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2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony: What To Expect?

The opening ceremonies for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London will be starting here soon, although we will not be able to watch them until later tonight because of NBC's infinite wisdom dictating that a tape delay is a good idea. British director Danny Boyle, best known for films like "Slumdog Millionaire" and "127 Hours" is heading the opening scene, entitled "Green and Pleasant." An official press release from the Olympics official site describes what the scene will be about.

The whole of the field of play in the Stadium will be transformed into the rolling British countryside as the London 2012 Ceremonies Team creates one of the largest sets ever built. The set will be complete with meadows, fields and rivers, and featuring families taking picnics, sport being played on the village green and farmers tilling the soil whilst real farmyard animals graze - including 12 horses, 3 cows, 2 goats, 10 chickens, 10 ducks, 9 geese, 70 sheep, and 3 sheep dogs.

The ceremony is set to be televised on NBC at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night. Its kind of odd that a network would advertise itself having so much online streaming coverage and not offer a live feed of the opening ceremonies so that people can see the American team walk in live, see the torch brought in live and the Olympic torch lit.

For full coverage of London 2012, head over to SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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