As couch potatoes we were spoiled by the visual feast of the football world cup. Now it is time, once again, to create a bum groove in the couch as we settle down for the games of the 30th Olympiad. Yes four year have passed since Beijing and we have been in training with many hours in front of the TV. The hard yards have been done and now it is time to rejoice.
The Olympics are a great event. Hundreds of sports, though many we have never seen before are thrust onto the screen and we become instant experts. We will watch in anticipation of disaster through diving and track cycling. Admire the agility of the gymnasts. Wonder why we don't play handball more often, and consider whether Dressage and Walking really can be classed as sports.
There will be highs and lows, tears and celebrations. These won't be confined to whether McDonalds has the correct coloured cup to complete our collection, some will also be on the TV. Already we wonder who will be the first competitor caught cheating? What scandals will be revealed? Will Paul McCartney still be singing "Hey Jude" come the closing ceremony. We will be up at strange hours to try catch a glimpse of Gold and we don't care what the sport is.
As a TV couch potato this event is great, it is real reality TV and we can only admire the strength and determination of the competitors as we reach for another packet of chips.