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I am curious, with the controversies surrounding the Olympics if they have impacted your viewing habits.

So if you would kindly answer the following poll about the Olympics.


Regarding the Olympics....

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  •  Tip Jar (14+ / 0-)

    I'll tell you what justice is. Justice is a knee in the gut from the floor on the chin at night sneaky with a knife brought up down on the magazine of a battleship sandbagged underhanded in the dark without a word of warning.

    by BFSkinner on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:05:26 PM PST

  •  Oh, I'm watching it (6+ / 0-)

    At least until the guy I'm playing with tonight shows up.

  •  I sometimes watch the opening (5+ / 0-)
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    BFSkinner, LinSea, JeffW, jayden, blueoregon

    but am not this year because of political reasons.

    Was so happy to learn that they didn't go off without a hitch.

    F*ck the shirtless one and the homophobic horse he rode in on.

    •  We are watching the opening ceremony. (4+ / 0-)

      The IOC president just now got booed when he mentioned human diversity. You could hear a smattering of boos and cat calls throughout his speech to the athletes. Putin just squirmed a little in his seat.

    •  I'm disappointed they had the glitch (6+ / 0-)

      with the rings in the opening sequence. It would have been amazing to see it unfold the way it was intended. My heart goes out to the producers of the ceremony. Hopefully they won't be banished to Siberia.

      The Russian national anthem was sung beautifully and was very powerful.

      The parade of nations was done relatively quickly and the graphics projected onto the floor was awesome; it appeared the athletes were marching out of their individual countries.

      So far it has been a fascinating spectacle with incredible technological achievements, great music and dance, and compelling imagery. There has also been some very interesting and artfully stylized interpretations of Russian history. Understandably they didn't want to dwell on certain aspects of the past.

      The IOC speeches sucked and there was a smattering of boos. But the opera singer just did a superb job with the Olympic hymn. Now we're waiting for the Olympic torch to arrive...

      •  Did you find NBC's coverage of the ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... opening ceremonies to be disjointed and somewhat artless?  I was having problems understanding the flow of the set pieces due to odd cuts and camera angles which seemed to focus on anything that didn't have to do with the theme of the presentation.  No matter what, the NBC producer will win his Emmy this year, but I thought NBC did a terrible job artistically, which made it painful for me to watch.

        Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

        by Hey338Too on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:45:31 PM PST

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        •  I couldn't hear half of what they were saying. (3+ / 0-)
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          They were constantly being drowned out by the music. I did appreciate that they didn't talk non-stop like they have during previous opening ceremonies. It may have seemed disjointed because they got so many complaints in years past that this time they tried to back-off a little. For the most part what I could hear I did find helpful although I'm already sick of hearing anything about Putin.

        •  just wrote about what a horrid job they did - (3+ / 0-)
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          every chance - a dig, a sniping comment, something derogatory where ever they could throw it in.

          the russian government and the artists that are russian are two separate entities.  from a country that gave us so much culture, music, song - i find the nbc artists to be ugly arrogant snobs.

          EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

          by edrie on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:39:55 AM PST

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      •  Also, no need to worry about the producers... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... of the show being shipped off to Siberia.  The guy who designed the opening ceremonies is from Brooklyn (he was born in Russia) - he's the guy who did the set designs for Spiderman on Broadway.

        Looking through the bent backed tulips, To see how the other half lives, Looking through a glass onion - John Lennon and Paul McCartney

        by Hey338Too on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 09:50:25 PM PST

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    •  But yes... (3+ / 0-)
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      Fuck Putin. And shame on the media for making this so much about him. The best thing US media could do for the next two weeks is ignore him.

      LOL!! And now Coke is playing their multilingual commercial where they sing America the Beautiful in a bunch of different languages. That should cause a few more RWinger heads to explode here in the states.

      Finally, the torch has arrived. Soon they'll light the cauldron.

      •  The final leg of the torch relay was cool. (3+ / 0-)
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        Because the cauldron sits in a plaza outside next to the arena they had to run the Olympic flame back out of the stadium. They had the torch bearers run through the backstage area with all the performers for the ceremony lined up on either side. You could see some of the props and features used earlier in the background. It was an unusual and wonderful peek behind the scenes. There was a simple authenticity to it that was surprisingly refreshing.

        I thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony. The Russians did themselves proud tonight.

        •  NBC closed the broadcast with this: (2+ / 0-)
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          To be humble, to be kind.
          It is the giving of the peace in your mind.
          To a stranger, To a friend
          To give in such a way that has no end.

          We are Love
          We are One
          We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
          We are Peace
          We are War
          We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

          To be bold, to be brave.
          It is the thinking that the heart can still be saved
          And the darkness can come quick
          The Dangers in the Anger and the hanging on to it.

          We are Love
          We are One
          We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
          We are Peace
          We are War
          We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

          Tell me what it is that you see
          A world that’s filled with endless possibilities?
          Heroes don’t look they used to, they look like you do.

          We are Love
          We are One
          We are how we treat each other when the day is done.
          We are Peace
          We are War
          We are how we treat each other and Nothing More

          A nice little poke in the eye to Putin.
    •  I just read that on Russian television (4+ / 0-)
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      annieli, Hey338Too, BFSkinner, PSzymeczek

      the ceremony did appear to go off without a hitch. As soon as the producers realized the fifth ring wasn't working properly they cut to prerecorded rehearsal footage. Russian viewers watching at home saw a perfect set of rings unfold followed by pyrotechnics. The producers aren't hiding the fact they did this but thought it was important to preserve the iconic imagery of the Olympic rings.

      NBC aired the ceremony with the glitch intact.

  •  heard a great term on All In tonite, not new, but (3+ / 0-)
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    apparently new-to-me...

    appointment TV
    this house hasn't done "appointment TV" since we got satellite with a DVR box! since we've been in this house, ca. 20 years.

    WE are in control of that box, period. Well, except that we watch way too much, AND use it for white-noise, but when we want to watch something, we "tape" it and watch it WHEN WE WANT TO!

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:34:53 PM PST

  •  Sochi is 11 hours ahead of the most (4+ / 0-)
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    important time zone in teh world, Mountain Standard.

    If I want to watch any curling I can see it live on CNBC between 3 and 6 am, or set a TV recorder thingie.  I don't have one of those.  Check your local listings or local NBC affiliate website.

    I'll trawl the internet for reports and mammoth fuck-up and/or victory videos.  Like the one at this link:

    I'll be rooting for a 15 year old local gal in the slopestyle skiing (not slopestyle snowboarding) competition named, Maggie Voisin.

    And laugh and laugh and laugh as the stories continue to filter out about the massive incompetence, graft and fucked-uppery of the Russian organizers.

    "Go well through life"-Me (As far as I know)
    This message will self-destruct upon arrival in the NSA archives in Utah.

    by MTmofo on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:38:19 PM PST

  •  Deliberately skipping the entire thing, not just (8+ / 0-)

    the opening.  Sorta sad, because I generally prefer the winter games to the summer.  But Russia has gone out of its way to embrace multiple policies I find disgusting.

  •  They never interested me... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...and all the BS over the years has reinforced that.

    And Vladimir Putin can go to Hell, as far as I am concerned.

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:52:23 PM PST

  •  Visiting my Mom (88) (10+ / 0-)

    For a month. Was excited that this prolonged stay would encompass both her birthday and the Olympics. We invited her sister, my aunt over for pie and to watch. Sitting here discussing our arthritis while stepfather snores on the sofa. It's 4 degrees outside and Mom can't really leave her husband alone for long due to his dementia so this is a homey break from the routine.  At least the routine here is MSNBC, not Fox. So in spirt of the politics I will treasure the memory of sharing the experience.

  •  I'm watching (9+ / 0-)

    I have always loved the Olympics and get very inspired and teary at these people who excel at some of these obscure sports.  

    We are raised to honor all the wrong explorers and discoverers - thieves planting flags, murderers carrying crosses. Let us at last praise the colonizers of dreams. - Peter S. Beagle

    by jk2003 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:02:46 PM PST

  •  Too much (1+ / 0-)
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    made for TV drama for my liking.

    I always imagine the stuff appeals to shallow minded folks that don't realize how they're being manipulated.

    I am a Progressive. I believe in one simple phrase: "... with liberty, and justice for all."

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:46:11 PM PST

    •  There's this incredible invention called a DVR (3+ / 0-)
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      which gives you the ability to fast forward through portions of a show you don't like. You might give it a try.

      The Olympics is about sports. And people like sports. They like to cheer for their fellow countrymen or the athlete from their state or home town. They want people to succeed in their endeavors and sometimes feel bad when they fall short of their dreams. If watching sports and athletic competition isn't your thing that's perfectly fine but there's absolutely no need to insult those who do.

      Some people like to be entertained. The opening and closing ceremonies are a fascinating mix of pageantry, national pride, theater, music, culture, sound and lights, state-of-the-art technology, and tradition all rolled into one gigantic ball interpreted by the host country. It may not be your cup of tea but again, there's no need to insult those who enjoy a unique show created specifically for the world stage.

      People watch comedies to laugh. They watch horror flicks to be frightened. Folks attend concerts because they enjoy music by a favorite artist or from certain genres. They watch dog shows because they love animals and get a kick out of watching dogs do amazing stunts and tricks. They flock to French circus tents touring the world so they can suspend belief for a few hours and lose themselves in the breathtaking sights and sounds magnificently on display before them.  

      People do all sorts of things because they're anticipating a response. The only thing shallow in all of that is you suggesting they're too fucking stupid to know they're being manipulated to laugh, cry, hum along, be astounded, or cheer the home team. It is the very essence of being a spectator, fan, or buff.

  •  the design of the opening itself could not happen (5+ / 0-)

    except for so many LGBT artisans and performers and the treatment of the Revolution and the Great Patriotic War was actually interesting in its attempt to gloss over the Stalinist period. Other revisionist amusements: taking credit for inventions developed in the US by Russian emigres

    Warning - some snark may be above‽ (-9.50; -7.03)‽ eState4Column5©2013 "I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be" - Barack Obama 04/27/2013 (@eState4Column5).

    by annieli on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:49:15 PM PST

  •  I'm watching (4+ / 0-)
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    I'm kind of hit or miss on watching them usually.  I learned a couple of weeks ago that the son of a woman with whom I worked about 20 years ago has a son who has a decent chance of winning a medal.   Very cool, although I do wish they had a more progressive country in which to attend them.

    I think the ceremonies have been pretty impressive.  The technology with the projections on the floor have been amazing.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:50:46 PM PST

  •  I LOVE the Olympics, winter and summer (7+ / 0-)

    I'll be watching the opening, closing, and as much in between as I can.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 07:54:18 PM PST

  •  I thought about it earlier today, then promptly (2+ / 0-)
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    forgot about it as I got involved with a project.  I just wrapped that up about 15 minutes ago and caught the last 10 minutes of the broadcast just to see if they were happening.  Lots of lights and fireworks, and what sounded like a Randy Newman song with the word "diversity" in the lyrics.

    Odd, that.

    At any rate - that's probably all I'll watch unless I stumble across some curling or bowling or something.

    Citizens United: 3 Branches, 2 Parties, 1 Currency, 0 Accountability.

    by here4tehbeer on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:39:18 PM PST

  •  I'll be watching the US hockey games (2+ / 0-)
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    Huge Blues fan here and we have 3 players on the US team (9 total in the Olympics) so I'll watch to root for them, and I'm sure as hell not going 2 weeks without watching hockey. The NHL offseason is bad enough but at least then I have baseball to hold me over! Without watching the Olympics, I'd have nothing ;)

    None of the other events interest me anyways and I never watch them, so my viewing habits won't really change. I usually don't watch the ceremonies either.

    "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

    by yg17 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 08:59:41 PM PST

  •  I was down in the basement watching but, (2+ / 0-)
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    got hungry and came up to get dinner.

    "Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change." Muhammad Ali

    by blueoregon on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:00:22 PM PST

  •  A peaceful gathering of nations (4+ / 0-)
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    The young, the best and brightest in sports, a celebration of the human body and its potential.


    The hope of the future.

    I can't imagine letting politics ruin this for me.

    I feel sorry for those that have to view everything through a political glass.

    You are missing out.

  •  i'm watching the replay of the opening (2+ / 0-)
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    because i couldn't catch all of the spectacular references and links the first go round.

    it is truly spectacular - the technology - the music, the presentation - really beautiful.

    from borodin to stravinsky to prokofiev to ballet to acrobatics to opera - this is truly a tribute to artists, not just athletes.

    what i find appalling, however, is the trite, demeaning commentary of the nbc commentators - all they could do is make sniping comments and petty references showing a total ignorance of the history of this incredible nation.

    i am embarrassed listening to their stupidity - focusing on every little error (a malfunction of one of the rings) to comparing the tribute to st basil's to coney island.

    every little dig possible - it is ugly and rude and shows bias that is pathetic.  

    ugh.  ugly americans - they are news commentators.

    EdriesShop Is it kind? is it true? is it necessary?

    by edrie on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 03:37:55 AM PST

  •  I agree with satarist Harry Shearer (2+ / 0-)
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    The Olympics-- it's a movement, and we all need one, every day.

    "Life is short, but long enough to get what's coming to you." --John Alton

    by Palafox on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 08:11:42 AM PST

  •  I haven't sought out (1+ / 0-)
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    the Olympics for viewing in a long time, but if I'm channel-surfing, and an event catches my eye, I'll watch as long as it sustains my interest.

    A great democracy does not make it harder to vote than to buy an assault weapon. -Bill Clinton

    by PSzymeczek on Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 09:36:55 AM PST

  •  Olympics (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't have TV. Netflix rules!

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