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Australia and Austria Confused by NBC Olympics Website

Australia and Austria are two different, self-sufficient countries. I know that’s hard to believe. Maybe someone should clue in the good folks at NBC who have managed to make their production of Olympic events a running joke in social media in an amazingly short amount of time.

This time around, the wizards at NBC Olympics.com have replaced the geographic description of Australia, a stand-alone island continent, with Austria, a land-locked Central European country as shown below:


Image via Twitter user @victorf.

Editing is a magical thing, especially when it comes to the description of a country on a website which is the backbone of your network’s coverage of an event that happens once every four years.

I can’t help but think of this scene from Dumb and Dumber when Jim Carrey meets a beautiful woman from Austria:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=favp6vh1auo

It’s doubtful the Austrians are throwing a ton of shrimp on the barbie over the next two weeks in London. Just a hunch, call me crazy.

NBC really needs to stop giving us such easy reasons to pass on regarding just how silly their coverage has been and the fact they have bumbled throughout the first few days of the event, not only on television, but now, obviously, on line as well.

Tape delay sucks my friends. Live is live.

The least NBC can do for not bringing us the “real deal” is to respect the countries that are trying to compete.

It’s not rocket science.

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.

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