Like many Canadians I was waiting with anticipation to see who would be final torch bearer. After watching a brilliant show for the Opening Ceremonies, finally it was time. To me, it had to be Wayne. I don't know if there has ever been a more celebrated athlete in the history of our country, and he is the all-time greatest player at our country's most celebrated game.
At the moment the torch entered the stadium floor, I saw the man in motion Rick Hansen. I could not get upset at the selection of Rick, a man that I have tremendous respect for. He wheeled into the stadium, but then passed the flame on to Katrina Lemay Down. I was thinking "okay, I like and respect her accomplishments, but over Wayne?" Then she passed the flame to Steve Nash and I thought "no. Great athlete, but he abandoned the Canadian basketball team in the Beijing qualifying." Then he passed the flame to Nancy Green and I thought "she is amazing, and though I'd prefer it be Wayne, I can't complain about Nancy."
But when Nancy passed the flame on to Wayne, I was extremely excited! After a brief delay in the hydraulics, they all lit the interior flame, but it was Wayne who made the final trek to the waterfront to light the main cauldron. It was borderline magical to see Wayne travel through downtown Vancouver in the pouring rain carrying the Olympic flame. I kind of wish that I had stayed downtown for that moment, but the weather was foul and I wanted to watch the Ceremonies on my TV in my living room.
Then after the Ceremonies, Bill Simmons at ESPN Tweets about what a catastrophe the event was because there was a 4 minute delay raising the internal cauldron. I am normally a fan of Simmons, but he arrogantly rated the "catastrophe" as 96 out of 100. Then he posted an old article of his about how he hates the Winter Olympics, it is a joke, etc. So I opened I-Tunes, clicked on the BS Report, and clicked "unsubscribe". He won't be watching, he wants to make a public statement about it, so I will no longer be listening. It is a shame, because that was one of my favourite podcasts. I will also be boycotting his sponsor, Subway sandwiches. Mr. Sub is my new preferred sandwich destination!