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Wednesday, August 01, 2012

NBC's 5 Ring Circus...


I don't know about you, but I like my sporting events LIVE and the pro sports teams I route for to be proactive with their roster. Needless to say, that would mean I'm not all too thrilled with the current sports landscape. Fortunately, I'm also a big fan of watching various media outlets make complete asses out of themselves on national TV and across a myriad of social networks. So I got that going for me, which is nice...

Olympics, Red Sox, and even a few entertainment reviews. Let's go...

As I've said here many times before, I'm just not a fan of the Olympics. Just somethin' about only cheering for a sport once every 4 years, when normally I would see it on TV and decide to watch a Family Guy rerun instead. Doesn't do it for me. I'm of the opinion that if people really wanted to watch a sport, there would be enough interest in it to form a professional league. You know, a vehicle by which to make the sport and it's athletes some money? Obviously that's what it's all about. Making money. Or else why would NBC be airing all of their coverage on some sort of asinine tape delay?

And I get it. This is a business before it's anything else. Before it's even a sporting event. So if NBC can get more advertising dollars by airing the events on a taped delay (capturing key time zones in prime time) then they're gonna do it. But ask yourself: In today's atmosphere of instant technology, would you put up with a tape delay for any sport that you watch on a regular basis? What if your fantasy football results were held up because of some tape delay to capture ratings? Would you like that? Would you still be eager to watch? Of course you wouldn't. Yet time and again millions of viewers tune into these Olympic games when the outcome of the even they're watching has already long since been determined. Why? Well to quote George Costanza when trying to pitch his pilot to, oddly enough, NBC. "Because it's on TV!"...


That's what it comes down to for me. The main reason anyone anywhere watches the Olympics is because they're on TV. Which is fine. Hey, I watch plenty of crap myself. But if you're gonna throw a bunch of random crap on TV, you better make sure it's expertly covered and produced, as to at least fool the viewing public into thinking their watching something worthwhile. And that's where NBC has been experiencing an epic failure. Whether it's spoiling their own tape delayed results with mistimed promotional videos, barring users from Twitter for criticizing their coverage, or just in general having unprepared anchors and interviewers manning their staff. NBC is acting as if they just found out last week that they were going to be covering the Olympics as opposed to having bid for the product and made it a cornerstone of their world wide sports coverage. And the more they fumble around, the more they make it blatantly obvious that they're only in this for the advertising dollars. Which in my opinion, only continues to diminish the alleged importance of a sporting event that probably should have ceased to exist around the end of the Cold War...

So, yeah. Keep watching the Olympics, if that's your thing. Just don't fool yourself into thinking that NBC actually cares about the product they're trying to sell you. If they did, then like any other business, they'd sacrifice some of their profits in order to actually give the customer what they want...


Back in Boston, the trade deadline came and went, and aside from adding a knuckleballer that shares a name with the driest comedian of all time, Ben Cherington and friends decided to stand pat rather than make any bold moves. OR should I say, nobody was offering them anything remotely attractive for Josh Beckett, so they decided to keep that beer swiller with the bloated ERA on their roster for at least a few more months. And can you blame teams for not wanting him? Especially after last night, where his leaving the game due to a "back spasm" after a week full of trade talk made Ray Allen look like a Boston loyalist. He's just checked out, and with his value being as low as it is, it doesn't make any sense to trade him. Last thing they want at this point is another Kevin Youkilis type situation...

All that being said, the Red Sox still remain far from out of a potential playoff spot. And while Ben Cherington insists he "wanted to do more", with nothing attractive to deal at the deadline, the Theo-sounding GM was probably better off letting this team play out the string, and chase whatever remote chance they have at winning a playoff series, than he would have been attempting to reshape his roster at the trading deadline. Because there's no tinkering to be done here, there's just flat out rebuilding. And attempting to rebuild at the trading deadline only really works if you have valuable assets to dangle, which obviously the Red Sox do not...

But hey, they've won 4 in a row (after the random in clubhouse pep talk from Terry Francona, no less) and with the Yankees beginning a backwards slide, nothing remains beyond the realm of possibility. Sure, the most likely scenario has them dropping 4 in a row at some point and evening back out to the .500 team that they've proven to be. But it's not set in stone. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals were 10 games out at this time last year, and they ended up winning the World Series. Not to mention that there was a certain team with a massive lead in the AL Easy that let it all just slip away...

It may not be pretty, but it's not over quite yet, either. So stay tuned...


Closing out this week, I'm doing my best to stick to my word by bringing you an increase in my movie and TV reviews. Most of these won't be as long as say, the review I gave of the Dark Knight Rises, but what they lack in length and detail, they surely won't lack in bluntness. For instance...

In Time: I'm not saying Justin Tibmerlake can't act, but I am saying I never thought I'd use his name and the word abortion in the same sentence without mentioning Cameron Diaz...

See? It wasn't a thorough review, but you got the point. That movie was terrible, and I'd rather take a shower at Penn St. circa 1995 than have to watch a second of that thing ever again. OK, too soon, too gross & arguably too insensitive. But I'm thinkin' you're getting the gist... (4/10)


Contagion: Remember Outbreak? Remember how cool that little monkey was? Remember how you saw that movie, and then wanted to go out and get one of those little monkeys as a pet? Well I sure as Hell know I do. Then I learned that they throw their feces everywhere and wouldn't actually be able to roll cigars for me as I had envisioned. I cried a bit inside, but I've learned to move on, and channel my monkey based dreams through Whiplash. The coolest damn monkey in all the land...

So yeah. Contagion. It's Outbreak minus the awesome monkey. Oh, and they swap Morgan Freeman for Larry Fishburne. Translation: You definitely should have something better to watch on your DVR should this come across your guide... (5/10)

Ides of March: George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman & Paul Giammati are 3 of my favorite actors...and I still thought this movie was boring. So unless those 3 guys actually ARE your 3 favorite actors, I recommend passing on this political drama that really doesn't have enough of the drama in it to justify it's description... (5/10)


I'm not all negative, though. I have been enjoying HBO's fast paced drama The Newsroom (7.5/10 so far) and as you can see on the right side of the page, there are many movies set to hit theaters in the next 12 months that I have a feeling should review a little more favorably. And they don't even include this batch of gems that's set to debut this weekend at the Toronto Film Festival. Looper and Seven Psychopaths being chief among them...


So keep your browser here for an increase in reviews, and not just on movies or TV shows. Sometimes I'll even give you a review of a restaurant. Like how I finally fulfilled a lifelong dream this past weekend when I was finally able to visit a fast food Mecca. The Sonic Drive-In. And friends, let me tell you. Not only was it worth the decade+ of waiting, but I liked it so much I may be regularly going hundreds of miles out of my way just to be able to wash down a delicious chili Frito dog with a an icy cold slush. Mmmm. Food's just better when you can eat it in your car, isn't it? OK, maybe not. But that shit was damn good, and it's deliciousness will haunt my dreams until the time I'm able to make a 2nd visit...


Have a good week, friends. And I'll catch you on the flipman...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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2 comments:

erock said...

NBC HAS ruined it. They still seem confused as to the proper way to circumvent a time difference. The only way to do it is with a DVR. I go to work at Dish in the morning and set my DVR from the computer. Then, when I get home, it has automatically recorded everything on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX on Prime Time Anytime. A Dish coworker got me interested in the Hopper because of the movies, but the 2TB hard drive means I can record any and all Olympics I want, and I just skip through the junk.

Brett Ferruccio said...

The Hopper does have some funny commercials. Hoppahhhhhhhhhh...

Oh and congrats on beating the system. Always nice to see.

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