Wednesday, August 1, 2012
At some point, NBC broke away for the award winning and compelling (note tone of sarcasm) interview between Ryan Seacrest and Michael Phelps...even Michael Phelps was wondering, "where's Bob Costas for this interview?" What, Joan and Melissa Rivers weren't available? NBC skipped a portion of the ceremony that paid tribute to British citizens lost in a terrorist attack. The interview sucked, the snub was in poor taste, and somewhere Jim McKay is rolling over in his grave. We haven't hit Day five of the competition and I'm already tired of the (lack of) storyline between Phelps and Lochte.NBC tries to spin up drama each night with events, but technology kills any chance of that.
By the time prime time rolls around, I have either seen something on twitter or an ESPN ticker tape that tells me what I don't want to know. When I was a kid, I discovered my Christmas presents under my parents bed one year and while I was excited for a nanosecond, Christmas that year was a bit off as I already knew what was under the tree.
Watching the late night interviews tonight with Costas and the women's "Gold" gymnastics team, he says we're hours after recording this moment live (that will be delayed 4-7 hours)...the tension was palpable with that oxymoron.
As a marathon runner and triathlete, both men's and women's competition in both events are yet to come and I will look forward to catching both events assuming I can stay away from my twitter account and T.V. and pretend that I'm seeing it live.