Announcer Steve Schlanger gave an enthusiastic call, but it was of course his maniacal analyst Chad Salmela who I thought would have his head explode. I've written often how he goes bonkers screaming at anything exciting for any country, but this pushed him off the Richter Scale. (His cry of "HERE COMES DIGGINS!!!!! HERE COMES DIGGINS!!!!!" reminded me of the famous call in the 1960 Rome Olympics when little-known American Billy Mills came from nowhere to sprint past the world's best -- "HERE COMES MILLS!!!!!" -- and win the 10,000 meter race.) If you see they are going to replay the end of the race, do yourself a favor and watch. For the race and the call. But this photo below says it all.
My favorite skater during the women's short program last night was Kailani Claire of Australia. Not because she was best -- she wasn't close, but was very good and had a fun performance -- but because of her choice of music. How could I not love a skater who opens her performance with Ella Fitzgerald?! I don't have the video of it, but here's the audio.
Speaking of hockey, my pal Claire Duffy Swift who works for NBC News produced a very nice piece on three former Yale hockey players who, 10 years after their college days are now on the U.S. team. I can't post the video, but you can find it here.
After over a week now of Olympics Watching, enough TV commercials have repeated endlessly-enough that I feel qualified for a few observations:
With two commercials featuring figure skater Ashley Wagner, it seems clear to me that sponsors thought the 2014 Olympian would be repeating and make the U.S. team again. But she didn't. I have no idea how good the Mamma Mia sequel will be or how many of the songs will be repeated -- it looks to have a thin idea for a plot (10 years after marrying, the couple is pregnant, but don't tell anyone), and I have no idea how many songs get repeated or how they justify bringing the three men all back now that we know two of them are not Amanda Seyfried's father, but it seems lively -- however, at least from the ads, it appears that Cher has made the acting choice to sleep-walk through the movie. So, nine out of 10 U.S. Olympians grew up drinking milk. For the record, there are 244 U.S. Olympians -- I want to know which 24 didn't grow up drinking milk. Hey, I want to know just five who didn't. Because I switch so often between NBC, NBCsports and CNBC when commercials come on or there's an event I don't want to watch, I miss the opening of many ads. And because of that, there's one ad that has made zero sense to me -- the one with the little girl holding a teddy bear and skating around with it. Until yesterday! It took over a week, but I finally saw the opening and now at last understand it. It's very cute -- though I can't tell you what it's for, which means it's not particularly an effective ad. It appears as if NBC has decided to remake the series, Glee, and call it Rise. My guess is they pitched it as "Think Glee but crossed with two shows that have worked so well for you, Friday Night Lights and This is Us. So, it's totally different from Glee because it's serious and about real teen angst. But with singing and dancing and musicals." Finally, my grocery story has a free special every Friday for card members. Last week's turns out to have been the Hershey Gold that has been advertised heavily during the games with Apollo Ohno. It was free, so I got one -- and it was very good. It's chocolate mixed with peanuts and pretzel, so it tastes sort of like a Reese's Peanut Butter Up.