London 2012 Olympics have started, I think I’m supposed to be excited?

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The opening ceremonies are over and the 2012 Olympics are upon us as the eyes of the world turn to London.

Featuring 300 different events, 204 countries have sent their best to compete for a chance at a medal and Olympic stardom.

Here in the United States, we aren’t left with many options as July and August are two of the most boring months in sports, but at least the NFL season is on the horizon.

NBC would hate for me to ask but, how many of us would rather watch Eli Manning and the New York Giants take on Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rather than primetime coverage of Rowing? I thought so…

30 sports are featured in the Olympics including these compelling must-watch events: Archery, Badminton, Cycling, Fencing, Trampoline, Table Tennis, and even Weightlifting just to name a few.

Please, don’t all run to your television at once.

Answer me one question, how many times in the last four years have you found yourself watching Table Tennis, Synchronized Swimming, or Handball?

There is a reason for that.

The evolution of the Olympic Games has resulted in several changes over the years, but more is needed. Sports such as Basketball, Gymnastics, and Swimming gain the most coverage while Archery, Sailing and Judo are great times to take a nap.

Why are these sports popular in comparison to others? Star power – Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lotche are names you know or will know by the end of the Olympics. Sorry, but you will not remember who won Gold for Archery.

In no way am I trying to take away from the athletes that give all they can for the U.S.A., yes even in Hand Ball, but the Olympic Games need an overhaul.

If Friday’s opening ceremony was any indication of how well NBC’s coverage will do of the Olympics, well then I am a buffoon. The opening ceremony was the most-watched for any Summer Olympics, with an average of 40.7 million viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen.

Although I can argue, it might have been the most impressive thing we see as it was directed by Danny Boyle who has directed a number of movies.

 

Errol Spence: 2012 Summer Olympic Boxer profile

Errol Spence

Errol SpenceErrol Spence Jr., better known as E.J. has one thing on his mind these days, winning a Gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

America’s top boxer is one of the best amateurs in the world as he leaves the gym in Dallas for the Olympic games in London.

“The Truth” weighs in at 152 pounds and resides in the welterweight division and is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.

“I think about it every time I wake up,” said Spence about the Olympics according to NBC.com  “I want to bring a gold medal back to America.”

His coach says that is more than just a possibility.

“When they say he’s a favorite, he really is a favorite,” said Derrick James.

And if you ask him what drives him in the ring he’ll tell you the truth.

“I hate to lose,” said Spence.

“If I won the gold medal, and I’m on the podium hearing my National Anthem,” said Spence. “I’ll probably break down and cry at the podium.”

Spence is the second straight Dallas-area boxer to make the U.S. Olympic team after Luis Yanez did in 2008.

He started his career at Vivero Boxing Gym in Oak Cliff and now trains under Derrick James at Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas.

Spence said he trains at the boxing gym two hours a day, goes home to run and later hits the gym to ride the bike and play basketball.

He said he’s worked on making his style more direct and claims his ability to counterpunch as his best asset. James zeroed in on Spence’s power. Lack of consistent focus may be Spence’s biggest liability.

E.J. hopes to use the 2012 Olympics to build experience and eventually turn professional.

One thing is for sure, he has an entire country on his side.

Blake dunks, world awaits

Vince Carter once dunked over Frederic Weis in international play. Weis stood seven feet tall and Carter cleared him.  To this day, that is Weis’ claim to fame and commonly considered one of the greatest dunks of all time.

This time around, there’s a new dunking sheriff in town.  His name is Blake Griffin.

Griffin was one of twelve NBA All-Stars named to the US Olympic team as they attempt to bring home another gold medal in London this summer.  While his game is not without flaw, he is still the most electrifying dunk artist in the game today.

At a recent USA Basketball training camp, the third year Clipper showed the rest of the world what they’re in store for by throwing a basketball up against the gym wall, catching it and throwing it down with just a hint of authority.

Rest assured, this summer, somehow, some way, and over somebody, Blake Griffin is about to show the rest of the world why we love this game.

See the video here…

Your unofficial 2012 Summer Olympics preview

Thank goodness for the Summer Olympics.  With basketball season over and football still months away, London is about to provide us all with a cure for the summertime blues, and an opportunity to try our luck at some Olympics 2012 betting to boot.

Aside from watching Michael Phelps, Usain Bolt and USA Basketball prolong their worldwide dominance, I thought I’d preview some lesser known Olympic events to see if I could generate a little interest.

So here goes nothing.

Trampoline: Men’s – August 3rd; Women’s – August 4th

Trampoline.  That’s right, I said it.  That rusty old deathtrap in your neighbor’s backyard that his eight year old broke his ankle on months earlier.  It’s a garage sale item waiting to happen.

I never knew Trampoline was an Olympic event but apparently it debuted in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  I’m pretty sure I watched those but don’t recall seeing anyone bounce up and down repeatedly on some dangerous, Plasticine roundtable while doing somersaults in mid-air.

I’ve never been fond of trampolines, partially because I don’t like heights and partially because I’m scared to death of falling off the darned things.  I’ve always preferred those inflatable bouncy houses.  At least they had walls to use as a safety net.

Read more here…

Lakers’Andrew Bynum an Olympian?

Andrew Bynum

Andrew BynumTeam USA lost its starting center when Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic decided to undergo season-ending back surgery that also will keep him out of the 2012 London Games.

Andrew Bynum, the Lakers’ 7-foot center, would seem to be a logical choice to replace Howard except for the fact that he believes he would be better off spending the summer relaxing with a cool drink under an umbrella somewhere warm.

“Probably not,” Bynum said when asked if he would consider playing in the Olympics. “I’ve got to take care of my legs in the offseason. I’ve got some things (treatment) planned on my knees. I need it. I need to have some therapy.”

Bynum’s history of knee trouble began when he suffered a partial dislocation of his left knee in a game Jan. 13, 2008 against the Memphis Grizzlies. He tore the medial-collateral ligament in his right knee Jan. 31, 2009 against the Grizzlies.

“For selfish reasons you always worry about Andrew’s knees and health and the wear and tear on that part of his body, so the more games and more practices he has it’s more wear and tear,” Lakers coach Mike Brown said Friday morning.

“You hope he takes the summer and rests, especially after a long playoff run.”

Bynum made the Western Conference All-Star team for the first time this season and was averaging career-bests of 18.9 points and 12.1 rebounds going into the Lakers’ game Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs.

Bynum has not played for Team USA in the past, which figures to be a strike against him as the June 1 deadline for the roster’s selection approaches. The style of play in the Olympics also might not make it necessary to find a replacement for Howard.

“I think the international game is a little different, you don’t necessarily have to have a power guy or skill guy around the basket, especially the way these international teams play and the zones you face,” Brown said.

“Yeah, I think he’d be great for anybody and everybody, but it’s just a matter of what Coach K (coach Mike Krzyzewski) and his staff, and (USA Basketball chairman Jerry) Colangelo are looking for.”