2010 Winter Oympics a Blessing for Bay Area Sports Fans

Major ClausenContributor IFebruary 12, 2010

PHOENIX - JANUARY 23:  Head coach Don Nelson of the Golden State Warriors during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 23, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Warriors 112-103.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Note: this article was written before the death of republic of Georgia luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

It doesn’t take Albert Einstein to figure out that the Winter Olympics are just what the Bay Area needs.

In fact, even the imbeciles who make up the Sonoma State chapter of SAE should be able to comprehend this, and that is saying something, as many of them will be hitting you up for money on the streets of San Francisco in the near future.

Of course, the earlier point is not a good thing, as the Olympics don’t look like much to get excited about.

They are filled with goofy sports, countless athlete profiles geared towards the Oprah audience, and the constant blabbering of Bob Costas, who makes Joe Buck and Mike Tirico look like knowledgeable sports personalities.

And they have gotten off on a terribly sad note with the death of republic of Georgia luger Nodar Kumaritashvili.

But as in any Olympic Games, the event should provide viewers with more than enough entertainment to make following them worthwhile, regardless of whether you do so religiously or just tune in from time to time (there will be great hockey at the very least).

And certainly a distraction could not come at a better time for the sports fans of the Bay Area, who need the NBA season to end quickly and March Madness, the Major League Baseball regular season, and the NHL Playoffs to begin as soon as possible.

The Olympics should provide Warriors fans with a temporary break from watching another losing team whose season has been marred by unlucky calls, numerous injuries, and disappointing teamwork.

And they should also make up for two local events taking place right now that aren't generating as much interest as they have in the past in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and the SAP Open.

And the Games will also give Cal fans the opportunity to temporarily forget about whether their team will be able to play up to their potential enough to win the weak Pac-10 or continue to hampered by inconsistency every so often, and St. Mary’s fans with more time to forget about the poor seeding that they will receive from the NCAA Tournament selection committee after failing to win a regular season game against Gonzaga for the second year in a row.

And thanks to the Olympics, Sharks players (both the eight who will be playing in Vancouver and those who will be resting) and fans will have the chance to focus on something other than whether or not San Jose will once again follow up an incredible regular season with a miserable performance in the playoffs.

Plus, Giants fans who follow the Games will be able to save some of their optimistic energy for the start of the regular season in April (or at least the team’s first Spring Training game on Mar. 3, three days after the closing ceremonies for the Olympics) instead of using up so much of it right now.

I understand that this is San Francisco’s best team on paper since their 2003 squad that won the NL West, but the level of anticipation for a potential great season seems to be a little too high right now, especially when every ounce of that energy will be needed once the regular season begins.

It is a long shot that the Winter Games will be as exciting as the summer ones that captured our attention in 2008, let alone as captivating as the World Cup will be this summer.

But a dominating performance or two should make the dullest point in the sports calendar much more entertaining than it otherwise would be for those of us who root for Northern California sports teams, and especially so with the Warriors mediocrity and the Bay Area being the home of arguably the most dispassionate college basketball fans in the country.

Savor what the Olympics have to offer Bay Area sports fans, as doing so an only help but pass the time between now and Mar. 18 (the start of March Madness), Apr. 5 (opening day for the Giants and A’s) and Apr. 14 (the final Warriors game coincided with the start of the NHL Playoffs).