“Imagine Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and everyone from the Disney Channel competing against iCarly, SpongeBob and everyone from Nickelodeon in a series of contests to see who’s the best. Things like the Over-Synthesized Lip Synch, the Wacky Spit-Take and the Caught-in-Awkward-Position-by-Parents Sprint. You hope your favorite wins, but it’s not so much about that as the fact that they all got together and even support each other; while winning is good, representing your channel and doing your best is what really matters.”
No, this is not a pitch for “Battle of the Adolescent Network Stars.” This is how one explains the Olympics to an 8-year-old girl.
As we watched the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics last week, I tried not to compare it to the 2008 Beijing opening ceremony. This was made a little easier by reading recently that China’s centerpiece “Bird’s Nest” stadium is now a semi-abandoned money pit. Excess can be beautiful in the moment, but what are you left with when the crowds go home? An empty nest (sorry, couldn’t resist).