NBC is being criticized for its shaky coverage of the Olympics this year, so I wanted to highlight a time where the coverage was so spot on, it’s a model for all Olympics moving forward.
The Olympics in question was the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. And the specific moment I’m referring to is sportscaster Mary Carillo’s coverage of badminton.
Mary Carillo is a former competitive tennis player who apparently has very strong feelings on the sport of badminton.
Primarily, that the Olympic version of the sport gives you false confidence that it is a good sport to play at home. But playing this sport at home will only result in destruction (and an empty garage).
Check out her rant here:
Mary Carillo is still a current employee of NBC and covers the Olympics. You can find some of her 2016 Rio coverage here online.
She ended up explaining her epic rant later on.
From the email she sent Deadspin:
Can’t believe that thing’s still around. I was hosting a morning show in Athens that covered a lot of badminton—some table tennis too, but badminton, I’d been assured, was going to be “the curling of the Summer Games.” (!) There was no script for that rant—just a little dead time—but it got some chuckles and a head shake from my producer.