Greeks beaming with pride -- for now

Updated: August 13, 2004, 11:28 PM ET
By Brian Church | Special to ESPN Insider
ATHENS, Greece – The Olympic Games so many predicted would never take place have started.

The XXVIII Olympiad -- that's 28 if you never took Roman Numerals 101 -- began Friday night.

And in Athens … and on Aug. 13 … and on time.

You did it, guys.

Watched by an estimated 4,000,000,002 (that's four billion, myself and my mother) TV viewers, the glittering Opening Ceremony brought worldwide respect, congratulations and kudos to a modern, dynamic Greece.

So let's talk about that guy taking drugs. Allegedly.