For two weeks in February, Stamford stood at the center of the sporting universe — and indeed, the geopolitical one — as NBC Sports carried the controversial Beijing Winter Olympics over 2,800 hours using more than 1,500 employees — mainly from its headquarters in the city. It’s a symbol of how important Stamford has become to the region — and why we chose it for our second salute to a municipality in our coverage area, fresh off the success of our December Yonkers tribute.