Welcome to the 2006 Rockwood Olympic Watch: Turin edition!
Is it possible for someone to watch all of NBC's
prime time Olympic coverage and survive the fluff? Oh yes... yes
it is. In fact, I've done it before.
The better question is whether or not
it's a smart thing to do. Mmmm... probably not. In fact, about
two weeks from now I'll probably be saying "most assuredly not."
After all, that's what I said the last time I pulled off this stunt.
However, having done this two-and-a-half times
before (since I attended the Salt Lake City games, I didn't do
a full watch), I can hardly stop now, could I? I have a reputation
to keep up! A reputation as a crazy man. A reputation as someone
with no life. A reputation as someone who was blogging the Olympics
before blogging was the hip new thing.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen,
I must watch the Olympics to uphold my status as the Olympic
Champion of Geeks. You may not think of that as a particularly
worthy goal, but then perhaps you're just a minor league geek.
Olympic champions, I will put in hours and hours of
training. Unlike real Olympic champions, my training will be
in watching television. You may be watching the Olympics, but I'll
be watching the Olympics. A subtle difference? Absolutely.
But it's that fine line that separates we Olympians from the rest
of the world.
And to make things more interesting, I won't
just be watching the Games, I'll be breaking down NBC's prime time
coverage into three distinct categories: Events, Ads, and Meaningless
Fluff. Think you've watched more "Up Close and Personal" segments
than ever before? Well, I'll back you up statistically!
So, let's begin! Join me as I go citius, altius,
and fortius for the next two weeks. With any luck, I won't
be dead at the end of the race like that famous marathoner of yore.
Click the links at the left to start!