Tape-delay? C'mon NBC!

USA's Ryan Lochte competes in a men's 400-meter individual medley at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Saturday, July 28, 2012. (David J. Phillip | Associated Press)

The schedule is set for today.

After church and maybe a trip to the roller skating rink, I am going to finally figure out this infuriating Rubik’s Cube before gathering around the television around 7 p.m. to watch the Olympics.

Of course, I will have to work the antennas on the top of our television, and may have to stand near the TV holding onto them to keep the signal straight, but it will be worth it.

Wait … you mean it’s not 1984!

Someone should tell NBC.

All it takes in 2012 is a computer, Twitter and to be able to hit follow to be able to interact with Olympic athletes.

Of course, you will still be waiting to watch on television what the athletes are commenting on.

That’s because NBC, in its infinite brilliance, is choosing once again to show big-time Olympic events on tape-delay.

Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte’s 400-meter individual medley clash was billed as THE thing to watch.

Well, NBC took all of the drama out of it.

Lochte won in overwhelming fashion, but none of us had a chance to watch it. No, we get to watch it six hours after the rest of the world does.

No drama. None.

Unless you want to be a maniac and stay away from radio, television, newspapers, the internet and your friends until the event is shown.

Which, let’s face it, is impossible.

NBC has attempted to appease sports folks like myself with streaming those events live. I could list numerous tweets to back this up, but Saturday’s NBC streaming was awful. I missed the entire Lochte-Phelps race because of buffering, and I wasn’t the only one.

Now I understand during the work week that many people want to come home and watch the big events and tape-delay allows that.

OK, so show the live events on one of the other six cable channels. I think MSNBC can leave its riveting fencing coverage for a few minutes to show the Lochte-Phelps race.

Just saying.

Maybe if enough people complain about this, NBC will wake up.

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