I was pessimistic about the Olympics. It's not about politics? Please. When you have that many countries in one place, in competition with each other, of course it's going to get political. And then there's the human rights issues swirling in China - Tibet, religion, etc. I didn't think I was going to watch.
And then ... I did. And damned if I wasn't hooked. Maybe it was latent national pride; maybe it was the sheer physical and mental prowess; maybe it was that damn Coke ad with the Special Olympics kids. But just for a second, I thought maybe the Olympics were somehow special, above the backstabbing and hubris of global politics. Call it suspension of cynicism, if you will.