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3puppies
July 21st, 2021, 2:40 PM
Since Covid postponed the Olympics a year, and there will be no crowds, will anyone be watching?

I feel bad for most of the athletes involved,

They won't get enormous crowds chanting for them.

MTR
July 21st, 2021, 5:30 PM
I will watch some stuff here and there and highlights. I used to watch as much as I could in the past but not enough time anymore plus I don't always care for what NBC decides to show us. I like watching a bit of it all if I can.

Fro
July 21st, 2021, 6:54 PM
Iíve never been a huge Olympics guy anyway but I donít think the lack of fans will affect how much I watch. Itís definitely not good though. Not just the no-fans but all of the Covid protocols like how the medal presentations will be different. But this is no different than what all American sports went through last year so weíre used to it. I will still watch here and there like I always have.

I do feel bad for the athletes but also for Japan. It sucks for the country as a whole to have your olympics kind of ruined by the pandemic and also for the citizens who are still going through a lockdown and donít even want the Olympics anymore.

BigAl
July 21st, 2021, 7:33 PM
I was never really a fan of the Summer Olympics outside of Phelps swimming and in 1996 when the women won the gymnastics gold. I much, much prefer the winter games.

I don’t think I would have watched more than a few minutes of something in the background so I won’t be missing much.

Percussion
July 21st, 2021, 8:41 PM
Always adored the Olympics. The fastest man on the planet, the oldest sport of all time wrestling, diving, boxing, the original Dream Team, even gymnastics is super fun at the Olympics imo.

I don't think fans in attendance is as big a deal at the games versus other regular sports events. The fans are always just kinda there at the games, often not even included in the TV frame. The opening and closing ceremonies will feel different though.

And Japan is fucked. There are host cities - looking at you Brazil - that many several years later are still wrestling with recouping from Olympic expenses, and they had fans paying in attendance and throughout their cities bars and restaurants, etc.

3puppies
July 21st, 2021, 11:44 PM
My wife and daughters love Simone Biles and the ladies gymnastics. So there's no doubt it will be watched in our household.

I am much more appreciative of the "real" sports where they don't have judges fucking someone over. In the winter, it's speed skating over figure skating for me.

In the summer, I will enjoy the water polo and swimming much more than diving or synchronized swimming. Because any fool watching - like me - can easily tell who should win. Track and field are the best, but I also enjoy cycling.

I never liked the bullshit sob story packages they put together for TV to try to get us to care about some of these participants. During the last Olympics, we were on vacation in Europe and the international broadcast was so much better.

Bert
July 21st, 2021, 11:53 PM
https://apnews.com/article/2020-tokyo-olympics-entertainment-sports-health-coronavirus-pandemic-fd94ec7f2fd17723d38f8bcfdb663c7e

1998, seriously?

virms
July 22nd, 2021, 1:47 AM
https://apnews.com/article/2020-tokyo-olympics-entertainment-sports-health-coronavirus-pandemic-fd94ec7f2fd17723d38f8bcfdb663c7e

1998, seriously?

Should have made a throwing maga babies into a wood chipper joke. That doesn't get you in trouble.

Fro
July 22nd, 2021, 10:20 AM
https://apnews.com/article/2020-tokyo-olympics-entertainment-sports-health-coronavirus-pandemic-fd94ec7f2fd17723d38f8bcfdb663c7e

1998, seriously?

Rough look when it's an international event and the host country fought with Germany in WW2. Like imagine if Germany was the host and the olympic director had a holocaust joke under his belt? I couldn't figure out the context of the joke since the video is in Japanese, but yea, even if the context was "not bad" I think this is a fairly reasonable firing given what the job is and the Jewish athletes that will be competing.

I read this article thinking damn how many people did they fire but the other one I looked into was the musical director fired for his past bullying. At first I was like damn just for bullying? But... I'll spare you the sick details but that dude deserved to be fired. Especially because it's also the paralympics and this guy did really sick stuff to disabled kids.

Bert
July 22nd, 2021, 10:26 AM
Rough look when it's an international event and the host country fought with Germany in WW2. Like imagine if Germany was the host and the olympic director had a holocaust joke under his belt? I couldn't figure out the context of the joke since the video is in Japanese, but yea, even if the context was "not bad" I think this is a fairly reasonable firing given what the job is and the Jewish athletes that will be competing.

I read this article thinking damn how many people did they fire but the other one I looked into was the musical director fired for his past bullying. At first I was like damn just for bullying? But... I'll spare you the sick details but that dude deserved to be fired. Especially because it's also the paralympics and this guy did really sick stuff to disabled kids.

Dude, it was 23 years ago. Did they find this shit on a VHS tape?

I just think there should be a statute of limitations on canceling people for minor offenses.

Fro
July 22nd, 2021, 10:42 AM
Dude, it was 23 years ago. Did they find this shit on a VHS tape?

I just think there should be a statute of limitations on canceling people for minor offenses.

Video did exist in 1998, yea. It wasn't a home video pulled from a personal camera, it was during a taped performance.

But when did getting fired and getting cancelled become the same thing? I'm not saying he should be cancelled, just that it's reasonable to be fired from this job given what the job is. He can still direct other ceremonies.

And again I'm judging this without context of the skit since it's in another language. Context is important and I don't know what exactly was said or the premise. So I can only go on what info I have.

There's no statute of limitations on saying offensive shit, though I do think it's a factor.

Being fired from the Olympics when Japan is the host for making a holocaust joke is one of the more reasonable scenarios for firing someone over speech (or "cancelling" them, if that's you're preferred nomenclature) IMO. I mean we're talking international relations here.

Just my 2 cents.

Percussion
July 28th, 2021, 3:22 PM
Bummer for Simone Biles. One of the absolute greatest to ever do it looking to put a definitive GOAT stamp on her career and it just wasn't happening.

3puppies
July 28th, 2021, 6:00 PM
She will make movies next. Gymkata 2

Dreyski
August 3rd, 2021, 1:23 PM
Interesting article about US Olympic coverage:
https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2021/aug/02/nbc-olympic-coverage-peacock-replays-primetime#comment-151037763

Tyrone
August 3rd, 2021, 1:50 PM
Table tennis has been my favorite thing of these olympics so far. That kayak slalom shit was wild.

Fro
August 3rd, 2021, 2:38 PM
I watched USA vs Spain men's basketball last night and it was a pretty good game. Australia is next up in the semi finals. Bring home the gold, KD.

Tyson
August 3rd, 2021, 9:31 PM
The shared Gold in the high jump was dope. The nod from Qatar to Italy like ďWe good?Ē got me all kinds of happy crying.

Shout out to the athletes like Simone Biles who are prioritizing their mental health. Huge props.

Win one for Christine Sinclair, ladies; the GOAT deserves to go out with a Gold. LETíS FUCKING GO!!!

Percussion
August 3rd, 2021, 11:43 PM
Did Biles suffer from some kind of discernable mental health ailment or did she just get a seriously shit case of the 'twisties', aka the gymnastic yips? And are we parsing any difference here or maybe deciding it's not necessary and mental health is just a catch all for any time someone isn't at their best unrelated to physical performance? Like for instance Chuck Knoblauch and Rick Ankiel suffered from mental health situations at different points in their careers.

BigAl
August 4th, 2021, 9:47 AM
Did Biles suffer from some kind of discernable mental health ailment or did she just get a seriously shit case of the 'twisties', aka the gymnastic yips? And are we parsing any difference here or maybe deciding it's not necessary and mental health is just a catch all for any time someone isn't at their best unrelated to physical performance? Like for instance Chuck Knoblauch and Rick Ankiel suffered from mental health situations at different points in their careers.

Man, I remember listening to the Mets vs Cardinals game in my high school parking lot in 2000 when Ankiel essentially forgot how to pitch while he was on the mound. That was rough to hear.

For Biles, I think she has stated she goes to therapy to help a mental health issue but didn't specify what the issue is. I'd like to see more athletes prioritize their mental health over anything else. Michael Phelps had a brief interview on the Olympics the other day to discuss his mental health as well, admitting he struggled at times. It was important for Dak Prescott to say something similar last year.

Bert
August 4th, 2021, 10:06 AM
I heard she lost a name change bet on a wrestling forum.

Tyson
August 4th, 2021, 11:56 PM
Did Biles suffer from some kind of discernable mental health ailment or did she just get a seriously shit case of the 'twisties', aka the gymnastic yips? And are we parsing any difference here or maybe deciding it's not necessary and mental health is just a catch all for any time someone isn't at their best unrelated to physical performance? Like for instance Chuck Knoblauch and Rick Ankiel suffered from mental health situations at different points in their careers.

Google Simone Biles/Larry Nassar, you dumbfuck…

Percussion
August 5th, 2021, 12:04 AM
Hahahaha.. fuck you're embarrassing.

I wasn't even shitting on her you weirdo. I actually respect the fact that she stood down from the competition as to not hurt her teams chances and to not get herself seriously injured. It's completely reasonable.

But go ahead and keep soldiering you super hard internet warrior badass you.

Bert
August 5th, 2021, 12:14 AM
Just wait until he makes it about Trump somehow. It's his go to move.

BGMaverick
August 5th, 2021, 9:53 AM
Hell of a run by the Slovenian ballers. Heartbreaking way to miss out on the gold medal game.

Percussion
August 6th, 2021, 8:25 PM
Absolutely stoked for Kyle Snyder vs Abdulrashid Sadulaev III tomorrow morning for gold and to settle their immense rivalry.

They've given up all of a combined 2 points (both by Snyder but whatevs) on their ways to the final. Just destroying paths to meet each other once again.

Captain America vs The Russian Tank. All-timer type of shit.

Bert
August 6th, 2021, 8:39 PM
Gable Steveson is a future WWE champion.