NBC Embarrasses Itself On the International and Olympic Stage Too…
We know NBC Sports’ incompetence all too well, don’t we Kings fans? Chatting about irrelevant nonsense during critical plays, insight into the game that rivals that of a 12 year old Anaheim Ducks fan and a bunch of irrelevant hyperbole and fluff that is too stupid for knowledgable fans and too boring for the casual one. It seems NBC’s inability to do anything right and knack for doing all things wrong applies to covering the Summer Olympics as well. Read.
Recently, our own Bruce Jacobs wrote about how the coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games was just fine, and how nobody should be airing their grievances about it, which many have taken to the web to do. However, if you don’t like tape delays, web streams that freeze or are blurry on many occasions, or have even one iota of interest in seeing nations other than the United States compete, you would disagree with Bruce’s point of view.
If you agree with Bruce, you probably don’t care that you were not shown one of the saddest moments in Olympic history from an on-field perspective.
Monday, in the women’s fencing epee semifinal match between Britta Heidemann of Germany and Shin A Lam of South Korea, Lam led with one second left on the clock. All she had to do was not be touched in that one second and she would be advancing to the gold medal match. Unfortunately for Shin, the clock never started after the referee signaled to restart the match, giving Heidemann more than one second to land the winning touch.
Incensed, the Korean team paid to file an appeal of the decision, while Shin had to sit on the playing surface, known as a piste, to indicate that she did not accept the decision of the judges. She was there for over a half hour, with much of that time spent in tears, before the appeal was denied.
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