Raisman seemed to sense the awkwardness. After Costas compelled them to ”throw” the broadcast into a commercial, she asked, ”Was that your best interview ever, or what?” UPSET: Was it really an upset, as NBC’s Chris Marlowe insisted, that three-time gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings and her beach volleyball partner April Ross were beaten by a higher-ranked duo from Brazil on the Brazilian’s home sand? NBC can’t be blamed for being upset, losing one of its bankable prime-time stars earlier than hoped. TODAY’S TRAUTWIG: ”We’re about to see uber gymnastics, and I don’t mean Simone Biles is taking a car somewhere,” said NBC’s Al Trautwig. Recommended Site”It’s just gymnastics at a high, high level.” JUST ASKING: Judging by their facial expressions from the stands, do you think Raisman’s parents enjoyed their time in Rio de Janeiro? SPORTSMANSHIP: Kudos to NBC and Tom Hammond for telling one of the best sportsmanship stories we’ve seen in a while, about New Zealand’s Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino helping each other over the finish line in their 5,000-meter heat after they bumped into each other and tumbled onto the track. A GAME!: With two minutes to go in the first half of Tuesday’s women’s basketball game between the United States and Japan, NBC’s Marc Zumoff and Ann Meyers Drysdale were juiced. They had a game! The U.S., which had won its first five games by an average of 45 points, was up by only two. Zumoff and Drysdale were excited by the ”pesky” and ”entertaining” Japanese players, who came after their better-known rivals relentlessly.
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