Aug 16, 2011, 12:34 PM
Post #11 of 14
As noted (Scuttlebutt 3403) I was able to find the AC live channel on YouTube to watch the 'World Series'. By mid-series the AC web had a "Live" link (embedded youtube live stream) rather easily found, though on race days a big, impossible to miss 'live' button ought have been on the home page. Again beginning mid-series the full race day videos were uploaded to YouTube, but sadly you won't find them by clicking the 'Videos' tab on the AC web site.
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While it was the three minute cycling (that seemed to diminish towards the end of the series) of "These lads are working hard with heart rates over....." that most irritated me, I reckon the announcers were 'encouraged' to push that, though to most it undoubtedly sounded like the announcers (AC) trying to convince themselves (itself) that this was a 'real sport' . Really, can you imagine such frequent declarations of that nature in baseball radio broadcasts (the sport mostly listened to by this butthead, often while sailing)? Also, while I understand the notion of explaining 'technical' terms, the notion is to explain them, not to replace them with less precise (and thus more confusing) terms. Education yea, the opposite (dumbing down) nae.
As to the non-sequitor attack found in Scuttlebutt 3405 by Matthew Fortune Reid, surely one could say the same about the Americas Cup Syndicate with very little editing: "The energy they are putting forth to keep the AC happening could be much better used to help needy people around the world, the state of California and their own neighborhoods. Too much money and free time leads to this kind of chest-thumping, over-righteous attitude." Methinks you protest too much....
To this butthead it seems reasonable to have concerns about an apparently imminent (if temporary) domain taking of the recently (and lovingly) renovated "Aquatic Park". Surely for such significant development on a shoreline, there ought be an expectation of minimizing environmental impact and sailors might be expected to be among those concerned. While undoubtedly somewhere there exists anti-AC sentiment couched in environmentalist' argument, the following statements simply do not indicate a radical attempt to derail the AC to me but rather a reasonable set of concerns by citizens who will live, work, and play on the bay long after the Americas Cup comes to town:
"To that end, the environmental groups may suggest the games be heavily staffed with monitors who will corral the crowds away from habitat areas, the construction of barriers, and good signage."
"She said the city could offer a low cost loan program to help boatyards make the investment in water quality infrastructure."
"The sewage system is also a problem along the Embarcadero, which is owned by the Port of San Francisco. If not upgraded to handle the extra load from the games, raw sewage could be flushed into the Bay, said Self."
Source: The Bay Citizen (http://s.tt/129ro)