NBC Broke Even On The London Olympics, So Get Ready For More Tape Delays And Crappy Online Streaming

The lasting legacy of these recent London Olympics wasn't Ryan Lochte's epic bro-ness or McKayla Maroney's perpetual disinterest in everything, but rather it was #NBCfail, the hashtag that, over the course of 17 days, came to signify the complete ineptness of a media conglomerate to please its wider audience, from the »9/07/12 10:00am9/07/12 10:00am

ESPN Figures You Were Watching The Olympics On NBC Anyway, So Why Bother Covering It?

ESPN didn't exactly break its back to cover the Olympics, if you'll recall. That was understandable, in a way. NBC's insanely restrictive rules meant that ESPN couldn't show Olympic highlights until the wee hours, after NBC's (tape-delayed) coverage had ended, which meant that SportsCenter had to settle for still… »8/30/12 6:45pm8/30/12 6:45pm

Russia's Women's Volleyball Coach, Distraught Over Olympic Failure, Found Hanged

Sergey Ovchinnikov, who coached Russia's women's volleyball team at the London Olympics, was found hanged in his hotel room in Croatia, according to local media reports. Dynamo Moscow, the club team he coached that is training in Croatia, announced his death on its website earlier today. Ovchinnikov was 43. »8/29/12 4:40pm8/29/12 4:40pm

German Field Hockey Team Gets $630,000 Bill After Cruise Ship Party

The German men's field hockey team recently won its second-straight Olympic gold medal with a close win over the Netherlands, and the celebration continued after they left London, primarily on a cruise ship that was apparently the scene of some intense partying and crazy field bro antics. The resulting destruction was… »8/29/12 9:30am8/29/12 9:30am

NBC Cut A Memorial Tribute To A Dead U.S. Marine From Its Opening Ceremony Telecast. Here's His Story.

Three weeks ago we brought you the story of U.S. Air Force Academy cadet Andrew Chin. Chin's friends and family submitted his photo to be included in a memorial segment of the London Olympics opening ceremony, only for them to realize when the program aired on NBC in tape delay that the memorial segment had been… »8/23/12 12:30pm8/23/12 12:30pm

Area Couple Offended By "Loud, Sexualized, Pagan" Olympics

There is nothing in the world like the letters to the editor section of a small newspaper. Remember the Ohio man who wanted the "bisexual" buckeye removed as the state tree? By definition, the people who write these things have too much time on their hands and a capacity for outrage that only kicks in at age 60. So we… »8/22/12 11:20am8/22/12 11:20am

Vlade Divac Says Novak Djokovic Destroyed His Racquets With A Saw After The Olympics

That's according to Drop Shot Dispatch, which translated a report from Vesti Online. Divac, the former NBA player, is now the president of the Serbian Olympic Committee. He was critical of the performance of Serbia's athletes at the recent Olympics, though he did exempt swimmer Milorad Cavic and Djokovic, since they… »8/22/12 10:50am8/22/12 10:50am

A Town Welcomes Back Its Olympic Hero By Singing "We Are The Champions" In Estonian

Heiki Nabi took a silver in Greco-Roman wrestling in London, one of Estonia's two medals. So when Nabi returned to his hometown of Kärdla, on an island in the Baltic Sea, seemingly the entire population came out to greet him by serenading him with an Estonian version of a Queen classic. »8/17/12 11:20am8/17/12 11:20am

Ryan Lochte Had A Tough Time Learning His Lines For His Cameo On 90210

Ryan Lochte, gold-medal-winning aquatic bro. You've heard of him. 90210, so-so CW reboot of iconic 90s teen soap Beverly Hills 90210. It's probably less likely that you've heard of it, especially given that its cast consists of Shenae Grimes and a bunch of afterthoughts. (Grimes ditched the vastly superior Canadian… »8/16/12 6:50pm8/16/12 6:50pm

We Should Have Tape-Delayed More Of The Olympics, Says NBC Sports Chairtroll

Yet again, a reminder that NBC's Olympic coverage was not for you. Not with your internet savvy and your ability to watch online video and your desire for a stream that only freezes up when it's not running ads. The tape-delayed primetime highlight shows were made for real America, the teeming masses who have actual… »8/15/12 2:55pm8/15/12 2:55pm

Adorable Canadian Child Sends Medal To DQ'd Relay Team, Accurately Describes Canada As "Cold"

Well isn't this fricking precious? Ten-year-old Elijah Porter was heartbroken when the Canadian 4x100 team appeared to take bronze, only to be disqualified for running outside the lane. So Elijah sent a letter to Justyn Warner, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton, and Oluseyi Smith, and included his medal, awarded at a… »8/14/12 5:25pm8/14/12 5:25pm

NBCmetrics: China Got 16 Fewer Olympic Medals Than The United States, And 1,594 Fewer Mentions In Primetime

We've been analyzing NBC's primetime Olympics coverage sort of the way we analyze SportsCenter in Bristolmetrics, breaking down what countries the Peacock is talking about, and which athletes are getting the most attention. Here's your final installment, with the grand totals. »8/14/12 5:12pm8/14/12 5:12pm

Asylum-Seeking Cameroon Boxers Say They Were Threatened

We told you last week about the seven Olympic athletes from Cameroon—five boxers, a swimmer, a soccer goalie—who went missing from the Olympic village in London. At the time, it was reported that those athletes would likely seek asylum. It now turns out that's exactly what the five boxers are doing, according to… »8/13/12 6:10pm8/13/12 6:10pm