I’m burned out.
I like swimming, and there has been a lot of it, but the constant hammering of the Phelps-Locte rivalry was old after about a day, and has turned out to be a very minor story. Also, the swimming seems much more drawn out this year.
The daytime coverage seems to focus on soccer, weight lifting, ping-pong, soccer, shooting, dressage. Did I mention soccer? I don’t like soccer, and though there is a special package, extra cost Olympics soccer channel, the regular daytime coverage includes a lot of it. I can watch one, maybe two volleyball matches, indoor, beach, whatever, but it’s on every single day, daytime, prime time, you name it. The network saves the gymnastics for the end of the prime time broadcast, when my eyes are tired and I’m starting to yawn, then they show pretty much only the U.S. team.
Matter of fact, the entire coverage is U.S.-centric. I’d like to see the best athletes, the best teams, but unless the U.S. team is one of the top ones it seems they skip other top teams in favor of something else. I remember I had this complaint four years ago, but had hoped for better this time around. Not to be. An exception seems to be rowing, but a little of that goes a long way, for me.
The worst of all this is that I’m not at all interested in track and field. So except for the regular (not synchronized) diving there isn’t much left for me to watch. Which is a good thing, because I’m tired of watching, TVed-out. I can hardly wait for September 5th when the NFL season starts.