February 15, 2006

Pondering The Olympics

We're watching the Olympics. More accurately, we're trying to watch the Olympics. Those of you with kids, especially kids who don't sleep, know that sitting down to watch anything is a challenge. Enter TiVo. Were I not already married, I might just have to enter into a civil union with TiVo. TiVo is wonderful, especially for something long and drawn out like the Olympics. Don't care about a particular sport? Bloop bleep - fast-forward! Don't care about the lame human interest stories? Bloop bleep! I've set up my friend TiVo to catch all the evening broadcasts, yet there's a flaw in my clever plan. Because of Mia's reluctance to sleep, we just finished Saturday night's broadcast.

Last night, we were closing in on the end of Saturday night's recording. Pairs figure skating (which I'll admit that I like watching) was on and it got me thinking.

Me: You know, if you really think about, this is a ridiculous sport.
Her: Yeah, but its better than ice dancing. Do they still even have ice dancing?
Me: I think so. Do they ever retire Olympic sports?
Her: I think I heard that they were getting rid of baseball.
Me: Well, that makes sense. It doesn't seem like an Olympic sport. Its just so uniquely American.
Her: They play baseball everywhere.
Me: True. Well, let's see the American Olympians bust out an ass-kicking pick-up game of full contact freedom and see what happens. If we can beat the terrorists, we can sure as hell beat some pansy-ass commies. Oh, wait...

Posted by Chris at February 15, 2006 7:30 AM

Our Tivo is called Sky+. Len caught me making out with the digi box the other night...

Posted by: Amber at February 15, 2006 7:49 AM

I can't leave a comment because I'm laughing too hard at Amber's.

Posted by: Alison at February 15, 2006 7:53 AM

we just want tivo for the broadcast stations. is that SO wrong?

Posted by: alektra at February 15, 2006 8:00 AM

You're wasting valuable TiVo space on pairs figure skating? Man, I think your guy card needs to be revoked.

Ok, gotta go. I think I've scolded you enough for now. Time to watch recorded episodes of Dancing with the Stars.

Posted by: Mr. Big Dubya at February 15, 2006 8:05 AM

What is this TIVO you speak of? Man, I need to catch up with technology!

Posted by: Wicked H at February 15, 2006 8:28 AM

Full contact freedom would be an awesome sport. Especiially if it was a pick up game.

Posted by: Bill at February 15, 2006 8:35 AM

I covet your Tivo. I'm hoping that once things get settled after the move, I'll have one of my very own, versus oogling all of my friends' Tivos.

Posted by: amber at February 15, 2006 8:41 AM

Screw that. If you're good enough at skating to jump around, you're good enough to play hockey. Pansies.

(perhaps your guy card and my girl card have been switched at some point?)

Posted by: ~L. at February 15, 2006 8:52 AM

I think you're the only straight man in the history of the world who will admit to liking figure skating. Just when I think you can't get any cooler...

Posted by: Fraulein N at February 15, 2006 9:00 AM

ok. I'm LOVING the irony of that comment...

I'll just go over here and giggle to myself.

Posted by: Autumn at February 15, 2006 9:31 AM

i totally *heart* our PVR (the canadian version of TiVo). pausing live tv is the best thing ever, second only to being able to fast forward through the boring bits.

Posted by: suze at February 15, 2006 9:31 AM

Sometimes I find myself not paying attention, like to the radio or in meetings, and I wished I had my TiVo remote to rewind and try to listen again.

Posted by: Nik at February 15, 2006 10:29 AM

tivo is the next thing on our list.

Posted by: ann adams at February 15, 2006 11:07 AM

I like watching the figure skating pairs too. Did you see that one girl bust her knee on the ice and then finish her act? That had to hurt!

Posted by: Sabrina at February 15, 2006 11:38 AM

We have a DVR and I want to make sweet, sweet love to it on a daily basis!!! But that would be weird. It is the best invention since color TV.

I must have lost my girl card because I've been completely bored and annoyed with ice skating. Snooze-a-rama. And is it just me or is everyone kind of mediocre this time?

Posted by: Ms. Q at February 15, 2006 11:54 AM

That's exactly what I was doing last night! I even sped up a few of the slower skating routines. Much more exciting.

We rarely watch anything that Tivo hasn't deemed worthy.

Posted by: wendy at February 15, 2006 12:05 PM

You know I haven't been watching the Olympics cause I don't have my cable hooked into my tv. I can't. I would watch news and scream all day and night long.

Equally as sad are those people who even if they had tivo, would opt for American Idol anyway. Those people would be first on the wall in my world.

Oddly enough I got your comment about 2 minutes after I found a draft of the post Blogger told me was gone. SO...I posted it and then found I had a comment, which normally they tell me I have...no email.

I will stop here cause I need more coffee and I might have to go out and shovel and yell for awhile.


Posted by: JackassJimmy at February 15, 2006 12:18 PM

Some Olympic sports just don't make any sense. Check my blog entry today about the newest retarded sport.

Yeah, baseball and basketball need to NOT be in the Olympics. Especially basketball. I mean, seriously - no other country stands a chance against us. But really, it seems that the Olympics has become this American thing. We always win the medals. It is getting almost annoying, and I have started rooting for weird countries like Belarus and Cameroon.

Posted by: Snickrsnack Katie at February 15, 2006 12:37 PM

if i had to give up my tivo, i would probably just give up television entirely. tivo is my best friend.

Posted by: jodi at February 15, 2006 1:02 PM

here are some retired olympic sports. this is from the observer (british news), so i'm assuming it's true.
1. tug of war
2. motor boating
3. cricket (that surprised me)
4. club swinging (no, not that kind)
5. solo synchronized swimming (what the...)
6. tumbling
7. rope climb (She makes me feel kinda funny... like when we used to climb the rope in gym class)
8. live pigeon shooting
9. pistol shooting (dropping hamiltons like aaron burr!)
10. long jump for horses

Posted by: kara at February 15, 2006 1:59 PM

Is "full-contact freedom" a tag team sport? Like if you're feeling down and out you can tag good ole Britain to come in and kick some ass??

Posted by: Michelle at February 15, 2006 2:17 PM

Ahhh the Olympics. The one sport I think should be retired because it feels pretty pointless is Curling. How is that considered a sport? :)

Posted by: laura at February 15, 2006 2:28 PM

How 'bout the luge? Can you say seeeeeeeeeeexy? You know if you tivoed it you could watch their booties twitch in slomo!!

Posted by: Deepblue at February 15, 2006 3:33 PM

We just bought our cable companie's generic version of Tivo. I must say I am in love with mine too. I don't know how I ever lived without it! The only thing I wish is that it had a ZAP! button instead of fast forward. That way the commercial would be obliterated and no one would have to wait 5 minutes for all 20 of them to zoom past.

Posted by: Mary at February 15, 2006 4:36 PM

LMAO Chris, did you have your head on straight that night, or no?

Posted by: Queen of Ass at February 15, 2006 5:21 PM

Someday I will have a tivo. Someday...
Lately? My "someday" list just keeps getting longer and longer...I should celebrate the little things...like I'm having leftover pizza for lunch. Mmmm pizza.

Posted by: Heather at February 15, 2006 5:21 PM

Pairs figure skating is the new NASCAR. People will only watch it with the hope of seeing a good crash. Or, as they call it in China, a face plant.

Posted by: Kevin at February 15, 2006 5:31 PM

TiVo is about the only new technology that I would not have to be talked into! Color me green with envy of all y'all with TiVo (or the generic version or the Canadian version!) When do you think they'll make it so you can TiVo through the boss' longwinded, pointless department meeting? THAT'S what I want! Live Action TiVo Ability.

Posted by: Lilymane at February 15, 2006 5:55 PM

I don't even think the Olympics could make baseball exciting...lol


Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at February 15, 2006 6:07 PM

The Opening Ceremonies...yep, still sitting there in my TiVo waiting to be watched. Will it be watched? Probably not.

But I did watch "Ice Castles" this week. And for the record...it sucked!

Posted by: Isabel at February 15, 2006 7:48 PM

I think al-Qaeda should have an Olympic team...

Posted by: Gavin at February 15, 2006 8:21 PM

Aww. Come on! Even us Thais have one athlete at the Winter Olympics. Talk about having the odds of the Jamaican bobsled team! This dude is cross country skiing for his King. Go, Prof. Nagvajara!

Posted by: Oakley at February 15, 2006 11:47 PM

LOVE the human interest stories.. I always sit and cry over them. I'm so lame.

But yes, every parent of a baby, that sleeps or doesnt, needs Tivo/DVR in their lives. They should hand them out at the hospital.

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