Yes, I agree that the Olympics are indeed kind of fun to watch. By that, I of course just mean that track, swimming, and gymnastics are fun to watch. But still, we only get to care about those sports without seeming like total weirdos once every four years (same deal with figure skating). Far be it from me to deny that the Olympics come with immense potential for action and enjoyment.
That said, like so many other things in life, the pleasure we get from putting our nation's ever-declining dominance on display for all to see comes at a huge cost to the poor people of the world. As I've brought up previously, this year's Olympics in Brazil are no exception. Bad things seem to follow when the Olympics show up anywhere.
Like the mascots that terrorized the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Sometimes it's just garden-variety corruption, like the scandal that erupted when it was revealed that International Olympic Committee members accepted gifts and bribes from Salt Lake City officials who hoped to bring the games to their otherwise-boring city. On top of being highly illegal, the ploy didn't even work; the 1998 Winter Games ended up being awarded to Nagano, Japan.
When human rights groups reminded the IOC that China treats its citizens like s**t after the 2008 Summer Games were awarded to Beijing, they were paid no mind at all -- even after a dissident who criticized the government's push to bring the games to town was sentenced to two years in prison just for voicing his disagreement.