I'll be writing more about this in my Friday column, but I wanted to take a quick moment online to talk about how certain broadcasters just make the Olympics fun. Pat O'Brien used to do that back when CBS did the Winter Olympics and now Mary Carillo and Cris Collinsworth are in charge of fun for NBC.
Like I said, I'll have more of them on Friday, but here's what Carillo had to say Wednesday about this trip to China:
"I've done a lot of Olympics but certainly nothing ever like this," she said. "Of all of the Games, I've never been to anything like this. And I've come to China twice before the Games started for a couple weeks each time just to do features and stories and all that so I had a sense of what it would be like, but then the Games started and it's just been a magnificent experience for me."
And Collinsworth says he's been like a kid in a candy store:
"I'm having so much fun doing this," he said, "and I'll tell you why. I am not an expert on anything here. I ran track and played a little basketball but they're not lining me up to be the color analyst for anything. Essentially what they wanted me to do was to come be a fan. I'm like Willy Wonka in the Chocolate Factory, I got the golden ticket. I'm afraid that the next Olympics they're going to sell my job to somebody and make a million dollars off it. I've been able to go anywhere, do anything, meet almost any athlete that I want to meet. I've had a chance to watch coach K's practices in basketball, which for me is a thrill. I feel like I'm watching it with the American public at home and going, boy I would really like to sit next to Debbie Phelps, Michael Phelps' mom and listen to what she says while a race is going on. I hope it looks like I'm having a good time over here, because I am."