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Vince Vitrano: Not For Broadcast

COULDN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF IT!

THAT WAS AMAZING

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The opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games was perhaps one of the most incredible things I have ever seen.

Wasn't it?

Let me tell you honestly, I had no interest in watching Friday night. To me, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is like a half-time show that lasts 4 hours. I don't usually stick around for the half-time show. They're all the same, anyway. The card tricks, the singing and dancing, the kids running onto the infield cheering and smiling. Seen that show.

So I'm hustling the kids in from outside Friday night, trying get them ready for bed and of course my wife has it on. I rolled my eyes (because she loves the opening ceremony) and reluctantly looked toward the screen. I couldn't take my eyes off it! I joined in the middle of those drummer guys. Drums banging in perfectly measured time. Lighting up... that count down thing... cue the fireworks... unbelievable.

Then there were the columns... up and down... drops in a pond... that whole deal. Fantastic! Oh, yeah, and then it's revealed that inside each and every column is not a hydraulic machine, not some advanced mechanical device, but a person! I think it was Costas or Lauer that said, "...and they did it with people."

Holy $*%@! People! Thousands of people!

Watching this presentation unfold, my soul was filled with equal parts awe and terror. I just kept thinking, more and more as the evening wore on, that things between us and China better stay cool... cause if not... well... maybe that won't be so good for us.

What a show.

I'm interested in your thoughts on that, and anything from the Games thus far. Send me an email.

vvitrano@todaystmj4.com

 

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