Monday, August 04, 2008
Barry Horn of the Dallas Morning News spent seemingly a good bit of time breaking down what to watch during each day of the Olympics and I wanted to share a few of my favorites. I think everyone will be watching Basketball, Swimming, (maybe) Gymnastics and the insanely popular Beach Volleyball, but there are some other great contests out there as well. Here's a taste....
DAY 2: SUNDAY, AUGUST 10As much as I've been poking fun of the Olympics over the past few months, I have to say that it'll be good to finally have them here. NBC says they're about 96% sold out for commercial spots, all the reporters have been dispatched and the fog/smog has appeared. If anyone is interested, and I can find the info, I might do a day by day announcing schedule as well.
Pride of Parker: Women's gymnastics is the straw that stirs the drink at the Summer Games. Here's the first glimpse, the opening of team competition. Nastia Liukin, who lives in Parker and trains in Plano, leads the American effort with Iowa's Shawn Johnson.
Want to tumble elsewhere: The U.S. men's basketball team opens against Yao Ming and China.
Only friends and family will watch: Mother of three Melanie Roach, 33, makes her Olympic weightlifting debut.
DAY 9: SUNDAY, AUGUST 17
Springing into action: Time to crown the "world's fastest woman" in track's 100. A runner to watch is American Lauryn Williams, who took silver four years ago in Athens. Also, the host Chinese show off their mastery of springboard diving. They are favored to win gold and silver from the 3-meter board. Names to remember: Guo Jingjing and Wu Minxia.
Or if wheels are your thing: Cycling's track gold medal finals are on the menu.
Only friends, family and the Fabulous Moolah will watch: Women's wrestling finals on MSNBC.
DAY 15: SATURDAY, AUGUST 23
Hoop it up: The men's gold medal basketball game will be played in the very early hours of the day. Which translates to: While most of us are sleeping. The women's gold medal game comes at a more civilized time, when most of us are awake. As for the rest of the day's events, if it is being broadcast, there will be a medal ceremony.
Boxing day: Five gold medal finals matches make the big time on Ch. 5.
Only friends, family and those who have it confused with the puck game will watch: The men's field hockey gold medal game on USA.
Olympic TV coverage (Dallas Morning News)