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Olympic opening ceremony a waste of money

Forty-two million dollars was spent on the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. If Facebook is any indication, most of us who watched on TV weren't impressed...in fact, many were downright confused and bored...me included.

I made it a point to check what sports columnists were saying the next day...amazingly, they almost unanimously gave it rave reviews. My thought was, were we watching the same thing?

I thought the combining of video and live action was not very entertaining or successful. I also thought getting a British history lesson was quite uninteresting.

And I kept thinking, if I was in that crowd, and had paid big money to see that, I believe I would have kicked myself for an extreme waste of money.

I realize they "need" to put on an extravaganza, especially after Beijing's over-the-top, cost means nothing effort four years ago. But what I saw Friday night was not interesting, too long far too confusing at many points. By the time the athletes started to come in, which is what I was interested in, I only made it to the "G" nations, and then it was off to bed.

But that's just my opinion.

Posted at 8:58am on July 30, 2012 by Big Don Voltz

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