If you didn't already have it, I can't think of a less compelling way to catch Olympic fever than watching a tape-delayed parade/geography bee that is the opening ceremony. 1 Biggest surprises: Bob Costas's willingness to be political (esp. w/r/t Saudi Arabia and Sudan) and the existence of a Palestinian delegation.
Some of these countries are made up, aren't they?
-- (1) ... and it's competing with LIVE 1000m single sculls; so that's saying something.