Welcome back my friends. It’s been a beautiful weekend where I’ve spent time behind my fantastic Traeger grill and celebrating my friends 50th birthday.
MLB. As we wind up in the all-star break, lets take a quick look: The AL is pretty much set, so there’s no real reason to discuss it, and while Jeff and I like Baseball, I think the fact that the AL is already decided in July hurts Baseball overall. But with Oakland 12 games over .500, there’s at least one nice story there.
But for as much as I whine about that, The NL holds some interest. With Chicago, Washington, and LA being considered the “power” teams out there with two of them holding slight division leads, Milwaukee, Atlanta, and Colorado are in the mix too. Meanwhile Washington is still hovering around .500. holds the best record by two games over Atlanta.
I’ll have the opportunity to watch some AL baseball as I head to Kansas City for a convention, but will have time to see them host Minny.
Meanwhile the topic du jour is where will Manny Machado end up? Clearly he’s going to end up with a deep pocket team, but again, I think that hurts rather than helps Baseball. I get that the NBA has their “super teams”, but man you just can’t have Boston and New York and nobody else. It’s what has hurt MLB in the past (in part).
NFL. As I recall, the first teams open up their camps tomorrow, but I can’t remember a season where there has been less buzz about camps opening and that should be concerning to the NFL, especially where the NBA is absolutely stealing their media buzz.
NBA. It’s July and free agency is pretty much over. There isn’t much left out there, but I would like to touch on one issue – the Sacramento Kings. While most teams have almost nothing left under the salary cap, the Kings have over $19 million dollars available to potential Free Agents, yet nobody (and I mean NOBODY) wants their money. That is a horrific indictment of this franchise and its ownership and management. It doesn’t matter that they have a bunch of youth and they are trying to build, when you can’t get players and agents to take your money that is a very bad sign.
Now to be fair, the Kings appear to want to build though youth and if the agents/players don’t want the money then fine, piss on them. The West is too stacked anyway.
Golf. Year after year, I am convinced that the celebrity pro-am up here in Lake Tahoe is the event of the year. It’s not so much a golf tournament as it is an event, a relatively expensive one, but one nonetheless. As I’ve told you, Charles Barkley hosts some kind of party during the event at one of the casinos and this year Jerry Rice got up there and yapped that he was the fucking best of all time. Had that comment come out of anybody else’s mouth, I’d have blasted them, but Jerry Rice is the freaking GOAT, so I’m ok with it.
Tennis. Congratulations to Serena Williams for her runner up status at this year’s Wimbledon. Are we looking at one of the best athletes of all time, certainly female athlete?
Tour de France. I know most don’t consider this much but this is one hell of a sport. And by the way, going over cobblestones at 30-40 miles per hour is insane.
The Good. So this week, not-so-little B.O.B. is bumping around Europe as part of a Football Coaching job, but he also mixed in two side trips to see friends. He started his trip in Austria visiting friends in Vienna, and today he flies into Paris for a quick visit with some other friends before he moves on to Sweden to coach some football camps. That kid is getting some pretty good bennies for being a coach.
The Bad. I don’t wish to get political or be perceived as a goodie two-shoes here, but there was a time this past week where we all know happens: you’re out somewhere having a good time and some inconsiderate bastard whips out the Mary Jane and starts sparking up. I’m not 100% sure on what that stuff smells like, but that shit was nasty (like a damn skunk) and made me nauseous. Look, I’m all good with it – do your thing, but have some damn consideration for those around you especially in a public place where it’s packed wall-to-wall with folks.
The Ugly. Man I’ve seen some damn crazy ass wrecks on the Tour de France.
The YGBSM. Some dude on ESPiN, was writing his opinion of winners and losers in free agency, save your line about “I don’t really care about the money problems of billionaires who stole a team from Seattle.” Look, Seattle didn’t pony up for a new arena and as much as I despise that, it was David Stern and the NBA who allowed that to happen – so save your rage. Oh and your smarmy “You have some wonderful restaurants, Cleveland. I will miss them” take is exactly why folks despise ESPiN.
My final thought. I had the very brief opportunity to speak with two of my good friends from the old days of sports blogging recently and while our lives have changed so drastically from where we were it was so good to see how things were going with them.
We all agree that sports just aren’t what it was and it has made blogging difficult at best. It’s my hope that one day they somehow get the feeling back to come in and just yap. It doesn’t have to be about sports – just gab.