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Opening Ceremonies Liveblog

OK it’s more of a semi live blog because I don’t know how much I’ll be on my computer while the Opening Ceremonies will be going on, but stop by and add whatever you want in the comments. I’ll be adding stuff within the post if anything cool happens.

Minor news of the day: according to the phenomenal moleman, Bozeman, Montana could be bidding for the 2022 Winter Games.

7:oo – Yeah this opening presentation from NBC is fucking awesome.

7:05 – Shaun White getting interviewed by Chris Collinsworth. He seems pretty relaxed.

7:08 – Dan Patrick just interviewed Jack Johnson, the only hockey player there.

7:13 – Lindsey Vonn’s first event won’t take place until Monday at the earliest, so good news for her, her shin, and her country.

7:20 – There were some worries that Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto wouldn’t make it in time, but they have arrived. Belbin looks gorgeous, as usual.

7:23 – Yep I’m buying one of the stocking hats they’re wearing.

7:33 – Apolo Ohno being interviewed right now. Ohno learned how to skate in Vancouver, so this should be interesting for him. He has a chance to be the most decorated American winter olympian ever.

7:37 – Here’s an interesting fact: the ceremonies start at 5:42 local time. The 42nd parallel was supposed to be the US-Canada border.

7:44 – OK maybe they won’t start then. Also, I will not be commenting on the We Are The World video. Except for this comment of course.

7:50 – OK nevermind. I have to. That was a fucking abortion.

7:56 – Another one of my faves, Gretchen Bleiler

8:00 – They’re naming all the past Winter Olympics sites. Very cool.

8:09 – Added bonus of it being in Canada: You only have to say everything twice (official language, host country) rather than three times (official language, host country, English)

8:15 – Some native tribes of Canada welcoming the crowd. Awesome.

8:23 – Costas says Andorra made an Olympic bid. That would have been awesome. Andorra can almost fit inside the city I’m in right now.

8:27 – The entire Bermuda team, one cross country skiier, wearing Bermuda shorts.

8:37 – The Georgia team is coming up. Should be emotional.

8:39 – Standing ovation for them. Very cool.

844 – Wow Iceland has never won a winter medal. They need Wolf the Dentist Stansson to coach their team.

8:50 – Excellent uniform from Kazakhstan. The flagbearer at least.

8:57 – Big time fan of the Montenegro coats. Too bad there’s no water polo so they could win a medal

8:59 – I am almost 100% Norwegian. Winter Olympics are a good 2 weeks for my people.

9:01 – Yeah, there’s no way Russia is winning 40 medals. Or topping the medal count.

9:08 – Obviously the Swedish ladies are attractive.

9:11 – Here come the United States

9:13 – States get a standing ovation. Mildly surprising.

9:19 – Canada gets, of course, a raucous ovation. It was semi reserved however, true to Canadian form.

9:27 – Some culture stuff coming up.

9:30 – Started off slow, but getting cooler

9:34 – Excellent work with the whales. I am sure Sportsgal feels like an idiot right now.

10:04 – Not a huge fan of the wheat field kid. This Rockies thing looks cool though. Shaun White is a fan.

10:58 – Waiting for the cauldron. Nash, Gretzky, and two others lighting the torch.

11:01 – Well, sort of an inauspicious start, but something tells me the rest of the games will be much much better.

Thanks for joining me everyone, and just so you know there will be recaps everyday and semi-live blogging everynight of the Games.

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  1. mrejr8234
    February 12, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    this ain’t no bealdemania! lies! all lies!

  2. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Wayne Gretzky’s wife has fifty grand on him lighting the cauldron. Mario would have lit it four times already if he had been healthy.

  3. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    WasJack Johnson sitting, waiting, wishing that DP would interview him?

    /I’ll show myself out

  4. ballzdeep
    February 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Good change. Expected Beatlemania. Nice picture of Vancouver fetch.

  5. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Haven’t seen a second of coverage yet, but fetch says the lids are solid, as per usual. May have to scoop one myself.

    • February 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      Apparently they are 75 bucks. Hopefully they go down in price, cause they would definitely be cool to wear long term, and not just as an Olympic novelty.

      • younglefty
        February 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

        Did Roots do the headgear again this year?

      • February 12, 2010 at 7:35 pm

        They had the two guys who did them on the Today Show. I can’t remember the name, but it’s two brothers.

  6. greatshatnersghost
    February 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I’m watching Hairspray instead.

    I heart sports.

  7. greatshatnersghost
    February 12, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Am I banned?

    • February 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

      Nope, moderation for first comment. I get a ton of spam. Sorry.

      • greatshatnersghost
        February 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

        It’s okay. Did you change the site? It looks great.

      • February 12, 2010 at 7:39 pm

        Just a couple minor switches. Nothin huge.

        Gracias.

  8. greatshatnersghost
    February 12, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    okay. It was awaiting moderation for forever.

  9. February 12, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    EVERYONE CHECK OUT MY SWEET FACT DAMNIT

  10. greatshatnersghost
    February 12, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Fetch, I’m a history nerd, but that was a ghey fact even for me.

  11. sportsgal
    February 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Seriously, is there really going to be an Incredibles 2?

    • Mike Georger
      February 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

      Not until Brad Bird is done with his latest movie, so MAYBE in several years.

  12. Gonzo
    February 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    The Incredibles is my favorite Disney movie of all time. There should have been 3 sequels by now.

  13. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Fuck the Québécois

  14. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    How the FUCK do you have this horrid cunt singing the anthem over any of the guys who do the NHL games on the regular?

  15. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Worst. Opening Ceremony. Ever.

    • February 12, 2010 at 8:18 pm

      It’s been like 10 minutes.

  16. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Nice big glass dildos out there.

  17. sportsgal
    February 12, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    No wonder the Canadians told everyone not to expect a ceremony as good as China’s. This totally blows.

    • February 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

      Winter ceremonies are never as huge as the Summer ones.

      • sportsgal
        February 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm

        I don’t care if they aren’t as big as the summer ones. You can’t tell me that was an interesting opening. It sucked, dude.

      • February 12, 2010 at 8:26 pm

        I liked it. Then again I appreciate culture

    • HawkEye19
      February 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm

      Canada can’t force people to be in the ceremonies with threats either.

  18. HawkEye19
    February 12, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    Mole’s good and bitter tonight.

    • Mike Georger
      February 12, 2010 at 8:27 pm

      I’m just ratcheting up the anti-Canada vitriol.

  19. February 12, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    Nice hottie from Armenia

  20. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    Bosnian chicks could get it, good lord almighty.

  21. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Bill Plaschke said on twitter that Canada has a better anthem than us, and that was the best rendition of Canada’s anthem he’d ever heard. Sterilize this man.

    • February 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

      I am on the fence on the former, but a big fuck no on the latter.

      • HawkEye19
        February 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm

        I thought’d I’d be able to hear them singing along with here in Minny. That rendition sucked so bad.

  22. HawkEye19
    February 12, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    “Despite this life of hardship, he has made it to the Olpmpics” Great

    • February 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      Haha I liked that too

  23. Gonzo
    February 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Jeebus Christ, youse guys are angry. It’s the OlChimpics for LeBron’s sake.

  24. HawkEye19
    February 12, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I hope the Columbians do not get confused by the white powder

  25. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Is Ville Nieminen on the Finnish team?

  26. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Former Yugoslavian Republic of Mygodthembitchesugly

  27. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    My buddy from St. Catherines is pissed. He’s gotten several texts from his buddies back home, and a couple from me. He’s not a happy camper.

  28. HawkEye19
    February 12, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Wow….

  29. jlongley
    February 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Skiing in Jamaica? Really?

  30. HawkEye19
    February 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Irish chicky has a six-head

  31. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    No Borat for Kazakhstan? Color me disappointed.

  32. Mike Georger
    February 12, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Get a real flag assholes.

  33. jlongley
    February 12, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    What the deuce was the flag bearer from New Zealand wearing?

    • February 12, 2010 at 9:01 pm

      I am not a fan of having to approve both your comments. Figure it out, WordPress.

      • jlongley
        February 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

        It was my fault. I mistyped my e-mail address in the first one. Sorry 😦

  34. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    USA USA USA

  35. jlongley
    February 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    This song is flipping horrible.

  36. younglefty
    February 12, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Too much clothing for Nelly Furtado.

  37. February 12, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Needs more Bryan Adams

  38. February 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    late again, are you central time, fetch?

    • February 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm

      Yes sir.

      No worries, I’ll be doing this (or something like it) every night of the Olympics. So stop by early, middle and late.

  39. February 12, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    it was pretty impressive for those cavemen (and women) to have been dancing the whole time the countries were coming out

  40. February 12, 2010 at 11:18 pm
  41. cassimgc
    February 19, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Word on the street is the Bozeman bid for the 2022 Olympics is a hoax, but we can dream!

  1. March 15, 2010 at 5:40 pm

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