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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LeBron commits to 2012 USA Basketball

USA_Basketball_Lebron_JamesLeBron James has had a turbulent last two years and while he continues to play the villain role in the NBA odds are by committing to the 2012 London Olympic team he figures it will do nothing but help his tarnished reputation.

“I would love to be a part of that team,” James said. “If coach needs me to be a part of that team, I’m available. Hopefully I’m healthy enough to be a part of that team. Coach K has my number.”

Team USA already has clinched a spot in the Olympics thanks to winning the FIBA World Championship the past summer and LeBron James was part of the 2008 Gold Medal team.

Miami Heat teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were also on the U.S. squad in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics were not going to commit at this time. Wade told the Sun Sentinel “I’ve got a lot of other things to worry about that I deal with off the court.” And Bosh said, “I’m just focused on right now. There’s too much going on in my life right now to try to think about that.”