VOLLEYBALL “BEATDOWN FOR THE AGES”: Yeah, that’s what one of the NBC commentators called the U.S.’s first set win over defending Olympic champ Brazil. But somehow Brazil won the next two sets, which NBC skipped. Coverage resumed with Brazil closing out the fourth set as the U.S. literally took its eye off the ball.
Are volleyball players’ kisses with the net between them more awkward than gymnasts’ hugs?
Brazil celebrated with a dance.
HOW CAN WE MENTION MICHAEL PHELPS TONIGHT?: Seacrest was back to tell us that the most “Liked” Olympics-related status on Facebook was Phelps’ retirement motto. I’ll admit I RT’d that.
THEIR FINEST HOUR: I assume NBC put it first because it would have been awkward sandwiched between the Tom Daley shower show and Bolt boasting (the commercial breaks were awkward enough, right?). The most moving interview for me was with Mike Logan, who was 7-years-old when he and his brother were orphaned during Hitler’s 11-hour air assault on Coventry in November 1940.
Seeing him tear up when Brokaw showed him a picture of his mother and understate his pain when asked if it’d been traumatic for a child his age — “It was. And I still get a bit upset” — made me suddenly think of young Freddie Highmore sitting on that bench with Johnny Depp at the end of Finding Neverland. In other words, I teared up, too.