Caught brief glimpses of the closing Olympic festivities Sunday eve and thought it was odd that at 9:30 it came to an abrupt end. No sign off thanking us for watching. No "See you in England in 2012." Just go to commercial and nuthin'. Next thing here comes the much advertised Seinfeld "Marriage Ref." Was NBC thinking that we would all hang around? This rollover to trash...I watched enough to change the channel...was like receiving the sudden news of the unexpected death of a friend. A ratings robbery. The News...Weather and Sports at 10 and then...at 10:30 a DVR replay of the rest of the closing. There was no announcement at 9:30 that I saw stating NBC would replay the remainder at 10:30...just back to the Olympics like nothing had happened. I am sure the Canadians and others sat there for an hour with the gigantic beavers while the Maple Leaf "larvae" Girls hung from the curtain as Olympics fans took a timeout and viewed the "Marriage Ref" and local news.
Some of the blowups were terrifying...the aforementioned giant Beavers and the giant Mounties and Moose. What scared me the most though were the Dancing Mounties...when the announcer said they were real Mounties...I had my doubts immediately when they marched in...I have seen Cub Scouts drill with more precise footwork and alignment. Then my chin dropped when they jumped into their Busby Berkeley routine. Made me thank God that while they couldn't dance...at least they could take down a hairy lumberjack miscreant with ease. The whole thing has left me traumatized yet this morning. My perception of Mounties as cool tough guys slipped a couple of notches.
All-in-all the closing was quite the organized extravaganza...except for the unannounced hour long break. To that I say...NBC you are a bunch of self-promoting dorks.