This is where the absence of Bob Costas would truly have been felt — Closing Ceremonies. Thank goodness he’s back, because Costas will do what Matt Lauer and Meredith Vieira couldn’t, or at least not as well: tell us what all this meant. It’s a fair question at the end of every Olympics, when the air goes out of the balloon and all the great sports that we see only once every four years are gone.
And so are all the criticisms of the host country, the news of popped drug tests and judging controversies and idiotic IOC decisions. We can go back to bad news in our regular sports now!
At 7 p.m., NBC is airing a documentary about Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. That’s a hard pass for me.
Closing Ceremonies coverage begins at 8:30, and then the flame goes out. All the early morning TV, the live streaming, the effort of keeping up with our favorite athletes and obscure sports, all that ends. And we are left with the Olympic motto: Swifter. Higher. Faster. Sleepier.