NBC Olympics Sapometer: Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Sap-o-Meter
Slate Magazine's NBC Olympics Sapometer is up and running again for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. Slate is keeping track of the occurrence of sappy words on NBC's Olympics coverage, words like dad, mom, dream, journey, and magic. In the opening weekend, the Sap-o-Meter has reached 154.
The complete list of the 35 sappy words are: adversity, battled, cancer, challenges, courage, cry, dad, daughter, death, dedication, determination, dream, emotion, father, glory, golden, heart, hero, inspiration, inspire, journey, magic, memory, mom, mother, overcome, passion, patriotic, proud, sacrifice, son, spirit, tears, tragedy, triumph.
The Sapometer reached an all-time high at 68 Sap Points on Friday's opening night. The biggest contributor was Vancouver Organizing Committee's John Furlong.
Our inaugural Sappiest Line of the Day, courtesy Mr. Furlong, tallied an impressive seven Sap Points on its own: "As the Olympic cauldron is lit, the unique magic of the Olympic Games will be released upon us. Magic so rare that it cannot be controlled by borders. The kind of magic that invades the human heart touching people of all cultures and beliefs. Magic that calls for the best that human beings have to offer. Magic that causes the athletes of the world to soar—and the rest of us to dream."
In 2008, the NBC Olympics Sapometer reached 722 sappy words, including 98 occurrences of mom, and 97 dreams.