Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Most Irrelevant Day in Sports

Well, what to discuss on the most irrelevant day in sports?

There are no baseball games, as the MLB has the day off following the All-Star game...there is minimal NBA chatter, as free agency hoopla is dwindling....the Brett Favre saga has yet to stake its claim to 54 minutes of Sportscenter....what is there to discuss?? Granted on the ESPN "all scores" page, there are a handful of tennis matches currently taking place, and on the WNBA scores page I tragically learned that WNBA plays mid-week day games....I still can't find myself to discuss those, at least not too much.

WNBA day games???? Please....I want an honest man's answer to how many people attended today's Chicago Sky vs. San Antonio Silver Stars 11:30am tip-off. Granted the ESPN claims that a shade over 6,000 paid to be there, I really want to know how many people showed up. I'm speechless after going on the Silver Stars' home page and finding out I'd have to pay $50.00 to sit in the lower bowl to watch a game....blasphemy! I mean, I know the NBA Kings are bad in Sacramento, but they don't even hit my wallet that hard to sit in the lower bowl.

By technicality, there is golf today, in that a few dozen guys tee off at this weekend's Open Championship across the pond at about 11:00pm tonight, West Coast time. Additionally, the AAA Minor League All-Star game starts at 4:00 local time, but only those with the MLB Network will be lucky enough to catch that. Moral of the story, sports are quiet today.

The All-Star game was intriguing last night, with pitching overtaking the spotlight, until Brian McCann and his bases clearing double took over. The National League won 3-1, their first win since 1996, giving them home-field advantage in the Fall Classic later this year. It was a joy to watch all today's star pitchers dominate great hitters like Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Ichiro, Joe Mauer and Ryan Howard. All were hitless last night, with all but Mauer striking out in some ugly, foolish fashion courtesy of one of the upper 90's fastballs we saw, or some filthy offspeed pitch. Overall, the National League pitchers' stat line was 9 IP, 6 H, 1 unearned run, and 8 K. The American League wasn't quite as stellar, but did post 10 K against some of the league's best.

Until next time, keep on simmering on the concept of a boring sports day....I can't wait to see what tonight's Sportscenter is going to talk about, other than Tiger Woods.

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