I've never been a 'sports fan', so won't be watching anything but the equestrian events on TV, but I did just watch the opening ceremony, and it was absolutely AWESOME! What an accomplishment; the Chinese people can take great pride in this astounding spectacle!
I heard it was 1.2 billion. It will get its share of critisium. It was really incredible though. I just couldn't believe the accuracy of timing of 2008 individual drummers and when they were doing the tychi, and the popping boxes WOW!