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    Posted: 06/February/2018 at 10:43
So is anybody geared up for the Winter Olympics? I enjoy watching it, but mainly for two sports, hockey and curling. 

Obviously anyone who's followed the NHL thread over the years knows I'm a big hockey fan. I am disappointed the league is barring its players from competing in the Olympics (one of the few things I have ever disagreed with Bettman on), but the games are still worth watching. I always find myself rooting for Sweden in hockey even above the U.S.; as I loved Peter Forseberg back in the day. 

Oddly enough every winter Olympics I find myself interested in curling. I have no idea what the sport is even about but for some reason I find it fascinating to watch the players slide them thingies that look like wine jugs across the ice and follow it with brooms. I have no idea what the fuck they are doing and yes I know I could easily look it up and find out the rules but I'd rather just enjoy watching it. 

I have very little interest in skiing or snowboarding or anything like that. Figure skating isn't too bad; but nothing can top the craziness of 1994. 

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Love Curling. Think it was eight years ago when something like six million fans (idiots) were up at around midnight watching our ladies go for a medal.

Then when they got bronze four years ago, it resulted in a landslide in a FFL of those in the team.......

http://www.tupwrestlingforum.com/female-fit-list-aka-ffl-60th-edition_topic19499.html?KW=ffl

Never heard of them before because I only tend to take notice of winter sports once every four years. But our double act of Nick Buckland and Penny Coomes showed the other night on Dancing On Ice a special performance and so we have a good chance of a medal with them.
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I love he olympics. I just wish I could figure out a way to watch them legally. Here in the states, content provider is NBC. We don't live in an area where a digital antenna can pick up a signal, and without cable . .  I have no way to watch it. I could go to the NBC website and try to stream it, but they insist on me entering my cable provider to verify I qualify for the content.

What's the point of trying to watch it on-line streaming if I could turn on the cable box!?!?!
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Originally posted by GeekOmnivore GeekOmnivore wrote:

What's the point of trying to watch it on-line streaming if I could turn on the cable box!?!?!

I see your point and I feel the same way about a lot of online streaming; but I think the appeal is that people can watch something on the go on a mobile device. 

I am watching doubles curling, Red China vs South Korea. It is real interesting to watch and I am figuring out the rules and the strategy as I watch (as I said I admit I am utterly clueless) but it is entertaining. I have always gotten that the brooms are to make the stones go faster (I sometimes call them jugs). I guess the goal is to slide your stone as close to the center of the circle as possible and knock out the stones of your opponent. Then once they get a stone in a good spot, they try to place other stones of theirs in front as a barrier. Then whichever team gets the closest to the center of the circle wins. 

(I think.) 

In any case it's fun to see them slide the jugs across the ice and chat with each other about strategy in a language I don't understand. They even got out the measuring device to see which stone was closest.    

It's like a combination of the angling of billiards with the aim of darts, only played on ice, but with jugs, and brooms. 

I am rooting for South Korea. 

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Originally posted by GeekOmnivore GeekOmnivore wrote:

I love he olympics. I just wish I could figure out a way to watch them legally. Here in the states, content provider is NBC. We don't live in an area where a digital antenna can pick up a signal, and without cable . .  I have no way to watch it. I could go to the NBC website and try to stream it, but they insist on me entering my cable provider to verify I qualify for the content.

What's the point of trying to watch it on-line streaming if I could turn on the cable box!?!?!

We are lucky that over here it's on the BBC which is our main TV channel and doesn't have commercials. A TV license for it costs around 3 quid a week for a lot of BBC channels, but people still moan it's too much and try and get the fee scrapped.

It's also on Eurosport which is easy to get hold of cheaply as it's nowhere near as expensive as Sky Sports or BT Sport.

We are taking our largest ever group of athletes something like 57 I think it is. Lets hope it's quality over quantity.
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So yay! I found out that here in the states, Hulu (a streaming service I already have) is able to provide me all the olympics I want if I upgrade to their "Live TV" subscription. more than 4x what I pay now, but it comes with a free week, and I can drop it like a hot potato after the olympics finish.

As added bonus, I'll be able to watch RAW and Smackdown as their air, rather than a shortened delayed broadcast.

Only reason I ghaven't watchedany olympics yet is cause I'm trying to catch up on homework. I did none yesterday because I was dealing with putting down our 12 year old three legged collie.
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