Archive for August 11th, 2008


Observations from a Couch Potato

August 11, 2008

Or, what I’ve taken away from this weekend’s Olympic footage.

1. There is no way in god’s green earth that all of the members of the Chinese women’s gymnastics team are all over the required age of 16. They could all pass for 14, but not 16. And there’s nothing anyone can do about it, since China is a totalitarian state and controls the paperwork.

2. I thought Martha Karolyi did an excellent job of keeping her gymnasts calm. Heading into a meet where all four scores need to count due to injuries to two gymnasts put a heck of a lot of pressure on these girls. Sure, there were stumbles and falls and steps out of bounds, but it could have been a lot worse.

3. Dressage. Can someone explain this to me?

4. The USA / China men’s basketball game was really entertaining to watch, and this is coming from me, someone who would rather watch paint dry than watch NBA basketball. The Chinese came out a lot harder than the Americans expected and it made for a great quarter and a half. Of course, the Chinese tired and the American depth overwhelmed them. I did like hearing the announcers say that the building was rocking during the singing of the Chinese national anthem before the game.

5. After seeing two Michael Phelps medal ceremonies, I’m really glad that the recording of the US Anthem is one of the better ones out there. Sometimes, the recording is one of the wimpier ones. I like the versions where you hear the drums and cymbals crashing for “the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air” portion, as well as at the finale.

6. More men’s swimming please. That is all.

7. I’m really happy that Phelps quest to unseat Mark Spitz is still on track. That relay last night was unreal to watch. Someone should’ve told the French that trash talking karma is a bitch.

8. POTUS looked like he was having a really good time at the different events he attended. Whether it was swimming, basketball or beach volleyball, he looked like an overgrown kid having a blast. I realize that the Olympics were a bit of an escape from what he’s dealing with in the real world, but you don’t often see that sheer joy on the face of a POTUS.

9. Bob Costas and Cris Collinsworth must think they’re playing Ha-Has. Their commentary is killing me.

10. I adore the Peyton and Eli Manning Sunday Night Football commercials.

11. The NBC Olympics website is amazing. They’re doing a really good job of keeping it updated with scores and results, but also making sure that video is posted of all the important events. Its good for those of us who fall asleep easily and miss things…not that that happened Saturday night or anything.

12. If TWC would add CBC HD to their channel lineup, my Olympic viewing experience would be complete. Right now, there are brief moments where the CBC signal looks like its being transmitted from Beijing with some twine, two tin cans and a paperclip.