The Great Badminton Rant
August 8, 2016 11:46 AM   Subscribe

During the late-night coverage of the 2004 Athens coverage of Olympic Badminton, Mary Carillo delivered a rant for the ages.
posted by pjern (27 comments total) 62 users marked this as a favorite

 
200 MPH... who'da thunk it?
posted by MtDewd at 11:54 AM on August 8, 2016


"Hey, Mary, we got about three minutes to cover. Can you vamp?"
"Say no more, fam."
posted by Etrigan at 11:54 AM on August 8, 2016 [21 favorites]


omg that was great.
posted by sio42 at 11:58 AM on August 8, 2016


My God. I love her.

This reminds me of the Sports Night episode where they had like four hours of live coverage blocked off to cover a prize fight that ended with a first round knockout like 30 seconds in. Lot of time to fill and nothing going on.
posted by Naberius at 11:58 AM on August 8, 2016 [8 favorites]


"Dan Rydell: We'll have more with Chuck 'The Cut Man' Kimmel coming up in just a moment, but for now: I'm Dan Rydell alongside Casey McCall, and if you're still watching, please give us a call and tell us why..."
posted by zachlipton at 12:20 PM on August 8, 2016 [11 favorites]


I'm not calling him "Cut Man!"
posted by Naberius at 12:26 PM on August 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Hilarious!
posted by msbubbaclees at 12:28 PM on August 8, 2016


Metafilter: baby duck rescue of 1997
posted by sammyo at 1:25 PM on August 8, 2016 [4 favorites]


The folks at Deadspin asked her about it a few years ago: Mary Carillo Explains Her Amazing Badminton Rant.
posted by Major Matt Mason Dixon at 1:36 PM on August 8, 2016 [13 favorites]


Come for the explanation, stay for Guido the Zamboni Guy.
posted by zachlipton at 1:48 PM on August 8, 2016 [4 favorites]


I don't know if I've seen this on the blue before but I don't care. This video should get posted every four years. I put this video in front of as many eyes as I can every time the Olympics rolls around. I love it.
posted by VTX at 1:54 PM on August 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


Also now I miss Sports Night. :(
posted by VTX at 1:57 PM on August 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


"I don't know where. But I've played a lot of badminton with my kids.
By the seventh shot, THIS thing is up in the tree..."

posted by Reasonably Everything Happens at 1:57 PM on August 8, 2016


"All from the left side of the goose."

Is that my left or the goose's left?
posted by TWinbrook8 at 2:34 PM on August 8, 2016 [4 favorites]


Is that my left or the goose's left?

Eh, some of each
posted by aubilenon at 2:50 PM on August 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Only turkeys have left wings
posted by Elmore at 5:03 PM on August 8, 2016


Everyone knows the right wing is inedible.
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:07 PM on August 8, 2016


"Only turkeys have left wings overs"

FTFY
posted by HuronBob at 5:13 PM on August 8, 2016


Besides, why do you think it's called BADminton and not GOODminton?
posted by oneswellfoop at 5:16 PM on August 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


Somebody needs to take the audio, and animate the heck out of this. I'm thinking claymation.
posted by umbĂș at 6:47 PM on August 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Man oh man, tennis misses Mary.... she is the greatest.
posted by Cosine at 7:03 PM on August 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm just surprised she got through that 3-minute rant without Charlie Brown's kite ending up in that tree.
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:04 PM on August 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Anything that makes people care about badminton is okay with me! It deserves WAY more than the 4 am online streaming only slot NBC gives it. I mean, it's the second most popular sport in the world, and the most bad ass. OH! And they had a "cheating" scandal at the last olympics!

I coached a high school badminton team for three years. I had never played when I took the job. It was the best sport. I still miss it.
posted by guster4lovers at 8:46 PM on August 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


Aw man, now I wanna go play badminton and then croquet.

There's a damn biathlon for ya.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:31 PM on August 8, 2016


Also, I remember at another Winter Olympics Carillo watching the (now defunct) compulsory dance with Scott Hamilton. The exact same thing x however many couples.
posted by NorthernLite at 9:40 PM on August 8, 2016


That right there is how a professional fills dead air.
posted by KathrynT at 11:47 PM on August 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


Mary Carillo is my favorite Olympics coverage person. She'd be so much better than Bob effin' Costas. (Or Seacrest, or Trautwig, or...)
posted by TwoStride at 10:19 PM on August 9, 2016


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