Too Much Beach Volleyball on NBC?
By Dennis Loo (8/8/12)
I remember back sometime in the 1980s when I was watching the Olympics, I kept pleading with the TV, to no avail, to show us some volleyball (in a gym). A fascinating and exciting sport.
This was before BEACH VOLLEYBALL made its appearance as an Olympic sport, and before Kerri Walsh and Misty May-Treanor were barely born. This was before Misty May became Misty May-Treanor.
And it was before Kerri and Misty turned the world upside down and became the darlings of NBC coverage.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL is NBC's version of SI's Swimsuit issue. You know, an excuse to show more female skin. And to show the U.S. dominance in such a very important sport.
What would happen, god forbid, if the unthinkable were to occur and Kerri and Misty were to ... lose?
NBC might have to actually show us more of the wide world of sports!
I don't have anything personally against Kerri and Misty, although it was kind of distressing to see Kerri blissfully hobnobbing with Torturer-in-Chief George W. Bush in the stands a few years ago.
I am sick to death of watching them both though and hearing the NBC announcers say, "And today, we have more BEACH VOLLEYBALL!"
How about some wrestling, archery, fencing, ping-pong, weight-lifting, long jump, you know, those other sports?
The world of sports isn't defined by what Americans are all so great at. I mean, if we're getting so many medals, that must mean that we're great. And if the Chinese are beating the U.S. in the medal count, well that just means that they're cheating.
Now, if only Michael Phelps would take up BEACH VOLLEYBALL, then NBC wouldn't have to show us anything else at all.
Then they could rename themselves BVN: BEACH VOLLEYBALL Network.