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Scott Rushing
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Winter Olympics

Sco...was it you that liked Curling?   I can't remeber who but one of the members did..anyway..just watching the winter olympics curling event...Norway vs China.  How fun.  I could see that being something, given all the thinking you have to do for managing the shots, that'd be fun.  Like pool (which I enjoy) and the strategy of shots, I could see why people enjoy it.

scomac
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Yes, that was me, Scott.  I'm

Yes, that was me, Scott.  I'm a curler.  What you were watching was the mixed doubles game versus the traditional four man team game that I play.  The mixed doubles game is more of a finesse game with all the draws and tap backs because you can't remove a stone until the fifth thrown rock.  The mixed doubles game is quite popular outside of the traditional curling hotbeds and is a source of growth for the game.  It's a bit like chess on ice.

DON
I kind of enjoy watching

I kind of enjoy watching Curling at the games. As you both have mentioned, it's a game of Strategy and that can be fun to both play or watch. I also read recently that Curling is the ONLY indoor game at the Winter Games that does NOT include ice skates. Not something I had ever throught about before, but it is true and a bit odd. 

 

Don

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Aimee
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Olympics

I haven't watched a minute of the TV coverage. It's gone from sports programming to "fuzzy feel good" too often, with all of the filler of the back stories, etc. in recent years. Although you guys make me interested in checking out curling!

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Aimee
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Olympics

I haven't watched a minute of the TV coverage. It's gone from sports programming to "fuzzy feel good" too often, with all of the filler of the back stories, etc. in recent years. Although you guys make me interested in checking out curling!

It's not how...it's how many

DON
I agree with Aimee on the

I agree with Aimee on the coverage of the games. WAY too much background info on some of the athlets, and NOT enough coverage of the events. It is especially bad when they show the background of some guy or gal before the event, and then that person finishs 20th or something. WHO CARES ??? Between the background stories, the talk about this or that and the endless commercials, we get way more garbage than actual event coverage. 

Don

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scomac
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It's funny, but I was

It's funny, but I was thinking the same thing.  I remember watching the Winter Olympics 25 years ago and you actually got to see the events as they happened.  Now all you seem to get is feel good stories about featured athletes and then a highlight package of what took place in an event where a __________ (Canadian/American/wherever) athlete featured.

The time difference certainly is an issue, but I haven't really seen all that much considering the hours that the broadcast has been on in our household.

Scott Rushing
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Yeah, they're trying to

Yeah, they're trying to stretch out coverage with having all the back story information but some of that might be due to the time difference and the fact that in prime time, a lot of stuff is replays and people already know the results for a lot of events.   but I would rather have more options to see more sports.  I tune in because my guide says "luge, hockey and..." and then only see hockey.  Now, I'm up early and there's less filler and more events.  So maybe things change in the evenings when they're trying to give you more new material to keep people vested.

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Aimee
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curling

I have off today for President's Day but I wound up waking up early. Went up and down the dial to see what was on (rarely watch TV in the morning) and found coverage of a curling match between US and Canada. It was the end of the match and I saw one play (whatever they are called) by the US, then Canada, then the final one by the US to win by one point. It was interesting to watch, but I'd guess more interesting if you are actually playing in the match and have a dog in the fight. I realized that it is similar to bocce on ice, except the 2 guys with the broom things can influence the direction of the stone after the skip sends it down the ice. Also some similarities with pool, Scott you'd probably be good!

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DON
I HATE this years covarage.

Yesterday I was watching the end of the golf in California and turned over to see what was on about the Olympics, only to see the REPLLAY of the photo finish of the Biathelon event, which is one of my favorite events being that I am i competive shooter and a former skiier. IF I had known in advance that was going to be what was on, I would have turned off the golf early and watched the games instead, but they don't tell you much about what is being covered in advance. They only tell you what may be on sometime in the day, not when in the day it will be on, so it's hard to know when to watch. Maybe they want it that way so you have to watch ALL day to see the one event you care about. If you ask me, the coverage was Much Better when it was on ABC's Wide World Of Sports with Howard Coselle back in the old days. 

Don

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