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Olympics: Stepping Back

By RD Heldenfels Published: February 14, 2006

On Sunday I began to realize that I was getting a little crazed about the Olympics. Before going to bed, I set the DVR timer for the rest of that night's prime-time coverage, and for 3 a.m. to get some of the coverage of men's curling. Then, during the day Monday, I watched a good bit of women's curling before deciding (for the time being) that I needed to step back and recharge before diving deeply into Olympics telecasts again. As I have said before, this is a marathon, and -- as I learned while blogging and podcasting about the opening ceremonies -- it's a lot more fun to watch when you're not fighting burnout.

Of course, that meant that I missed some things. But, as I have mentioned before, I have seen some drama. And I know every morning that I have missed something, since I go online and immediately see photos and headlines from the overnight events. But life cannot be overtaken by TV. On Monday, I did some Valentine's Day shopping, and spent time with my bride, and watched some entertainment shows -- and talked baseball, for a story about the new Indians network. That should be in Thursday's Beacon Journal.

Today I've been back on Olympics some of the time, trolling among MSNBC and CNBC and USA. Not sure about tonight, though. I have seen tonight's ''House'' already, and I have a copy of ''The Shield,'' but I will almost certainly give an hour to ''American Idol.''

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