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Ron Judd, an Olympics junkie and Seattle Times columnist who has covered Olympic sports since 1997, will use this space to serve up news and opinion on the Summer and Winter Games -- also inviting you to chime in on Planet Earth's biggest get-together.

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August 20, 2008 4:04 PM

About that German wrestler and daytime Oly TV

Posted by Ron Judd

Today's newspaper column, based on a blog post yesterday about watching daytime cable coverage of men's heavyweight weightlifting, prompts a question from a reader:

I'm watching MSNBC now, and I have had it up to here (indicates height of Olympic-record pole vault) with Tiki Barber and Jenna what's-her name doing their little cute interaction and showing virtually NO sports action. Didn't you mean CBC, or CNBC or something?

I actually saw it on Universal HD, which is doing 24-hour Olympic broadcasts. They take material (at least this is my understanding) from MSNBC and CNBC and replay it, in HD, at different times. It was my impression that the weightlifting match had been on MSNBC, because MSNBC seemed to be broadcasting the same things during that time period. But I might be mistaken. Anyone else watched enough daytime Olys to figure out the connection? I share your frustration with the apparent lack of a detailed schedule, anywhere, that can pinpoint events on the cable stations for viewing or taping purposes.

I do know this: Universal HD is Tiki-free. We haven't seen much of that little show, but the reviews of it, both in print and online, have been unanimous in their opinion that it's monumentally awful.

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