Tuesday, August 17, 2004

The wind in Athens isn't always from Mother Nature

in the past, I've been hard on NBC's coverage of the Olympic Games, I've been critical. In 2004, NBC's efforts have been better than expected. However, as a whole, trash talk isn't just of the realm owned by the USA Men's Basketball Players. The overall tone of the coverage from the print journalists is now 'officially' making my skin crawl.

Steve Rushin, of Sports Illustrated:

" ... The Olympics have more down time than federal prison...."


In another story, Frank DeFord asked if Michael Phelps would be in wrestling and other sports for the duration of the games.

How many stories of empty seats do we need to endure? Sports Illustrated's Jon Wertheim headline: Empty Olympics stands lead to lack of excitement and lousy television. Frankly, the TV is fine.

Perhaps, the fans are interested in wading past the mud so easily flug by the journalists. So, perhaps, we've got a man bites dog story unfolding. Clueless journalists might be jumping on the wrong bandwagons.

Negativity wants to rule the day. This negativity, (U.S. boxing hasn't been competitive for several Olympics -- as lead by Richard hoffer) does nothing but illustrate lazyness from writers. Case in point: Don't tell how poor the boxers are going to do until after you've introduced the individuals and perhaps the coaches.


Mark Rauterkus said...

QUOTE: "Americans settled for silver Tuesday night, ..." (as per minor miscues for US women to take silver behind Romania in gymnastics).

Meanwhile, NBC on US Women's Gymnastics: "Six American women as diversified as they are unified."

"How hard they worked to become a team for tonight."

Mark Rauterkus said...

Another stinker from S.I. (Sports Illustrated)

Chastain little more than figurehead for U.S. team in Athens
08/17/04 06:26 PM, EDT

She's a women's sports touchstone, a proud champion and perhaps a future U.S. national soccer team coach. -- but little more than figurehead.

Mark Rauterkus said...

Sports Illustrated is getting so negative that it now is going to dig for Olympic dirt out of the past. This article was just released:

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) -- Athletic success came early and often for Robert Howard, perhaps too soon, says a former coach of the two-time Olympic athlete, who police say jumped to his death after allegedly stabbing his neurosurgeon wife to death.

"I think it's so difficult to make it so young," said Kevin Jackson, who helped coach the former Rhode Island track star. "Early success sometimes is not a blessing."

Family and friends were shocked by the news Howard took his life at the age of 28 and is suspected in his wife's death. He was in his third year in medical school at the University of Arkansas.
I'm not making this up! http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/olympics/2004/08/17/school.deaths.ap/index.html

Mark Rauterkus said...

The bad news from SI continues.
Greek Olympic team leader offers resignation and authorities search his warehouse.Synchronized swimming's Tammy Crow to serve 90-day sentence after Athens from an auto accident ruling.Worse, however, seems to be the digging on the Bush TV ad that links to the Olympics and the delegations from Iraq and Afganastan. Do you see the political ad? What did you think? Did you see the athletes' reactions? Your reaction is ....?

Mark Rauterkus said...

Asking a friend in Australia, what's been of interest to him from his perspctive and he reported:

The American Media got so
peeved at one stage that they lodged an official complaint against the
Aussie reporters for cheering too loudly :^)
Bad sports!