They didn’t

Dismissed as the unwanted Games, just how did these Olympics steal our hearts?
Emma John

Next question please.

23 thoughts on “They didn’t”

  1. Taken no notice of the expensive farce.BMX FFS? It is an utterly corrupt school Sports Day.

    Blojob Johnson has spewed out a lot of his usual faux-patriotic bullshit tweets every time some mug nobody’s ever heard of triumphs.

    The cunt would be an actual patriot by dropping the Great Reset and his plans for “papers citizen” tyranny.

    Although I did get a huge laugh yesterday from his “Scalextric Motorway” announcement. Not since his Bridge Over The Troubled Irish Sea has a dumber and more laughable plan been announced. He is a fucking mental case. Lucky for him the globo “elite” are behind his tyranny plans rather than his own “wit”.

  2. It fails the pub test. Can you imagine calling a friend and saying “let’s go to the pub to watch the skateboarding”?

    There’s a weird cognitive dissonance when watching the news. All the people on TV appear to be deeply invested in the Olympics, but outside the media, nobody cares.

  3. So far:-

    British runner who spoke at length about an athletes right to protest on the podium fails to make final.

    Worlds greatest gymnast pulls out after one poor vault leaving her teammates in the lurch.

    Kneeling lady footballers beaten by non-kneeling Aussies.

    Kneeling rugby players fail to medal.

    Underperforming rowers, in many cases failing to medal despite single figure entries in their events, complaining about the bullying German coach who admittedly brought them so much success.

    BBC sticking with their tried and tested formula of studio discussions, replays and interviews while Eurosport actually shows live events.

    Still to look forward to:-

    Seeing how our previously all-conquering cyclists, having seen off the bullying Aussie coach who admittedly brought them so much success, get on.

    Watching the NZ lady weightlifter getting her butt kicked and failing to medal.

    Someone (anyone) beating the loathsome Megan Rapinoe and her chums would be the icing on the cake.

  4. I was at the Olympic Village and saw this bloke walking along with a long pole under his arm.

    “Hey”, I asked him, “are you a pole vaulter?”

    “No”, he said, “I’m German. But how did you know my name was Walter?”

  5. “There’s a weird cognitive dissonance when watching the news. All the people on TV appear to be deeply invested in the Olympics, but outside the media, nobody cares.”

    The only people who seem to care outside are bandwagon jumpers. People talking about how we won at rowing, even though they never cared about rowing before and would not care about rowing if we didn’t win at rowing.

    About the only thing I care about is some of the athletics. It’s simple, pure, global sport. You need gym kit, maybe a javelin to compete. And there’s some money in it from trainer sponsors. So the winners are top competitors. Dressage is just ridiculous. A sport made redundant over 100 years ago with the arrival of tanks on the battle field, done by a tiny number of people who can afford to keep a horse to do ballet. Inaccessible to 99% of people in the UK, let alone Ethiopians, Jamaicans and Mongolions.

  6. They said they wouldn’t keep the camera on the women’s bodies so as not to sexualise them.
    No reason for me to watch.

  7. I’m a bit concerned about this Dina Asher Smith case.
    So she tore her hamstring in the GB trials, but still competed knowing that she could break down and sure enough she did. In so doing depriving someone else ( provided they did the times) of competing.
    Brave ?

  8. Numbers from the US: “Through the first four nights of the Games, according to Sportico, viewership of NBC Universal’s Olympics coverage, across its networks, is down 43 percent compared with Rio de Janeiro, to 17.5 million viewers from 30.7 million. Primetime coverage on the NBC is down nearly 50 percent.

    Would like to see Laurel get a medal though. Give them what they want. Good and hard.

  9. Addolff,

    “Numbers from the US: “Through the first four nights of the Games, according to Sportico, viewership of NBC Universal’s Olympics coverage, across its networks, is down 43 percent compared with Rio de Janeiro, to 17.5 million viewers from 30.7 million. Primetime coverage on the NBC is down nearly 50 percent.”

    There’s a lot of other stuff that people can watch now, and easier to access. You want to watch some events in the UK you have to sign up with Eurosport and pay for a £7 subscription. Most people aren’t going to do that.

    The Minecraft world championships attracted 1.5 million viewers. Apart from the fact that kids are mad for Minecraft, they also make it simple. No sign ups, no regional borders. It’s on YouTube for the world to see. Lots of kids don’t even watch terrestrial TV any longer. They have a TV they use as a monitor for a Chromecast and watch streaming. All these sports making it hard are killing their audience.

  10. The only time I’ve watched skateboarding was when some youngsters were doing it in a park I was crossing. Bloody impressive, I thought; hats off to the daredevils. I don’t think I ever had the sense of balance required for it.

    Tell me, is playing with frisbees in the Olympics? The three-legged race? The egg-and-spoon race? The obstacle race? Tug-of-war? INWN?

  11. I think British Bulldog should be a sport. It’d be done and dusted in an afternoon.

    Fred Truman used to present Indoor League ( I’ll sithee!) There must be loads of potential to mine there.

  12. Oh come on, HK’s got three medals, three times what they’ve ever had ever, plus their first ever double medalist. What’s not to like?

  13. John Lewis
    “ British runner who spoke at length about an athletes right to protest on the podium fails to make final.”
    That was bloody funny.

  14. I have a passing interest in the proceedings and like to see our teams win a few medals. I actually like the fact that various wierd minority sports get their fifteen minutes of fame.

    “They said they wouldn’t keep the camera on the women’s bodies so as not to sexualise them.”

    I can’t say that I’ve noticed this, lots of perfectly toned arses on display. The German gymnasts turned up wearing cat suits saying that leotards were too revealing but they didn’t come anywhere so we never saw them.

    I agree that the BBC coverage has been poor, too much waffling when the could be showing the events.

  15. Andrew C, that one sounds the same vintage as the joke that used to make us 12-year-olds roar:

    Have you ever swum under water? No? Hans and Lottie Hass!

  16. Unfortunately much of the sport makes little sense to non players. Other than clear hits that almost never seem to happen the Taekwondo seems to be a lost of jostling mixed with a few aborted kicks. Judo is a lot of clinching and then both people fall down. Once in a while you get a noble axe kick to the head or someone floating through the air in a throw, but it’s mainly incomprehensible. At least with the races, you can tell who is winning. One can tell when someone is really good in gymnastics, but the scoring is beyond me, whereas synchronised swimming just looks random. I was fairly impressed by the male skateboarding, but the female skateboarding (street) seemed very unprofessional. I did enjoy the 3×3 basketball which was fast moving and fun.

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