As the 2011 sporting year comes to a close, there are numerous events that sports fans around the world can look at and positively reflect on. Hopefully, 2012 won't disappoint and will be another great year for sports fans.
So, here are five sporting events that fans can look forward to when 2012 rolls around.
Now I'm not the biggest soccer fan in the world, but I have friends who are already pining for the European Cup tournament which begins early this summer. It's the second biggest soccer tournament in the world next to the World Cup, and it draws huge ratings from over 150 countries around the world.
The European Football Championship will excite soccer fans everywhere and is certainly something to look forward too in 2012. What's crazy is that it isn't even close to the biggest sports event in Europe this summer, despite how many people are looking forward to it.
I'll probably tune in to the final of the tournament and that's about it. Still, it's a huge event worthy of worldwide attention.
While this one is far but a guarantee, I feel that the super-fight that the world is waiting for will finally take place in the latter part of 2012. Mayweather and Pacquiao have simply run out of opponents to fight, which makes them almost have to agree to fight one another. Oh yeah, that $65+ million purse each would receive doesn't hurt either.
This fight would draw attention from every major media outlet worldwide, and would have viewers in essentially every country and would gross huge revenues. If it occurs, which it should, It will be an event that sports fans will certainly enjoy and look forward to in 2012.
Ah, the Super Bowl. Always a guarantee to draw major attention worldwide, I can't think of any event that Americans look forward to more than the Super Bowl. It's practically a holiday here in the States and personally I can't wait, even though my Miami Dolphins were eliminated from contention after about the third game of the season.
What really seems to draw fans in to the biggest football game on Earth is that you never know what will happen. Fans worldwide tune in and I guarantee even in Europe they look forward to this game. You never know when you'll see something memorable, which adds to the allure of the Super Bowl.
Also, the hilarious commercials don't hurt.
Is there anything (besides maybe the World Cup) that sports fans around the world look forward to more than the Summer Olympics? The thrills are endless, and someone always emerges as the person to root for and breaks out to be a major worldwide star (see Michael Phelps).
The Summer Olympics for 2012 are taking place in London and should be as awesome to watch as ever. Who doesn't want to watch Michael Phelps swim and see if he can continue his success and capture gold medals in what could possibly be his last Olympics?
And of course, I can't leave out the 6 foot 5 inch Usain Bolt, the fastest man on the planet. Bolt has a penchant for clowning around and looks to put on a show whenever he lines up to race, and 2012 shouldn't disappoint.
The Olympics should be as fun to watch as ever this upcoming summer. I know I'm looking forward to it and sports fans around the world are as well.