the original Olympic ideal and have them all compete nude. Maybe a Nike "swoosh" on their butts, but nothing more.

The ratings would skyrocket.

not so sure.
remember that married women were forbidden from watching (under the penalty of death) so they'd lose that audience - i doubt that the increase in male audience will be enough to make up for it.

george's picture

Oh, I wouldn't impose

Oh, I wouldn't impose anything so Draconian as the death penalty. Public floggings would suffice. They could be televised as well.

Think of the ratings bonanza. Nude javelin competition followed by humiliating public floggings. I should be a TV excecutive.

simmer's picture

I will be watching the same

I will be watching the same percentage as Mr. Blutarsky's grade point average........0.0
The Summer Olympics are geared more towards women. They dont show any of the boxing, baseball or basketball on TV and focus more on the sports that appeal to women which is soccer and gymnastics. Of course there is nothing wrong with that at all, it just doesnt appeal to me. Ill probably get sucked into watching the gymnastics cause the wife really likes it and it really is amazing what those athletes can do. If she doesnt watch it, Ill be glad to say I wont see any of it.

NEW KENZO's picture

watched the basketball this

watched the basketball this morning and just now tonight I saw the most exciting swimming race ever. Love that the favored French team boasted they were going to smash the Americans. Well, that probably was the key factor to the American gold in that. They totally came from behind in the last few yards. Wow.

nhb's picture

NEW KENZO wrote:watched the

NEW KENZO wrote:

watched the basketball this morning and just now tonight I saw the most exciting swimming race ever. Love that the favored French team boasted they were going to smash the Americans. Well, that probably was the key factor to the American gold in that. They totally came from behind in the last few yards. Wow.

Yes i watched that too, last night. It was great!

rtsaidred's picture

nhb wrote:NEW KENZO

nhb wrote:
NEW KENZO wrote:

watched the basketball this morning and just now tonight I saw the most exciting swimming race ever. Love that the favored French team boasted they were going to smash the Americans. Well, that probably was the key factor to the American gold in that. They totally came from behind in the last few yards. Wow.

Yes i watched that too, last night. It was great!

Michael Phelps rocks. 2 gold so far. How many more to go? That guy has freakishly long arms.

codergrrl's picture

I don't even think we should

I don't even think we should be there.

NEW KENZO's picture

codergrrl wrote:I don't even

codergrrl wrote:

I don't even think we should be there.

well, if we boycotted every place we disagreed with we'd never have the pleasure of this:

ford's picture

codergrrl wrote:I don't even

codergrrl wrote:

I don't even think we should be there.

Sports should transcend the politics.

dan's picture

ford wrote:codergrrl wrote:I

ford wrote:
codergrrl wrote:

I don't even think we should be there.

Sports should transcend the politics.

I think we should be there, for a variety of political and other reasons, but I'm curious why sports should transcend politics.

ford's picture

Well, it's the Olympics.

Well, it's the Olympics. It's suppose to be pure sport. Who is the best in the world. Politics should stay out of it. The picture of Jesse Owens is great. He is just there calm and cool, but basically say "Up yours Hitler". What if we didn't go to the Olympics that year?

2014 susquehanna's picture

ford wrote:Well, it's the

ford wrote:

Well, it's the Olympics. It's suppose to be pure sport. Who is the best in the world. Politics should stay out of it. The picture of Jesse Owens is great. He is just there calm and cool, but basically say "Up yours Hitler". What if we didn't go to the Olympics that year?

Pure Sport? That's a laugh. I love the Olympics but I suspect that many athlets would be using performance enhancers if they didn't get tested before each event. I'd bet money that some are juicing with unknown substances.

It's strange that so many records are being broken. It can't be possible that athletes are that much better now than 4 or even 40 years ago.

Ftown66's picture

2014 susquehanna wrote:ford

2014 susquehanna wrote:
ford wrote:

Well, it's the Olympics. It's suppose to be pure sport. Who is the best in the world. Politics should stay out of it. The picture of Jesse Owens is great. He is just there calm and cool, but basically say "Up yours Hitler". What if we didn't go to the Olympics that year?

Pure Sport? That's a laugh. I love the Olympics but I suspect that many athlets would be using performance enhancers if they didn't get tested before each event. I'd bet money that some are juicing with unknown substances.

It's strange that so many records are being broken. It can't be possible that athletes are that much better now than 4 or even 40 years ago.

When i was in high school 20 plus years ago there were juicers. They juiced because they had a better chance of getting in a better college which could lead them to there dreams of the pros and big money. It wasn't for their love of the sport. This is why i have been turned off to big sports for years. There are very few who are playing today just for the love of the sport. It's about the cash.

ford's picture

True, but I tune into a lot

True, but I tune into a lot of the odd stuff. Skeet shooting, swimming, fencing. Not much money in that stuff.

But your right, less satisfaction having pro's win. Nothing beat the feeling of the USA armature hockey beating the Russian pros.

Ftown66's picture

ford wrote:True, but I tune

ford wrote:

True, but I tune into a lot of the odd stuff. Skeet shooting, swimming, fencing. Not much money in that stuff.

But your right, less satisfaction having pro's win. Nothing beat the feeling of the USA armature hockey beating the Russian pros.

Thats one I will never forget. I still remember where i was when i watched that. They didn't have a chance but they did it.