It’s all the buzz in our office. Everywhere you look there’s something about medals here, a better-than-expected opening ceremony there, some athlete getting roasted on social media everywhere.
It’s the bloody Olympics.
I used to genuinely enjoy the Olympics when I was younger, because it was the one time my not-sports-mad-family was happy to let me binge watch television to my heart’s content. But as I grew up with the Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney and Athens Games, as well as the less interesting Winter versions, I grew frustrated with the broadcast coverage.
Why, I wondered, couldn’t I just watch the sports I was interested in?
It’s the problem I have with a lot of sports today. If there’s an interesting Premier League game I want to watch, it’s not always available. If I want to pay for a cable TV sports channel in Australia, I’ll generally have to pay for a package with a bunch of other crap that I have no interest in watching. And that’s always my beef with the Olympics: there’s too much of the sports that I’m well and truly tired of — like diving or equestrian — and not enough of the cool sports.
I don’t mind the way everyone bands together; that’s a lot of fun. I just wish I had more control over the coverage. Bring on the streaming Olympics.
What about yourselves?