Charles Dickens probably wasn't talking about the goings-on in Sochi when he opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with "It was the best of times; it was the worst of times." But he could have.
That's because in the last 24 hours, we have, indeed, seen both the best and the worst.
The best is easy: This morning's epic U.S. men's hockey victory over Russia in which it took five extra shootout sessions to decide it. In so doing, T.J. Oshie, who scored four shootout goals on six tries, including the winner, and Jonathan Quick, who stopped the likes of Evgeny Malkin, Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk to save it, became household names on the order of Mike Eruzione and Jim Craig.
And, speaking of which, what's the worst in this scenario?
Under Armour's possible epic fail in providing uniforms for the U.S. speedskaters that seem to have actually slowed them down, which might explain not only 1,000-meter star Shani Davis' otherwise inexplicable eighth-place finish, but the curious failures of several other U.S. standouts as well.
The Mach 39 suits were hailed as a breakthrough technology that would give the U.S. a huge advantage in Sochi, but the exact opposite has happened. And if that's indeed the case, it makes you wonder what's in store for Notre Dame, which just signed a gargantuan contract with Under Armour.
I think I can guess:
SOUTH BEND -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly was utterly mystified by his team's latest loss, this one a 37-12 spanking at the hands of Navy, which dropped the Irish to 1-7.
"It's like we were running in mud out there. Again," Kelly said. "I don't get it. According to our recruiting data, this team should have more speed than any team we've had here, and yet we suit up and get out there and we look like we're playing in slow motion. Weird."