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(25,853 posts)
Sat Aug 7, 2021, 11:19 PM Aug 2021

I'm gonna say it...

I love the Olympics, whatever the sport. These people are all gifted almost beyond comprehension.

However, the interviewers ask the most insipid questions and worse yet, essentially rephrase the previous question and ask it again. And again. And again. I was just watching the interview of the baseball player who played on our Silver Medal team, and the questions…OMFG.

No depth, no insight, no knowledge of the sport is required to ask:
“How did you feel when…”
“What were you thinking when…”
“When did you realize…”

Formulaic and grotesquely insipid. I’m sorry for the rant but you know what? This is how the media treat Republican politicians:

“How upset were you when you heard that the hospitals in your undervaccinated congressional district are full?” Not:”How can you live with yourself after you told your constituents not to mask or social distance, and the hospitals are full of Covid patients?” Never that….well, almost never….

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I'm gonna say it... (Original Post) PCIntern Aug 2021 OP
I love watching, too, and skip most of the interviews. elleng Aug 2021 #1
Try tuning in the international channels like BBC or Youtube Tetrachloride Aug 2021 #2
I like the personal interest stories Deuxcents Aug 2021 #3
Your issue! Nt USALiberal Aug 2021 #4
Try watching coverage of poker tournaments unblock Aug 2021 #5


(132,222 posts)
1. I love watching, too, and skip most of the interviews.
Sat Aug 7, 2021, 11:31 PM
Aug 2021

SOME of the play-by-play dialog is useful, but some/most insipid; disappointing.


(16,822 posts)
3. I like the personal interest stories
Sun Aug 8, 2021, 12:30 AM
Aug 2021

PBS had a documentary on Jesse Owens at the 1936 Olympics. 4 gold medals in track..he was something.


(52,875 posts)
5. Try watching coverage of poker tournaments
Sun Aug 8, 2021, 12:50 AM
Aug 2021

These are elimination tournaments, but with increasing payouts the longer you last.

So maybe 1,000 players paid $600 each. But they only show the final table of the 9 top players.

Maybe 9th place pays $15,000 on up to 1st paying $120,000.

Every time someone gets knocked out, they ask them some variant of "are you disappointed."

First off, *everyone* except the one winner gets knocked out at some point. So it's silly to basically imply that 999 players out of 1,000 are inevitably disappointed.

Second, c'mon, 9th place turns $600 into $15,000. Sure, a lot more was so close, but really, why not suggest that maybe $15,000 is a sweet payout?

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