Do you know of any sporting event, besides the Olympics, that is not shown live? This is not 1975. We have the internet and 24 hour sports news channels — you can’t turn on the TV, surf the net, or walk out your front door without hearing the results of any of the major events. Even though NBC has multiple networks telecasting the games, they still insist on showing almost anything anyone would be interested in watching on a ridiculous tape delay. If ESPN/ABC had the rights, everything would be available live on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNEWS, ESPNU, and ESPN Classic, with all of the major events shown either live or on delay on ABC. NBC could do this with its cable channels, but I’ve only seen women’s hockey live.
Speaking of women’s hockey, did anyone else see Canada’s total annihilation of Italy? 16-0! Holy shit! I stopped watching when one of the Canadian players had a hat trick 6:53 into the first period. Italy was out shot 66-5. Yes, Canada scored more than three times as many goals as Italy took shots. And the Italian women seem to have the same problem with gravity that their men’s soccer team is known for — a couple of the Canadian goals were scored while one of the Italian players was laying on the ice trying to draw a yellow card (sorry, honey, wrong sport). Canada has a history of beating the hell out of host countries; they knocked off Japan 13-0 in Nagano.
It’s good to see that Michelle Kwan is still carrying the torch as the Peyton Manning of the Winter Olympics. This is another reason why I hate any sport played on a slab of ice that does not involve stick and pucks or people skating really fast in circles.
Note: Even though I said I would keep the new evolgen focused on science, blogger has frustrated me to the point where I wonder whether I will ever use it again.