Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brian’s Burning Olympic Questions

Sometimes, curiosity overwhelms hatred of NBC and their nefarious time-delay shenanigans. To wit:

Why do the team jackets, uniforms and general swag for nations like Russia and Japan bear the athlete’s country written in English characters spelling the English version of the country name? Shouldn’t “JAPAN” read “日本” or at least “Nippon”? And shouldn’t Spain get to refer to itself as “España”?

These professional commentators who are experts in badminton, ping pong and fencing… where do they come from and what do they do the three years and 11 months their skills are wholly unmarketable? Are they just fifth-string NBA announcers who have read the Wikipedia page for women’s air rifle a few times? Continue reading