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Monday, August 18, 2008

Liveblogging My Annoyance

I'm watching the NBC coverage of the women's beach volleyball game. Why is it "Walsh" this and "Walsh" that, if they use her name at all -- but every other sentence features the words "Misty May?" Not just "May," or "May-Treanor," for that matter, or even "Misty," but "Misty May." I get that it's kind of a fun name, and oddly evocative if you're a Rod Stewart fan, but come on. Is there no producer whispering in the correspondents' earbuds, "Folks, could you try not to say 'Misty May' every five seconds?" Or, conversely, is there a producer whispering in their earbuds -- "Guys, say 'Misty May' more often!"

Posted by Paul Horwitz on August 18, 2008 at 09:37 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink


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You guys are a bunch of stiffs.

I love women's beach volleyball, especially with Misty May and Walsh. They are the most dominant team in any team sport, ever, and great looking to boot. Beautiful, athletic girls in bikinis, sweating. It doesn't get any better than that.

Posted by: DBL | Aug 19, 2008 3:52:26 PM

Stefan Fatsis talked about the "how do you pronounce Beijing" issue last Friday on NPR--he says it is Bei-jing. My beach volleyball annoyance came last week, listening to the NBC announcers' ongoing fascination *during a match* with 1) how Walsh and "Misty May" met their respective husbands and 2) the desire of both women to get pregnant after the Olympics. Nothing like in-depth sports analysis.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Aug 19, 2008 12:29:49 PM

I have wondered this same thing! She got married; her name is now May-Treanor. I know she rose to fame as Misty May, but she is now Misty May-Treanor.

Is it common for people with hyphenated names to have those names abbreviated in conversation? (For example, is John Smith-Jones is referred to as John Smith?)

I have resigned myself to the idea that I just do not understand either (1) convention for hyphenated names, or (2) NBC's failure to (want to?) get it right.

But while we are on the subject, apparently NBC has not been able to have its reporters consistently and correctly pronounce Beijing, either. (There was a NY Times article that mentioned this -- is it Bei-jing, or Bei-zhing? -- but I have lost the link to it, unfortunately.)

Posted by: JM | Aug 19, 2008 12:09:18 PM

Not to defend it, because I agree, but I believe it's one of the only things consistently happening live between 8 and 10 am, Beijing time, which is between 8 and 10 pm on the East Coast. But why NBC would show that live over tape-delayed events from the previous evening in Beijing? Once or twice I get, but every day?

Posted by: Steve Vladeck | Aug 19, 2008 9:05:14 AM

I am so glad others feel this way too. What happened to all the other sports? And of the only 3 they show, why is beach volleyball the primary sport every night in prime time. Every single night! It's been driving me nuts.

Posted by: shg | Aug 19, 2008 6:26:15 AM

The question I have is why do the women wear skimpy bikinis, while the mens beach volleyball players wear t-shirts and baggy shorts. I think they should be shirtless, in speedos.

Actually, I'm sick of beach volleyball all together. I swear, at this point I think there are only three Olympic events: gymnastics, swimming, and beach volleyball.

Posted by: Dave! | Aug 18, 2008 10:55:14 PM

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