Monday, February 15, 2010

Weekly Poll - Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver kicked off in grand fashion this weekend and the craze it on. It seems to me that most of these "winter" sports like luge, skiing, and figure skating only catch our interest every 4 years when there is National Pride on the line. It may just be NBC and their expert production but every four years it seems that I find myself rooting like hell for the poor guy from South Dakota whose parent passed away last year and whose sibling has a rare disease to compete in frozen pond gumball shooting or some other obscure sport. It's compelling even though I have no idea about some of the sports.
I wanted to take the pulse of blogger on this issue. Are you into the Winter Olympics? Has it hooked you in or could you care less? vote in the poll and let me know what you think.

-Doc

16 comments:

Mandy said...

I watch quite a bit of it...I love competition.

I also think the opening ceremonies Friday night was one of the most beautifully produced events of all time.

Dana said...

I have great admiration for the level of dedication ALL Olympic athletes have for their sport. For me, it isn't a GO USA thing, but rather awe at what it takes for any athlete to be the best in the world.

Matt-Man said...

Eh, I like to watch a couple of events but not a big fan. I do watch much of the Summer Olympics. Cheers Doc!!

Anndi said...

Do I really have to answer this question? Or can you guess?

I LOVE watching the parade of nations and seeing athletes from decidedly non-wintery countries like Morocco or Ethiopia.

CD said...

It's crazy . . . born and raised in New Orleans and live in Jacksonville, neither of which are hotbeds of winter sports, but I absolutely LOVE the Olympics and find myself constantly keeping it on. It's times like this where I am glad that I work from home. Geaux USA!

3 Men and a Lady said...

I just don't really get into it. I might check out a few events when they cover them on the news, but that's it.

Jay said...

I think they should set up a Short Track Speed Skating Pro Tour. I bet it would get ratings on ESPN. Lots of good action there. I guarantee it would get better ratings than the WNBA or beach volleyball.

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I really don't care. The TV here is tuned to kid shows all day. I wouldn't watch the Olympics even if I could, though. LOL.

Babe in Babeland said...

I love the Olympics--summer and winter! I really do. I'm a total sucker for them. Though the winter Olympics are crazy--so dangerous. It scares me to watch sometimes, but I still do.

KARENPRGIRL said...

Really like the short track speedskating and looking forward to the snowboard motocross (or whatever it's called). I like the Winter Olympics because I don't feel like they are skewed toward the Americans winning everything.

Candice said...

I don't watch it nearly as intently as I do the summer olympics, but I do watch.

I enjoy figure skating (of course), skiing, and yeah, that's about all.

Does anyone watch curling? Those poor people.

Doc said...

Couple of points here.. 1st I enjoyed the opening ceremonies too.... but the best was the look on Gretsky's face when the cauldren didn't work!
2nd - Yep on the short track speedskating! 100% Jay is right on the button. If roller derby can have a league then shorttrac speedskating can get a deal on ESPN and really increase the popularity too. That stuff is awesome!
3rd - Anndi yes dear we know you are trilled. For you guys that don't follow @anndi on twitter she is all over knowing all about the Canadian athletes... She is all knowledgable... and called the last 9 goals of Team Canadas 18-0 victory over Slovakia too
4th - I agree also on the dangerous thing... I guess I never really realized how freakin dangerous some of the sports are until the luge incident and watching the women freestylers bite the snow... I thought the most dangerous thing that could happen to you was having Tonya Harding's bodyguard club you in the knee...

Christine said...

Huh?

That about sums it up.

Karen said...

I think I like winter better than summer Olympics. Awesome stuff.

Four Dinners said...

Is anybody else dead yet?

How anybody can die for this garbage is beyond me.

Ah well....life's a bitch and then you crash into a pillar at 90 miles an hour....

Tally Ho! On we go!

terri said...

LOVE the Olympics! I don't know what it is, but I can't get enough and I'm always sad when they are over.