March Madness Waiting Room

CBS is offering on demand viewing of all this year’s NCAA tournament games.
The first game tips off at about 12:20 EDT and the on demand doors just opened (11:54 EDT).
A few minutes ago there were 218,000 users in the combined general admission and VIP waiting rooms. Already over 70,000 VIP users are in the arena and there are currently 141,000 general admission users just starting to enter.
CBS must have a huge server farm and L…O…T…S of bandwidth ready to go.

It will be interesting to see what the quality of the viewing experience will be.

New Zealand Olympic Singles Trials

Today, weather permitting, is the 3rd of a best of 3 series to determine the New Zealand Olympic rowing singles entrant.
New Zealand, who cares?
Well, the competitors are Mahe Drysdale, 3 time world champion, and Rob Waddell, two time world, 2000 Olympic champion and still the 19-29 Men’s world record holder at 2000 meters on the erg.
Everybody in the world rowing community will be interested. As for the rest of you….unless you join in on the fun you will be missing out on great athletes performing at the top level of one of the world’s most demanding sports.
Here is a news clip from after yesterday’s second race.
And, here is where to catch today’s race live at a to be determined time (there are weather issues) or streaming later.

BTW, time in New Zealand currently appears to be about 3 hours behind US PST.

Update 3/3: The race has been rescheduled to 3/5 at 9:00 AM (I believe Noon PST)