The Opening Ceremonies for the London Olympics are already in the books, and unless you were either in any other part of the world or found an illegal feed no one in the United States could see this spectacle of all spectacles live, so thanks NBC. There is no online stream, at all, even after the fact, and what is even more dubious is that if you live out in the Mountain or Pacific time zones we all get the double-tape delay. The East Coast feed begins at 7:30 p.m. ET so lets begin with that if you live in the Eastern or Central time zone.
Since a lot of people may have been following on Twitter, I certainly have. I will provide what happened during the Opening Ceremonies for the most part via .GIFs, photos and some context. Also, if you are into this sort of thing Matt Ufford at SB Nation created a drinking game just for the occasion.
Here is a sneak peak by NBC, surprised they posted any video at all:
Also, if you find any great photos, .GIFs or video; please post in the comments section. Here ya go.
Flyover before opening ceremonies! #London2012 twitter.com/CharlieHouchin…— Charlie Houchin (@CharlieHouchin) July 27, 2012
Pic: Remember when James Bond & HRH The Queen jumped from a helicopter? Don't see that every day #OpeningCeremony twitter.com/London2012/sta…— London 2012 (@London2012) July 27, 2012
Pandemonium in Olympic Stadium for #opening of #London2012 twitter.com/USOlympic/stat…— US Olympic Team (@USOlympic) July 27, 2012
Forging the Olympic rings.instagr.am/p/NmPpeHu6MY/— Brian Ray (@brianrayguitar) July 27, 2012
Daniel Craig is now parachuting into the stadium to the theme tune to James Bond #olympicceremony twitter.com/TelegraphSport…— Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) July 27, 2012
Best of British #olympics twitter.com/lowles_nick/st…— Nick Lowles (@lowles_nick) July 27, 2012
#GeneralHarden instagr.am/p/NmSAqEtlVX/— James Harden (@JHarden13) July 27, 2012
GIF: Remember that time an army of Mary Poppins destroyed Voldemort? twitpic.com/acfnls— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) July 27, 2012
Its party time #openingceremony twitter.com/Olympics/statu…— Olympics (@Olympics) July 27, 2012
Give peace a chance... #olympicstoday twitter.com/bschreibs/stat…— Brittany Schreiber (@bschreibs) July 27, 2012
5000 people on the field celebrating the British 80's! lockerz.com/s/228798053— Alex Flanagan (@Alex_Flanagan) July 27, 2012
David Beckham passes under Tower Bridge driving a speedboat named 'Max Power' which carries the Olympic Torch twitter.com/HuffPostUKPics…— HuffPostUK Pic Desk (@HuffPostUKPics) July 27, 2012
Parading. #OpeningCeremony instagr.am/p/NmZuBeoN59/— NBCOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 27, 2012
Photo: The Czech Republic had the most distinctive footwear of the opening ceremony (@dougmillsnyt) twitter.com/LondonLive/sta…— NYT Olympics Live (@LondonLive) July 27, 2012
Pic: Epic view of those flaming, sparkling Olympic Rings hanging above the field of play #OpeningCeremony twitter.com/London2012/sta…— London 2012 (@London2012) July 27, 2012