On Friday night, the eyes of the world were on Vancouver's BC Place, as the games of the XXI Winter Olympics got underway with a lavish, joyous opening ceremony that had soul, showmanship and plenty of Wayne Gretzky.
Some 60,000 people packed inside the arena (this was, after all, the first indoor opening ceremony), and, unfortunately, I was not one of them. But I was next door, at the Molson Canadian Hockey House, a raucous viewing party/concert/celebration of all things Canuck that featured plenty of beer, ladies clad in skin-tight hockey dresses, and a piano painted with the maple leaf. It was a pretty excellent time, so I started to write an impromptu LiveTweet of the entire event -- and, by proxy, the opening ceremonies -- over on the @MTVNews Twitter account.
And since you probably weren't glued to your computer during the ceremony, I figured I'd recap some of the highlights on the Newsroom blog. Also, let's just say the entire MTV News crew enjoyed themselves a bit too much last night, and this is a pretty easy thing to knock off first-thing Saturday morning. So, come with me as we relive the best moments from the opening ceremony ... like the time I mistook Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean for comedienne Wanda Sykes. Yeah, it was that kind of night. On to the Tweets!
**Trying to make it to Molson ... security has the streets locked down. Scalpers selling tix for 700 Canadian pesos. That's like $20,000 U.S. or something.
**We made it!!! Only 20 minutes late!!! #olympiclivetweetfail
**It's officially the "Indigenous Persons" portion of the opening ceremonies, BTW. Followed, of course, by athlete intro time!!!
**Albania and Algeria have one athlete each. The Algerian dude looks like Paolo Nutini.
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