As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Peter V » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:09:28


I admit it is a far sight better than 1984 when out of ALL the
coverage and inane "back story" we got what.... 10 minutes?  I just
remember the guy from Afghanistan using American Billy Rosado to clean
a mat.  Which really impressed the hell out of me. Billy never was
scored against in his whole high school career and this guy was just
having his way with him....

Then we get to 1992 and the cable companies tried there color coded
channel thing... that worked out quite lovely.... I think there was
something like  six hours of wrestling broadcast.

Since then... the usual wasteland.  

This time.... so far, only two women's wrestling matches... which were
pretty damn good.  The Ukrainian at 48kg was tough!!! You gotta give
ICHO of Japan at 62kg credit... she came back strong in the second
period (now don't be animals and go for the cheap shot) and beat
McMann in the last 30 odd seconds.  Very good matwork. Thank God for
programmable VCRs.  I had to tape about 3 hours worth of rowing and
soccer and other ***to get the two matches but at least I didn't
have to get up at 4 AM to watch it.

Ranting aside, my question is this:  Is there anyway with all the
wonderful technology around for us to get more wrestling? Any
webcasts? Alternative channels?  Anything.....  ????

I gotta believe that there are other countries covering the games and
it doesn't have to be an American in the finals to get broadcast....
of course I believe a lot of things that probably aren't true.....

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As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Peter » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:39:14


Quote:
> I admit it is a far sight better than 1984 when out of ALL the
> coverage and inane "back story" we got what.... 10 minutes?  I just
> remember the guy from Afghanistan using American Billy Rosado to clean
> a mat.  Which really impressed the hell out of me. Billy never was
> scored against in his whole high school career and this guy was just
> having his way with him....

> Then we get to 1992 and the cable companies tried there color coded
> channel thing... that worked out quite lovely.... I think there was
> something like  six hours of wrestling broadcast.

> Since then... the usual wasteland.

> This time.... so far, only two women's wrestling matches... which were
> pretty damn good.  The Ukrainian at 48kg was tough!!! You gotta give
> ICHO of Japan at 62kg credit... she came back strong in the second
> period (now don't be animals and go for the cheap shot) and beat
> McMann in the last 30 odd seconds.  Very good matwork. Thank God for
> programmable VCRs.  I had to tape about 3 hours worth of rowing and
> soccer and other ***to get the two matches but at least I didn't
> have to get up at 4 AM to watch it.

> Ranting aside, my question is this:  Is there anyway with all the
> wonderful technology around for us to get more wrestling? Any
> webcasts? Alternative channels?  Anything.....  ????

HDTV seems to be Olympics 24 hours a day.

Quote:
> I gotta believe that there are other countries covering the games and
> it doesn't have to be an American in the finals to get broadcast....
> of course I believe a lot of things that probably aren't true.....

Of course there are other countries broadcasting the game.  But you'd have
to have a special dish to receive them.

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As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Swabbi » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 08:43:51

while I agree about the ***coverage, I have to take exception to you using
the words wrestling, and women in the same sentence...its a novelty act at
best

--
D

Quote:
> I admit it is a far sight better than 1984 when out of ALL the
> coverage and inane "back story" we got what.... 10 minutes?  I just
> remember the guy from Afghanistan using American Billy Rosado to clean
> a mat.  Which really impressed the hell out of me. Billy never was
> scored against in his whole high school career and this guy was just
> having his way with him....

> Then we get to 1992 and the cable companies tried there color coded
> channel thing... that worked out quite lovely.... I think there was
> something like  six hours of wrestling broadcast.

> Since then... the usual wasteland.

> This time.... so far, only two women's wrestling matches... which were
> pretty damn good.  The Ukrainian at 48kg was tough!!! You gotta give
> ICHO of Japan at 62kg credit... she came back strong in the second
> period (now don't be animals and go for the cheap shot) and beat
> McMann in the last 30 odd seconds.  Very good matwork. Thank God for
> programmable VCRs.  I had to tape about 3 hours worth of rowing and
> soccer and other ***to get the two matches but at least I didn't
> have to get up at 4 AM to watch it.

> Ranting aside, my question is this:  Is there anyway with all the
> wonderful technology around for us to get more wrestling? Any
> webcasts? Alternative channels?  Anything.....  ????

> I gotta believe that there are other countries covering the games and
> it doesn't have to be an American in the finals to get broadcast....
> of course I believe a lot of things that probably aren't true.....

> ========
> Newsgroups or espresso.... pick one or the other


 
 
 

As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Jason Cormie » Wed, 25 Aug 2004 11:24:03


Quote:

> while I agree about the ***coverage, I have to take exception to you using
> the words wrestling, and women in the same sentence...its a novelty act at
> best

Spoken like someone who likely never had anything to do with the sport in
his life...and if he did, he learned nothing from it.
 
 
 

As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Peter V » Fri, 27 Aug 2004 07:18:50

Quote:

> while I agree about the ***coverage, I have to take exception to you using
> the words wrestling, and women in the same sentence...its a novelty act at
> best

> --
> D

Nonsense... I wished they had shown more of McMann and the others.
The matches were very good lightweight bouts. Anyone who has competed
in a martial arts tournament knows the most vicious fights are in the
women's division.   If they had the mass they would make Mike Tyson
look like a punk.

I admit I was a bit doubtful before I saw the matches. But now that I
have seen them, I am a firm believer that women's wrestling, just like
track and soccer, are here to stay ... and its a good thing too.

Quote:


> > I admit it is a far sight better than 1984 when out of ALL the
> > coverage and inane "back story" we got what.... 10 minutes?  I just
> > remember the guy from Afghanistan using American Billy Rosado to clean
> > a mat.  Which really impressed the hell out of me. Billy never was
> > scored against in his whole high school career and this guy was just
> > having his way with him....

> > Then we get to 1992 and the cable companies tried there color coded
> > channel thing... that worked out quite lovely.... I think there was
> > something like  six hours of wrestling broadcast.

> > Since then... the usual wasteland.

> > This time.... so far, only two women's wrestling matches... which were
> > pretty damn good.  The Ukrainian at 48kg was tough!!! You gotta give
> > ICHO of Japan at 62kg credit... she came back strong in the second
> > period (now don't be animals and go for the cheap shot) and beat
> > McMann in the last 30 odd seconds.  Very good matwork. Thank God for
> > programmable VCRs.  I had to tape about 3 hours worth of rowing and
> > soccer and other ***to get the two matches but at least I didn't
> > have to get up at 4 AM to watch it.

> > Ranting aside, my question is this:  Is there anyway with all the
> > wonderful technology around for us to get more wrestling? Any
> > webcasts? Alternative channels?  Anything.....  ????

> > I gotta believe that there are other countries covering the games and
> > it doesn't have to be an American in the finals to get broadcast....
> > of course I believe a lot of things that probably aren't true.....

> > ========
> > Newsgroups or espresso.... pick one or the other

 
 
 

As usual, the TV coverage of Olympic Wrestling is wretched.

Post by Europa Euro » Sat, 28 Aug 2004 00:04:25

Quote:

>I gotta believe that there are other countries covering the games and
>it doesn't have to be an American in the finals to get broadcast....
>of course I believe a lot of things that probably aren't true.....

In the case of wrestling it's not just an American thing.
I live in Europe and with my satellite dish I can get 3 different TVs
covering the Olympics. The privately owned sport network Eurosport does not
cover Wrestling at all. Public Italian TVs RAIDUE/RAISPORTSAT and public
German TVs ARD-Das Erste/ZDF only broadcasted some early qualification
matches involving Italian or German fighters respectively.
Zapping between all those channels I managed to see more than 95% of the
finals of all the other sports. Right now I am following all the different
rounds of Modern Pentathlon, one of the most underexposed sports in the
media. However, I have yet to see even just one medal awarding wrestling
match. I tried to zap all the channels at final's time, I tried even to
tape nighttime delayed broadcasts. Nothing.

It really seems that wrestling is the ultimate invisible Olympic sport.
Maybe Central Asian channels broadcast it, since those are the dominating
nations in wrestiling. but I don't have even the slightest idea about which
satellite they broadcast on (if they do) and in which zones of the world
you can receive them.