questionswhy won't the olympic commentators shut up?

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They are the same at ALL sporting events shown on TV; they like hearing themselves talk.

Kinda like politicians.

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NBC is the worst at talking over events and the worst at hearing announcers. It's double-edged on our affiliate.

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Aw man guys, you are ruining it for me they haven't started here yet! Now my complaints with be soooooo second hand. ;) :P

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Cause we wouldnt know what the hell is going on in these ceremonies! so off-putting.

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I was pretty disappointed with it all, and the talking didn't help. It may have been better if they just let us watch it without them trying to explain it to us.

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It's worse than the Macy's Day Parade! Gotta stick to those stupid scripts.

Can anyone tell me what the cornucopias(?) carried by the little girls in dresses is all about?

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Lavinka

Something about bountiful pastures of England.

I do wish you could just turn off the voices, this was one ceramony that was mostly selfexplanitory.

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@lavikinga: Trying to capitalize on the hunger games?

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Bob Costas is an Idiot. Can he stop with the awful jokes and offensive comments , no wonder the rest of the world hates us!

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YES! I was saying the same thing; it's the same reason I can't watch parades on TV.

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I think they get paid for each useless observation that they make.

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@blanked: @okham: Not cornucopias, but rather copper petals, 'cause THAT makes a lot of sense.
Ended up doing my own version of MST3K and talking back to Matt & Bob.

Had to bail out at "Hey Jude." Perhaps, Sir Paul, the late night air is not the best for your aging voice?

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@lavikinga: I was looking away as he began singing, but it sounded to me like his voice might be cracking with emotion at first? I rather like how he involved the crowd and enjoyed his performance, actually, even if only for the nostalgia/iconic aspect. But I thought he sounded fine, esp. given his age.

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yea, I would have been much more happy to NOT know that the U.S. olympic team outfits were made in china...

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I wish I could have just watched the opening ceremony WITHOUT a single word from the commentators. It was one moronic comment after the other.

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@mx023: The prototypes were made in China, the ones they took to the Olympics were made by Ralph Lauren here is the US (due to all the outrage they received).

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This is why I like it when the sports I want to watch are being broadcast on one of the alternate NBC networks.

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Why were the commentators louder then the music in general. The music was so muted down it was pathetic. If the commentators were a bit lower in the background it wouldn't have been nearly as annoying when they chirped in with a factoid.

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nbc ruins a lot of sports they get involved with... I won't get into the particular one i have inside experience with - but it's been a sh*t show ever since they took over from another rights-holder network.

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typical of American coverage of sporting events. The hosts apparently feel that if they don't explain every damn little thing to us, their bosses will realize they're superfluous and fire their asses.

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@dmmutti: afaik, they were all made in China, there wasn't sufficient time to manufacture new ones before today's ceremonies. They said all FUTURE US team apparel would be made in the USA.

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Not to get off track, but did anyone else get a little emotional seeing Muhammad Ali? To see him in the condition he's in is rough.

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Okay, that's it. Next summer Olympics I want coverage to be on the all Golf Channel. At those guys know when the shut up.

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@lavikinga: If you're talking about the thing they carried next to the flag wavers of every country, I think each one of those was part of the torch they lit at the end. I was watching it on a live feed so the quality wasn't so great, but that's my guess.

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I must have yelled "shut UP!" at least 20 times during that ceremony (and that's with turning it off before the parade of nations).

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Either by fluke - or grace - Time Warner cable has opened up a 3D feed from NBC - with NO commentary at all.... (and what was more importantly missed that NBC never put the audio through over Bob C's big mouth, was that the entire athlete marching ceremony was done to some awesome Beatles music intermixed with great dance music)

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First of all, NBC was the ONLY broadcaster that delayed the opening ceremonies until prime time. The rest of the world got to see it as it happened and probably commercial free. (At least the BBC feed was) Rather than actually tell us what was happening (or let us hear what was happening), it seemed that they had an agenda to tell us what they wanted us to know. Not that they seemed to know what was going on most of the time, anyway. It was like they were watching it for the first time, and without a program, yet they stated that they had seen it in rehearsals. The significance of the music playing was never noticed. And it had significance, right through "Dark Side of the Moon" during the fireworks and and Sir Paul singing "The End" at the end. I expect the commentary throughout the Olympics to be just as inane and clueless.

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@raider9924: That was my biggest irritation. I turned it on to hear them blathering about the deaf Scottish percussionist (lucky her), but couldn't hear her playing as they were too busy talking about it. Grrrr.

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@publicart: Yes, I mentioned that up thread, but coming in after the entrance of the athletes began, I missed that bit of information. It was unusual, that's for sure.

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Could have been worse...they could have hired John Madden as a commentator.

I've often wished that they would use the SAP for commentator-free audio, whether it be the Olympics or football or any other sport.

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I am unable to figure out NBC sports commentators at all. Right now, watching swimming events, these cretins keep blathering out data (not information) that no one cares to hear. And, when the babble does have something to do with the active event, the commentary makes one wonder of these guys think that they are radio announcers helping us to understand something that we can see of our astronomically large HD TVs.

Anyone know where and to whom at NBC these thoughts can be sent??? For now, I am going to watch The Games in the same fashion as I watch NASCAR races: audio on MUTE, CLOSED CAPTIONING TURNED OFF

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I didn't watch the Opening Ceremonies, but my past experience leads me to agree with the commens about moronic commentators made above. However, I'm currently listening to NBC broadcast women's volleyball (my desk faces away from the television, so I'm truly listening and not watching), and I've largely appreciated the volleyball commentators so far.

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Best announcer gaffe I heard today was during a soccer match. The announcer said a player dispossessed the ball...aka he lost possession. "Dispossessed?" Really?