- Posted August 11, 2012 by
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What do the Paralympics mean to you?
As US women triumph on foot, NBC drops the ball
The way Olympics are broadcast in the US has long been a subject of criticism(i came to the country in '93, my first American Olympic was Atlanta-96, and i remember people criticizing and making fun of NBC's coverage of it. Sadly, it seems not a whole lot has changed-- but just for once, the neglect of the world's most popular game, especially when US is riding high, thus giving the entire nation a great emotional uplift in these difficult times, is really as baffling, as it is long-standing. Perhaps it owes partly to the traditional US attitude towards soccer as a 'foreign' sport; but first of, this attitude is plain erroneous, as soccer has always been a solid presence here, and secondly, in any case, there's a time to overcome such cautions, sooner better than later. US team played great, beat00actually, took revenge--on a great and tough opponent in the shape of Japan's team; actually gained a 'triple crown', winning third Olympic tournament in a row; and depriving us the sports, especially soccer fans, of seeing it on biggest national TV stage, is undoubtedly a miscalculation.