Since the 2008 Beijing Olympics, society has changed dramatically, which has allowed the London Olympics to be unique in its own way. It seems like the more new technology and equipment we are exposed to and we are allowed to use, the more that current Olympics breaks viewing and attendance records. Not only have these statistics raised, but also the amount of medals awarded and athletes competing. According to USA Today, in 1908 which was the first London Olympics, 109 medals were awarded, and 2,024 athletes competed. In 1948 London Olympics, 149 medals were awarded and 4,373 athletes competed. During the 2012 London Olympics, 302 medals will be awarded, and 10,490 athletes are competing to bring home some pride in their respective sports for their countries.
However, with the time difference between the United States and London, most events are broadcasted hours after they were held. In fact, 48 percent of prime-time viewers already know the outcome of the events held before they watch on TV in the United States. Of that 48 percent, 67 percent of those viewers say knowing them makes them more likely to watch.
Since I've been in Ireland for five days now on vacation, I have been bamboozled with media coverage regarding Ireland and the Olympics. Even though Ireland is not known for winning medals in the Olympics, and really was not expected win any this summer, Ireland finally has something to cherish and be proud of in this years Olympics, a gold medal.
Ireland, much known for Gaelic Football, is not well known for any other sport besides golf. Ireland has produced currently the number one ranked golfer in the world, Luke Donald, and also produces the only Gaelic Football League, which is actually in their semi-final championship round in the midst of the Olympics. Despite all this, the Irish have too much pride to not go down without a fight, and Katie Taylor did just that, and showed Ireland that they have something to be proud of, and something to hang their hats on, and that's Ireland's first gold medal of the Olympics.
Philadelphia Phillies News: Makinge Sense of the Phillies Hunter Pence Trade And Attempts To Move Cliff Lee
Over the past few years the Philadelphia Phillies have been a powerhouse team in Major League Baseball. Continuously getting in to the playoffs seems to be a routine for them and in 2008 and 2009 when they made it to back to back World Series, and winning one of them, they were the Miami Heat of MLB.. The problem lurking in the background was that their core players were in their prime.
Fast forward four years, and you find that that same powerhouse team, with that same core players are in last place in the NL East division, arguably one of the easier divisions in the MLB. As a general Manager and manager of a ball club, you have to do something to spark a run, and get the team back on the right track. The Phillies are 14 games out of first place, and at this point its hard to see the red and white in the playoffs this year. With that being said, the only thing left to do in the front office is to prepare for next season.
Over the past few years, the preferred offensive style of NFL offenses has changed dramatically. There are guys coming into this league that can throw for 300 plus yards, and there are quarterbacks who can be a threat to run for 100 yards. Bigger and stronger athletes are entering the league, which has made defenses adjust their schemes, and offenses adjust their playbooks.
After the emergence of Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, teams have been seeking that huge target to throw to down field that will rise up over everyone to catch the ball, then knock over anyone in his path.
The New York Jets might be the most marketed team in the NFL. This past offseason the New York Jets picked up the most popular and marketed player in the NFL, and he's a backup quarterback.
The Jets made another surprising move that was less heralded by signing free agent Hayden Smith to compete with prized tight end Dustin Keller. If you asked Smith a year ago who was on the New York Jets roster or how to play American football, and how do you play it, he probably wouldn't know the answer to any of those questions.
It's been a few days since LeBron James and the Miami Heat exorcised their demons by winning the NBA Championship in five games and captured the Larry O'Brian Trophy. Regardless of whether you deride James, or venerate him, you have to respect the fact that he put up one of the best individual playoff performances in the history of the league.
James averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists and put the choker labels and 'three quarters in a change for a dollar' jokes to rest. His triple-double in Game 5 of the Finals that sealed the deal when the Heat topped the Thunder, 121-106; that performance also granted him with the coveted title of the Finals MVP.
Now that the pressure is off James' shoulders because of his recent claim to fame, it's no longer a question of, when will get it; but now it's a question of, "how many more rings will he get?" There's no question that James has upped his game this year and according to him, he was "getting back to the basics." He will win multiple championships, but he is still losing a battle.