Ok, does anyone actually watch the olympics. I was reading over at the observer how the WWF's critics are praising them for holding such a sizeable audience while the Olympics are pulling such huge ratings. My question is this, do any of you watch the Olympics? If the WWF weren't on, would you be watching it? I don't give a damn about the Olympics, so I'm wondering here if it holds an interest for anyone else. If not, then the WWF are just holding onto their normal core audience who wouldn't miss their programming for whatever the competition really. I was pretty much assuming that most fans aren't particularly enthused with Speed Skating, with the exception being Keith and Eric Stoolcheezewhiz, but I suppose I was looking for some individuals with a less snippy opinion. Anyone?
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I watching curling, just to see why TSN consistantly makes Canadians wait for RAW for that crap.
By the way, if Curling is an Olympic sport, why aren't BIllards or Bowling?
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Just for the record, I don't watch the Olympics at all. I used to, but it doesn't have any appeal to me anymore. I don't like that they do the every two year thing with switching off for the summer and winter games. I much preferred having both summer and winter every four years. Kinda like how I prefered it when wrestling PPVs were every few months instead of EVERY month.
Does anyone else remember when they tried to do the Olympics on PPV? Now THAT was a disaster. It was one of the biggest bombs on PPV ever considering all the money they put into it.
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I have been watching the Olympics every day and every night. I'm a former hockey player and I love skiing so for me the Winter Games are the Ballz. I even cut high school back in 1980 to got for a few days.We really only get to see most of these sports every 4 years with the wretched exception of Figure Skating which all the networks try to cram down our throats with regularity.
I have limited my wrestling involvement in recent months to the Smackdown Spoilers, PPV Re-caps and CRZ's re-caps. Bringing in the NWO has almost made me turn off the TV anyway. The only reason I even tune in anymore is to see Jericho - the son of former New York Ranger great, Ted Irvine. When they strip the belts off him at Mania, I'll probably go back to wrestling on the net exclusively.
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The Olympics are passive viewing. If I'm bored and flipping through channels, I'll probably stop and watch. To me (and most guys I think) any kind of sports is watchable. Come on now, how many of us have stopped and watched Australian Rules Football even though we have no idea how it's played? And if Sumo's on? Fuggedaboudit.
I won't, however, say "the luge finals are on at 9:00, I better be home to watch," or anything like that.
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I usually tape Raw and Smackdown and watch them on Saturday mornings so my wife doesn't have to watch 'em, (she already puts up with quite a bit of it) so we've been watching the Olympics fairly regularly. I like the Winter games much better than the Summer Games.
I'm with Moe. I don't go out of my way to watch them. If there isn't anything on, and I'm practicing the guitar or something I might put them on. But it doesn't cause me to miss any of my regular programming.
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I catch Olympic fever for both the summer and winter olympics. WWF programming is the only break I get from watching the Olympics. NOT watching Olympic hockey should be a crime (I think it is in Canada). Last night, I missed a lot of Smackdown watching the Canada/US Women's matchup.
Other exciting events include Snowboarding Half-Pipe, Moguls, Aerials, Luge, Doggystyle Luge (also called Skeleton) and Short Track Speed Skating.
I'll admit, I've even gotten hooked on Curling (and American Curling Sensation Kari Erickson), but I agree it is no more a sport than bowling. I'd like to try it out- I wonder if there are any ice sheets in the area...
I've caught a few figure skating events. Watch the hockey movie "The Cutting Edge" to learn how to appreciate this sport. Ice Dancing, however, should not be an Olympic sport. The best part of figure skating is, of course, the controversy (and the free skate collisions).
I watch it, but I think it's safe to say that the crossover with wrestling fans is not tremendous. The Winter Games' audience skews significantly more female than the Summer.
That said, some people wanna spin good ratings so that they're bad... so that the WWF, of course, must then adopt their pet plan to save everything. I think if Smackdown does better than usual, opposite another show that is doing extremely well, then that is a good thing no matter what the other show is. And personally, although it could theoretically be random, I think it's highly likely that Hogan & the nWo are the basic reason why that might occur.
I go to extreme measures to AVOID watching the Olympics (summer or winter). I simply don't care for the sporting events. I can't adequately describe my disdain for skating; I can't describe my indifference to skiing; I don't know what the hell "skeleton" is. I dislike the Olympics so much that I've quit watching ESPN in the mornings because it is too much effort to change the channel when Olympic coverage starts. Luckily, I'll be able to return to ESPN in a few days. If they were to bring golf to the Olympics, I would watch that.
I don't want to disparage fans of any of these sports. They simply don't appeal to me.
My biggest qualm with the Olympics, however, are the people who NEVER watch sports that suddenly watch every hour of the Olympics and then want to tell me about what happened the next day at work. All the time. I've had at least three people I work with jokingly tell me that they saw me on speed skating (because I share a name with one of the competitors); it was cute the first time, but it hasn't aged well. These people never watch other sports and if I were to ever dare tell them how much I enjoy wrestling, they would tell me I'm an idiot, or say "don't you know that's fake". Never have cared for "Johnny Come Latelies".
I watch the Olympics if there isn't anything on TV that I want to watch. It doesn't get precendence over my favorite shows, though.
Only problem is that the time when there's nothing I that I want to watch seems to coincide when NBC is showing hours and hours of Figure Skating. Or is Figure Skating all NBC has been showing? It seems like it from my perspective. Why is there SO MUCH of it, BTW? Don't most events like Speed Skating or the Downhill only last for a few days?
I'm not a fan of the Winter Olympics, first of all I don't think there is much sport involved. Sure SOME of the contestants are athletic but very few of the events I consider sports. First of all anything that has people voting on who should win is a contest not a sport.
Plus I think the hype is ridiculous. I was talking to a group of people the other day and they were talking about which skaters they were rooting for, and I said I was rooting for the Dallas Mavericks, cause I chose to watch bball over the Olympics. They thought I was crazy and started ranting about how i had no pride in my country. I might be in the minority, or might be the ONLY one who thinks this, but I don't think of an Olympic gold medal as anything important. So someone can skate pretty, or fast and we're supposed to worship them cause they brought a gold medal home yadda yadda yadda. If you want to really give gold medals to someone for us to be proud of then give them to doctors, police, firemen, teachers, not someone who can ski down a hill or jump off a ramp. So we have the best half pipers in the world, big deal.
The olympics are alright. Interesting enough, but not enough to miss Raw or Smackdown. And gosh, if they're going to have curling they might as well add shuffleboard to the summer olympics. curling seems sorta cool, but more of a game a 10 year old cold play. Don't know, just my five cents.
I do, as far as I'm concerned the only things on TV worth watching are wrestling, sporting events, and the FOX sunday night lineup. The Olympics are the ultimate happening in sports, you've got all these people who put their lives into these events, and this is their only shot. If they lose, they have to wait 4 years for another chance. You just can't beat that sort of drama.
I'd watch Stone Cold curl.... Anyway, yeah, I love the hockey. I wish they did it by country in the NHL sometimes. But,then I wouldn't have my beloved Blackhawks. And Canada is LUCKY that Salo had an off night. And they show figure skating cos it brings in the RATINGS.
It seems like every Olympics, I hear nothing but complaints about how the Olympic coverage is being handled. I guess people watch because it's the only way they get to see the Olympics at all, but I rarely if ever hear anything good about how NBC covers it.
I haven't watched it, though it has been on in the break room at work just about every night so far, so I suppose I watch it then. But even then it's just to make disparaging comments toward the "sport" of figure skating. I've always said that there's about as much case for pro wrestling being a sport as figure skating, and this whole scandal over rigged results just confirms my belief.
I actually watch some of the summer Games, but usually not that much. The only thing I went out of my way to watch last time was the Greco-Roman final when Alexandre Karellin got beat for the first time. I totally marked out for that.
About the only sport I really care about is college football. I don't get interested in college basketball till March Madness, and even then I seldom watch a game. I don't watch any pro sports at all, mainly because I don't live in a town with a major sports franchise.
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