Friday night, Facebook shook under the swear words coming from a particular American friend's keyboard. It started innocently enough. "Ooof England." Then it escalated to "Holy Shit England". Finally, it was "STOP LONDON. JUST STOP" (thereby proving that strong statements need not include f-bombs).
After the disappointment of the men's event, Britain's cyclists delivered the first home medal of the Games when Lizzie Armitstead finished second to the undisputed No1 of women's cycling, Marianne Vos of the Netherlands in the women's road race.
Ticket touts are exploiting the row over empty seats by turning up outside the Olympic Park and other venues despite the threat of arrest by undercover police.
Will Stuart Pearce drop the Tottenham Hotspur youngster and include the more dynamic option from Swansea City?
Last time London hosted the Olympics, Britain was in deep economic trouble and up to its eyeballs in debt.
It was Wimbledon but not the real thing. Perhaps over the next few days the Olympic spirit will permeate a tournament searching for some sort of London 2012 mood but the first day produced little more than curiosities, not the least of them the near departure of the reigning Wimbledon champion, Roger Federer.
Great Britain's hopes of winning a medal on day one of the Olympics took another hammering after Hannah Miley finished fifth in the women's 400m individual medley final.
The much-billed clash between Michael Phelps and his fellow American swimmer Ryan Lochte in the men's 400m individual medley ended with a resounding victory for Lochte, who left his rival trailing in fourth place.
London 2012 organisers have promised a "full review" after thousands of empty seats were visible across various venues on the first day of competition.
In the end it was neither an Olympic hero, nor the bookies' favourite, Sir Roger Bannister. In keeping with the London 2012 "inspire a generation" motto, the cauldron was lit by a group of young athletes nominated by former Olympic legends.
It sounds eerily familiar: Jessica Ennis-Hill favourite in the heptathlon, Mo Farah gunning for gold in the 10,000m and Greg Rutherford desperate to prove the doubters wrong in the long jump.
The International Paralympic Committee is set to do what its Olympic counterpart did not and ban Russia outright from its Games later this month, the Observer has learned.