Holiday Sports Report: Slogging thru Summer Sludge

FYI. I was going to use the portmanteau “splogging” instead of the “slogging” you see in the header. Then a quick google check — Yes, I actually research from time to time — taught me that the term “splog” refers to a spam blog, an internet site set up just to direct you to commercial operations. Or, something like that. Something frowned upon.

While the word is a perfect combo of sports and blog — you know, a descriptor of what I try to do here — I didn’t want to bear the wrath of systemic watchdogs throughout the cybergalaxy. So, “slog” (the “p” is not only silent, but not there at all) is what I shall call this, “slogging” if verbacized.

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Which brings us this Tuesday afternoon to Wimbledon, where it is, of course, raining.

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Anthony Davis has apparently done something to an ankle, dashing the US of A’s Olympic Gold Medal hopes.

Or, so are the reports coming out of Maysville.

And Caneyville.

And Hoptown.

And Paducah.

And . . . well, you catch my drift. The Big Blue Nation.

So, I’m flying my Cat flag at half mast.

After all, it’s the least I can do for this long time, dearly beloved Wildcat basketballer.

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Is Dwight Howard the new Brett Favre, or what?

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So, what else of interest sportswise around here, is going on today, Independence Day Eve.

Well, it’s two months until U of L and UK kickoff.

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Louisville hoops fans are already frothing at the mouth in anticipation of next season, when the Cards will be a legit national contender for the first time since . . . ’86 realistically, the early 90s theoretically.

That anxiousness is all appropriate, but remember this. You gotta have a decent backup PG to run the show. If Terry Rozier doesn’t make his grades, or, Russ Smith doesn’t mature enough to play point in a pinch, all that beastiness underneath shan’t matter. You gotta be able to get the ball up court and get the offense started.

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I must admit. Lochte vs. Thorpe might actually get me to watch the first week of the Olympics, which is always too much swimming too much of the time.

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Boise State is considered a possible savior of stature for Big East football.

Remember back in ’04 when football wags were saying that the Liberty Bowl between upstart Louisville and upstart Boise State would be the best game of the post season. (Which it was, a 44-40 U of L W.)

The Cards were -10 heading into the game. Boise State’s biggest claim to fame at the time was it’s obnoxious blue field.

Now the two are destined to become the big Big East rivalry, annually fighting it out to see which team will win and become most disappointed when the BCS playoff committee chooses a two loss SEC squad over the Big East champ for the 4th playoff spot.

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The Courier-Journal hasn’t exactly rushed right in to replace Eric Crawford and Rick Bozich.

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While hindsight is always 20/20, it always seemed like Joe Paterno was a might too self righteous.

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Tiger Woods.

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Did you happen to see the PTI interview last week with Mike Tyson?

The former champ, former prison inmate, former cannibal was pretty funny. And most of all, very self effacing.

His memory of being hot for some action with his then wife Robin Givens, who then shows up at their house with Brad Pitt, is priceless.

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I love watching the Tour de France on TV with my cereal.

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Acknowledging that it’s far more fun to watch NFL on TV, where at least you can kick back during the interminable timeouts — 5 minutes alone around a kickoff — the poobahs in charge have changed the blackout rule.

Now a game can be shown in a home market if 85% of the tickets are sold. They used to have to be sellouts.

There is not TV package in any sport as righteous as NFL RedZone. It was $20 for all of last season, sure to be more this one. No commercials. Every important play in every game and they do all the clicking.

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ACC signed a dozen year contract for its football champ to play in the Orange Bowl.

Wonder where the Big East champ will land?

– Seedy K

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