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Topic: Opening ceremony
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jul 27, 2012 03:38PM)
Anyone watching? Pretty impressive so far. A triumph for Danny Boyle
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 27, 2012 03:48PM)
Is it online?
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jul 27, 2012 03:52PM)
Dunno, watching it on terrestial (in Ireland :) )
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 27, 2012 03:55PM)
That's not fair! Our coverage doesn't start until 7:30 CDT...
Message: Posted by: smudgedj (Jul 27, 2012 04:01PM)
Danny Boyle = Genius.
Message: Posted by: Leland (Jul 27, 2012 04:03PM)
We have a few hours before it begins here state side.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jul 27, 2012 04:07PM)
You guys are missing a phenomenal show. My mind is officially blown! Music segment is spectacular!
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jul 27, 2012 04:37PM)
It was totally beautiful. The best thing of it's kind I had ever seen.

And then they had their moment of silence for "those who couldn't be here tonight", and I exploded. Now my family is downstairs and I am upstairs alone, and they think that I'm a giant A-hole.

The '72 Munich olympics deserved a better moment of silence.

I'm steaming, and suffering. When will the world learn to NAME the things that went wrong?
Message: Posted by: balducci (Jul 27, 2012 04:37PM)
I believe it starts here in a little over 20 minutes. Be off to the pub to watch it in a few moments.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jul 27, 2012 05:02PM)
This site has all kinds of angles from the Olympics.

http://www.drudgereport.com/
Message: Posted by: balducci (Jul 27, 2012 05:44PM)
I am watching the parade of athletes now ... I think that means I missed the opening ceremony? Or does it? Not sure if what I am seeing here in Canada is tape delayed or not.

I guess I can watch the replay this evening. Might not be able to focus on it though. Like I said, am watching in the pub.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jul 27, 2012 06:10PM)
Our own Danny Doyle put it all together? Nice!

It starts here in several hours. I saw the mayor of London on tv and he reminds me ofa ratinal and cuddly Gar Busey.
Message: Posted by: spatlind (Jul 27, 2012 06:25PM)
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On 2012-07-27 18:44, balducci wrote:
I am watching the parade of athletes now ... I think that means I missed the opening ceremony? Or does it? Not sure if what I am seeing here in Canada is tape delayed or not.

I guess I can watch the replay this evening. Might not be able to focus on it though. Like I said, am watching in the pub.
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The show was on before the athletes, surprised it doesn't sound like it was shown live over that side of the pond
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 27, 2012 07:09PM)
It's NBC prime time over here. Advertisers and all, you know...
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 27, 2012 07:19PM)
Wow. Lets celebrate the reason for global warming LOL. I love irony.


Aside from snarky comments, I was sort of underwhelmed.

Shouldn't they have shot the Bond stuff at night so there was at least some continuity?

Never mind. Genius.
Message: Posted by: landmark (Jul 27, 2012 08:00PM)
Yuk. Let's get on with it. It's like the worst Academy Awards production numbers ever.
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jul 27, 2012 08:00PM)
I am taping it. That way I cat watch the gogo dancers and not watch Smokesomhashastans three person weight lifting team walk in.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 27, 2012 08:18PM)
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On 2012-07-27 21:00, landmark wrote:
Yuk. Let's get on with it. It's like the worst Academy Awards production numbers ever.
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Look at us agreeing!
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Jul 27, 2012 08:48PM)
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On 2012-07-27 21:18, Dannydoyle wrote:
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On 2012-07-27 21:00, landmark wrote:
Yuk. Let's get on with it. It's like the worst Academy Awards production numbers ever.
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Look at us agreeing!
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I too, agree. Except for a couple of spots, I found most of it pretty dull.
Message: Posted by: Kevin Connolly (Jul 27, 2012 09:06PM)
The editing and commentary over here really blows. It really hurts to listen to these two twerps.

As for the Bond piece, Bond was seen jumping out near nightfall. Continuity was close enough. NBC edited out the landing in the stadium of Bond and the queen for some reason. No wonder why Microsoft dumped NBC two weeks ago. A real hack organization.
Message: Posted by: NicholasD (Jul 27, 2012 09:07PM)
Did anyone catch that the President of Gabon is Ali Bongo?
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 27, 2012 09:21PM)
I laughed a my wife had no idea why.
Message: Posted by: ClintonMagus (Jul 27, 2012 09:34PM)
And Brent Musberger really likes to say it...
Message: Posted by: MagicSanta (Jul 28, 2012 01:29AM)
London is cool. China had a bunch of slaves dancing. Nice fuzzy opening....hot iraqi gal with the flag
Message: Posted by: Vlad_77 (Jul 28, 2012 11:54AM)
Beautiful and inspiring opening ceremony in my estimation and the BBC commentators were top notch. I liked that London did not flinch and showed a darker side during the ceremony, i.e, the hellish rising of the industrial revolution. The moments of silence really got me and the lighting of the torch was truly, deeply magical.

And on a side note, Phelps who is too big to march in the opening ceremonies with the other athletes BARELY qualified today. LOOOSSSEERRR.

Namaste,
Vlad
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Jul 28, 2012 12:01PM)
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On 2012-07-27 22:07, NicholasD wrote:
Did anyone catch that the President of Gabon is Ali Bongo?
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That cracked me up. Also, I had no idea that the people of Gabon are called "Gabonians." :eek:

That said, I really enjoyed the ceremonies. Well done.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jul 28, 2012 12:11PM)
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On 2012-07-28 12:54, Vlad_77 wrote:
The moments of silence really got me....
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Right.

There was no reason for a moment of silence, whatsoever. For what? For the Blitz? For the victims of 9/11? For what?

The only reason for a moment of silence is this: families of the victims of the Munich massacre asked the IOC for a moment of silence. The IOC refused. What we got was a politically correct "let's not offend the Muslims!" moment of silence.

The Olympic flame was the coolest ever!

But it still kind of disgusts me. They will burn enough fuel for that flame to feed a million Africans (or more) during the same time period. At what point must we realize that the symbols cost more than the cure?

That's a question for Jonathan, of course (since I'm quarreling with him right now in other threads).
Message: Posted by: balducci (Jul 28, 2012 12:44PM)
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On 2012-07-28 13:11, stoneunhinged wrote:

There was no reason for a moment of silence, whatsoever. For what? For the Blitz? For the victims of 9/11? For what?
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I am certainly not trying to get into an argument here, and I'm not speaking against the events of Munich getting recognition.

But you seem to have forgotten (at least you have not mentioned explicitly) the terror attacks in London the day after that city won its Olympic bid. I was in Mexico City at a meeting with a large contingent of folks from London, England, at the time. I remember the one morning at breakfast they were so jazzed that they won the 2012 Olympics.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/4655555.stm

The very next day, London experienced the July 7 terror attacks.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/uk/2005/london_explosions/default.stm

Although I am not British, from what I saw I think that sequence of events was pretty traumatic for those in Britain and in London especially.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Jul 28, 2012 12:56PM)
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On 2012-07-28 13:44, balducci wrote:
(at least you have not mentioned explicitly)
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I'm fully aware of that, but I didn't mention it explicitly because--as far as I am aware of--no one specifically requested to the IOC that there be a moment of silence for the victims of that day.

I could be wrong, of course. For all I know, there were people petitioning the IOC to commemorate Little Big Horn or the Alamo or whatever with a moment of silence.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 28, 2012 02:46PM)
Opening ceremonies are a celebration. Not sure moment of silence fits. Just an opinion.

As for Phelps. At opening ceremonies they stand for HOURS. Many of the athletes do not participate if they compete the next day. He was nowhere near the only one, it was not ego. It is what it is. One glad bearer turned down the opportunity for this reason.

I do not believe this makes him a loser. Again only an opinion.
Message: Posted by: balducci (Jul 28, 2012 02:55PM)
Indeed. Lots of athletes skipped the opening ceremony. The British tennis team was told to skip it, apparently half the Australian athletes skipped it, both the British and Canadian swim teams skipped it. So I read in the newspapers anyway. Feel free to fact check this all. Even if the reported specifics are off a bit, the point is that lots of athletes skipped it. Arguably some of the athletes skipping the ceremony are a little more serious about the competition and training than those who attend, if they are all set to compete in the very next day or two I mean.
Message: Posted by: Dannydoyle (Jul 28, 2012 03:03PM)
I agree. At least we can hopefully agree that olympic level athletes certainly have their own process.

I am not one. But if it is up to them at their best to skip it, they have a responsibility to do so technically.
Message: Posted by: slyhand (Jul 28, 2012 07:34PM)
Worst opening ceremonies I have ever seen. I felt embarrassed for the western world.
Message: Posted by: acesover (Jul 28, 2012 07:37PM)
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On 2012-07-28 20:34, slyhand wrote:
Worst opening ceremonies I have ever seen. I felt embarrassed for the western world.
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Well everyone has an opinion. Sorry it was not up to your expectations. Better luck in 4 years.