Today, July 12th, marks the year’s most boring day in sports. At this time of the year, the only sport “playing” is baseball and golf. The only story on SportsCenter seems to be the further investigation of the Sandusky trial and everything shocking and horrific that the convicted child molester did while under employment at Penn State. I avoid the news channels in favor of sports channels for two reasons: 1) I like sports more than politics. 2) Everything on the news is sooo depressing. Today, I could find no source of relief.
Every year, this day comes to pass. The MLB All-Star game has been played, the ESPYs were on yesterday, and this has been the awkward 24-hour period in which no sports action occurs. There was the John Deere Classic golf tournament today, but it is Thursday, and as any person who follows golf will tell you, Thursday is an essentially useless day when it comes to the final outcome of the tournament. It provides a small amount of enjoyment, because even if your favorite golfer or the underdog shoots a big score on Thursday, he can very well blow it by championship Sunday. And sure, its a stop on the PGA tour, but the big-name guys aren’t even playing in it. This is common as next week is the acclaimed British Open, and many players choose to take the prior week off before a big championship.
Stations had to resort to babbling about NFL rumors or contract disputes. I learned that Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints are an estimated $10 million apart in their salary talks. Who cares? Even if you’re a fervent Saints fan, no one can seriously be worried about whether or not Brees’ will be in New Orleans next year. Of course he will be. And $10 million? Over multiple years? For an NFL owner? Come on. That’s chump change.
Needless to say, I think I speak on behalf of many when I recognize this day as the worst day in the sporting world of the year. We all need one of these days, I suppose. Maybe it’s to keep us sane for at least a moment and show us there’s more out there than sports. Maybe learning about “How It’s Made” was a beneficial educational experience. Maybe it was good for our health that our blood pressure didn’t rise above 150 for one day…or maybe we just won’t sleep tonight in anticipation for tomorrow’s baseball games.