DAY ONE OVERVIEW – With Day 1 of the Beijing Olympics almost done, the U.S. medal count was nonexistent. Cuba, Uzbekistan and 16 other countries had bragging rights over the Americans. The closest thing to glory was a Colorado resident winning gold for the Czech Republic.
You have to like a Chinese bar owner who writes her own music, leads a rock ‘n’ roll band and sells a bottle of beer for under $2.
It has the potential to be the most-watched game in sports history, featuring Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and the U.S. basketball team.
1. This is a country we don’t want to invade. Of the 1.3 billion people, 700 million seem to be dressed as police officers and security personnel while standing at attention. They’re guarding everything from cell phone towers in barren fields to firetrucks outside media village apartments. One policeman just stares at a barb-wired fence all day, a tad more busy than a parking attendant at UNLV football games.
China is expected to set a new standard for spectacle today when it kicks off the 2008 Summer Games with an opening ceremony meant to wow the world and proclaim the arrival of a new global power to be reckoned with.