Olympic Sports Sports-ALL

It feels like there's more effort to stop f*cking than to stop the spread of COVID. And the spread of radioactive bears.

Rat Boy wrote:
Prederick wrote:

I'm sure it's fine, but the juxtaposition is.... pretty wonderful.

There's also bears.

I think the more important takeaway from that article was Red-eyed Robot Wolfs tbh.

US women blanked by Sweden 3-0 this morning.

Honestly, I'd kind of appreciate it if the opening ceremony was just whoever's in charge just being like "We know we probably shouldn't be doing it, but there's literal billions of dollars on the line, so we kinda gotta."

And then just reading off the names of every country involved, along with like 1-3 fast facts. In and out in 30 minutes.

I would enjoy some fast facts anyway.

Does every country’s first fast fact read like this:

Arendelle values the money we will gain from this event over the health, safety, and lives of the young people who we have sent to participate.

They have also been sent to breed super-humans!

The March of the Athletes begins with three big JRPG songs!

I did not know that Japan came up with the little stick-figure athlete pictograms to represent different Olympic sports back in '64. That's awesome though. And now live action versions in the opening ceremony is pretty cool.

It's nice that they did it, but can we also note how absurd it is to continue insisting the Olympics isn't and shouldn't be political, while also literally introducing a "Refugee Olympic Team."

The answer to the question "Why are they refugees" would literally have to be "Don't ask."

I thought it was really weird how the IOC positions themselves as the centerpiece of the games. Do they really think the world tuned in to hear a random well-connected businessman talk about solidarity for 15 minutes?

(There was also considerable criticism over here about the IOC head entering on equal standing with the Japanese emperor. That bit I don't care much about, but it was kind of odd.)

As an American, I am not a royalist by any means, but yeah, I have no question Jacques Rogge thinks he should be able to wipe his shoes on the Chrysanthemum Throne, if he wants to.

The entirely of this thing truly underlines how much these dudes think the sun shines out of their asses.

Prederick wrote:

The entirely of this thing truly underlines how much these dudes think the sun shines out of their asses.

Just like the NCAA!

Trying to watch the Judo, but jeebus it seems like every match gets decided by warnings, without any recognizable judo techniques having taken place. It's a fun sport to do, but at the highest level it's soooo tedious to watch.

Watched the USA beating Mexico in softball around 3am this morning as I drifted off to sleep haha. I did see 2 runs scored at least.

Men's volleyball on now. This is probably the last of live events today with Japan 13 hours ahead.

How are folks streaming this? I signed up for peacock to watch and stream and there is bupkis for streaming. A few highlights and future replays. How do they make watching the Olympics so damn hard.

Same, Peacock only lets you watch replays. From what I'm seeing via the NBC Olympics site here in the US, the only way it works is if you have a matching cable package, which is rather annoying as a cable-cutter.

I'm mostly watching on NBC on antenna.

But I did try logging into my dad's cable account on the NBC Sports app... and there's a ton of stuff there. It's almost like they stuck it all together instead of separating out by channel like USA, CNBC, etc. It's just click and watch. For instance, right now at 2am, there's some men's basketball, men's polo, women's gymnastics, and a few others.

But yeah I think you have to have cable to get that. So then you could just be watching on USA, NBCSN, etc. I haven't tried Peacock yet at all, even though they were advertising it a lot recently.

This is how they getcha.

Even though it's a total cash grab, even though it probably shouldn't be happening, you get stories like this.

(Only for viewers in the U.S., I assume.)

I'm late to this party, but I've just realized that the real MVP is whoever did the arrangement for the JP national anthem at the opening ceremony.

Listen to this with headphones so you can hear the orchestra behind her. The big crescendo bit could have come directly out of Zelda BotW.

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USA men's basketball looks a little better today against France, 1st quarter

2nd quarter almost even. USA still up 8 at the half.

We OK with some friendly non-serious jingoism in here?

Just got up and watched the women's 400 FR relay and f*ck those Aussies and their goddamn WR. Amazing to still be breaking WRs in today's swim world without all the tech of a decade ago. US for bronze.

What's amazing is that AUS WR relay team had two sisters on it. Can you imagine if Lilly King or Katie Ledecky or Caeleb Dressel had a sibling at their level?

France 25, USA 11 in third quarter. USA lead gone. Ugh

At least Draymond bringing it.

Stele wrote:

I'm mostly watching on NBC on antenna.

But I did try logging into my dad's cable account on the NBC Sports app... and there's a ton of stuff there. It's almost like they stuck it all together instead of separating out by channel like USA, CNBC, etc. It's just click and watch. For instance, right now at 2am, there's some men's basketball, men's polo, women's gymnastics, and a few others.

But yeah I think you have to have cable to get that. So then you could just be watching on USA, NBCSN, etc. I haven't tried Peacock yet at all, even though they were advertising it a lot recently.

If you have Xfinity/Comcast, Peacock Premium is included. Don't know if that's just internet or if you've got to have cable TV included.

13-1 run, USA back on top.

And USA choked. Gave up 14-0 run to France the last 4 minutes.

First Olympic loss since 2004, 24 game streak

Like, the women’s gold medal hockey game from the last Winter Olympics was more memorable to me than watching the football team I grew up rooting for win a super bowl

I have to admit that I love the Olympics mostly due to the women's sports: track, soccer, basketball, softball, hockey, volleyball, etc. I think it is the general lack of ego and bravado that I enjoy the most. In soccer, though I know this is controversial, I don't feel the added physicality and power of the men's play adds anything to the game. I don't watch much hockey but I feel the same if too a lesser degree.

Stele wrote:

And USA choked. Gave up 14-0 run to France the last 4 minutes.

First Olympic loss since 2004, 24 game streak

U.S. women's gymnastics in 2nd place for first time in more than a decade after qualifying. LOL, this might be a ROUGH Olympics for the U.S.