Olympics on Hoth
March 9, 2006 11:33 AM   Subscribe

Hoth is making a bid to host the 2014 Winter Olympics. Featuring sports like the two-man snowspeeder race, the creator of the effort claims to be protesting the lack of American interest in the Winter Games. Need more Star Wars meets sports info? (And yes, you do.) Howabout a quiz on the sports of Star Wars, or various Star Wars characters hosting SportsCenter. [Note that the main link sometimes loads slowly. Some sites feature the Star Wars theme.]
posted by blahblahblah (8 comments total)
Nice! That's an Olympics I'd go to.
posted by grubi at 11:52 AM on March 9, 2006

Hmmm, all I saw was a blank, white page... Ha! I get it!
posted by Squid Voltaire at 12:09 PM on March 9, 2006

Just when I thought Star Wars nerds couldn't get any Starwarsnerdier, they go and do this.
posted by bondcliff at 12:13 PM on March 9, 2006

Main link takes 8 minutes to "load," plays some Olympic music, displays a couple of links to download the Flash player, and shows a black window. Nothing to see here, move along...
posted by paulsc at 12:26 PM on March 9, 2006

i'm there, man!
posted by Doorstop at 1:34 PM on March 9, 2006

Hey, prospective locations bidding on the Olympics aren't permitted to use the Olympic rings! I'M CALLING FAKE!!!
posted by Robot Johnny at 3:10 PM on March 9, 2006

Oh sure, it's all fun and games (and medals) until someone runs into the probot.
posted by blueberry at 3:18 PM on March 9, 2006

The reason we don't like the Olympics is because the coverage is inept and sophomoric. It's more ads than sport.

Bill Harris of Dubious Quality had a couple of posts about the Olympics. In this one, he says:
So I decide to watch this race, because it's incredibly intense. And here's what I get to see:
4.5 minutes of skiing
2.5 minutes of commercials
2.5 minutes of skiing
3.5 minutes of commercials
3.5 minutes of skiing
3.0 minutes of commercials
7.0 minuts of skiing
2.5 minutes of commercials
1.5 minutes of interviews
2 minutes of commercials

Here are the totals:
19 minutes of coverage
13 1/2 minutes of commercials

How do I know this? It was so bad that I Tivo'd back and timed it. And not only were they showing incredible amounts of commercials, they were cutting the race, even on the final lap. It was a fantastic race, but the emotional impact from watching it was zero. And this was afternoon coverage--it wasn't even prime time for advertising fees.

And people wonder why almost no one in this country cares about the Olympics anymore. It's because NBC has ruined them.
I watched very little of the Olympics, and this is precisely why.
posted by Malor at 3:49 PM on March 9, 2006

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