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God is it October 8th yet? I'm not a baseball fan, and I don't care what anyone says preseason football is not exciting. At all. So the month of August is a barren landscape for this sports fan. You do whatever you can to get to NFL opening day, which can at least fill in until the Avs open the season a month later, especially in August.

This is probably the reason I am (and always have been) an Olympic junkie.

So for those of you who are starting to go crazy with the lack of hockey (And I'm talking to everyone whose written an OMG Sundini played golf with Forsberg, they're both coming back article) here's some suggested distractions to keep you from descending further into the madness.

Water Polo: Water polo players are better pure athletes than anyone in the world, including hockey players. It is slower than hockey, and there isn't as much fast paced action, but watch a guy get mauled and then rise up 3feet out of the water and rocket a shot and then remember that they are doing all of this without touching the bottom of the pool. Then go to your local pool and try treading water for 3 minutes. You'll get an appreciation for how good these athletes are... if only they could wear trunks instead of speedo's.

Swimming: Michael Phelps quest to be the greatest Olympian of all time is pretty fascinating stuff. And his combination of strokes makes it pretty impressive. Remember he's doing all this against a tougher field than Spitz had to contend with in '76.

Beach Volleyball:
To be fair, I just like the sport and watch the Men's as well.

Track and Field: Nothing will beat the Athens Olympics when they did Shot Put in the ancient Greek venue's, but there's always so much going on at the track that it gets exciting. I prefer the events I ran in High School... the 400m and 800m.


So hopefully we can all keep ourselves occupied and by the time the Olympics are over we'll be 2 weeks closer to the beginning of the season.