As you might imagine, we’re in the midst of a heat wave here in Northern California and I sure wish I was up the road a few miles enjoying a few degrees less. We’ll be sitting over 100 each day for the rest of the month. Fortunately the evenings are still pleasant and it’s a nice feeling to go out and enjoy when I can. Meanwhile a lot of California is on fire, so to those fighting the fires be safe and to those whose property is in jeopardy, our prayers are with you.
Well, after tonight we are officially in the “dead zone” of sports for a couple of days and you know what, perhaps this is what is needed – maybe more than just a couple of days. You see, I believe that there is an over-exposure of sports that is pretty bad right now. Maybe there ought to be a few days in mid-to-late-January where there’s nothing. Maybe it should be once a quarter.
Home Run Derby. Congratulations to Aaron Judge who I’m told was the winner of the Home Run Derby. I’m also told that it was one hell of an event. OK. I actually heard somebody say he missed Chris Berman’s “Back back back” shtick that was played out in 1982. I also heard that Judge yakked one over 500 feet. Wow.
All-Star Game. So the mid-Summer classic (aka: MLB All-Star Game) is tonight. Those aren’t something I get into, but I can see where folks might get fired up about it. Hey folks, enjoy and I certainly hope that it’s a very good game and that there’s something memorable that comes out of it.
The Ball Family. Every time I think I can ignore the Ball family, they pull a stunt. Last night while sitting out with an “injury” and while his injured teammates were wearing Laker gear, this kid was wearing not Laker gear, but Big Baller Brand. Oh man, I can only imagine the old school Laker greats and what they must have thought of that. I wonder if these guys will end up at the ESPYs.
ESPYs. So after today we have a few days of no sports, but yeah the ESPYs will be out and I’ll make a prediction that there will be the usual outrage about something they do with their social stands. Y’all take it easy on Peyton because he’s reading off a script.
NFL Camps. Just a couple more weeks now and NFL camps will open, and yet it seems the NFL is on radio silence. Again to repeat – that’s a good thing because sometimes when you’re a 24/7 league you take much more of the bad than you would like.
Tour de France. I can’t help but to go back to the Tour de France and these guys who wipe out. Sunday, I caught a guy go off the road, over correct, slam into the mountain on the other side of the road, and take out another rider – all while going downhill at speeds in excess of 45 MPH. With no padding. Uh, painful.
Wimbledon. Did I read correctly that Venus Williams (Age 37) is in the semi-finals? Wow, props to her. And no, I’m not interested in rehashing her legal issue which will sort itself out. This is strictly props for her athletic achievement. But I also wonder how this tournament has lost so much of its luster from when most of us were growing up in the 70’s where it was “must-see.”
To the point of today: I am hearing that NFL players are complaining about the salaries of NBA players. Why? Stop whining. Here’s the deal – NFL teams have to pay 61 players, the NBA 15 not to mention many more coaches and support staff. Basic math – nothing else need be said, but I will.
Do I think NFL players have it tough? Absolutely. Did they get screwed while in college? For the most part – yes. Do they have it much harder than NBA player? What, are you kidding me – of course they do. But don’t try to sell this retired military guy who lives on a pension about how you deserve more. You want more, go out and negotiate it, but don’t kill the goose that lays the golden egg at the same time, for that egg might get scrambled. Step back and use your degrees that you earned and use your critical thinking – what happens when you squeeze more money out? Where is it going to come from? The fans aren’t willing to pay more – the market is drying up.