As we get into the spirit, here is the first batch of ongoing Olympic-themed "David Citations," for the interesting, weird and downright zany at the London Games:
BEST SPORT: Queen Elizabeth for doing the Queen/James Bond video for the Opening Ceremonies — one of the iconic moments for this or any Games, according to what is trending on social media.
BEST ENTRANCE: Queen Elizabeth with the skydiving gimic with Craig.
MOST COURAGEOUS ACT: Boyle in convincing Her Royal Highness to do the routine.
MOST FAMILIAR UNIFORMS: Spain, because we’ve seen them at fast-food restaurants.
WORST UNIFORMS: The Americans. Whether they were made in China or the USA, the berets were out of place and the women in bobby socks and white skirts resembled cheerleaders in the 1950s and 1960s. They looked like they were borrowed from grandma’s attic. Ralph Lauren, you don’t come close to a medal with this one!
BEST EARLY COMPETITION: The posse of Mary Poppins vs. the giant version of Lord Voldemort of Harry Potter fame.
BEST UNDERCURRENT: What flowed through the whole ceremony was protest and dissent are part of the fabric of the growth of a country. As Sports Illustrated reporter Alexander Wolff pointed out, this was an opposite universe from the lavish Beijing ceremonies — much less expensive and also saluting all types of protest, something that runs counter-culture to Beijing.
COINCIDENCE? The closing song at the ceremonies was "Hey Jude," led by Paul McCartney. The day "Hey Jude" reached No. 1 on the charts, Tommie Smith and John Carlos did their "Black Power" salute on the medal stand at the Mexico City Olympics. On the flip side of that Beatles’ record was "Revolution."
MOST UNEXPECTED POLITICAL STATEMENT: A salute to the National Health Service.
BEST USE OF FUN ELEMENTS: Youngsters and teen-agers all doing what they do best — sing, dance and frolic.
MOST UNEXPECTED MUSICAL INTERLUDE WITH A BRITISH TOUCH: Mr. Bean and "Chariots of Fire.
MOST APPROPRIATE MUSICAL SALUTE: British rock music.
BUT WHERE WAS HE?: Sir Elton John.
REALLY?: A salute and appearance by Tim Benners-Lee, the inventor of the worldwide web. What? No Al Gore?
BEST USE OF THE RIVER THAMES: David Beckham taking the Olympic torch down it to the stadium in a speedboat.
MOST CREATIVE, HIGH TECH AND UNNERVING ELEMENT ALL IN ONE: The torch lighting based on a series of leaves on metal branches lit by teen-age athletes. It symbolized the raging Olympic spirit and the light toward the future. For those of us in this part of the country, it also illustrated how wildfires begin.
IN ANOTHER ERA IN GREAT BRITAIN, WHERE DANNY BOYLE, PRODUCER OF THE CEREMONIES, WOULD PROBABLY END UP: Tower of London.
(Sports columnist David MCCollum can be reached at 505-1235 or email@example.com)