Over the next couple of weeks, China and the Summer Olympics will capture the global spotlight. In our corner of the net, we'll be interested in the men's and women's football competitions but will also take some time to watch the rest of the games.
Here are three sources so far that I will be checking multiple times a day to keep up with the games as best as possible.
For traditional coverage, I'll be checking out SI.com. Is it a shameless plug, considering one of my outlets is SI.com? Nah. But in all seriousness... okay, the perception is there so why try and deny it. But seriously, the games haven't yet technically started and there's already quite a nice package of stories and coverage there already. And you could do worse than having Grant Wahl on staff.
For blogs and similar type coverage, one of the sites I'll be reading is Paul Oberjuerge's blog, Oberjuerge.com. My former editor at The Sun, Paul is in China as a freelancer. He's covered 12 previous Olympics so this is definitely someone who has an excellent grasp of the Olympics and can put things in perspective like few can. Already, he's got quite a bit of interesting tidbits up.
And the other site I'll check out is Mark Zeigler's blog on the San Diego Union-Tribune's web site. Like Paul, Mark has covered quite the many Olympics in his time. Mark does well to give you a feel of what it's like wherever he's at, in this case the world's most populous nation. In his first post, Mark tells us about his first impressions, which is the mass amounts of security the Chinese have stationed seemingly everywhere in Beijing.
Feel free to share any of the sites you'll be reading, particularly the foreign ones. It's always nice to get different perspectives.