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Cherub Cow
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Sat Sep 29 21:28:00
~ Ironman World Championships ~
http://ironmanworldchampionship.com/
Kailua-Kona, Hawaiʻi
! October 13th, 2012 !
Cherub Cow
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Sat Sep 29 21:47:39
Just about time! I figured I'd do a lead up this year so that my predictions have a little more meaning on race day :p

And once again, for those unfamiliar, full-distance Ironman events see athletes through a single day triathlon of a..

2.4 mile Swim, a
112 mile Bike, followed by a
26.2 mile Marathon Run

The World Championship event takes place on The Big Island of Hawai'i, with the ocean swim starting off Kailua Pier. Once out of the water, athletes jump on bikes and travel NorthWest along the Queen K Highway, turning around in the little town of Hawi. When they arrive back at transition, the marathon takes them up and down the coast, with a final run along Ali'i drive being the final signal of awesome.

There is a 17 hour time limit -- with the course closing at midnight -- but the pro women usually finish the distance at about 9 hours and the pro men usually finish close to 8 hours...
Cherub Cow
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Sat Sep 29 22:14:25
This year should be an interesting race specifically because of all the craziness that's happened!

4-Time Women's Champion Chrissie Wellington took the year off of the sport to do real-life stuff, including an international book tour. This leaves a clear window for Mirinda Carfrae, 2010's champion, who was only a little more than a minute behind Chrissie last year. But, Leanda Cave and Caroline Steffen won't make it easy...

On the men's side, Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack have been holding the title, but it's hard to say if either of them will finish on the podium this year. It might make sense for Andreas Raelert to step up, but it's really going to be close. I almost think the winner will be someone I've never heard of ;)

And Lance Armstrong -was- going to be racing this year after spending last year training for triathlon, but his recent news put an end to that.. which is probably for the better. Doping doesn't seem to be an issue in triathlon because it's more of a individual sport; no direct competition and smaller prize purses. Usually the cheaters go where the money and exposure is... That doesn't mean some people don't do it, and I'm suspicious of some of the pro's, but for the most part it's still a clean sport.

More later :p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Sep 29 22:21:33
Oh! If anyone is interested, here's last year's (2011) NBC coverage. They do a short (1-hour) video the December following the event:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMi_j9R5VYE
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 10:56:26
Well, the race closed down about 6 hours ago.. the results!:

The top-10 women:
1 09:15:54 103 Cave, Leanda 34 TUCSON AZ USA 56:03 2:09 5:12:06 2:25 3:03:13

2 09:16:58 101 Steffen, Caroline 34 SPIEZ SWI 57:37 1:48 5:06:49 2:37 3:08:09

3 09:21:41 102 Carfrae, Mirinda 31 BOULDER CO USA 1:00:06 1:56 5:12:18 2:19 3:05:04

4 09:22:45 120 Tajsich, Sonja 37 SINZING GER 1:10:36 2:03 5:07:58 2:43 2:59:27

5 09:22:57 105 Ellis, Mary Beth 35 SUPERIOR CO USA 56:06 1:59 5:08:06 6:18 3:10:30

.....

*Really* awesome that Leanda Cave took this one! And Steffen only a minute behind too. Carfrae is great but it's good to see that she has competition, and Leanda totally earned a win here :)
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 10:57:16
Whoops, forgot to change that to "Top-5" :p
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 11:02:09
Should have at least posted #6!

6 09:26:25 118 Badmann, Natascha 46 OFTRINGEN SUI 1:06:21 2:24 5:06:07 2:15 3:09:19

6-time World Champion ('98 & 2000-2005) Natascha Badmann came in *6th* place at age 45 :D
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 11:17:28
And the Men's side..

1 08:18:37 3 Jacobs, Pete 31 SYDNEY NSW AUS 51:28 1:49 4:35:15 2:02 2:48:06

2 08:23:40 2 Raelert, Andreas 36 ROSTOCK GER 55:17 1:53 4:36:34 2:33 2:47:24

3 08:24:09 16 Van Lierde, Frederik 33 MENEN BEL 51:36 2:01 4:35:25 2:19 2:52:50

4 08:27:08 6 Kienle, Sebastian 28 HOHENKLING GER 55:21 1:56 4:33:23 2:05 2:54:25

5 08:28:33 15 Al-Sultan, Faris 34 AL-AIN ABU ARE 51:39 1:45 4:35:53 2:27 2:56:50

6 08:30:57 8 Bracht, Timo 37 EBERBACH GER 53:45 2:05 4:37:17 2:15 2:55:37

7 08:31:45 51 Potts, Andy 36 COLORADO S CO USA 50:32 1:41 4:43:52 2:22 2:53:18

.....

..posted down to #7 because it's fun to see the speed-swimmer Andy Potts up there. I don't think that 50:32 is his fasted swim of the 2.4 miles in Kona, but maybe that helped him this year

And I feel bad for Raelert but it seems like he doesn't have enough for #1 in Kona; 3 *years* of this has got to hurt.. so either he'll save nothing next year or he'll fall off the board making too big of a risk :(

So Congrats to Pete Jacobs and Leanda Cave! It looks like Craig Alexander finished in 12th with an 8:40 (said: "no excuses, just not my day") and Chris McCormack didn't race, but Jacobs kept the win for Australia :p

It looks like the NBC Broadcast will be even cooler this year because they'll be doing more background into the race -- like the leadup training and such. I think that's in 2 weeks meow
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 11:18:05
*his fastest swim
Cherub Cow
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Sun Oct 14 11:24:30
..I'd really like to qualify for 2013 but it seems like I won't have time for more than 70.3's (half-distance Ironman events).. training for a full really takes -all- of your time.. hours and hours on the bike, miles in the lake/pool, running for hours too.. to place Top-5 (which earns a Kona space) I think I'd have to take 4 or 5 months off.. maybe 3 at the least... hmm.. something to think about :D
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 13:14:23
NBC's coverage of the 2012 World Championships starts at 4pm Eastern time
I think this is the internet stream, but I'll check when they get closer to airing:
http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/nbc-live-stream

It's usually a good watch :)
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 15:03:04
That link works! It's just started
Hood
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Sat Oct 27 15:04:02
/thread read.
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 15:17:47
lol@chocolate milk
The ultimate sports drink! ;D
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 15:26:53
..this stream is terrible, but I can't find a better one
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 15:47:13
Oh, Craig Alexander is wearing an Aero helmet now. Kind of a surprise
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 16:07:33
Probably no one would read this, but fyi:

Aero (aerodynamic) bicycle helments like this..
http://www...8610-1-13484_800_800_False.png

..have all sorts of wind tunnel statistics that support their cutting of minutes and minutes off of long distance, time-trial events. So they *seem* like a great idea for a long races where drafting isn't legal (like Ironman), because you cut through the wind, but the tradeoff is that if you don't hold proper head position you can lose that same benefit. And also, they have less ventilation, so in an event like Kona (where it's really hot) you may burn up in them and *lose* time..

Craig Alexander won 3 Championships with a regular, vented helmet, and Chrissie Wellington 4.. but maybe Alexander wanted to try something different..
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 27 16:09:28
i watched a couple mins!

... then back to football
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 16:54:41
Good things!
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 27 22:27:02
do you approve of the winners?
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 27 23:43:44
Of course! :)
Did I seem judgemental?
Leanda Cave especially worked really hard - it's really great to see her win the year

Maybe it would be have been interesting to see Craig Alexander get another win, but like I mentioned above, I didn't expect for he or Chris McCormack to be on the podium (those two have gone back and forth for the last 5 years).. especially in a post-Olympic year (for Macca) and a year after Alexander's record-setting day. It's really difficult to time another peak day after events like that

And I like the variety in finishers without Chrissie Wellington (sorry!), but if she's back to training for next year it will be a really cool race..

Cherub Cow
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Sat Nov 03 00:30:44
The video is on YouTube now:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gge7Ag__Pm8
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:18:04
Instead of making a new thread this year...

2013 Ironman World Championships!!
Right now it's 6 hours and 45 minutes into the race; about 1 hour 15 minutes until the leaders finish. It's Sebastian Kienle and Sebastian Kienle up front in the men's race, Mirinda Carfrae and Leanda Cave up front in the women's race. Looking really close for both races!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:18:43
lulz, copy paste didn't work; that's Frederik Van Lierde and Sebastian Kienle up front
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:19:07
Live stream can be seen here for freez:
http://www...mpionship&y=2013#axzz2hYJuKxRv
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:26:09
Oh neat.. it's usually the *Ford* Ironman World Championship, but this year GoPro is the primary sponsor. Pretty surprising; Ford has been the sponsor for a long time
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:34:11
Actually it's Rachel Joyce up front, but Carfrae and Cave have been making up a lot of time on their splits; still about 13 miles to go in the run, so they may catch up
McKobb
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Sat Oct 12 18:44:11
What is the order of the races?
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:45:50
How do you mean? The racers?
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 18:51:33
If you meant the qualifying events, this is the events list:
http://www...s.aspx?d=ironman#axzz2hYJuKxRv
{races all around the world}

For the professionals there's some kind of point system, so they can either do well at full events or half events to qualify for the Championship
---

Oh noes! Joyce is about to lose it. Mirinda Carfrae only needs to make up 2 minutes, which with 9 or so miles left is doable
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:13:49
Oh, fyi, Chrissie Wellington officially retired from triathlon, some time ago (I think December 2012 is when it was official). It was initially just a year off for a book tour, but then she decided to stop altogether.

The new strong field is Carfrae still (she's the most consistent), Leanda Cave, Caroline Steffen, and of course Rachel Joyce. There have been others, of course! But these few have been top

On the men's side, Craig Alexander and Chris McCormack have opened up the field now that they're getting older (they're now older than any overall winner has been). In the new field, peeps like Andreas Raelert have gotten a lot of competition too, so it's a lot of new names now (or names that have been hidden in the later top 10).

Carfrae within 30 seconds!! Looks like she has this down easy meow. Joyce won't be able to keep up. Carfrae may even finish a couple minutes ahead
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:16:06
Yep! Carfrae just flew past Joyrce at an aid station. Hopefully Joyce didn't just crash mentally and can hold on for second, otherwise she may end up in fourth or fifth
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:16:41
*Joyce
:D
That "r" really wants to get typed ;p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:22:04
Wow! Yvonne Van Vlerken is in fourth place! Cool to see a veteran (long-time) racer still closing on podium spots. Joyce really better be careful
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:26:13
4 miles left for Luke Mckenzie! He has first place locked right now; second place is about 4 minutes back.
Big competition for the podium on the women's side!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:32:40
Caroline Steffen just vomited 5th place away, ;D
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:33:42
They just posted the ranks:

1 7:45:25 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
2 7:45:56 0:32 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
3 7:50:37 5:12 118 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
4 7:50:59 5:35 108 Meredith Kessler USA
5 7:52:20 6:56 112 Liz Blatchford GBR

Yvonne Van Vlerken just grabbed 3rd! Careful Joyce! ;p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:37:22
Men's splits:
1 7:46:50 6 Frederik Van Lierde BEL
2 7:48:24 1:34 49 Luke McKenzie AUS
3 7:52:44 5:55 2 Sebastian Kienle DEU
4 7:57:07 10:17 44 Tyler Butterfield BMU
5 7:57:55 11:05 7 Tim O'Donnell USA

It was actually Van Lierde in first, not McKenzie (oops!). Just a couple miles left!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:42:12
Final turn down Ali'i Drive! Frederik Van Lierde's day!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:46:01
lulz, they had some trouble putting his crown thingy on ;p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:47:29
Luke McKenzie just finished!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:53:09
Sebastian Kienle is in! lol.. he threw his hat to the crowd and a group of people almost killed each other to get it XD

Final Podium Times (Men):
Frederik Van Lierde 8:12:29
Luke McKenzie 8:15:19
Sebastian Kienle 8:19:??
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:57:19
Oh noes!! Yvonne Van Vlerken cramped up and lost third D:
Liz Blatchford has moved up. Looks like Joyce has kept second!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 19:58:46
Men's Times (official)
1 8:12:29 6 Frederik Van Lierde BEL
2 8:15:19 2:50 49 Luke McKenzie AUS
3 8:19:24 6:56 2 Sebastian Kienle DEU
4 8:21:46 9:18 55 James Cunnama ZAF
5 8:22:25 9:57 7 Tim O'Donnell USA
6 8:23:43 11:14 33 Ivan Rana ESP
7 8:24:09 11:40 44 Tyler Butterfield BMU
8 8:25:38 13:10 9 Bart Aernouts BEL
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:07:09
Yvonne Van Vlerken is holding on! Only 20 seconds back from second
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:14:25
Rinnie (Carfrae) at about 3 miles left!
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 20:23:09
go Mirinda! ... cause i like her name best
McKobb
Member
Sat Oct 12 20:24:40
I like Miranda better.
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 20:25:31
It does have a nice Aussi roll to it ;D

She's in the final chute!
And WOW! Looks like Joyce is holding on for second; that's just awesome; getting passed in the marathon but not quitting
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Sat Oct 12 20:28:27
those hand slaps are slowing her down, dicks! :p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:30:09
ohmagerdz!!!!! :D :D \:D/

lol! yeah; stop killin ma speeds!! ;p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:32:03
Fastest marathon EVAR??
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:33:31
WOWZ!! Chrissie better think about coming out of retirement! ;D
8:52:14!!! New course record!!!!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:34:59
Rachel Joyce kept second!!! AMERZING!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:38:39
WOW. They're saying Rinnie's run was the third fastest of the day "overall" -- as in, only two men were faster than here. Suck it!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:41:05
Liz Blatchford for third!!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:41:57
And Yvonne Van Vlerken right after!! So coolz
Cacao!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:47:57
There's Caroline Steffen!

Official Women's times:
1 8:52:14 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
2 8:57:28 5:14 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
3 9:03:35 11:21 112 Liz Blatchford GBR
4 9:0?:?? Yvonne Van Vlerken
5 9:15:?? Caroline Steffen
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:51:29
:'D
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 20:52:55
Moar numbers:

1 8:52:14 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
2 8:57:28 5:14 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
3 9:03:35 11:21 112 Liz Blatchford GBR
4 9:04:34 12:20 118 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
5 9:09:09 16:55 103 Caroline Steffen CHE
6 9:10:12 17:58 124 Caitlin Snow USA
7 9:10:19 18:05 108 Meredith Kessler USA
8 9:11:13 18:59 119 Michelle Vesterby DNK

Yeah so Van Vlerken only about a *minute* behind Blatchford! so cool
McKobb
Member
Sat Oct 12 20:54:20
Room left for 2014!
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 20:59:55
Snap!
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Oct 12 21:10:28
And even moar numbers:

1 8:52:14 111 Mirinda Carfrae AUS
2 8:57:28 5:14 131 Rachel Joyce GBR
3 9:03:35 11:21 112 Liz Blatchford GBR
4 9:04:34 12:20 118 Yvonne Van Vlerken NLD
5 9:09:09 16:55 103 Caroline Steffen CHE
6 9:10:12 17:58 124 Caitlin Snow USA
7 9:10:19 18:05 108 Meredith Kessler USA
8 9:11:13 18:59 119 Michelle Vesterby DNK
9 9:14:47 22:33 104 Gina Crawford NZL
10 9:17:22 25:08 114 Linsey Corbin USA
11 9:17:57 25:43 115 Amanda Stevens USA
12 9:25:07 32:53 101 Leanda Cave GBR
13 9:25:16 33:02 125 Jessie Donavan USA

Last year's winner, Leanda Cave, is on there for 12th! 10 minutes slower than last year, but even with last year's time it wouldn't have been enough! Awesome race!
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 21:11:35
k.. I'll check back to see who was top 20, but have to do some work meow :p
Cherub Cow
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Sat Oct 12 21:14:07
Oh! Natascha Badmann finished 14th! She finished 6th last year, but it's still awesome because she's a former multi-champion. k, going for real ;p
Cherub Cow
Member
Sun Oct 13 06:47:13
Arg, I got distracted and didn't watch the close of the race :(
When it gets close to the midnight cutoff (17 hours of racing), the desperate people start funneling in ;p
You can kind of make fun of them for missing their training goals or being out of shape or whatevas.. but there's also this side where someone who didn't have a perfect day still kept going, which is fun :D
Oh well!

NBC's edited broadcast will air November 16th; they have some good material to cover :)
tumbleweed
the wanderer
Tue Oct 15 13:40:42
my new favorite runner
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mxb6eCbzug8
Cherub Cow
Member
Tue Oct 15 18:09:57
lol
Go Chewy!!
Downvote ☟ for portrait video though! ;p
Cherub Cow
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Fri Nov 15 16:54:55
The NBC broadcast is tomorrow! (4:30pm Eastern time)
Cherub Cow
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Sat Nov 16 15:43:30
I can't find an HD stream, but here's this blurry thing:
http://www.stream2watch.me/live-tv/nbc-live-stream
Cherub Cow
Member
Sat Nov 30 20:19:53
The video is online meow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANpuXzWnQ_k

Not sure where to find it in HD though
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