Monday, August 6, 2012
I went into the 2012 Summer Games with an open mind. My goal was to watch a wide variety of events to appreciate the skill and athleticism involved with sports that traditionally aren't very popular. Badminton (which I think I could win a gold medal in), ping-pong, handball, fencing, weightlifting, and Judo have all received their fair share of air time, but after a week of this I discovered I'm just old school.
For me the Summer Olympics is all about Track and Field and there are few things more exciting in the sports world than the 100 meter final. The stare downs, the posturing, and the anticipation brings you to the edge of your seat. After this weekend there is no doubt Track and Field dominance begins and ends with Jamaica. Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake captured gold and silver while Shelley-Ann Fraser-Price and Veronica Campell-Brown captured gold and bronze. From the looks of things the 200 meter final will have a similar outcome. Must be something in those yams they eat as a staple of their diet. Here are some observations over the weekend.
Serena Williams became the 2nd woman to win a golden slam (all four majors and a singles gold medal) by demolishing Maria Sharapova 6-0,16-1. She followed up that a$$ kicking by winning the gold medal in doubles with her sister Venus for a 3rd consecutive time. No wonder she felt the need to crip walk on Centre Court. Loved it.
Andy Murray exorcised some demons by winning a gold medal over Roger Federer in front of the home crowd. It's not a grand slam, but beating Djokovic and Federer in the same week is impressive. You've done your country proud.
Don't look now, but Felix Hernandez is making a case for his 2nd Cy Young. The King has won 5 of his last 6 starts giving up only 4 runs in 47 innings. When he's on his game there's no one better.
Missy Franklin has won four gold medals, but insists she will compete for her high school team at the state meet in Colorado next year. Is this really necessary? Sometimes keeping it real goes wrong. A word of advice for Ms. Franklin, you're not just one of the girls anymore and you've outgrown the Boulder swim circuit. Let the normal girls get some glory huh?
Pete Carroll is bringing Terrell Owens in for a look which means the Seahawks receiving corps is a major concern. Why else would you even entertain the idea of trying out someone that was cut from the Arena league? Ricardo Lockette and Golden Tate better step up. This is your wake up call.