As the reality of dry January sets in, just as quickly as you fail to meet your New Year’s resolutions, what is there to look forward to in this new year of 2018?
Well, beside the normal treats of the Majors in Golf, Grand Slams in Tennis, and other annual tournaments, let’s look at the unique events we’ll be tuning into over the next twelve months.
2018 Winter Olympics – PyeongChang, South Korea
The Winter Olympics is one of my sneaky favourite sporting events.
Having the spectacle of an Olympic games combined with the magical element of Winter, always makes it look stunning on Television.
Does it matter than you have no clue at all about the rules of more than half of the sports? Absolutely not.
What counts is the beauty, skill and speed of that athletes in their particular craft.
Where the IOC has been clever is with the promotion of its more popular sports; skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey for example.
No longer do freestyle skiers get only judged on their XGames performances, but how many gold medals they have. Just ask Joss Christensen after his remarkable performance in Sochi.
Bobsleigh, skeleton, figure skating, strap yourself in because what the athletes do is unbelievable… Even the Curling can be gripping!
2018 Football World Cup – Moscow, Russia
Despite all of the bad press, the 2018 FIFA World Cup has finally snuck up on us.
With the Russian fans in gyms training to be in tip top shape for the horror that is hooliganism, perhaps the English press may not be as focussed on their own team as usual. Having the Iceland loss tattooed into our memories for the foreseeable future, there may be a more care free attitude to the English play.
Brazil, Spain, France and Germany are all close favourites and it would be a great surprise not to see them all in the semi-finals.
In 2014 we saw Germany scarring Brazil by putting seven past them at their home World Cupl, the surprise package was Costa Rica who made the quarter finals, and Mario Gotze scored the winner in extra time to give Germany their fourth Championship.
Whilst the off-field news may make the headlines, the Football World Cup still retains a special place among the Sporting calendar and we can’t wait.
2018 Ryder Cup – Paris, France
The 2018 event proves to be an absolute cracker.
After spiralising the International Team in the President’s Cup, Team USA will be chomping at the bit to get at Europe on home soil. With the likes of Spieth, Thomas, Fowler, Berger, and Reed offering a bright future some American journalists have already written this one off.
This premature arrogance is absent minded after winning three of the past eleven bouts, and having to go back to 1993 for a win on European soil.
We have often mentioned the uniqueness of the first tee shot at a Ryder Cup. The crowd cheering, the players’ nerves, the silence over the ball.
Europe may need this one in order to stop a run of three losses in a row…
Happy 2018, from #TheSportsBlog