Paralympics underway with beautiful ceremony

I only had a chance to catch a few moments of the Paralympic opening ceremony, but what I saw was breathtaking. Stephen Hawking speaking (“There should be no boundary to human endeavor” is the best of many great quotes), Ian McKellen as Prospero encouraging a young woman in the role of Miranda, good music — this ceremony had everything.

In a world so dominated by cynicism, we can only hope people everywhere are inspired.

For now, at least, you can watch the ceremony in its entirety online. If you want to pick out some highlights, try matching up the video with the BBC’s wonderful live blog.

TV coverage is limited — NBC Sports Network has one-hour Paralympic specials (Sept. 4, 5, 6, 11 – all at 7 p.m. ET), and NBC has a big wrap-up Sept. 16. But it’s online at, and you should also check to help guide you through the events.

The official sites and the British media may be the best ways to follow the action, though I’ve seen correspondents writing for USA TODAY and The Washington Post.

The ceremony was nice. But I’m looking forward to some hoops.



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Beau Dure

The guy who wrote a bunch of soccer books and now runs a Gen X-themed podcast while substitute teaching and continuing to write freelance stuff.

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