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.


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.

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Michael Phelps helps Aaron Maybin gain weight

New York Jets v Washington Redskins

Michael Phelps has said that he’s planning to retire from swimming after the Summer Olympics and that means he’ll need to find another career path to fill his days. You might not expect it, but Phelps might have a future as a trainer for NFL players looking to add weight to their frames.
Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin lives near Phelps in Baltimore and spent some time with the swimmer this offseason to get a look at his famous 12,000 calorie a day eating regimen. Maybin wasn’t planning on consuming quite that much, but he was interested in adding some weight to his frame before the 2012 season.
The idea is to get big enough to stay on the field for three downs after making an impact for the Jets as a situational pass rusher last season.