Did the ‘Today’ show host catch Kobe not honoring America?

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Friday morning I was watching the ‘Today’ show -- so you wouldn’t have to. Typically I enjoy the Jillian morning show on Fox, but ‘Today’ is in Beijing and I guess I’ve caught Olympic Fever.

During their morning wrap up, all four ‘Today’ co-hosts reminisced about what they’ve enjoyed about the first full week of Olympic competition. Matt Lauer explained that he enjoyed seeing the U.S. men’s basketball team in the stands showing support to Michael Phelps and the U.S. swimmers. NBC then showed a slide show of members of Team Redeem with other various U.S. Olympians in the stands.

Afterward former ‘The View’ host added a mysterious little aside but refused to expound on it. She hinted that the series of photos were ‘interesting’ for some reason and claimed that we viewers back in the States would see what she saw.

Meredith Vieira: Did you watch that shot carefully?Ann Curry: Why?Vieira: I’m not going to say, but I’m sure the audience back home did. Interesting shot. Hmmm.


You can see the ‘Today’ show clip after the jump, but the only ‘interesting shot’ that I could see was the one above of most of the Olympians putting their right hand over their heart except for a few, most notably the NBA MVP, who most recently joked that he would play basketball in Europe if the price were right.

My question to you, gentle reader, is what do you think Meredith Vieira was talking about when she said that the audience back home would notice something about the ‘interesting shot’?

NBC’s ‘Today’ show -- not telling us what they thought was interesting.

And just to make things easier, here are all the rest of the images from that ‘shot.’

Is it interesting that the swimmers want to talk to the bald gentleman instead of the NBA stars? Is it interesting that LeBron is analyzing the wood of his flag? Does it say ‘Made in China’?

Is there something interesting about this ‘shot’? They look sort of bored, maybe tired. Surely that can’t be interesting.

And Meredith certainly can’t find anything of interest in this photo, or can she? A man can’t talk to a woman in China at the Water Cube anymore? Ms. Vieira, why must you vex us so with your ponderous questions?

If you can figure out what she was alluding to, please say so in the comments below.

-- Tony Pierce