Have you ever watched the movie “The Truman Show?”
It’s the one where Jim Carrey plays Truman, a person who was used as a reality television show his entire life — without his knowledge. Everyone else played a part in the show, knowing that Truman couldn’t find out the truth.
Of course, when he did, he needed to see the outside world. And as he exited, the screen went blank.
At that point, all the viewers that had been shown throughout the show are then shown in disbelief and having to find something else as the show has ended.
How many of you feel like that now?
What I’m talking about, of course, is the end of the Summer Olympics. An odyssey of more than two weeks of some of the finest athletic competitions in the world.
I watched a lot of the Olympics this year. Everything from water polo to synchronized diving. From basketball to soccer. From handball to rifle to gymnastics to wrestling.
Oh my were there a lot of sports.
I don’t think NBC did a perfect job, by far. And by the end, I was getting pretty sick of Bob Costas and his interviews of athletes like they were his long-lost best friends. But with so many networks and different ways of showing events, NBC did a decent job for sure.
The network even showed some of the non-mainstream sports when the USA wasn’t involved, which was nice. Though watching things like field hockey were touch, what with that blue field and the “wide” camera shot that was usually used. Still, NBC gave viewers a strong feel of what London was like.
And, like man, I was glued to the competition.
It was fantastic. To watch Gabby Douglas in gymnastics was mesmerizing. I usually don’t pay much attention to that sport, but her smile and her grace was amazing. In fact, all of the American gymnastics were incredible to watch, both in victory and defeat.
And watching the volleyball teams — indoor and beach — was something else. Mind you, being able to watch the USA go 1-2 in women’s beach volleyball was awesome.
Michael Phelps, again, showed why he’s one of the greatest Olympians — and most decorated — of all time. How about Usain Bolt? Does one even need to say more than his name to show the point?
Even the tennis finals were somewhat engaging and exciting — and tennis isn’t one of my favorite sports.
I’m also not a huge basketball fan, but I enjoyed watching some of it. And I really liked seeing the men’s players at all sorts of venues, taking in the Olympic spirit, cheering on the American teams and athletes, taking photos and pretty much being a part of the “team.”
The USA also proved, once again, that it is the top team when it comes to women’s soccer. The semifinals and final were two of the most exciting games I’ve watched. The win over Canada in the one semifinal was an amazing show and that header to put the USA up with barely any time left in overtime will likely be played for years and years to come.
Still, like The Truman Show, all things come to an end.
The 2012 Summer Games ended with a fantastic closing ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance and some amazing music, showing the history of British music. Despite not having Elton John there (still can’t believe he wasn’t at either ceremony), it was a great show and really capped a wonderful two-plus weeks of London’s games.
It’s odd now, though, to not turn on the tube and watch some judo or table tennis or badminton. It’s odd to duck online news sources so I don’t see the results of the canoe races or who won gold in weightlifting. So many medals, so many events in so little time. It makes me really try and figure out what I can do now that the Olympics are over and they aren’t blasted across the television anymore.
Anyone know what’s on the Food Network tonight?
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