> Okay, I know it is an American coverage, and the American is the
>crowd favorite, and they have a slight chance to be medalled, at least
>for a brief while, so I am fully expected that NBC is going to give a
>bigger proportion to the American Team. If NBC is going to give 50% of
>the gymnastic coverage time to the American Team, it might still be
>justified. However, what they did last night is outragous and
>ridiculous. Virtually NO TEAM other than the US is showed until the LAST
>rotation!! Completely ignoring the close battle for gold between the
>Chinese and the Russians. If they want to dramatized the competition of
>the American, at least they should show more of the Belarussian and
>Ukrainian, whom the Americans are trying to catch. Instead they only
>showed a small clip of ONE Ukrainian, not even the complete routine, and
>the clip is when the Ukrainian fall from the bar, which John Tesh
>repeatedly mentioning in order to give out the impression that the
>American are still in contention. Worse still are most of the American
>routines are really medicore. Fortunately, the Russians turn out some
>spectcular performance that are really worth showing on the high bar,
>their last apparatus. It is only this to salvage the crappy broadcast of
I guess the producers could choose the full range of teams and apparatus.
But I have to say the American crowds in the stadium ruined the viewing
for me on more than one occasion. I could have understood them getting
that e***d if the USA team were winning, or were trying for bronze,
but they were in 5th place! It was obvious that the noise was putting
off the other gymnasts, anyone would have thought the USA men were
scoring straight 10's on everything!
At least I have no complaints about the coverage though, the BBC had it
right because they mostly showed China and Russia (50% between them)
and all the Vitaly Scherbo performances, as well as a fair selection
from the other teams.
It's probably going to get worse for the women's events as the USA team
really do have a great chance of gold.