February 12, 2014

Throwin' Down on the Sochi Olympics

My Own Viewpoints on the
Sochi Olympic Athletes
Yes, I've been watching the Olympics. Well, as much as NBC will let me. Never before have I been so aware of just how much they cut up the footage and package it for us. Heck, the TV term is literally "package" for what they feed us in pieces.

Oh, how often do they cut in to a run that's already begun!? And how often are we missing a ton of information while we're simply adjusting to which sport they've thrown us into!? And don't get me started on the re-runs.

They rerun the packages so many times, but never during the day, that we realize we're only seeing perhaps two hours of footage from an entire day of competition recycled four times a night with 80 million commercials laced in between.

I believe it was the Wall Street Journal that reported that NBC's coverage of the Olympics had doubled in hours this year compared to years before. Now I shake my head...

...because we're actually seeing less of the Olympics, not more. Reruns should never count as coverage, right? I mean, take figure skating for example. Exactly how many couples have they let us see?

They used to let us see the entire heat of figure skating, not just the five couples they've decided to show... and you know three of them are just appetizers - there to let the announcers pump us up through a million commercials until the "big two" couples of their choice finally go on. Last time I checked, order was random... but now they all perform in the exact same order, with the big guns at the end?

Yeah, right.

Ah, such is NBC. And I miss my medal ceremonies, by the way. I really do. Jeez. #NBCFail indeed.

Which bring me to Twitter. Facebook has too much hate speech these days, so I've moved my 'status updates,' if you will, to Twitter.

It seems I have a lot to say about the Olympics. I may be gifted in dance, and even more gifted in writing, but I believe my greatest gift is my eye. I am so very very grateful for it. As I watch performances and runs, my eye is constantly weighing, measuring and catching, and this year I get to talk about those things I see on Twitter.

So if you haven't seen my, in short, "status" page, just click here. Or follow me on Twitter. Your choice. Either way, I'm there and I'm throwin' down what I see, when I can actually see it (in the middle of an awesome road trip - I get to write when ice storms get in the way!)

As always,