For many viewers, tonight is the last night of the London Olympic Games. The thirtieth Olympiad ends after Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh Jennings face Team USA rivals Jen Kessy and April Ross.
Gymnastics ended last night (the only event people watch). Swimming ended last weekend (once Michael Phelps stopped racing, coverage ended). Diving is over, right (platform finals tonight)? Tampoline–usually a warm-up or practice tool for real athletes (not that I can do any of the moves performed)–lasted 0.5 seconds. Usain Bolt already ran his two races. All that’s left is for NBC to fill their primetime slot with fluff pieces.
Mary Carillo riding in an Aston Martin, Mary Carillo drinking tea, Mary Carillo pretending to be an Englophile. That’s all well and good, I suppose. It just seems that NBC knows most of America is tuning out in the later part of the Olympics.
Too bad Americans don’t like watching dressage or equestrian (which is airing at the moment) and the 5000 m is just a long race. I mean, sure indoor volleyball is still going strong as is water polo (but who understands the rules to that? it’s like hockey, if the ice suddenly melted). I may be in the majority, but I just can’t get excited for basketball. I think it’s because Team USA is such an overwhelming favorite (or maybe because I don’t like the NBA).
At least we still have field hockey …I know the Dutch women’s team is getting a lot of attention. And that’s all that matters, right? Fans (even bandwagon fans?) following and cheering for their favorite teams and athletes.
(Don’t forget soccer.) Right. USA’s women’s team looks to be in contention for a medal…or a hospital stay. Let’s see how rough this sport can get, shall we?