Well, this is it. The final column has been sent and the bags are packed.
Carmelo Anthony has won his gold medal. The closing ceremony has exploded every firework within 1,000 kilometers of the Bird's Nest. Michael Phelps was in London for the torch handoff -- the same city we'll see him in four years from now. My esteemed colleague Kevin has already landed at BWI. And I'm headed to the Beijing airport myself later today.
Our final recap was published in Sunday's paper. Kevin and I tried to keep to the spirit of this blog, using a dialogue format to discuss the highs and lows of the past couple of weeks.
I hope you enjoyed your time here; I know we did. And if you happened to miss anything, here's a recap of this blog's highs, lows and all the Michael Phelps updates you could ever want.
-- We learned that KVV knows his way around a digital camera.
-- In an exclusive video (!!!), we quizzed the fine people of China about Phelps.
-- Which would you rather have -- a gold medal or a Ravens autographed jersey?
-- We learned about those 'mean streets' on which Phelps grew up.
-- Kevin did his best to make Mark Spitz cry.
-- We debated the merits of the iPod and explored the idea of musical doping.
-- The Sun talked to Phelps' dad; tabloids everywhere got jealous.
-- We caught up with Katie Hoff when her Olympics had concluded.
-- And we stood in absolute amazement at Phelps winning eight gold medals.
-- We scolded you for caring so much about Phelps' relationship status.
-- And we looked ahead at what the future might hold for the Greatest Olympian Ever.
And what does the future hold for us? Hopefully London in 2012. Until then ...