I just can't get excited about the Olympics this time around. In fact, I'm not even sure when they start, although I know it's sometime soon.
The closest I've gotten to catching Olympic fever is by watching the Britcom "Twenty Twelve" every week on the Comedy Network up here in Canada. It's a great show, so good in fact that I'm worried it will turn out to be a heckuva lot better than the Games themselves.
Why can't I get excited about this edition of the Olympic Games?
Is it because the USOC forced a bunch of knitters to rename their own "Ravelympics" for fear of a copyright infringement lawsuit?
Is it because my own beloved Canada doesn't seem to have any big-name stars this time around who are sure-fire bets for medals?
Is it because the London organising committee of these games seems to be in such disarray that the 2012 Olympics appear to be a sure bet to be a complete disaster?
It's because I feel the world has lost track of what the Olympics are all about, that's why.
Already, the pre-Olympic coverage seems to be focusing on mainstream sports that feature over-hyped and over-paid professional athletes like basketball and tennis.
For me, the Olympics are supposed to be about the other sports, the so-called minor sports that feature amateur athletes who toil away in relative obscurity just for the joy of competing, the thrill of representing their countries and the hope that maybe, just maybe, the Olympics will give them a chance for a tiny bit of recognition, a brief visit, if you will, to the media spotlight.
Instead, we're inundated with sports were already know played by athletes we're likely completely sick of.
We just watched Roger Federer win at Wimbledon and regain his number one ranking. We were wowed by Serena Williams and her return to the top at the same tournament. Coverage of their matches was complete, both in terms of being available to watch live and being able to read the media's response to each match.
We just saw LeBron James win his first NBA title. It was a media circus that dominated the airwaves.
And now we're supposed to get excited about seeing them all again, playing the same sport, at the Olympics. And the coverage will be overwhelming.
To the detriment of the other sports, like track and field, fencing, weight-lifting, platform diving, swimming, cycling, volleyball, rowing, and all the other athletic competitions that we really only got to see when the Olympics come around every four years.
Until the big sports and the professional athletes took over.
Frankly, I don't care who wins the men's basketball gold. I won't pay attention to whether or not Roger or Serena or whoever takes the Olympic title in tennis.
I'll be hoping to find five minutes of coverage here and there for the athletes I don't see every week, the ones who compete for themselves and for their country, knowing that, even if they win a gold, they're not going to be able to give up their day jobs.
Those are the true Olympians. And those are the athletes who really deserve the media coverage and attention, at least for this two-week period that comes around just once every four years.
I just don't understand why the powers that be in the Olympic movement would ever have wanted to take that spotlight away from those true amateur athletes in the first place.