Well, things have gotten underway in Beijing (darn time difference!). Now begins the time of “score temptation,” when I must resist the urge during the day to see who’s doing what, and instead wait until I get home and watch it all “unfold” on primetime t.v. I have written previously and I’ll state again that I think it is a good thing that these Olympics are taking place in China, because it has turned a spotlight on that nation’s woes that many Americans would otherwise never have known about. And it has made the Chinese officials face public attention on these issues. I’m not happy with everything they have done in the past few days, but it’s nothing they haven’t been doing for many years. And now it’s actually being reported. Go figure.
An interesting place to read about the behind-the-scenes activities is at the ESPN Olympics Blog, which is being written by ESPN reporters in Beijing. For example, this today:
About 20 of us are watching the opening ceremonies on Chinese TV here in our Beijing office.
The office has been in serious lockdown mode all day. There is an office security force here wearing these black uniforms — we’ve named them The Sprockets.
At one point, some of the fireworks went off. Several people stood up and went to the window, as our office is located directly across from the Olympic Green and we have a great view of the Bird’s Nest. Well, The Sprockets came running in to tell us to get away from the windows, that it is very dangerous.
Did they think we could be mistaken for snipers?!
Don’t worry, I won’t be mentioning any scores here until after an event is finished. Now, police action and demonstrations, that’s another story ….