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NBC's tape delays are definitely not medal-worthy

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Yesterday afternoon I read about Bode Miller’s triumphant gold medal in the Super Combined. And then I watched the medal ceremony on TV several hours later. The hockey game that suddenly everyone cared about? That was on MSNBC. And when I went to NBC.com to look for a clip, I had to install Silverlight before I could watch anything. Is it really supposed to be this hard? You know things are bad when your own employees are tweeting that they’re ashamed to work for you.

Tape-delays may be a necessary evil when there’s this much to cover, but there’s so much instant access to the results that not having a chance to see any of the action live and unedited seems bizarre. I was surprised to see only the last 30 seconds of the hockey game make it to NBC last night; let nothing interrupt the bizarre cultural appropriation-fest known as folk ice dancing.

Neither rain nor sleet nor lousy coverage and inane banter can keep me from watching the games, but boy oh boy is it driving me crazy. What about you, PopWatchers? Are the tape delays and cable/network decisions robbing you of the thrill of victory?

Image credit: Steve Freeman/NBC