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It’s time for the Opening Ceremonies! Wake up!

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WAKE UP!

IT’S OLYMPICS DAY!

I am very mad I just started my new job. I was tempted to ask to put off the start date another week so I could at least watch the opening ceremonies, but fine, I guess I’ll stick around for the replay tonight.

If you are awake now though (publish time: 5:30AM) you can tune into the CBC to check out the Opening Ceremonies starting at 6:00AM.

You can watch on TV on CBC, CBC News Network, TSN, or Sportsnet, stream it at watch.cbc.ca, or download the CBC Olympics app. Missing out? You can watch on demand at CBC.ca/olympics.

Yes, there’s plenty to dislike - rampant corruption, wasteful spending, over-wrought nationalism, but I love it and be prepared to hear all about it.

What’s happened so far?

Well, some Canadians and Russians got into a fight over the Russian doping scadal in a cafeteria in the Olympic Village. Well, Team Canada called it “a discussion”.

Steve Simmons, everyone’s favourite dumbass, think’s it’s icky that men and women are curling together:

Oh Steve.

Anyway, enjoy the day! Your links are below, and I hope you get into some fun trouble over the weekend.

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New York Rangers GM and President Pen Letter to Fans
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Down Goes Brown: Ten years of DGB
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My first thought, as is often case these days, was "Good lord I am getting so old." My second thought was that I should probably write something to mark the occasion. So that's this.

New Jersey Devils Trade Viktor Loov to Minnesota Wild - All About The Jersey
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Rangers Waive Brendan Smith - Blueshirt Banter
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Carter went from ‘ha-ha’ to ‘hey, now’ on Chance the Rapper’s SNL hockey skit - Colour of Hockey
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Enjoy the day!