The closing ceremony of the Vancouver games was pretty nice, but it included some awkward, inappropriate things.
I wasn't exactly in the mood, still feeling a bit spent after the gold medal hockey game.
It was especially annoying the way hosts Bob Costas and Al Michaels kept bringing up Canada's win.
Basically, the ceremony was run-of-the-mill stuff, but it also contained an unusual, unbridled, and, in my opinion, unbecoming nationalism.
At times, it didn't seem like the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Games. It seemed like a celebration of the success of Canadian athletes, not the achievements of the athletes of the world. It was a Canadian self-congratulatory event.
Still, there were some pleasant moments.
It was kind of cute the way it opened, making fun of the Olympic flame cauldron malfunction of the opening ceremony. A guy with clown makeup managed to get the fourth arm up.
A clown playfully connects two power wires to raise an arm from the Olympic Cauldron during the closing ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Games, did its presentation.
Neil Young sang "Long May You Run," a reprise of his farewell to Conan O'Brien. It served as a reminder that Jay Leno returns as host of The Tonight Show on Monday night.
Singer Neil Young performs during the closing ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
The Olympic flame was doused during Young's song apparently. All of sudden it was extinguished. I missed it.
William Shatner's recitation was goofy.
Canadian actor William Shatner delivers a monologue during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Jerry Lampen (CANADA)
Catherine O'Hara's monologue was sort of funny and a little crude.
Actress and comedienne Catherine O'Hara performs during the closing ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Michael J. Fox talked about his pride in Canada. He said he's lived in the U.S. for thirty years but Canada is his home team. Fox said, "If I'm watching the U.S. and Canada playing hockey, I'm sorry, I'm wearing a maple leaf on my sweater." OK.
Michael Buble sang "Maple Leaf Forever."
The giant hockey player figures wearing red and white uniforms and gold medals around their necks were more than a bit in-your-face.
Performers skate during the closing ceremony of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics February 28, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn (CANADA)
There were lumberjacks running around with inflatable beavers and moose.
An inflatable beaver is rolled on the stage during the closing ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
It was so very heavy on Mounties and "O Canada."
Enough with the maple leaf already.
Closing ceremonies usually have more of an emphasis on the party and celebration and world unity than on tourism and the pride of the host nation.
I don't remember the Beijing ceremony being such a hometown pep rally.
Chris Plys, member of the USA curling team, shares on Twitter that some athletes were put off by Canada's celebration rally posing as the closing ceremony.
i think canada crossed the line tonight in the closing ceremonies. this was the olympic closing ceremonies not the canadian after party....
it really has nothing to do with culture, that was great. but athletes that lost today were present and it was kinda disrespectful
not that i was affected by it personally but talking to the athletes that were affected, they were offended.
The closing ceremonies are a celebration of unity. That's why we all walk in together. I think that's why it upset me
That's coming from an Olympian, an athlete, a person at the ceremony.
I had the same vibe watching on TV, like it was Canada's after party, a celebration of the Canadians' achievements.
What happened next was really strange. The closing ceremony didn't end yet, but when it hit 9:30 CT, NBC left the festivities and went to its premiere of a new program, The Marriage Ref.
That was weird.
No five minutes of closing credits. No goodbyes from Costas. Just a reminder to catch the "closing party" at 11:30 ET. There was no smooth transition. It was very abrupt and handled very, very poorly.
I've got to believe NBC is getting some complaints about that move.
The NBC network coverage returned after its "pause" to air The Marriage Ref (I didn't watch it) and local news.
Bob Costas referred to it as an "intermission."
No, it wasn't an intermission. It was a blunder.
When NBC resumed coverage there were more musical acts, fireworks, and a few interviews with athletes attending the closing ceremony.
Fireworks explode over the BC Place after the closing ceremony of the Vancouver Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky)
A brief segment plugging the Summer Games in London 2012 was shown.
Al Michaels and Bob Costas gave their closing thoughts.
Then came at least ten minutes of credits accompanied by scenes of the Canadian landscape and some moments from the Olympics.
Who was the last highlighted athlete? Canada's Sidney Crosby.
Thanks, NBC, for sticking in the knife and then twisting it.