There's no use kidding ourselves; no wrapping these Olympics in NBC's pretty Peacock feathers.
It's been a horrid start to the Winter Games. A luger died, for no good reason. The weather has been awful, drizzly and gray. The transit system is a mess. Outdoor and even indoor events have been delayed or postponed, while thousands of spectator tickets are canceled because the Cypress venue has become a mudslide. There isn't a piece of ice or mound of snow around here that doesn't look like a Slurpee.