The Olympics are just around the corner, and I'm actually looking forward to them more than usual. Part of the reason is definitely my new 57" HDTV, which will display every bead of sweat in great detail. Plus, the games are back in Greece, the place where it all started.
What I'm looking forward to:
1. Women's gymnastics - probably the most hotly contested and dramatic competition in any Olympic games. I just hope we don't get crushed too badly.
2. Diving - this is one of the hardest Olympic sports out there, IMHO. Doing twisting flips with your head two inches from a rock hard diving board/platform takes guts. And no spash? How is that even physically possible?
3. Swimming - human beings shouldn't be able to move through water that quickly, and yet records are broken at almost every Olympics. Some of the best looking bodies on the planet, too.
4. Mountain biking - I just love mountain biking. Plus, it's the closest you get to downhill skiing at the summer games.
5. Lots of pictures of the Acropolis and other great Greek monuments.
What I'm not looking forward to:
1. The opening and closing ceremonies - people dancing around with candles and puppets re-enacting the Trojan war through interpretive dance. And then some washed-up athlete with a disease or something will light the torch. At least there won't be any subjugated aboriginals to trot out and humiliate this time.
2. Commentators - former athletes and Bob Costas will tell us all exactly what each athlete is doing wrong, and everything they're feeling while they do it. The mute button is a beautiful thing.
3. Drug scandals - who is and isn't using banned substances and how Olympic sports are ruined, blah, blah, blah. Athletes have been using steroids for decades and everybody who isn't blind knows it.
4. Politicians co-opting the spotlight for their own selfish purposes - Bush will be calling all the gold medal winners and making sure that we all know about it, ad nauseum. Kerry will try to attend some events in Greece, but never make it past the first security checkpoint.
What is everybody else looking forward to?