Have You Seen This? NBC reporter's hilarious 2004 badminton rant resurfaces

Posted August 18, 2016

THE COURT — Sometimes it’s bad that things on the internet never die, but sometimes it’s the greatest gift in the whole wide word. This video is the latter situation.

As an ex-tennis pro, NBC’s Mary Carillo has the sports experience and credibility to be a sports reporter. But it’s her personality and sense of humor that make her one of the best. (At least in my very humble and correct opinion.)

During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Carillo gave what at first appeared to be a straight report on badminton, but it slowly spiraled into a hysterical rant about the inferior and frustrating backyard version of the game.

As a person who grew up in a large family in a neighborhood full of kids, the scenario that Carillo describes sounds eerily familiar. From sporting equipment stuck in trees to random harmless incidents becoming neighborhood events, Carillo’s commentary comes from a place of truth.

There’s not much more I can say without spoiling Carillo’s genius. Just know that if you wait out the first minute or so, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will be delighted.

If you want a little more amazing Olympic sports reporting from Carillo, check out this Zamboni driver profile.

Martha Ostergar is the former Video Productions Manager of She has moved on to write elsewhere, but she can't seem to break her habit of cruising the internet for amazing videos and writing about them. Follow her on Twitter at @monstergar.


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