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  • 08:53 PM ET  08.15
By Dick Friedman

Ever since I was a kid, my favorite Olympic event has been the men's 100-meter dash--a race that has often featured "The World's Fastest Human." Bob Hayes, Jim Hines, Valeri Borzov, Carl Lewis...they're still dashing in my mind. Whenever the 100 final's been run at an hour in which I could comfortably watch, I would give it the same ardent anticipation and attention I give annual classics like the Kentucky Derby.

So on Saturday the 100-meter final is going off in a daylight hour: 10:30 a.m. ET. I've laid in a supply of bagels and donuts and I 'm already getting amped to see if Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell can outrun the current World's Fastest Human, the aptly named Usain Bolt. But hold it...not so fast! If I want to actually see this race, I'm going to have to wait several hours. Not only is NBC holding the TV coverage till prime time, but as with all track and field events, the network also is not even permitting it be streamed live. (So what's the point, really, of this fancy-shmancy nbcolympics.com?)

I have half a mind to boycott.

I suppose I can try to avoid finding out the winner until prime time. That thought brings to mind a time when my colleague Grant Wahl was living in Boston and the Red Sox were playing the Yankees in the ALCS. I asked Grant, a product of the Kansas City area, if he was getting into the series and the rivalry. "No," I recall him answering, tongue in cheek. "You hardly notice it at all, as long as you don't watch TV, listen to the radio, read a newspaper or leave your apartment."

Exactly.

Will the delay dampen your interest in watching?

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