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Well, That Was Cool

By admin Published: August 8, 2008

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(Photo from SI.com)

Been a long day, and I expect to head sleepward soon. But I've seen almost two hours of Olympics opening-ceremonies coverage, all in HD, and it has been quite impressive. Loved the creation of images with large casts of people, and the synchronized drumming. In the early going at least, there was also a reasonable acknowledgement of political currents in China and the games.

One funny moment: When the China expert joined Matt Lauer and Bob Costas, and said his piece, and then Lauer basically turned his back on him so Lauer and Costas could resume chatting. A real "Hey, let us pros from Dover do our thing." Of course, when it came time to explain the symbolism in the opening ceremonies, they were happy to let the China guy do it.

My preference, though, would have been to have the ceremonies without oral commentary. A small text crawl to explain significance would have been fine, while the images and sound washed over us.

And who knew that China was so big on easy listening (the famous pianist, Sarah Brightman)?

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