On Wednesday morning in Beijing's Water Cube, it seemed that no Olympic swimmer could touch the pool without setting a world record. So it is with the Sap-o-Meter. For the third consecutive night, NBC's coverage has set a new standard for sentimentality. The record, if only for today: a whopping 42 Sap Points.
Tuesday was a tale of two arenas for American squads. In the Cube, Michael Phelps, freshly crowned the "greatest Olympian of all time," added two more golds to his war chest. NBC padded the achievement with a nostalgic chat with Mama Phelps, a series of profiles flush with violin crescendos, and record-high utterances of proud and overcome. In women's gymnastics, however, the commentary was syrupy but not always sweet. The grueling showdown between the American and Chinese teams featured falls, slips, and rough landings, eliciting top scores for battled (six mentions) and challenges (four).
Sappiest Line of the Day: "You done good, Mom."—NBC's Cris Collinsworth to Michael Phelps' mother, Debbie. (Emphasis on sap words is ours.)
(click on any bar to read that day's entry)