Saturday, February 18, 2006
I haven't watched much of the Olympics this year. Part of it is because in general I don't watch much of them. It's not that the sports are boring. Wait, I take that back. There are some very boring Olympic sports. Curling comes to mind, even though it's got an underground fan club. Another reason is the television coverage. NBC tends to think that the best way to make sure that people watch is to pack their primetime coverage full of human interest stories, commercials, and fireside chats with Bob Costas. Where's that soccer announcer who screams "GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! Goal-goal-goal-goal! GOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!"? Let's liven things up a bit with some swooshes, more mayhem, and above all, a TiVo. Thanks to the wonder of TiVo, I've been able to at least get the last criteria. By skipping the fluff, I've been able to compress approximately 10000 hours of Olympics coverage into my own personal 1 hour highlight reel. Foremost among anything else on that reel is Lindsay Jacobellis' Snowboardcross race from Friday. In one of the most idiotic moves in recent Olympics history, Jacobellis decided that being 100 meters ahead of her nearest opponent and on the way to a certain gold medal just wasn't good enough. Instead, she had to hot-dog it. She pulled a little trick on her second to last jump, biffed it, and ended up with the silver medal. Of all the stupid things to do. Wasn't celebrating at the bottom good enough? Wasn't standing on the podium hearing the Star-Spangled Banner a good enough prize for winning? You had to go out and pull a stunt like that, somehow doing everything in your power to make sure that you pulled a silver medal out of the certain gold you had. It was an unbelievable moment. You really have to see it to believe it. Take a look right here. This even surpassed Bode Miller's comments about how he got plastered during his ski runs on the Idiocy Scale. There are still 6 days left for something else to win, but right now, barring somebody else trying to get their claim to fame, nobody can touch Lindsay Jacobellis.