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A ceremony's magic and misery

Updated: July 28, 2012, 1:23 PM ET
By Michael Wilbon | ESPN.com

LONDON -- I've always been conflicted about the Olympic opening ceremony, torn because I'm entranced by the arrival of the athletes, their prideful march into the Olympic arena, but completely dismissive of overwrought pageantry, stuffed unnecessarily with symbolism and mushy sentiment, most of which I cannot identify, much less comprehend.

The sheer joy on the faces of some of the world's most famous men and women is something we all understand. Even the ones who've already won enough ...

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