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NBC telecast of Olympics opening left me cold

I have to say I was not blown away by NBC's telecast of the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

NBC "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer closed the broadcast saying, "I think there was something for everyone [in the ceremonies] that is in keeping with this country."

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Which is a nice way of saying he could not discern a unifying theme or compelling narrative either.

I thought the ceremonies so wildly uneven as to create disconnects between some of the elements. Connect if you will the mythic depictions of the birth of Canada with k.d. lang singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" -- beyond saying it all has something to do with Canada. (As brilliant as lang's interpretation is, I am not sure the stadium setting did it any favors, particularly with the producers' curious decision to deny viewers the kind of close-up shots of lang needed to visually help personalize her delivery of the song.)

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I also thought Bob Costas, who co-hosted with Lauer, was a little less ironic and, thus, enjoyable than usual. I missed his wry jabs at the moments of overkill in such big, fat, overly self-righteous stadium events.

But what did you think? Maybe it is just me. I hate the pseudo-mythic, creation-of-the-world numbers that are often part of these ceremonies. And I hate the rhetorical overstatement from officials about all the athletes being "heroes and role models." They are athletes not heroes -- not all of them anyway.

How about you? What did you think?

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