We are here early for the games mostly due to preparations for the Opening Ceremony on Friday night. NBC Sports asked me to join my friend Bob Costas in their booth that night, and I agreed. The size and scope of the project demands our attention days in advance (that's just the on-air team... NBC Sports has an impressive city of hard workers who've been here for ages) and thus tonight we'll originate the broadcast from Torino for the first time. We're finding that it actually gives us an interesting perspective on the ongoing European-centered story stemming from the political cartoons.
We will begin the broadcast tonight with this extraordinary day in Atlanta. Few Americans, in life or in death, could command the attention, respect and admiration of four U.S. Presidents. One of them was Coretta Scott King. Hopefully the collection of eulogies that we have selected will tell the story beyond any words we could offer here.
We have an important introduction to this city tonight: we've asked Mike Taibbi to take us on a video tour of this place that will soon be the focal point of so much of the world's attention. And we'll close the broadcast tonight with a consumer product that we once joked about... a product that you can now purchase and that is being marketed very aggressively.
As we get used to our new surroundings here and await the start of things (and the arrival of throngs currently en route) we hope you'll join us tonight from Torino.