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NBC’s Olympic coverage – or lack thereof


The National Broadcasting Company (NBC) has broadcasted the Olympics 13 times since the games started being televised in 1936. Photo by: afagen / Flickr

If you’re old, like me, likely you recall how ABC Summer Olympics anchor – the late, great Jim McKay – provided the world with the most up-to-date information on the carnage that was the Munich massacre. McKay, who already had established himself as the Wide World of Sports staple, was a trustworthy, educated and informed reporter. In a sense, he was the Walter Cronkite of sports journalism.
So when Palestinian terrorists stormed the athletes’ village on that ill-fated July day in 1972, the world held its breath as McKay delivered the news – that 11 Israeli athletes and coaches had been murdered. Murdered – at the Olympics. The Games stopped for a day, to mark the passing of these poor victims. McKay, who would go on to cover 12 Olympiads, broadcast the news for 14 consecutive hours.
I was six years old at the time, still learning what the Olympics meant. My parents had a black and white, 19-inch TV. We didn’t have cable because we couldn’t afford it. Instead, we gathered around the set and watched anything and everything ABC would broadcast. It was an event I look back on as one that defined my passion for the Olympics – the same passion my wife Lisa and I have passed along to our three daughters. We watch rowing, archery and equestrian in the summer and curling in the winter.
But something about this year’s Olympics Games doesn’t seem right. It has nothing to do with London and everything to do with Bob Costas and NBC’s, dare I say, less than stellar performance in the first few days of their prime-time coverage of the  Games. In a nutshell, they have dropped the ball, taken a hop on the landing and died down the stretch.
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Give Gronkowski a break


BY BRETT MURDOCK, Couchsideshow.com writer

I’m not exactly one would call a Patriots fan. Do I hate them? Not really. Do I like them? Depends on the situation. Do I respect them? I’ll just say that I give credit where and when credit is due.

So when camera phone footage of tight end Rob Gronkowski partying mere hours after the Pats lost Super Bowl XLVI was splattered all over the internet, ESPN and the like, my first thought was “ok, that’s odd”. I didn’t throw a fit or get steamed about the amateur video because honestly, I don’t care. Neither should America.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski was called out by ESPN analysts for partying just hours after Sunday's Super Bowl loss. Photo by: Angie Six / Flickr

Sure, it was pretty surprising to see Gronk on a dance floor just going to town, probably under the influence of some intoxicating liquids. Even more surprising because he has a bum ankle that limited his play in the Big Game, probably the main reason for the Patriots’ loss.

As such, this game was five days ago and the partying was done the same night. So, why does it keep popping up on SportsCenter, Mike and Mike, The Dan Patrick Show, etc.? Its time to kill this bird with two stones and never let it resonate again.

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