Your Olympic Video Du Jour: More Bela!

Friday, August 15, 2008

There was no way that NBC was passing up on a "Bela Freakout Moment" on the night of the Women's All Round, and neither was I. Here's your Karolyi clip from last night's awesome one-two finish from the American ladies....

That is just too much fun. "BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Again, I still don't understand all the flak that Bela is getting. The guy was an ex-USA Gymnastics Coach, he works for an American station and he's genuinely proud of his favorite Sport. I don't expect NBC's Olympic announcers to root against other countries, but getting excited when their own country does good? Give me a break.


Poor Bob Costas. I don't think he enjoyed that manly embrace.


Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 2:47:00 AM  

That was excellent. I agree, AA. I don't think you can honestly criticize someone for showing that kind of emotion. Personally, I'm not a fan of gymnastics, but you certainly can't knock Bela for the pure joy he gets out of it.

Jay said...
Aug 15, 2008, 2:54:00 AM  

Oh and his wife is a coach for the team. NBC knew he would do that. And they don't have to play his off-air moments. They do it because he's good TV. I'd rather see him than some automaton who doesn't care about the sport. As long as we know where he's coming from, we can choose whether or not to trust his opinion based on his biases and conflicts.

Paul said...
Aug 15, 2008, 3:06:00 AM  

Ya know, for as much as the 3 calling the event were indirectly griping (most of the time - they never really called them out) about the scoring, it's great to see positive emotion and true love for any sport. I agree with AA too, any flak he gets for this is very misplaced.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 3:26:00 AM  

To all of his detractors: Just think, we could have to listen to/look at Joe Buck call this thing instead.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 6:49:00 AM  

He's great. He also showed more professionalism than the two calling the events.

Patrick said...
Aug 15, 2008, 7:31:00 AM  

Bela is the best. Watching someone with that much passion for gymnastics makes it more fun to watch, because there are few people in the world who care that much about the sport.

Now, can we get some Bela-tones?

"You can do eet!"

What about a t-shirt, Bela with two fists in the air, and "Beautiful!" written above his head?

Pete said...
Aug 15, 2008, 8:44:00 AM  

I must agree the best part was when he physically assualted Bob Coastas. The look on Bob's face was priceless. He looked scared for his life for a moment.

Dick Vitale is glad that Gymnastics are only cared about in America every four years.

Pip said...
Aug 15, 2008, 9:36:00 AM  

Get that man a new pair of underwear. .. I agree that his excitement/patriotism is refreshing, but I sometimes have trouble understanding him and he's not given enough time to truly share his expertise on the athletes and routines (mostly because NBC spends so much time showing replays of him looking at replays).

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 9:39:00 AM  

That was awesome. I can't imagine watching gymnastics with that level of intensity, but now, I sort of wish I could.

Brian DiMenna said...
Aug 15, 2008, 9:40:00 AM  

Bela is a great character. There is nothing wrong with cheering for your wife's team and a sport you dearly enjoy.

Brett said...
Aug 15, 2008, 9:55:00 AM  

Seriously: was Bela's joy more controversial than "The 'elegant' Lukin with the gold, the 'adorable' Johnson with the silver"?

Bedheaded said...
Aug 15, 2008, 10:45:00 AM  

Bela is the gift that keeps on giving. And he doesn't censor his beliefs either, he thought that the judges sucked and he said so. I loved it. It's too bad that he's done now.

GMoney said...
Aug 15, 2008, 10:49:00 AM  

oh my God people, you're STUPID for enjoying that. EVERYONE in the studio knew it was being taped. the girl was doing simple twists and Bela was overacting.
just another example of the 'entertainment factor' trying to get ratings. maybe NBC can use Bela next week to jazz up track and field.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 10:57:00 AM  

i agree anon 10:57 -- plus who can even understand Bela.
and Bob's attempt to explain their journalistic integrity at the end.......he's always had a weird sense of humor.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 10:59:00 AM  

I had no problem at all with him.He describes the event thoroughly, although I agree he can be hard to understand. He also refused to claim bias on judges early on when the Liuken got hosed on her vault. I think he has been fantastic.

steve said...
Aug 15, 2008, 11:23:00 AM  

I thought that was great whether it was true or a setup. I thought NBC missed a golden opportunity by not having a former judge in the studio to explain why certain deductions were made or how two routines could get the same execution score when one appeared to be cleaner. It is this maddening mystery of score that infuriates those of us who like rational games :)

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 11:24:00 AM  

"The Adorable Johnson" should've been my fantasy football name.

Mr. Held Over said...
Aug 15, 2008, 11:51:00 AM  

Is there anyway to team Bela with the world's greatest announcer, Andres Cantor?

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 12:09:00 PM  

This is the closest we will ever see to something like, "Do you Believe in Miracles?? YES!!!!" We are watching the Olympics on an AMERICAN channel! They should get more excited when the USA wins or does well! It is the one time when all of us crazy sports fans are rooting for the same team. So, we should enjoy it.

Sam said...
Aug 15, 2008, 12:11:00 PM  

NBC needs of channel of Bela watching Olympic Gymnastics. I would watch that all the time. Granted, it would probably get old, but how can you not love watching someone get extremely excited for a sport that he has so much passion for. He puts John Madden to shame.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 12:15:00 PM  

Did anyone else notice that when one of the Chinese girls did her vault, the profile on the screen said her age was 15. Someone HAS to have a screenshot of that.

Patrick said...
Aug 15, 2008, 12:25:00 PM  

patrick, it's ok to be 15 at the time of the competition...the rule states that they must turn 16 at any point during the calendar year of the games.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 12:38:00 PM  

Someone needs to have Bela meet Dickie V stat!

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 1:13:00 PM  

He's proud of his country. I don't see any problem with that at all. Now if he said something like "the Chinese suck", then there would be a problem. But rooting for and being proud of one's country is nothing to be given a hard time over, at least in my opinion.

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Aug 15, 2008, 2:14:00 PM  

The only way Bela announcing the gymnastics could be any better was if GUS JOHNSON joined him in the studio. Both of their heads might manage to explode simultaneously.

Tom said...
Aug 15, 2008, 4:42:00 PM  

Kudos for his enthusiasm! You know, I can actually understand him when he's like this. When he's talking to Costas normally, I have to lean in and make an effort to catch every word.

Anonymous said...
Aug 15, 2008, 5:04:00 PM  

i got the bela t shirt.

Michael said...
Aug 15, 2008, 11:42:00 PM  

I love Bela and his pure, unbridled passion and love of his sport. I'm sure I look equally as stupid playing Wii, but that's not broadcast to millions/billions of others for their ridicule.

It actually brought tears to my eyes to watch his pleas and exclamations of true, selfless, uncontaminated joy for "his" girls.

I wish I loved anything in my life half as much as Bela loves gymnastics.

PEP said...
Aug 16, 2008, 3:11:00 AM  

just got back from Beijing -
the olympic coverage is a million
times better over there

five channels showing nothing but
events - no commercials - no
interviews of michael phelps dog

on four of the stations i cannot
understand a word - all in mandarin - buts that makes it
even better

the english language one runs pretty
cool interviews late night with
random olypians

the one-handed ping pong player from poland or somewhere

random IOC dudes

Benjamin said...
Aug 16, 2008, 3:17:00 PM  

For those of you who think that was set up.... watch footage of him coaching in any of the older Olympics... he has always been like that and that is why so many people love him.

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Sep 24, 2008, 12:50:00 AM  

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