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What to watch for at the 2012 London Olympics

Image courtesy of olympic.org. The 2012 London Summer Olympics are here. All eyes will be on London for the next 16 days.

By Nick Craddock

After years of planning and preparation, the world’s eyes are on London for the 2012 Olympic Games.

London 2012 represents the 30th edition of the Games (that’s including both the Summer and Winter Games) and will certainly represent some of the best drama sports has to offer. Just as the city of London has been preparing for many years, so, too, have the more than 10,000 athletes from 204 nations expected to compete over the course of 16 days.

After the British attempt to top the Chinese spectacle of 2008 in Beijing at tonight’s Opening Ceremony, here are some storylines to follow during the Games:

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“Finale”

Today's hero for Spain, Andres Iniesta. The man deserves an Oscar.

Was today’s World Cup Final really a finale?  It was a finale in that it was the final game of the tourney, but it did not have the feel of an exciting final game.  I cannot ever remember watching a more boring championship sporting spectacle in all my years.  And the sad thing is this game was close and was just a few minutes away from penalty kicks.  Now I will definitely admit that I have a biased opinion.  I would rather watch a lot of other sporting events over soccer any day of the week.  But still this was the World Cup.  And this was the finals.  

I definitely would much rather have watched the Reds take on the Phillies in a second.  But I suffered through this lackluster game with the rest of the world.  And then just when you thought it would get exciting with penalty kicks.  Spain’s, Andres Iniesta, the man who spent more time on the ground than with the actual ball, put one into the back of the net.  Andres put on quite a performance that was reminiscent of Vlade Divac in the late 90s.  But either way, he was the hero.  He secured Spain its first World Cup Title. 

This was just not a fun game to watch whether you love soccer or not.  You can tell yourself that you thought it was exciting.  But unless you are from Spain or the Netherlands, you could not have possibly felt like you got your money’s worth watching this one.  This game had 13 yellow cards.  It had a red card.  It had a first half where neither team seemed to be even looking to score.  The second half at least provided a few scoring opportunities which was nice. 

Lastly, I feel like both of these teams were very good.  But I am not sure if they were the two best teams in the field.  They technically are because they made the final game, but I feel that Germany, Argentina, or Brazil all would have put on a much more entertaining show for the world see.  That is just me. 

But congrats to both Spain and the Netherlands on having a phenomenal tournament.  Spain should enjoy their victory to the fullest these next few weeks.  They deserve it. 

I also do feel that Andres Iniesta should secure the Oscar Award for “best actor” after today’s performance. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze. 

-Kraze