When people watching the Olympics' fireworks display at the end of a tedious march of nations saw something in the evening sky, it was not a bird, a plane, nor Superman.
If NBC wanted great ratings, they have apparently caught the interest of those excluded from the athletic competitions. Of course, we refer to ET and his band of thin grays, and their specialized spacecraft.
Yes, a classic UFO, looking especially fake and unreflective of the surrounding fireworks, slowly hovered in the sky. It was so unreal in appearance that most viewers thought it was part of the show.
The UFO gave new meaning to the term "Over the Top" to explain the Olympics of 2012 in jolly old England.
It was bad 1950s Hollywood special effects at their most silly looking. If you plan to spend billions on putting on the Olympics, you could spend a few bucks to get the FX a bit more on the believable side.
Of course, the diehards noted that the sporting world was a great venue for a close encounter where nano seconds usually separate winners from their gold medals.
Many fans in celebratory mode looked to the heavens and saw something unidentifiable, but no one saw any laser beams. They weren't included in the opening showcase.
Neither Leonard Nimoy nor Zachary Quinto made a guest appearance-leaving many to think the UFO was an anticlimax coming before the games began.
The games, often thought of as a war of the world, may need to pluralize itself if the little green men join the quest for the gold, a precious metal even in space.