(quote) Edward-4511 said: What sports are you most looking forward to?
Mostly looking forward to the Olympics being over, but I'll get suckered into following hockey (the great 2010 tournament and final made everyone forget how dreadful the hockey was in Turin and Salt Lake.)
Couple thoughts about the Olympics --
I'm old enough to remember when ABC was the Olympic network, not NBC.
ABC did it right: Jim McKay hosted both the Olympics and the old Wide
World of Sports (if you're over 30, you can hear the theme song playing
in your head right now) and ABC used the two in synergy. They showed you
a variety of sports (spanning the globe!) year-round, so that by the
time the Olympics came around, you already had some idea of who the
athletes were, what the story lines were, etc. With a few exceptions,
NBC ignores Olympic sports during non-Olympic years, so they are forced
to feed you a bunch of saccharine, formulaic vignettes to get you to buy
into the athletes' fortunes.
(2) I've always thought of the Olympics as "sports
for people who don't like sports." (Not intended as a putdown - there's
nothing wrong with not liking sports.) If you had never watched a
football game before and decided you wanted to watch the Super Bowl,
you'd give up pretty quickly: ineligible receiver downfield?! What does
that mean? and so on. Too many picayune rules and details. But anyone
can instantly understand most Olympic sports: run faster than the other
guy, lift more than the other guy, throw it farther than the other guy,
etc. Even though most of them are bad spectator sports, you can at least
jump into them right away.