Jul 29, 2021 -- 4:54AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
4 matches in 16 days not doable?
So you'd have it just straight knockout then? But even that isn't probs viable. At World Cup you play once a week compared to like football every 4 days.
Jul 29, 2021 -- 5:01AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
Watching the Olympics on British tv has been just as bad as I thought. Perfect example now, just after having shown rugby 7 they go straight to field hockey. Luckliy I found a Swedish channel online.
When I discussed this a while ago, I didn't realise BBC coverage much, much reduced this year due to IOC deal with Discovery. BBC used to have every single sport for the last Olympics behind the red button, so you could watch anything you liked.
IOC did a deal with Discovery that is Europe wide, so that functionality is now on ES Player/Discovery + and BBC are only allowed to show 2 live sports at once, 1 on BBC channel, other on red button.
The coverage is much worse than normal, some of it is covid, but a lot this new contract. So eg. for London/Rio this week 1 they'd have a studio at the swimming with presenters and pundits and show every race from in the aquatic centre live, and then move about at times for other stuff. And then week 2 same would happen for athletics. Covid has hurt the on site studios bit I assume.
Jul 29, 2021 -- 6:26AM, n88uk wrote:
Jul 29, 2021 -- 9:54AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:4 matches in 16 days not doable?So you'd have it just straight knockout then? But even that isn't probs viable. At World Cup you play once a week compared to like football every 4 days.
8 teams. 2 groups of four. Group winners play for gold, runners-up for bronze.
Jul 29, 2021 -- 6:31AM, n88uk wrote:
Field hockey is ok to play in my experience, and I guess ok to watch, I would never watch it outside Olympics though. Will be controversial with you I guess but to me it has the same issue as ice hockey as TV viewing sport, that you don't have a good visual of the puck/ball.
Nothing worse than watching ice hockey when you don't see the puck.
Jul 29, 2021 -- 6:55AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
wonder how long GB's success last. Usually hosts do well for their home games and then it lasts one or two more before going back to whatever the numbers were before.
Will defo go down here from last Olympics given we are already the only nation ever to increase their medals tally 5 straight Olympics, something that likely never norm happens after you host either.
We won't go back to our old 90s days of suckage though if that's what you're expecting. Heavy funding programme started circa 2000 via the lottery, that's a huge reason why our increase in medals has come. I imagine this sort of Olympics here is meant to be seen as par for the course rather than the last two. And tbh in Rio we kinda run amazing, like we won many golds as either huge underdog or in events like tennis and golf where there's no big fav and especially golf a wide range could win.
Jul 29, 2021 -- 7:49AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
feels like China is doing worse than what they wanna admit and that's why they don't want to host international events as that will expose them. But that's just what I read into it.
Think there is just mass paranoia.
In reality Beijing 2022 will definitely go ahead, too embarrassing on China if it doesn't, and they will care about how they look on the world stage.
Jul 31, 2021 -- 7:25AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
Sweden GOATing at discus.
"I am the Swedish Viking" must be a line from your sleep.
Jul 31, 2021 -- 11:19AM, SamuelMertensBertens wrote:
Pretty close between Sweden and GB when you remove all the nonsensical sports and disciplines.Sweden 1-1-0GB 1-5-3SWEGoldAthletics, Discus - Daniel StåhlSilverAthletics, Discus - Simon PetterssonGBGoldSwimming: Men’s 200m Freestyle – Tom DeanSilverRowing: Men’s Quadruple ScullsSwimming: Men’s 200m Freestyle – Duncan ScottSwimming: Men’s 200m Individual Medley – Duncan ScottTriathlon: Men’s Individual – Alex YeeTriathlon: Women’s Individual – Georgia Taylor-BrownBronzeGymnastics: Women’s Team FinalJudo: Women -52 kg Contest – Chelsie GilesTrampoline Gymnastics: Women – Bryony Page
Maybe Sweden should just be better at "nonsensical sports and disciplines".
Not convinced discus is really any better than say breaststroke or taekwondo either. Both are same principle.