Okay, I have to admit it. I canít watch any more sliding on ice. No luge, no bobsled, no skeleton. Thanks, but Iíll pass. Iíll watch the figure skaters but Iíve gone as far as I can go with the speed skaters. If youíll save me from the fourteenth-place Americans and just let me watch the Austrians and Swiss, Iíll still take in a little skiing down mountains. Cross country? No thanks.
How about that? Iíve dismissed the efforts of about two-thirds of the worldís Olympic athletes, and itís only been a week since the opening ceremony. Whatever I miss now, Iíll have to wait four years to see again. Itís not as if winter sports are readily available to a U.S. audience. And frankly, itís not as if Iíd watch it, even if it were, at least not with the same dedication I watch baseball and NASCAR.
Curling, now, thatís another matter. Weíre getting at least six hours a day of full curling coverage, something weíve never had before. If they would only keep it up after the Olympics, Iíd gladly watch Saturday afternoon curling all year round. Iím soaking it up during these two weeks because I know thatís not going to happen. I know it will be 2010 before I get to see this much curling on U.S. TV again. Itís sad, but itís true.