- Last Updated: 4:17 AM, July 22, 2012
- Posted: 1:27 AM, July 22, 2012
I Suspect for most of you, the next three weeks will be a familiar ride along the crests and rabbit holes that define our relationships with the Olympics. There are some events — some swimming nights featuring Michael Phelps or Ryan Lochte, some track-and-field events (specifically Usain Bolt), some basketball — that will be must-see TV for you.
There are some athletes you never have heard of playing some sports you rarely think about who will capture your imagination, and because of the helpful time difference, NBC will find ways to nudge you to the front of the TV on those given nights. Maybe there will be a reason to follow modern pentathlon. Or synchronized diving. Or that weird bike race where they just kind of stare at each other for a while before speeding home.
And there will be some nights when even the prospect of Kate Upton, Scarlett Johansson, Bar Refaeli and Mila Kunis playing a game of pickup beach volleyball won’t get you off the Yankees game. We are absolute creatures of summer habit, after all.
But that’s OK. Because thanks to our neighbors and friends across the pond, you will be able to enjoy the Olympics the way you enjoy the Olympics, the way you’re supposed to enjoy the Olympics — on your terms, following your own agenda, your own schedule, your own timetable. I do hope you reserve a little time on the subway or over breakfast to see what Marc Berman, Mark Cannizzaro and I have to say each day from the Games, but even that will require only a modest investment on your part.
We can thank our old landlords for that. We can thank the good people of the United Kingdom who, 231 years after conceding us the winning putt at Yorktown, did us another solid by stepping up and swiping these Olympics from New York City. Because this will be my sixth Olympics, and I’ve talked to plenty of residents of Sydney, Salt Lake City, Athens, Beijing and Vancouver while I’ve been there, and there is a familiar ring to how they feel about having the Olympics invade their towns.
1. The volunteers in the official shirts and hats smile and say, “Isn’t this great!”
2. The regular folks who spent the morning besieged by traffic and feeling overrun say, “No offense, but when do you go home again?”
Yep. This all could have been ours.
Remember? This was one of Mayor Bloomberg’s babies that made his assaults on smoking and soft drinks seem like a thumb-wrestling match. There certainly were some who were excited at the prospect of turning Greater New York into the world’s most intricate Olympic Park. The Jets certainly liked the idea of that old West Side stadium that would have been the main vessel of the Games and then become their very own stadium afterward.Follow @NYPostsports