August 13, 2012
NBC, you just made the list.
The Olympics mean very little to me. I know some people enjoy it, to each his own and all that but it's just not my thing. For the past weeks, if I watched any Olympics coverage, it's because someone else had control of what was on TV.
The one-and-only thing I wanted to see: Sunday's Closing Ceremonies. And why? Because The Who, my favorite band, were going to perform.
So I set my TIVO to record, and after it was on for an hour or so, I started to watch. I figured I could just fast-forward through all the parts that didn't interest me. Then, when The Who took the stage, I could watch it again and again. My grand plan was to archive the audio, put it on my iPod, and play it during my show on Monday.
So I watched, thumb on the FWD button, until I was all caught up, and watching NBC's "live" coverage. The Who still weren't on, but Russell Brand was, and he was singing a Beatles song to boot. So I figured, what the heck, I'll go to bed, and watch the rest this morning, forwarding through the parts rest of the parts I don't want to see.
And then...I get to the end, and still no Who! Instead, they previewed some sitcom a WSJ blogger described as Scrubs for Animals. I forget the name of the show, and even if I knew it, I wouldn't mention it here and provide the publicity. I had only recorded till the end of the ceremonies, so I didn't get to see Ray Davies, and I didn't get to see the Who! Oh, I saw the Spice Girls. I saw One Direction. Madness, and the Pet Shop Boys? Saw them too! And NBC made sure I got too see the Tribute to British Fashion! But to see favorite band's 7-minute performance, I had to go online to watch it. (I know, first-world problems, right?)
The kicker? The video is captioned "The Who performs "Teenage Wasteland" and "My Generation" to close the London Olympics"!
Why didn't they just call it the CSI: New York theme?