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Sep 30 2013

The 34th America’s Cup

History of the Cup

The Auld Mug (or more formally the “Royal Yacht Squadron £100 Cup”) was originally contested in 1851 between the America and 15 yachts of the Royal Yacht Squadron in a race around the Isle of Wight.

It is the oldest continually contested championship and the Cup was held by the New York Yacht Club from 1851 to 1983 (also a record).

After the defeat of Liberty by Australia 2 it’s bounced around a considerable bit between Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland (interesting because they have no sea coast, see Canadian challengers between 1870 and 1881), and of course the US.

Fast Boats

…for Ellison, the 2013 America’s Cup wasn’t about the race, per se. It was about disruptive innovation. It was about turning yachting into a sport for the masses. As Ellison put it, he was going to reinvent the America’s Cup for “the Facebook generation, not the Flintstones generation.”

The boats are fast.  Really fast. and can hit speeds of 50+ mph regularly.  They are literally faster than the wind and run just as fast upwind as down.

There are two principle reasons for this.  First, and most important is the semi-rigid airfoil they call a wing-sail.  Because this uses aero-dynamic lift to generate power instead of just being pushed along, it’s almost equally good whatever the wind direction and can generate more lift (power) than the air speed.

The second is hydrofoils.  These lift the hull out of the water to reduce drag, the boats are literally flying.  They also use hydro-dynamic effects to control other aspects of boat behavior which allows previously impossible maneuvers like turning on a dime.  If improperly trimmed they can also cause a boat to pitchpole, capsizing end over end instead of sideways like you’re used to.  It was a pitchpole that caused the death of Andrew Simpson.

The Races were also modified to be noticably shorter, sailing 2 a day with a firm 40 minute time limit per race.  The course was shortened too, 5 legs- a Reach from inshore to the first mark, a Downwind leg to the second mark, an Upwind leg to the third mark, another Downwind leg to the fourth mark, and a reach to the Finish Line.

The Regatta

Team Oracle started the Regatta with a 2 Race penalty for cheating during the preliminaries on the 45 foot scale boats, meaning they had to win 11 Races before Emirates New Zealand won 9.  This is quite a penalty, the harshest ever given in America’s Cup.  Just what did they do to deserve this?

They used bags of lead pellets to change the trim and that’s about as cheating as it gets.

There was also a monetary fine (cost of doing business).  Of more import were the crew sanctions.  Team Oracle lost wing trimmer Dirk de Ridder (considered Spithill’s right-hand man) who was deemed the instigator of the plot.  Also boat builder Andrew Walker and Bryce Ruthenberg, rigger, who carried it out.  Matt Mitchell, a grinder, was suspended for four races.

Oracle did not start competition well, dropping 2 the first day only one of which was close and in the subsequent 3 races spliting 1 – 2 with the All Backs.

With perfect 20/20 hindsight most commentators point at the postponement called after Race 5 and the replacement of John Kostecki with Ben Ainslie at Team Oracle Tactician as the critical moment, and say that also was the day the modifications were made to make Oracle a faster boat.  Let’s remember that at the time the Regatta stood only 4 – -1 in favor of Emirates New Zealand and they went on to score 4 more victories in the next 6 races to put the margin at 8 – 1 going into Race 12.  It’s easy to forget that All Blacks were leading the Race 12 that wasn’t by a considerable margin before high winds forced its cancellation, and the abandoned Race 13 where they were a mile ahead.

I, on the other hand, think the pivotal turning point was the 5 day set of delays and postponements before Race 14 at the end of which the match stood at 8 – 3.

This is also when most people lost interest in the contest, thinking it a sure loss.

Another more important day was Sept. 16, when the All Blacks were still leading 7 – 1 and Team Oracle was struggling with finding the proper settings for the boat.  That was a “reserve day”, scheduled to allow catching up on previous postponements.  The All Blacks had the option of forcing a race day but declined use it.  This gave Oracle more time to find the right adjustments to tune the boat.

Future Developments

Larry Ellison’s oft stated goal is to turn America’s Cup yacht Racing into Formula One for boats.  He wants to create a “World Series” of yacht racing similar to what he attempted this defense with a series of regattas at various important and well known racing ports using smaller, cheaper, and more rigidly formula boats to train crews and build interest.

If you saw any of the support racing you know it can be interesting, especially the “free for all” races where you have many boats racing at once instead of just two match racing.  Kind of like Turn Left in the water (Holy chunks of flaming twisted metal Batman!).

And of course there will be TV.

Larry Ellison’s Amazing Victory and Huge Failure

By Jonathan Mahler, Bloomberg News

Sep 25, 2013 6:13 PM ET

New Zealand would probably have won the cup several days ago, were it not for the 40-minute time limit that Ellison imposed on the races. (Imagine, say, the results of the New York City Marathon being decalred invalid because it was an unexpectedly windy day and the race times weren’t fast enough.)

Ellison did this for the purposes of making the cup more TV-friendly. In fact, for Ellison, the 2013 America’s Cup wasn’t about the race, per se. It was about disruptive innovation. It was about turning yachting into a sport for the masses. As Ellison put it, he was going to reinvent the America’s Cup for “the Facebook generation, not the Flintstones generation.”

Toward that end, Ellison added helicopter-mounted cameras and microphones on the boats. He even hired the guy who brought the virtual first-down line to the NFL’s broadcasts and the glowing hockey puck to the NHL’s.

At the end of the day, though, in trying to make the America’s Cup a TV spectacle, Ellison made it anything but. Sure, the boats look cool and go fast, but they are way too expensive to build and maintain for the costs to be offset by advertising. What’s more, the event was supposed to be over days ago but was delayed several times by weather conditions. One day it was too much wind, another day too little for these finicky, high-performance craft. How, exactly, do you create a TV spectacle around an event whose timing you can’t predict? (Even Wimbledon was forced to add a retractable roof!)

NBC Gets More Than It Expected

By RICHARD SANDOMIR, The New York Times

Published: September 25, 2013

NBC got a great deal: it paid nothing for the Cup races – the America’s Cup Event Authority bought time on NBC and NBCSN and sold advertising to its sponsors – and used the race production that was hosted by the Cup. But NBC also got lucky, televising a remarkable comeback.



NBC and its cable network, NBCSN, showed 13 days of racing starting on Sept. 7. NBC averaged 1.05 million viewers on the first two days; through the next 10, including Tuesday, NBCSN averaged about 165,000 viewers – about twice what it usually attracts from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.

Put into context, the America’s Cup races attracted more viewers for NBC Sports Group than for Major League Soccer games (111,000) but fewer than it received for its live Tour de France coverage (287,000) or its Formula One races (203,000 to date).



The America’s Cup was once a much stronger draw. The event became a late-night sensation in 1987 from Fremantle, Australia. In the final race, when Stars and Stripes defeated Kookaburra III, nearly 1.9 million television households watched on ESPN.

So I don’t think there’s any need for Mr. Ellison to get unduly pessimistic about his prospects.

There are rumors that the race will move from San Francisco to Lanai, the Hawaiian island Ellison recently purchased.  That’s a Billionaire (#8 worldwide) joke folks.  Lanai is too remote for the crowds Ellison craves, and why would h want to stink it up with crowds and media, not to mention the time zone problem (races would start around 10 pm ET).

Another frequent complaint is that there aren’t enough Americans in the America’s Cup.  You hear this most strongly from the Kiwis who have indicated that they might not mount a challenge next cycle and have complained for years that all their best talent is hired away.  There is a possibility that there may be some kind of “nationality quota” in the near future.

The next challenger of record for the Cup is set to be the Hamilton Island Yacht Club from Queensland, Australia.  As challenger of record they will negotiate with the defending Golden Gate Yacht Club (actually Larry Ellison) about the rules for the next round.  Don’t pretend they have a lot of influence though, the New York Yacht sat on the Auld Mug from 1920 to 1930 and again from 1937 to 1958 because they didn’t like the cut of the challenger’s jib.

After the racing there was a lot of talk about changing the formula.  I don’t think the AC72s are uniquely dangerous or expensive.  A big rap against them is that when you’re foiling and dip your bow you can easily get an end over end crash.  This is unusual for a boat, but falling off your foils is almost always pilot error.  Likewise, the formula is so different and so new this time around that everything is incredibly expensive.

I think that if you keep the formula the same you reduce the learning curve and standardize the parts making them cheaper.  The costliest things at the moment are research and development, and training.  Now that potential rivals have had a change to see and learn from the mistakes of these prototypes I think that you can expect the next roud to be faster, safer, and cheaper so that more teams can participate.

Wikipedia-

2013 America’s Cup Official Site

Below the fold you will find a sampling of stories from Bloomberg News, Bloomberg News Video, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The San Jose Mercury; as well as complete OFFICIAL Video coverage of all Races, Postponements, and Press Conferences with a short summary of each Race’s action and the reason for delays and postponements.

Aug 21 2012

2012 Little League World Series

Connecticut v Illinois on ESPN now.  I can’t resist.

Bottom of the first, Connecticut just struck out the side.

Aug 13 2012

XXX Olympiad: Closing Ceremonies

Spoiler Alert!

Acutally it’s been on live for a while now and streaming on the web, but I prefer to ‘enjoy’ it in the same manner as my readers, tape delayed.

Which I wouldn’t have minded so much if they’d just published an accurate schedule.

I got to see most of my weird and wacky favorites at least once and caught some of the pivotal moments though I didn’t let it dominate my life.  Title IX really showed its impact at these Olympics making up for some disappointments in areas of traditional strength.

In addition to being more entertaining, the men are grim relentless joyless competitors.

We are once again reminded that most subjective judging is thoroughly corrupt and that amateur umpires and referees make mistakes too often for all of them to be deliberate.  Again we see the demonstrated jingoistic bias and shallow understanding of traditional USA television, but…

Sometimes you get to see something surprising or inspirational or amusing that you’d be disappointed to have missed.  79 Nations got some medal, 50 got at least 1 Gold.

London 2012: A Gold Medal, or An Also-Ran?

The International Herald Tribune

August 12, 2012

There was anonymity. A U.S. shooter, Kimberly Rhode, 33, won her fifth medal at her fifth straight Olympics. No American has ever done that in an individual event, but almost nobody noticed. Her gun was stolen from her car after the 2008 Olympics, then she had a breast cancer scare. Is she on for 2016? You bet.



There were breakthroughs. Oscar Pistorius ran on prosthetic legs and Caster Semenya won the silver medal in the women’s 800 meters. And the Earth continued to spin on its axis. Women boxed for the first time. Three holdout nations – Qatar, Brunei and Saudi Arabia – finally gave up their gender apartheid in sports and allowed women to compete.



“The I.O.C. is making a huge fuss about her being here – their spin is that Olympic sports are opening the door for women, especially Arabic women. Which is kind of a joke,” the observer said. “I think these girls are being propped up by the I.O.C. as their token Islamic female participants.”

I’d really rather skip the Superbowl Spectaculars in favor of rewatching my dvred Bissel Kitty Halftime shows, but they’re not going to be talking about that at the coffee machine tomorrow.

Rule Britannia: Olympic closing ceremony explained

By JILL LAWLESS, Associated Press

22 minutes ago

Organizers say the ceremony will be a celebration of British music “from Elgar to Adele.” Many viewers will have heard of Adele, the big-voiced singer who won six Grammys with her album “21.” Edward Elgar was the composer of the “Pomp and Circumstance” marches and the “Enigma Variations.” His composition “Nimrod,” regarded as quintessentially English, was played at the opening ceremony of the London Games – one of several elements linking the first night of the Olympics with the last.

From there, the ceremony explodes in a kaleidoscope of musicians and eras – from 1960s Mods with The Who, to the 1990s “girl power” of the Spice Girls.



British humor has a big role in the closing ceremony, with an appearance by Eric Idle of iconoclastic comedy troupe Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Expect surreal visual juxtapositions as he sings “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” the jaunty but sardonic ditty from the film “Monty Python’s Life of Brian.”

London Olympics: Preview of closing ceremony

By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times

August 12, 2012

Like the opening ceremony, much of what will happen is being kept under wraps. But a few details have trickled out, and some interesting people have been spotted around town, so we can make a few educated guesses.

How else can you explain the rumored appearance of Muse and One Direction?



Annie Lennox, Kate Bush and Kaiser Chiefs, if they appear, could help the gala nudge into bronze-medal territory, up from the DNF zone.



Exact details are kept secret, but expected to perform are Adele, George Michael, the Who, Muse, Spice Girls, Pet Shop Boys, Annie Lennox and Fatboy Slim. No word yet if Sir Elton will be there.

There was one act I heard they were unable to book-

More Spoilers.

Aug 12 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 19

We close our final day of competition with the Men’s Volleyball Final.  We’ll be having a separate piece on the Closing Ceremony tonight.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
6 am NBC Men’s Marathon (Medal) all
6 am Vs. Men’s Basketball (Bronze) (Medal) ARG v RUS
7 am MS Men’s Water Polo USA v AUS
7:30 am Vs. Men’s Handball (Bronze) (Medal) HUN v CRO
8:30 am MS Cycling (Men’s BMX Final) (Medal) all
8:30 am CNBC Boxing (Men’s Fly, Light, Welter, Light Heavy, Super Heavyweight Finals) (Medal) all
9 am Vs. Modern Pentathlon (Women’s Fencing and Swimming) all
9:30 am Vs. Men’s Water Polo (Bronze) (Medal) SRB v CRO
10 am NBC Men’s Basketball (Final) (Medal) USA v ESP
10 am MS Wrestling (Freestyle) all
10:30 am Vs. Men’s Handball (Final) (Medal) SWE v FRA
12:30 pm NBC Men’s Water Polo (Final) (Medal) CRO v ITA
12:30 pm Vs. Men’s Volleyball (Bronze) (Medal) BUL v ITA
2:30 pm NBC Wrestling (Freestyle 66kg, 96kg Final) (Medal) all
2:30 pm Vs. Modern Pentathlon (Women’s Riding and Combined) all
3:30 pm Vs. Men’s Basktball replay
4 pm NBC Men’s Volleyball (Final) (Medal) RUS v BRA
7 pm NBC Prime Time (Closing Ceremonies)

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Aug 11 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 18

Well, I’m almost sure you’re not up to watch Taekwondo.

UConn Huskies

UConn Husky, symbol of might to the foe.

Fight, fight Connecticut, It’s vict’ry, Let’s go. (go. go. go)

Connecticut UConn Husky,

Do it again for the White and Blue

So go--go--go Connecticut, Connecticut U.

C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-C-U-T

Connecticut, Conneticut Husky, Connecticut Husky

Connecticut C-O-N-N-U!

C’mon, sing along.  You know you want to.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
8 am Vs. Taekwondo (Finals and Qualifying) (Medal) all
10 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Last call, Flatwater Men’s 200m K-1 & 2, C-1, Women’s 200m K-1 Finals) (Medal) all
10 am vs. Men’s Football (Final) (Medal) BRA v MEX
10 am MS Modern Pentathlon (Fencing & Swimming) all
10:30 am MS Men’s Field Hockey (Bronze) (Medal) AUS v GBR
10:30 am NBC Women’s Volleyball (Bronze) (Medal) KOR v JPN
noon Vs. Track & Field (Women’s 20km Walk) (Medal) all
noon MS Women’s Basketball (Bronze) (Medal) AUS v RUS
12:30 pm NBC Cycling (Women’s Mountain Bike) (Medal) all
1 pm NBC Rhythmic Gymnastics (Individual Final) (Medal) all
1:30 pm MS Modern Pentathlon (Riding, Combined) (Medal) all
2 pm NBC Cycling (Women’s Mountain Bike) (Medal) all
2 pm Vs. Women’s Handball (Medal) KOR v ESP
2 pm NBC Wrestling (60kg, 84kg, 120kg Freestyle) all
2 pm MS Taekwondo (Men’s 80kg, Women’s 67kg) all
2:30 pm NBC Cycling (Women’s Mountain Bike) (Medal) all
3 pm NBC Retrospective Special
3 pm MS Men’s Field Hockey (Final) (Medal) NED v GER
3:30 pm Vs. Women’s Handball (Final) (Medal) NOR v MNE
3:30 pm CNBC Boxing (Men’s Finals, Light Fly, Bantam, Light Welter, Middle, Heavyweight) (Medal) all
4 pm NBC Women’s Basketball (Final) (Medal) USA v FRA
5:30 pm Vs. Taekwondo (Final) (Medal) all
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Track & Field (Men’s 4x100m and Women’s 4x400m Final), Diving (Men’s Platform Final), Women’s Volleyball Final) (Medal) all
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Wrestling Men’s Freestyle 60kg, 84kg, 120kg Final) (Medal) all
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeat

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Last  Day of competition starts at 6 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Olympic losers – the misery of past hosts

Lee Wellings, Al Jazeera

August 6, 2012

The most senior Australian member of the International Olympic Committee, former Olympian Kevin Gosper has said the failure to win gold medals results from cuts to government funding of Olympic sports in 2009.

‘You’ve got to put money in there. That pays for coaches, it pays for international competition. It’s the difference between gold and silver.’

But Australia are not the only nation suffering funding cuts in these austere times.

Spain’s Olympics so far has been grim – 39th in the medal table at the time of writing. I’ve seen and spoken to Spanish supporters in the Olympic Park and spirits remain high amongst people whose football team dominate the world.

At these Olympics their football team was eliminated without scoring a goal – summing up their first 10 days at the Games where no golds and just three medals came their way.



Which brings us to Greece. Hosts eight years ago they have just two bronzes to show for their efforts so far and are out of the top 50 in the medals table. They brought a team weakened to just over 100 members by the crippling economic problems and their modest performances are completely unsurprising.

So bad were their finances after the Athens games that the IOC have had to acknowledge the part of the Olympics in their demise. They told me the problems in Greece are less than two per cent because of them hosting. Less than two per cent of Greece’s debt amounts to a big problem.



Greece, Spain, Australia. Three of the last five Olympic hosts with one gold between them.

It’s a warning to governments in any host nation from Britain to Brazil.

The Elusive Economic Lift of the Olympics

By JOSHUA MILLS, The New York Times

August 10, 2012

Playing host to the Olympics rarely turns out to be an economic benefit for a country or city, and sports economists have convincingly documented how silly the expectations sometimes are, as Nick Watanabe of the University of Missouri did with regard to the London Games (“Yeah, so if we don’t include costs, there is a profit”).

Part of the faulty calculation is a disposition to focus on revenue and ignore many of the costs – particularly the indirect ones, needed to address increases in traffic and thus pollution; crime, littering and so on.



When the Bloomberg administration was pushing hard for New York City to get the 2012 Games, it insisted that a new Olympic stadium would need to be built on Manhattan’s West Side – despite the presence in the metro area of three major stadiums. It also wanted to build a multimillion-dollar equestrian arena on Staten Island (which would be used for what after the Olympics?) despite the presence of Belmont and three other horse-racing tracks.



Chicago, with the enthusiastic support of Barack Obama, pushed for the 2016 Olympics, and its officials said a new Olympic stadium was needed, despite two major-league baseball stadiums and Soldier Field, a football stadium (home of the Chicago Bears) that was recently renovated.



Another piece of the faulty calculation of Olympic benefits is they often fail to acknowledge the displacement of other economic activity. The Greek government and Greek businesses invested billions of dollars to hold the 2004 Games – and while they drew full houses, tourism in Greece was down for the year, because so many people stayed away and many promised improvements were never made (though Athens did gain a much-needed subway system).



In effect, rather than creating new economic activity, spending is shifted from one segment to another. Sports economists have been documenting this for decades.

And that’s to say nothing of the cost overruns that come with almost every major construction project and the upkeep needed in subsequent years to keep athletics facilities clean, safe and functional. Sydney is spending millions each year. The wonderful velodrome built in London will undoubtedly be used by cyclists – but how many and how often and at what cost?



As public schools are increasing class sizes and dropping music and arts programs, firehouses are being closed and infrastructure is failing, how does being the host of the Olympic Games makes economic sense?

Aug 10 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 17

Gold in Women’s Water Polo and Football, UConn gets a scare.

Women power U.S. Olympic team

Aubrey Cohen, Seattle Post Intelligencer

August 9, 2012

U.S. victories Thursday in the women’s soccer and water polo finals followed a notable trend at this year’s Summer Olympics: American women are winning most of the country’s medals.

American women have hauled in more than one-third more medals than U.S. men, including twice as many gold medals. And that’s despite the fact that 10 percent fewer women’s medals have been awarded so far.

(like all NBC embeds you have to stop it yourself)

My memories of Flint are as a fairly substantial urban center with lots of Arenas and Halls put up by the Manufacturers and Unions and a ring of Factories (all GM).  Some dense housing but mostly 1 story brick ranches with barely a basement for storms.  Now of course Rabbits for Pets or Meat post-apocalyptic Road Warrior.  It is also flat, dry, and dusty.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
8 am Vs. Women’s Field Hockey USA v BEL
9 am Vs. Men’s Water Polo (Final) (Medal) USA v ESP
10 am NBC Synchronized Swimming (Team Final) (Medal) all
10 am MS Men’s Volleyball BUL v RUS
10 am NBC Taekwando all
10:30 am NBC Wrestling (Men’s Free 55kg, 74kg) all
11 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater Men’s 500m K-1, K-2, C-2, Women’s 200m K-1) all
11:30 am NBC Swimming (Open Water) (Medal) all
11:30 am Vs. Men’s Basketball (Semifinal) RUS v ESP
noon MS Men’s Handball (Semifinal) SWE v HUN
12:30 pm NBC Swimming (Open Water) (Medal) all
12:30 pm NBC Rhythmic Gymnastics (Individual All-Around) all
1 pm NBC Swimming (Open Water) (Medal) all
1:30 pm NBC Rhythmic Gymnastics (Individual All-Around) all
1:30 pm MS Men’s Water Polo (Semifinal) CRO v MNE
2 pm Vs. Women’s Field Hockey (Bronze) (Medal) GBR v NZL
2 pm NBC Wrestling (Men’s Free 55kg, 74kg) all
2:30 pm MS Men’s Football (Bronze) (Medal) JPN v KOR
3 pm NBC Track & Field (Women’s 5000m Final) (Medal) all
3:30 pm NBC Wrestling (Men’s Free 55kg, 74kg Final) (Medal) all
3:30 pm Vs. Men’s Basketball (Semifinal) USA v ARG
4:30 pm MS Men’s Handball (Semifinal) FRA v CRO
5 pm CNBC Taekwando Finals (Medal), Boxing Semifinals, Women’s Field Hockey Final (Medal) NED v ARG
6 pm Vs. Men’s Volleyball (Semifinal) BRA v ITA
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Diving (Men’s Platform), Cycling (BMX Final), Track & Field (Relay Finals)) (Medals) all
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Track & Field (Women’s Hammer Throw Final), Men’s Water Polo (Semifinal)) (Medals) ITA v SRB
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeat elimination
4 am Vs. Track & Field (Men’s 50km Walk Final) (Medal) all

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 8 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Aug 09 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 16

UConn Huskies

UConn Husky, symbol of might to the foe.

Fight, fight Connecticut, It’s vict’ry, Let’s go. (go. go. go)

Connecticut UConn Husky,

Do it again for the White and Blue

So go--go--go Connecticut, Connecticut U.

C-O-N-N-E-C-T-I-C-U-T

Connecticut, Conneticut Husky, Connecticut Husky

Connecticut C-O-N-N-U!

C’mon, sing along.  You know you want to.

They still have one game to play, but today we’ll be saying goodbye to Women’s Football and Women’s Water Polo where the ladies have Gold Medal prospects.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
8 am Vs. Women’s Football (Bronze) (Medal) FRA v CAN
9 am MS Equestrian (Individual Dressage Final) (Medal) all
10 am NBC Synchronized Swimming RUS v USA
10 am Vs. Wrestling (Women’s 55kg, 72kg) all
10:30 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater, Men’s 1000m C-2 & K-4, Women’s 500m K-1 & K-2, Final) (Medal) all
10:30 am Vs. Taekwondo all
11 am MS Men’s Field Hockey GER v AUS
11 am NBC Swimming (Women’s 10Km Final) (Medal) all
11:30 am NBC Rhythmic Gymanasics (Individual All-Around) all
11:30 am Vs. Women’s Basketball USA v AUS
noon NBC Track & Field (Men’s 4x400m) all
12:30 am MS Women’s Handball NOR v KOR
1 pm NBC Swimming (Women’s 10Km Final) (Medal) all
1 pm NBC Rhythmic Gymanasics (Individual All-Around) all
1:30 pm NBC Women’s Water Polo (Bronze) (Medal) AUS v HUN
2 pm MS Men’s Beach Volleyball (Bronze) (Medal) LAT v NED
2 pm Vs. Women’s Football (Final) (Medal) USA v JPN
3 pm NBC Women’s Water Polo (Final) (Medal) USA v ESP
3 pm MS Taekwondo (Semifinal) all
4 pm NBC Men’s Beach Volleyball (Final) (Medal) BRA v GER
4 pm MS Women’s Basketball (Semifinal) FRA v RUS
5 pm Vs. Wrestling (Women’s 55kg, 72kg Finals) (Medal) all
5 pm CNBC Various (Taekwondo, Women’s Boxing Finals, Women’s Handball Semifinal) (Medal) ESP v MNE
6 pm Vs. Men’s Field Hockey NED v GBR
7:30 pm Vs. Olympics TBA
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Track & Field (Men’s 200m Final), Diving (Women’s Platform Final), Cycling (Men’s BMX Quarterfinals), Women’s Volleyball Semifinal) (Medal) USA v KOR
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Track & Field, Women’s Javelin Final, Women’s Volleyball Semifinal) (Medal) BRA v JPN
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeat

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at a am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Aug 08 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 15

Well the Olympics is winding down to Closing Ceremonies on Sunday which you can tell from the length and breadth of the coverage.  I wonder if we’ll have another unlisted Greco-Roman Final Monday and if so will anyone notice?

Yesterday I watched two really extraordinary contests and if they both happened to involve the USA team I must admit I’m not immune to the kind of jingoistic nationalism that pervades the Olympics (and international sporting in general, let’s talk Formula One).  However it’s also my philosophy that sports are more understandable and enjoyable if you have a rooting interest in the result.  Thus my scramble around Series time to find the team I hate least, goodness knows I’ll never see my Mets on that field but I’m not above picking based on cute mascots and jersey color.

And in my defense they are both distaff teams.  Men’s Basketball doesn’t need my help, their heads can fill a stadium.

In Water Polo the women advance after double overtime (it’s always a double overtime).  They scored 2 in the first overtime that went unanswered but the critical moment was a literal last second time out (which was idiotic and they didn’t need) called by USA and without clear possession.  The resulting penalty shot tied the game.

It’s the first time the USA Women’s Water Polo team will be in the finals in ages.

In Basketball it was Lady Huskies 2000 as Geno and the UConn All-Stars doubled down on Team Canada.  I’d pay good money to see them play the men, bet they’d kick their ass.

Back to the Women’s Football ‘victory’.  Canada is very depressed.  The game was sent into overtime on a penalty kick from a 6 second goalie holding violation.  Well, Team USA had been holding all day and it was never called.  Of course it’s Canada that’s being investigated for letting this slip to the public.

Finally from the halls of bad officiating.  It seems that despite getting his loss over turned, Spence fails to advance and the USA is sent home medal less for the first time ever.  Women’s team has two guaranteed.

Team USA Dressage was only able to muster a 6th place finish yesterday and Rafalca’s performance wasn’t good enough to qualify for individual competition.  This means they can strap her to the roof of the Gulfstream and have her back for the announcement of Consul any time.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
6 am Vs. Men’s Handball (Quarterfinal) ICL v HUN
7:30 am Vs. Table Tennis (Men’s Bronze) (Medal) GER v HKG
9 am Vs. Men’s Basketball (2 x Quarterfinal) RUS v LUT FRA v ESP
9 am MS Men’s Volleyball BRA v ARG
10 am NBC Equestrian (Individual Jumping Final) (Medal) all
10:30 am NBC Track & Field (Men’s 5000m) all
10:30 am MS Men’s Water Polo SRB v AUS
11 am NBC Men’s Volleyball (elimination) USA v ITA
noon MS Men’s Water Polo (elimination) MNE v ESP
12:30 pm NBC Canoe/Kayak (Men’s 1000m K-1, K-2, C-1, Women’s 500m K-4 Final) (Medal) all
1 pm Vs. Women’s Boxing (Fly and Middleweight Semifinals) USA
1 pm MS Table Tennis (Team Final) (Medal) CHN v KOR
1 pm NBC Track & Field (Women’s 800m Final, Men’s Pole Vault, 5000m) (Medal) all
1:30 pm MS Men’s Water Polo HUN v ITA
2 pm NBC Women’s Beach Volleyball (Bronze) (Medal) all
2 pm Vs. Women’s Field Hockey NED v NZL
2:30 pm MS Men’s Volleyball RUS v POL
3 pm NBC Men’s Water Polo USA v CRO
3 pm Vs. Men’s Basketball (2 x Quarterfinal) BRA v ARG USA v AUS
4 pm NBC Cycling (Men’s BMX) all
4 pm MS Women’s Wrestling (48kg & 63kg Final) (Medal) all
4:30 pm NBC Track & Field (Men’s Decathlon 400m) all
4:30 pm MS Men’s Volleyball BUL v GER
5 pm CNBC Boxing (Men’s Light Fly, Light Welter, Light Middleweight Quarterfinal) elimination
7 pm Vs. TBA
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Women’s Platform Diving, Women’s Beach Volleyball Final, Men’s 110m Hurdle Final) (Medal) all
midnight NBC Late Night (Men’s Javelin, Women’s BMX Cycling) all
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeat

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 8 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Aug 07 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 14

The talk of the town is the Women’s Football Team.  Now many of you know I consider Soccer confusing, low scoring, and slooooooooooooooooooooooooooo…ooooooooooooooooooooow.

Yesterday’s match, which I had the good fortune to catch from about 60 minutes in, was anything but.

4 Goals in 10 minutes!  Last minute score sends it to overtime tied with a 30 second remaining victory!

Almost as exciting as Baseball.

It’s been mighty confusing to see everything I really wanted to (NBC reschedules with no notice, I do the best I can) yet I must say that catching glimpses of the unique events like Fencing and Whitewater Kayaking makes me wish that there was a channel like the old ESPN which would show odd stuff like Lacross and Field Hockey.

Now things like Motor Sports and Shooting have several channels and I’d think narrowcasting the non major sports would find a market.

But then I like Rugby and Darts.

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
6:30 am Vs. Track & Field (Triathlon Final) (Medal) all
8:30 am Vs. Canoe/Kayak (Sprint) all
9 am Vs. Women’s Basketball (Quarterfinal) USA v CAN
9 am MS Women’s Volleyball JPN v CHN
10 am NBC Track & Field (Men’s 200m, 110m Hurdle, Women’s 5000m) all
10 am MS Women’s Volleyball RUS v BRA
10:30 am NBC Women’s Water Polo (Semifinal) USA v AUS
10:30 am Vs. Equestrian (Team Dressage Final) (Medal) all
11:30 am NBC Cycling (Men’s Keirin) all
11:30 am Vs. Women’s Handball (Quarterfinal) all
11:30 am NBC Track & Field (Men’s 200m, 110m Hurdle, Women’s 5000m) all
noon NBC Cycling (Women’s Omnium) all
noon Vs. Men’s Football (Semifinal) MEX v JPN
noon MS Beach Volleyball (Men’s & Women’s Semifinal) all
12:30 pm NBC Track & Field (Men’s 200m, 110m Hurdle, Women’s 5000m) all
1 pm NBC Cycling (Men’s Keirin Final) (Medal) all
1 pm NBC Diving (Men’s 3m Springboard Semifinal) all
1:30 pm Vs. Women’s Handball (Quarterfinal) RUS v KOR
2 pm NBC Women’s Volleyball USA v DOM
2 pm MS Table Tennis (Men’s Team Final) (Medal) CHN v JPN
2:30 pm MS Women’s Water Polo (Semifinal) HUN v ESP
2:30 pm Vs. Men’s Football (Semifinal) KOR v BRA
4 pm NBC Men’s Beach Volleyball (Semifinal) all
4 pm MS Syncronized Swimming (Duet Final) (Medal) all
4:30 pm Vs. Women’s Basketball (Quarterfinal) TUR v RUS
4:30 pm MS Wrestling (Greco-Roman Final) (Medal) all
5 pm CNBC Boxing (Men’s Fly and Welterweight Quarterfinals) all
5 pm Vs. Women’s Basketball (Quarterfinals) FRA v CZE
5:30 pm MS Women’s Volleyball (Quarterfinal) all
7 pm Vs. Weightlifting (Men’s Super Heavyweight Final) (Medal) all
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Men’s and Women’s Gymnastic and Track & Field Individual Event Finals, Women’s Beach Volleyball Semifinal) (Medal) all
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Diving (Men’s Springboard), Track & Field (Men’s Discus) Finals) all
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeat

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 6 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

Aug 06 2012

XXX Olympiad- Day 13

More Competitive Armchair Olympics

Produced by CHRISTOPH NIEMANN and JON HUANG, The New York Times

Broadcast Schedule

Time Network Sport Competitors
7 am Vs. Men’s Volleyball RUS v SRB
8:30 am Vs. Women’s Boxing (Fly, Light, Middleweight Quarterfinals) elimination
9 am MS Men’s Water Polo ROU v SRB
9:30 am Vs. Men’s Volleyball ITA v BUL
10 am NBC Track & Field (Women’s 100m Hurdles) all
10:30 am NBC Men’s Water Polo USA v HUN
10:30 am MS Table Tennis CHN v KOR
11 am MS Wrestling (Greco-Roman) all
11:30 am Vs. Shooting (Men’s 50m 3 Positions Final) (Medal) all
11:30 am NBC Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater Men’s 1000m K-1, K-2, C-1, Women’s 500m K-4) all
noon Vs Women’s Football FRA v JPN
noon NBC Track & Field (Men’s 800m) all
noon MS Table Tennis (Men’s Team Semifinals) CHN v GER KOR v HKG
12:30 pm NBC Syncronized Swimming (Duet) all
1 pm MS Men’s Beach Volleyball (Quarterfinal) all
1:30 pm NBC Track & Field (Women’s 1500m) all
1:30 pm NBC Canoe/Kayak (Sprints, 4 events) all
2 pm Vs. Women’s Boxing (Fly, Light, Middleweight Quarterfinals) elimination
2 pm MS Shooting (Men’s Trap Final) (Medal) all
2 pm NBC Cycling (Track, Women’s Omnium (new event)) all
2:30 pm NBC Equestrian (Team Jumping Final) (Medal) all
2:30 pm Vs. Women’s Football (Quarterfinals) CAN v USA
2:30 pm MS Wrestling (Greco-Toman Finals) (Medal) all
3 pm NBC Men’s Volleyball USA v TUN
3:30 pm MS Men’s Basketball ESP v BRA
4 pm NBC Track & Field (Women’s Steeplechase) (Medal) all
4:30 pm NBC Equestrian (Team Jumping Final) (Medal) all
4:30 pm Vs. Weightlifting (Men’s 105kg Final) (Medal) all
5 pm MS Men’s Beach Volleyball (Quarterfinal) elimination
5 pm CNBC Boxing (Men’s Light, Middle, and Super Heavyweight Quarterfinals) elimination
5 pm Vs. Men’s Basketball USA v ARG
7 pm Vs. Men’s Volleyball BRA v GER
8 pm NBC Prime Time (Finals- Gymnastics (Apparatus), Track & Field (Men’s 400m), Cycling (Men’s Track Sprint), Diving (Men’s Springboard Qualifying), Men’s Beach Volleyball (Quarterfinal)) (Medal) all
12:30 am NBC Late Night (Track & Field (Women’s Shot Put Final), Men’s Beach Volleyball (Quarterfinal)) (Medal) NED v ITA
1:30 am NBC Prime Time repeat
3 am CNBC Boxing repeats
4 am Vs. Men’s Field Hockey KOR v NED
5 am Vs. Canoe/Kayak (Flatwater, Men’s 1000m K-4 & C-2, Women’s 500m K-1 & K-2) all

All this is sourced through the NBC Olympics broadcast schedule.  Competition starts again at 6 am tomorrow.  

Competitions designated by (Medal) will award winners that day.  ‘all’ means not specified.  Sometimes NBC especially does mashups and doesn’t include event or competitor information.  Elimination means no round robin, one and done.

These schedules are a place for you to make sure you don’t miss a sport you like and share your observations.  Have fun today!

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