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By now you've likely resigned yourself to the fact that NBC isn't going to show marquee events live on TV. If you want to watch these Olympics as they happen, the online live stream is your ticket.
And that wouldn't be so bad if the live streams weren't, well, soooo bad.
In addition to the incessant buffering and indiscriminate insertion of commercial breaks, the announcing teams assigned to these lives streams have apparently been instructed to avoid any semblance of excitement.
The worst of the bunch may be the gymnastics live stream team, composed of American gymnastics legend Shannon Miller (who's actually a great analyst in other settings) and an Australian gentleman of unknown name.
As I put it in my live blog of today's men's team final, "This group sounds like its browsing fine art at a tea shop." Yes, the audio is atrocious, but it wouldn't hurt these two to emote a bit when, say, team Great Britain hits a fantastic floor routine in front of a raucous home crowd.
And while I appreciate that many Olympic announcing teams are a bit overbearing, this is (after all) a quadrennial event. The results are pretty dang meaningful. At the very least, give us an occasional "yipee" to let the audience know you've still got a pulse.