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Frank Deford on NPR's Morning Edition talked about this.

He said that the Olympics have essentially become the Miss America Pageant of sporting events. There's tradition, there's drama, there's supposed inspiration, there's tears and smiles, etc.

But do we really care anymore?

Wouldn't we just rather watch Miss Universe where it's about looking hot, period? I mean that metaphorically of course ...

I take little pleasure in saying this. I'm a fan of Olympic fencing and well aware that if the Olympics goes belly-up, they're going to take with them, the only relevance my treasured sport still has in today's society.

But I think the writing is on the wall. The Olympics are dying a slow death. People just aren't buying into it anymore. Soon the whole show will be lingering on in prime time like a relative who has overstayed his welcome. Then it'll be banished to cable television, never to return, never to recover.

The only reason it still lives is because so many of the vested powers that be have sunk too much money into this thing to give it up easily. Concepts of national honor and corporate prestige are tied up in this as much as the more sentimental notions that always accompany the Olympics.

But it's already over. The audience is too jaded, and attention spans are too abbreviated.

Move on folks, there's nothing to see here.

I am not too sure about that. The CBC coverage in Canada has been pretty good. I admit that giving away large bunches of tickets to VIP is stupid. The easy solution is to sell cheap tickets for all unused seats a few minutes after things start. Fill up the seats and say bye bye to VIP seats that go unclaimed.

I personally can't wait for that new reality show where you have people wear disguises and see what your friends and relatives really think about you.

So learning to shut my mouth. Tomorrow.

NBC's coverage of the Olympics is atrocious. To be fair, they have made progress since the Salt Lake games. At least, they have realized that basketball commentators need to be supplemented by coaches and former athletes that actually know about winter sports.

If we had more coverage in real time instead of being relegated to canned pictures during prime time then there would be more drama and people would watch more.

Just look at the ratings of CNBC. Their number of viewers increased seven fold. NBC should learn the lesson. If they have to have a monopoly on Olympic television then they should braodcast the games life and in real time.

The last two days of the Games kind of mellowed out. Apolo got his gold in the 500m and the Koreans were happy, too. Julie Mancuso, a US downhiller, got a gold. The speed skaters made peace. Bode seems ready to move on with his life, and so do the rest of us.

Coverage is so good on the tube, why physically go, even if you live in Torino? And you can see more events on the tube than would be possible if you attended anyway.

I can say from personal experience that that sliding events are better on TV than in person. Not saying much, I know.

We also attended the gold medal women's hockey game in 2002. That was a lot of fun, much better than it would have been on tv.

I haven't watched five whole minutes of the Olympics. Not because I wasn't interested, but because I was caught up in other things.

So, I don't know if this is true, but is our nation's apparent lack of interest (I'm just accepting what you said) based on the fact that America didn't win everything?

In my house we get quite a kick out of watching the Winter Olympics. These sports I never follow at any other time; the concentrated spectacle every few years works well. Even the eighth place performances are amazing with their speed, power, and jumping through the air. I sat watching more TV in two weeks than in the preceeding four months.

Here were the highlights for me:

500m short track skating. Two false starts raised the already high tension further; then Ohno skated a perfect race in the lead all the way and his face beamed with joy after he crossed the finish.

Short track relay. So much fun to watch that I laughed out loud. Twenty men in continual motion skating around and pushing off each other. The field divided into two races toward the end. Korea and Canada vying for gold, and U.S. against Italy to see who would get a medal and who wouldn't.

Bobsled. As Shauna Rohbock won silver, I was sitting next to a former BYU women's soccer player who said, "It's always nice to see a BYU women's soccer player get a medal."

Downhill skiing. Benny Raich and Ted Ligety's smooth precision were a marvel to watch even for my untrained eye. The Austrian sweep in slalom was neat. The one that I liked watching most, though, was Hermann Maier with his hearty strength and attack.

I do not understand why NBC showed so much curling. I cannot imagine a "sport" more relentlessly boring to watch. If you are really into sports, the Olympics carry their own reason to watch. But even for the less than dedicated sports person, I just have to believe that a TV network can put together programing to make it interesting. The concept of the entire (northern) world coming together periodically for games is still sound, and even needed today.

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