Sorry if I missed anybody complaining about this before but what REALLY
gets on my nerves in NBC's coverage is all the family background you
get on all the athletes. This one has a father who just had a triple
bypass, that one has a veeeery speeeeecial relaaaationship with her
boyfriend because of his heart problems, this victory is for his
mother who passed away. YUUUUUUUK.
Why is this? CBS did the same thing during the winter olympics. I am
from Holland and used to a focus on the athletic achievement of the
athlete. I never feel that I am watching a sports event, but merely
a documentary. Take the women's bicycling road race. Every e***ment
was taken away by background stories (I don't even talk about the
commercials). I wish they would show a complete race. You can perhaps
cut up diving by showing a few dives at the time, but not a bike race.
Only coverage of sports that are popular in the States like basketball
are good to watch because of continuity. There is no difference with
watching a race from the Olympics 20 or 40 years ago. I never get the
feeling that what I am watching happened today. Tape delay does not
have to be a problem to get the "live" feeling (basketball and
swimming are good examples) Although the victory of Morales was clearly
overdramatized. It is embarrasing to watch Bob Costas (was it him)
druel when he askes Pablo what was said between him and his father
during their hug. NBC tries everything to show the human face of the
athlete. They clearly overdo it. Give me a bucket.