Even more than being a political event junkie, I’m an Olympics addict. I’m doing my best this year to avoid staying glued to the television for as many hours as I have in past years. So far, I watched some of the opening ceremony, a little swimming and a lot of gymnastics. I checked in on a couple of basketball and volleyball games just to see the scores. And that’s it.
I should get some kind of gold star for restraint.
The colors and designs in Rio’s opening ceremony were eye-catching. Even Sassy Dog parked herself in front of the television to watch. She also like the gymnastics, probably because of all that running and leaping and jumping.
The main problem with the dog watching TV is her insatiable curiosity about what happens to stuff that goes off the left or right side of the screen. Sassy has investigated under the TV, and even peered around behind it. She cannot understand where those little people go.
The words scrolling across the bottom of the screen are really confusing for her. I’ve tried to explain, but she doesn’t get it.
Katie Cat sometimes watches Sassy watch TV, but she doesn’t have the same interest the dog does. Except for football. Katie has been known to jump up on the TV stand to watch that ball fly through the air. However, as soon as she realizes it’s not a fly or moth, she loses interest.
Sassy will watch almost anything but especially loves animals and fast-moving cars. Commercials are her most favorite thing. And giraffes. She really like giraffes.
As for me, I’ll continue to focus on the gymnastics. Especially the girls. I can’t even imagine the time and dedication it takes to become the superstars they are.
Are you an Olympics sports fan? What events do you watch?
Maryann Miller says
The Olympics are special to me. In years past, I would watch all day and every evening, but that has slacked off in recent years, as I realize I sacrifice writing time if I watch too much TV. Like you, I really enjoy the gymnastics and swimming, but I also love the equestrian events and soccer.
Last night one of my cats, Sammy, was trying to catch the gymnasts as they were doing the floor routines. It was fun to watch him reach up a paw and try to catch them as they did the tumbling passes.
Carolyn Yalin says
Love watching the Olympics, mostly the gymnastics!
Susan Gourley says
We’ve been watching a lot. Not sure what I like best because so much is enjoyable. I do prefer races or games where the winner is well defined rather than gymnastics where judges determine the winner.
hi Susan! Then you probably watched the swimming battle between Phelps and Le Clos. That was crazy exciting.
Jemi fraser says
I can’t turn it off! Here in Canada we have 5 or 6 different channels showing events at all times – so awesome!
My faves are gymnastics, volleyball, diving, and tennis.
I bet Katie will like javelin too! 🙂
LOVE the new site – very nice!
Thanks, Jemi. Is there a woman in the world that does not love the gymnastics? I watch every nation’s entries and am in awe of every single girl — but some of the really young ones are absolutely fearless. Amazing!
L. Diane Wolfe says
I’m watching right now! I’ve had it on in my office all day long. I admit, I love watching gymnastics. I feel in love with watching the sport (way too uncoordinated to do any of it) when Nadia won all her gold medals and scored those perfect 10s.
Did you see her in the stands watching? She’s a little depressed, I think, because there’s no massive Romanian presence at the Olympics any more. I’m not sure, but it might be just one woman, and she’s an older gal trying to keep the dream alive.
Mason Canyon says
I haven’t watched any yet, but it can be addictive once you start. Pets can be so entertaining watching TV. When Little One (the cat I use for my avatar) was alive, she loved watching black and white westerns and Independence Day. That was the only time she paid any attention to the TV if an old western was on or that movie. Traveler, on the other hand, doesn’t seem interested in TV at all.
I never had a pet so devoted to TV before, so it’s a novelty to watch how engrossed Sassy gets.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
That’s funny she watches with you. And wonders where things go off the screen.
I’ve been streaming some of it today at work, but yeah, watched a lot this weekend. Our women’s basketball team is kicking butt big time.
I haven’t checked on the women’s basketball team at all. Odd, since we were big fans of our college team for the first few years in Colorado, and when our star Becky Hammon moved on to the WNBA, I followed them quite a while.
Margot Kinberg says
I’m glad you get so much pleasure out of watching the Olympics, Pat. I do watch some of the events (some of the swimming, some of the gymnastics, and so on). But I have to admit I don’t watch devotedly. I admire athletes who show real self-discipline and precision (as you see in archery). It amazes me what people are capable of doing after years of hard work.
Agreed! I can’t think of any sports discipline I wanted to excel in that would make me work as hard as those young people do.