Random commentary and senseless acts of blogging.
The first Republican president once said, "While the people retain their virtue and their vigilance, no administration by any extreme of wickedness or folly can seriously injure the government in the short space of four years." If Mr. Lincoln could see what's happened in these last three-and-a-half years, he might hedge a little on that statement.
Prisoners of Azkaban
Friday, August 20, 2004
It's fashionable, and not unjustified, to trash NBC's coverage of the Olympics. Last night, I know before turning it on the Patterson had won the All-around Gold, since the final routine was showed in California something like 10 hours after it took place. Any number of perfectly sound criticisms can be made of the cheerleading, the selections of what to show, and the silly little bio pieces they slip in.
And yet, that fails to kill the event. Hamm's incredible work to pull out the All-around a few days back, perfectly nailing a spectacular high bar to make up for the ground he lost falling down on his vault, was the best television I've seen this year. Last night, the endlessly-hyped Michael Phelps proved once again that he deserves the promotion with a feat that was even more amazing: after winning the Gold in the 200 IM by a few seconds, he had only 30 minutes to rest up before swimming the semi-final heat in the 100 breaststroke. No problem; he won the heat - and set a new Olympic record doing it.
It seems unfashionable to admit to this, but I watch the Olympics for hour after hour. As bad as some of the broadcasting is, the athletes keep giving me reasons to come back for more.