Farewell, Beijing

25 08 2008

I LOVE the Olympics.

It’s weird, really, because I’m not much of a sports fan. I try to catch a bit of Wimbledon each year (tennis is SO a sport, Amie!) and it’s always fun to see the Final Four, but, well, that’s about it.

So my obsession with the Olympics is rather singular. I have probably watched at least two hours EVERY NIGHT since the Olympics started. That’s a lot. I don’t generally watch a lot of television. But tv-watching habits aside, I’ve definitely gotten my sports fix. For the next four years.

One thing you kind of have to put up with if you want to see the exceptional athletic prowess of the Olympians are the asinine phrases of the commentators. Don’t get me wrong–I love Bob Costas as much or more than the next person. He’s been my favorite since I was a kid.

This is not about Bob Costas. You know who I’m talking about. The ones who make such obvious statements as, “This is going to hurt the team” when they’ve fallen off the balance beam. For some reason, most of the annoying commentators seem to be covering gymnastics. For your reading enjoyment, I’ve culled some of the most awful.

“She is MONSTER TOUGH.” (I think every girl wants to hear this about herself.)

“The pommel horse has been like Waterloo today.” (Which means bad. But only if you’re French. Napolean especially.)

“He is exuding confidence today with his mannerisms and gestures.” (As opposed to exuding it through his sweat glands.)

“So far it has been carpe diem for him–seize the day and seize the opportunity.”

“Wow–crazy international storylines crossed.”

“I’d have to say that right there looked like a choke.”

“That’s a ‘Yeah, baby!'”

“That was back to back amazing!”

“He is MVP to the 10th power!”

I stopped commenting on the comments because I was starting to sound a little snarky. And I love the Olympics and the commentators do a great job. Usually.

When they aren’t being annoying.

P.S. Thanks to Melissa for commenting and reminding me of this gem: “He gives 110%, 110% of the time.” Mathematically, that’s not even possible. Don’t they know that?


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6 responses

25 08 2008
Chris & Kathleen

I fully agree, the other really annoying announcer was that women for diving. Anna even said one night, “why is she talking all the time.” I don’t know honey.

25 08 2008
Smith Fam

Aw, man, I really liked your snarky commentary on the “did they really say that?” commentaries.
😀

25 08 2008
Mike

Wait a second–I’m no history buff, but wasn’t waterloo BAD for the French, and good for everyone else (at least those that were against the french)

25 08 2008
Wendy

Oh, man, Mike. Now I feel like an idiot. I’ll have to change that–

25 08 2008
Melissa

Wendy, this made me laugh so hard. Travis and I had many similar conversations each night (while watching two plus hours). There were some sports I had to watch with the sound muted because the commentators were SO annoying.
Another one we love was “they give 110%, 110% of the time”. Wow.

26 08 2008
mamacheetah

Thank you for posting those!

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