I suppose if we're going to talk about the Olympics this year, the real story has to be the behind-the-scenes cost. When we were growing up, the implication was that the Olympics were big, huge, spectacles put together with infinite funds in only the most lavish locations. But as we've seen this year, that's far from the case. The lead-up to the Rio Olympics has been nothing short of a mess, making one wonder not only how they got picked, but just how they're going to fund, carry-out, and recover from this. The prep seems enormous even for an established powerhouse like London or Beijing...how did Athens, Rio, or even Atlanta make it work. I have no doubt Tokyo will be good to go in four years...but what's next.
As much as I love the Olympics, hearing about the nightmare behind the cost, prep, and politics taints the games just a bit. I suppose that's always been there, but when it's so visible, it can't help but darken the sport a bit. No one has to wonder who pays for the Super Bowl (the TV companies do), but something tells me NBC and McDonalds can't possibly be fitting the full bill for the show that starts tomorrow. Until then.