I wrote this as I was watching a part of the opening ceremonies:
I’m watching the opening ceremonty to the 2004 Olympics in Athens. I’ve got two quick thoughts:
- For starters, someone really needs to muzzle both Katie Couric and Bob Costas. As each country entered the stadium, they gave some commentary. Sometimes, it was both insightful and on topic, like when they would mention some of the medals won in the past. Other times, it was downright embarassing. Listening to them misprounce “Djibouti” and then laugh about it. Or commenting on how the athletes need to “really work at pulling off the traditional costumes.” Sheesh.
- Previously, I commented the music for the ceremony being provided by a DJ. I was a little leery about it, but I didn’t quite realize how bad it would actually be.
The musical selection played as the last group countries entered the stadium (just prior to Greece) was Agnus Dei. AGNUS DEI!?! A requiem for the dead?!? On what planet is this an appropriate welcome to the sport? It’s a great song (3rd track, if you’re interested), very moving, but probably just a touch out of place