Coping with the Slowest Day of the Sports Year

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Coping with the Slowest Day of the Sports Year
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Here we are, Wednesday, July 15, also known as the slowest day in the sports year.

 

Historically, the day after the MLB All-Star Game is the slowest sports day of the entire year.

 

There are no major sports playing today. None.

 

Perhaps you care a lot about summer league basketball? Maybe European football (soccer)?

 

If you don't, you're left with tidbits of information from other sports.

 

If you tune in to ESPN, you can see the same highlights of last night's All-Star Game (over and over), complete with the same over-analysis of a game with little significance in the first place.

 

Today actually isn't as bad as it used to be.

 

Some of the younger readers may not remember a time when we would anxiously sit around waiting for the big 3:30 p.m. SportsCenter (back when it wasn't on all day long) where we would actually be looking forward to those highlights of the All-Star game.

 

It was really quite pitiful, but it was all we had.

 

Thanks to the emergence of the Internet, we have stories that weren't available to us several years ago.

 

We now have the ability to hear about the ongoing Brett Favre updates, which really don't mean anything since it's the same information we get almost every day.

 

We have a report about the Lakers and Lamar Odom being far apart in contract negotiations. This is hardly breaking news.

 

There are the reports about where Allen Iverson will play next year. Again, basically the same information that has been out there all week.

 

There is a report that Pedro Martinez is about to sign with the Phillies. One problem: this is also a story that has been reported for almost a week.

 

Oh wait, there is breaking news about Terrell Suggs getting a contract extension from the Ravens! This is information that changes everything! Oh wait...it's just another story that effects our sporting lives in no way whatsoever, unless you're a big Ravens fan I suppose.

 

Now there's a story about the WNBA All-Star starters being announced. This raises the age- old question: if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it....you get the point.

 

So, what can we do? I guess we're left to tweak our fantasy team lineups, keep hitting refresh on our favorite websites, maybe spend the day on facebook, myspace, or twitter.

 

Personally, I'd love to get outside. Unfortunately, here in the Sacramento valley, we have expected highs of over 100 degrees.

 

I guess I'm lucky, I have a job I can work on all day. Wait, my job is working from home writing about and editing sports stories.

 

Darn, foiled again!

 

Well, the MLB season resumes tomorrow and there are at least four division races that may go down to the wire.

 

NFL training camps will be opening soon, as will NBA camps in two more months.

 

There is going to be a lot of excitement in the sports world in the second half of '09...and it just can't get here fast enough for me.

 

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