You may have noticed I was missing in action yesterday. My absence was in part because of recovering from a night of drunk debauchery but also because I was preparing for my first ever Fantasy Football Draft. Like any good student I had waited till the last-minute to study. A guy friend, who has mastered fantasy gave me this advice:
1. Draft Philadelphia Eagles’ running back LeSean McCoy first. I was pick number 4, McCoy went as number 2 in our draft. So I failed at that one.
2. Make sure to get the San Francisco 49ers as your Defense Strategy. It took me about half-way through the draft to figure out how to pick at team for defense strategy so I failed at one and evened up with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
3. Whatever you do don’t draft Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo. Okay this one I definitely didn’t do. I instead went with Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Michael Vick.
My grade so far would definitely be an C.
I realize I have complained before about covering the Olympics. As a writer I want to be timely as fellow watcher I don’t want to spoil the results. So it pretty complicated for me internally. There has been a lot of debate during the London Olympics about NBC handling of the coverage. As you already know NBC delays the most popular events like gymnastics and swimming for prime time. It broadcast the events that no one cares about like water polo live.
Showing events in prime time works great for NBC because they can get more viewers and more commercials. The only problem is the invention of the internet. It it literally impossible not to know who won. I think the only strategy that would work would be to spend your day blindfold and plugged into your iPod. But for those of us who have to function we simply try to avoid news site or accidentally flipping to CNN on our way to the Food Network.
So why doesn’t NBC just air the events live and then re-air them later in the evening? The obvious answer is money. NBC wants to maximize it’s profits since it spent over a billion dollars securing the rights to the Olympics. If they air them during the day then people will find a way to upload the footage to the internet. Basically they will be losing money on their own footage. Therefore NBC holds off until the evening to prevent hacking.
A Gallop Poll recently showed that 59% of people would like NBC to air daytime events live and and then re-air them in prime time. We are stuck with NBC for the next 8 years as our Olympic provider so let’s hope they listen to the people.
It’s been downhill for Ryan Lochte ever since his first gold medal win. First it was choking as the anchor of 400-meter freestyle relay. Lochte apparently got a little to excited a wore himself out by getting an early lead only to loose it in the end to Frenchman Yannick Agnel. Giving the Americans the silver medal behind France. Michael Phelps on the other hand proved why he was amazing by gaining a lead during his leg of the relay.
If that loss weren’t enough now Lochte has failed to medal 200-meter freestyle finishing fourth on Monday. He was beaten again by Frenchman Agnel who took home the gold. There is nothing worse than being beaten by the French, I’m mean isn’t it enough that they think they are better than us and now they are proving it. Despite this loss I still believe Lochte will win gold in the 200-meter individual medley and 200-meter backstroke. True Lochte fans never give up hope.
I told you so, no really I did. Check my earlier blog about this.