USAToday Writer Bashes Vancouver Olympic Opening

When I lived in Michigan, many of my American buddies were always happy to live close to the Canadian border so they could watch CBC’s Olympic coverage. The knock they had on whichever USA network’s coverage was that it was always too American. My friends at least, wanted to see more than just the American athletes. We Canadian’s take for granted the coverage the CBC used to provide. I haven’t been overly impressed with CTV’s coverage so far, but hey it’s early.

Meanwhile, Robert Bianco, the TV critic for USA Today reviewed NBC’s coverage so far in today’s edition. He wasn’t overly impressed with the job VANOC has done so far:

“Nor was it NBC’s fault the Games began with an overlong, flatfooted ceremony made memorable only by its climactic technical glitch. Almost anything would have paled next to the stunning beauty of China’s wildly extravagant pageant, but even on more modest terms, Vancouver’s effort was a banal misfire, straining to convey national identity through bland pop tunes and bad poetry.”

Wow! How do you really feel Robert???

I didn’t watch the opening ceremonies live, I have seen them on my pvr though. To be honest, they were equally as “schmaltzy” as they always seem to be.

I have been flipping back and forth between the networks and NBC is doing what all the US networks do when they buy the rights. They focus on the Americans. Personally, I have reallty enjoyed Dan Patrick’s contribution to NBC’s coverage. On the Canadian side, I have been less than impressed with the play by play coverage I have seen so far. Jamie Campbell and his partner on the snowboarding were BRUTAL today. I didn’t see it but several folks told me that Dutchyshen was unwatchable last night. In following twitter over the last couple of days it seems that majority of people could care less. The Olympic spirit is alive and well, at least here in Canada. People from all walks of life appear to be enjoying the games.

More later.



USA today is here

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February 15, 2010 11:50 pm

wow complain complain complain.

Always easy to be an armchair critic.

Hey how do I get a job where I get to get paid lots of money to just snidely pick apart everything?

February 16, 2010 2:19 pm

I was thinking the same thing about Jamie Campbell, the most obnoxious aspect of Campbell doing Blue Jays broadcast was his attitude whenever the Jays get an early lead or pitcher does well. He then starts acting smug by saying the game is over with this big lead, and of course the opposing team comes back. The guy is a human hometown jink.

So when watching snowboarding and seeing Robertson taking the early lead I screamed at the TV when Campbell said “He keeps this up he’s guaranteed to win Gold” of course the second he said that the guy in second starts passing him. Without changing the excitement in his tone he talks about how great it is for Robertson to win silver, after he guaranteed gold to him just a half minute ago

I really miss CBC, they cover these sports throughout the year, with the exception of hockey & curling what of these sports CTSNet (I think I should trademark that lol) actually cover? So they stick Campbell who is poor at covering sports that’s his full time job like baseball and have him do a sport he is clueless on. Plus a guy like Rick Mercer would do the lighhearted stuff better than the unwatchable MTV segments

I actually find myself like NBC commentators more, but I will give CTSNet credit, all the channels you can pick and choose what you want, which is great and seem to choose their commercial breaks better. As for Dutch, CTSNet wanted to make these games about them by having their guys run the torch, so we can’t be surprised that gold medal wins will make it about themselves too.

February 16, 2010 4:12 pm

I have found the filler segments on CTV almost completely unwatchable with the exception of the “Difference Makers” . The Bilodeau one was especially good.

The MTV people are, granted, not there to target me as an audience, but the truth is they are on at times which I don’t believe the target they are trying to reach are even watching. I don’t need my olympic coverage to include talk of “golden showers”, or how to meet a hot guy in Whistler. Even worse was the lead-up to the opening ceremony where we were treated to the MuchMusic preview for their olympic coverage. What may have been underage girls in a hot tub with the personality-less VJ Tim Deegan who is in his mid-twenties…then body shots and having guys strip for beer….even Duthie and his co-host seemed appalled….and I was less than thrilled to explain it to my three year old who asked what was happening….yup I sure miss CBC and its quiet professionalism with regard to the olympics.

I have no problem with the MTV and MUCH content if it stays on the cable channels…once it crosses over to the main network though it needs to have a tighter leash since families are watching with young kids.

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