If you are in the mood for watching elite athletes perform on television this year you might be in luck.
This weekend we start off the festivities with indoor track and field at the Boston Indoor Games. You can watch this Sunday from 3-5 pm on ESPN2. Thankfully this year we won't see and hear endless bits of over-hype about the snaggletooth Marion Jones. Good riddance!
The Millrose Games follow next weekend and February continues the indoor tradition with the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 17th on ESPN) and USA Indoor Track & Field Championships (Feb. 24th on ESPN2).
Of course we also have the Super Bowl next weekend followed by NCAA's March Madness and eventually the return of baseball with any players that aren't thrown in jail for steroid use. We probably won't be lucky enough to see the Women's Olympic Marathon Trials (Boston in April) on TV but it should be.
A listing of USATF events to be televised is here: http://www.usatf.org/calendars/TVSchedule.asp
In case you haven't heard, the Summer Olympics will be held in Beijing, China and are set to begin on August 8th. If my groin ever heals up then look for me to compete against the Chinese in table tennis. I have been working on my topspin ever since the White Mountains mancation. Anyway, for over 2 weeks the finest athletes in the world will compete and we can watch plenty from the comfort of our living rooms.
But before that, in late June-early August, we'll be able to watch the the Track & Field Olympic Trials.
So if you haven't bought a large screen TV this might be the year.