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Thoughts on Olympic Opening Ceremony?

The summer Olympics are underway. What did you think of the opening ceremony?

More than 80,000 people filled the stands at Olympic Stadium to watch the ceremony in London and NBC estimates more than one billion people watched it on television.

The show began with a history lesson of sorts, showing the progression of British history. Through short videos, dances and excerpts from famous books, the opening ceremony had a little of everything. Queen Elizabeth made her debut with actor Daniel Craig, who played James Bond. The two were in a short video together, which made it look like the Queen and the legendary actor arrived by jumping from a helicopter. Soccer star David Beckham brought in the Olympic torch via a motorboat, and of course, the ceremony included the parade of athletes.

The opening ceremony went on for three hours. What did you think of the ceremony? There was a lot of talk about the last opening ceremony in Beijing, was this better or worse? What did you like? Dislike? Let us know what you thought in the comment section below.

Jim July 28, 2012 at 01:44 PM
This was the worst opening ceremony in the history of the games. Seemed like chaos from start to finish. No "Spirt of the games" feeling at all
MJ July 28, 2012 at 02:32 PM
I liked it, a little slow at some points, but overall I thought it was great. The Brits have a good sense of humor, loved the queen and Mr. Bean.
Deanna July 28, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I agree with Jim. These "ceremonies" had nothing to do with the Olympics and the staging was confusing and the dancing very amateurish.
Eneida Ruiz July 28, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Too many kids. Not impresses! Paul McCartney was a disappointment.
Kevin July 28, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Overall, I enjoyed the opening ceremony. For me, the Queen/Bond video and Mr. Bean were the most enjoyable segments.
highhatsize July 28, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Missed it. Tivo'd it but found the bit that I tuned in on boring. On the other hand. Loved the performance by the US Women's Soccer Team. Has there ever been a better looking, in every sens of the word, football side?
Preliator July 28, 2012 at 07:06 PM
Who cares about the boring old Olympics, we MLB and NFL camps have started.
Jaguar-Guy July 28, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Hey, where was Bono ??? Kenneth Brannagh (sp?) reading - Yawn. Nobody will ever top Bejing. That was really very amazing.
S.B. Bonacker July 28, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Too long......Too many kids....couldn't sit through the whole thing. And why do viewers need the "history" lessons? There was almost no connection to sports. Beijing's opening was amazing with the way it was staged and directed. This folly was all over the place!
DaddyGuru July 28, 2012 at 08:55 PM
sex pistols , god save the queen http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dtUH2YSFlVU
laszlo Lowenstein July 28, 2012 at 09:25 PM
A few observations: As a celebration of the UK, several aspects were fitting: slow, boring, reminding us they are still a monarchy (so last century), and taking credit for stuff we are much better at (e.g., Industrial Revolution, the WWW). Best part: the cauldron of leaves, Arctic Monkeys and doves on bicycles. Local fun facts: East End's own Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and McCartney: in "Dark Side of the Moon" finale leading into "Hey Jude" debacle where no one sang or knew the words ("na, na, na, etc."). And Jaguar-Guy, got info for ya: Bono is from Dublin. That's in Ireland. You know, the country that fought and spilled blood for independence from the UK, the country sponsoring this multi-billion $ shabang. One serious faux pas by NBC of note (aside from the idiotic banter of East End's own Matt Lauer): NBC cut away during a tribute to the victims of the 7/7 London subway attacks to air a Ryan Seacrest interview with US swimmer Michael Phelps. Imagine if we did a 9/11 tribute during the US sponsored Olympics and British TV ignored it and cut away to an interview with one of their Olympic stars. How would that feel?
Ralebird July 29, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Boring, disjointed, irrelevant. God save us from the Queen.
ElliotU July 29, 2012 at 05:48 AM
I thought parts of the opening ceremony were spectacular but I have to agree that it felt kind of chaotic and did not hold my attention like other opening ceremonies have done in the past. I also did not hear the olympic music while the athletes were marching in.
Justin Time July 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM
Boring and bland, like most British. Definately shows the majority of money was spent on security, it certainly was not on production of a spectaular opening.
Edbo July 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM
I really did not care for it....best part was the olympic rings being cast and rising. The caulrdon location was terrible. The flame belongs on top of the Olympic Stadium, not 50 feet off the floor. I wonder how the track and field events will be performed with the cauldron in the middle of the field.
Edbo July 29, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Beijing 2008 and Sydney 2000 were the best!
Pamela Fowler July 29, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Jumping jubilant upon NHS light beds; propaganda time (taken with a grain of Haiku)
Walter Kaprielian July 29, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Where were the complaints of the environmentalists? That was a pollution festival beyond belief and waste of a lot of energy. The torch running kids was a study in political correctness. To me, everything was overdone but not well done. Lastly, Paul McCartney, please pack it in. That was depressing.
littleShamrock July 29, 2012 at 04:12 PM
I know many here did not like it, but I enjoyed it (dvr'd it so I flew through the childrens hospital and the house reference). I felt like is was London on display and it was done tastefully with some funny references to brighten the darker moods. Sorry, guys & gals, I loved it only because I enjoy history, British culture and most of all the enduring spirit of sport & brotherhood. Long live the Games!
Jose de Herrera July 29, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Was this Summer Olympics opening atrocity what best exemplifies the best England has to offer for any of you ? A horrifyingly lousy, poorly presented and garishly disjointed hodgepodge of a theatrical production not even worthy of any West End venue?. Please forgive me but I can not buy into the limited version envisioned by Danny Boyle, far from an accentric embrace it is an ignominius disservice to the achievements of a great nation. By the way Laszlo about your comment on the monarchical system being so last centrury it has served the British well close to two thousand years of proud history. And you are correct to say that the US is much better at doing things, after all England is the mother country of your language and culture, so it comes as no surprise that Yanks should surpass Brits in exploiting to the fullest the downtrodden masses and polluting the environment, both inescapable by products of the Industrial revolution. You are 100% right to say that no one does it better than you, athough, I must say Japan does make much better cars.
A.N.Other July 29, 2012 at 09:59 PM
Enjoyed it,rather British but then it was the London gamesThe NHS works, it's what we need.
Jim July 30, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Herrera seems to be turning a critique of an event into a platform for a bed wetting liberal statement.........downtrodden masses and environmental pollution.....yeah right that's what these international athletes are all about......go way Jose
Jose de Herrera July 30, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Au contraire, dear sir, I am an avowed conservative monarchist, a bit anachronistic for some. My views are pragmatic not liberal, perish the thought. Pollution and mass exploitation are historical facts. It was Industrial revolution waste that poisoned the rivers and oceans. You ever hear of high mercury levels among fish? Yes, these are man made problems, but the highest green gas emissions come from herbivore flatulence not from all the cars, airplanes and smokestacks around the world. The earth has a warming and cooling cycle on its own just like sun spot activity creates solar flares and man can do nothing to stop it and environmentalist incessantly blame mankind while hugging the nearest dying tree and yet most live in wooden houses. However, the fact is that our planet’s resources are finite and I hope not to see when the ticking time bomb of an exploding population detonates. This is unavoidable and inescapable even if we stop all our wasteful ways. Perhaps you need to ponder what subliminal message was intended for English speaking audiences. Do you really think it was only meant for the British and their stalwart Commonwealth partners? Think again.
Jose de Herrera July 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
As far as the modern Olympics is concerned, it has been debased by the presence of professional athletes, so, it no longer embodies the ideals and values that brought about its revival in 1859. It was utterly and systematically destroyed with each change that included activities the ancient Greeks would have considered as barbaric exploits. Nay, Jim, few athletes today carry in their hearts the true Olympic spirit perhaps it may still be found among those who are not bent on winning medals at all costs.

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