2008 Olympics and Beyond

Beckett is running a contest where you can write an article about the Olympics and the winning article, voted by the readers, gets published in Beckett Sports Card Monthly.  Here is my submission:

There aren’t too many events in the world that get countries to work together, but the Olympics is one of them.  Whether the Olympics are taking place in the summer or the winter, a few weeks out of the year the world focuses on athletes that don’t always get the media attention they deserve.  This year in particular I think made an impact on people because of all the extra drama that took place with Michael Phelps a.k.a., The Baltimore Bullet, Shawn Johnson, Kerri Walsh, and Misty May-Treanor.  The Olympics shine a light on sports that aren’t the most covered in the world such as swimming, volleyball, track and field, shot-put, and the poll vault.  Having these games promoted on television and the internet can get more people interested in a sport that they may not know too much about.  This specifically can go for Americans because we are constantly bombarded with the same sports all the time: baseball, basketball, football, and hockey.  It is a great learning experience for everyone. 

 

            Over those few weeks that the Olympics are taking place, the world has their eyes on these hard working athletes.  Sadly though, after the Olympics are over you rarely ever see or hear from those people for at least the next four years.  This happens all the time in the Olympics, except maybe the baseball and basketball players.  Perhaps after this year with all the records being broken things will change and you’ll hear more from these athletes once the games are over. 

 

            Since the beginning of the Olympics, dating back to its ancient Greek roots, you can see various changes.  One thing that really sticks out to me is that some athletes have become more full of themselves and cocky.  One of the main causes of this is the fact that many athletes are endorsed by major corporations and are making millions of dollars, which a lot of times can go to their heads.  Another change that I would like to see is less “professional” players in the Olympics.  When I say “professional” I mean people that play in the NBA and MLB.  I think it would interesting to get amateur players and build an Olympic team to see what they could do.  Maybe pro teams could discover new talent if amateur athletes got more involved with the games instead of them just sending over their own players. 

Sports Card Info made the Beckett Blogroll

Late Friday night I was informed by Eric who runs the Behind the Scenes Beckett blog that Sports Card Info was approved and allowed to be on Beckett’s blogroll.  I would like to thank Eric and the rest of the people at Beckett for allowing this blog to be on their list.  Being part of Beckett’s blog should really help inform more collectors about fake cards and other various information.  Thanks.

Congrats to the Winners

If you are a member of Beckett.com I’m sure that you remember the box break that the football team broke a few months ago.  It probably was the most controversial box break every where Upper Deck sent Beckett two boxes of 2007 Exquisite Football cards and they pulled out the Adrian Peterson 2007 Exquisite 1/1 autographed 2 color patch.  Well, since the people at Beckett are such nice people they decided to giveaway the cards they pulled.  May 21 was the deadline for filling out the survey to enter.  The grand prize was the 1/1 Peterson, first prize was a sealed box of 2007 UD Exquisite and the second place winner got the rest of the cards from the first box.  The winners are:

Grand Prize: Ryan Cope

First Prize: Kenny Delk

Second Prize: Jimmy Wolfrey

This has to be one of the biggest card giveaways ever.  Congrats to the winners!!!!!!!