Archive: August 10, 2008 - August 16, 2008

N. B. Don't See It

Proof that the Olympics aren't exactly a news event to NBC: Today's 100-meter final -- among the most anticipated events of these Games -- isn't being shown live. You'll see what happened all right -- and it's plenty amazing, as...

By Paul Farhi | August 16, 2008; 1:15 PM ET | Comments (13)

Bloodshot Eyes on Beijing

After too many hours of watching the Olympics, here are... ...Some things I still can't get enough of: -- Those mesmerizing aerial shots of the Great Wall. -- Replays of the men's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. -- Slo-mo replays of Michael...

By Paul Farhi | August 16, 2008; 2:03 AM ET | Comments (12)

Entirely Michael Phelps-free Column!

High-definition television is the biggest advance in TV technology since color sets began elbowing bad old black-and-white out of the living room in the 1960s. So no surprise here: NBC's Olympic telecasts -- the first Summer Games transmitted entirely in...

By Paul Farhi | August 15, 2008; 2:38 AM ET | Comments (4)

Bela: A Helluva Fella

Bela Karolyi sounds like Bela Lugosi and looks a bit like Josef Stalin. He's a legendary former gymnastics coach whose students included such gold-medal legends as Nadia Comeneci, Mary Lou Retton and Kerri Strug. Nowadays, he's become something else:...

By Paul Farhi | August 14, 2008; 3:16 AM ET | Comments (40)

NBC's Unreality Show

Five days in, and I'm getting that sinking feeling. Oh, sure, the sports fan in me likes what I'm seeing (Michael Phelps: pretty good, huh?). And yes, the pictures are gorgeous, from the steadicam flyovers of the Great Wall (all...

By Paul Farhi | August 13, 2008; 2:20 AM ET | Comments (70)

So Many Questions

Editors' Note: Paul will be hosting a live online discussion today at 1 p.m. -- Why are the Chinese so good in the sports that involve judging, like diving and gymnastics? Could NBC explain just a little about the cultural...

By Paul Farhi | August 12, 2008; 1:33 AM ET | Comments (14)

Chicks Dig It

The U.S. men's volleyball team scored a terrific victory over surprising and tenacious Venezuela on Sunday. Sorry you missed it, but I can't blame you -- you had to stay up until 3 a.m. to see who'd win (I did;...

By Paul Farhi | August 11, 2008; 1:33 AM ET | Comments (12)

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