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Pass or fail for Beijing? Suspending cynicism here helps provide answer

Updated: August 26, 2008, 6:18 PM ET
By Jim Caple | ESPN.com

BEIJING -- The lobby of my media village has a large reader board that provides the weather forecast each day. Some days, it predicted "cloudy." Some days, it said "rain." Some days, it said "sunny." And one day, I kid you not, it said, "cloudy and somber."

Bring your umbrella. And a box of tissues.

One night the forecast read "sunny and cloudy," which seemed contradictory at first but upon further consideration is an apt description of the Beijing Olympics as ...

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