Thursday, August 14, 2008
I'm Addicted to the Olympics
First, a disclaimer: I don't usually watch sports. I am married to a sports nut, though, and the Olympics are on. That means our television is on NBC. I can't help but see some of it, right? Well, it happened; I'm addicted!
Michael Phelps has got me hook, line, and sinker! I've missed so much sleep staying up to watch him pile up the gold, that I can barely type!
President and Mrs. Bush watched in the stands and cheered as Phelps won his first bit of gold. That made an impression on me as I watched Laura Bush yelling at the top of her lungs.
This is a shot of Phelps just after winning gold medal number two in the four-man relay race. That's the race that really hooked me. The French had bragged that they were going to smash the Americans, and the American announcer seemed to agree with them. Hmm, someone please tell me how silver smashes gold?
He won another gold medal after that relay race, and Tuesday night, he won two more.
I'm not alone with my addiction. NBC is credited with having "the largest audience ever recorded for the first Sunday of any Olympic Games broadcast." The world is watching this young man become the most decorated individual athlete in the history of the modern Games.
NBC owes Michael Phelps a check. "Without question, Michael Phelps is our biggest star," NBC marketing vice president Mike McCarley said.
Tonight, I plan to watch again as Phelps continues to pile up the gold. In fact, if you want me in the next couple of days, I'll be glued to the television. I hope Michael Phelps wins them all!