There is a lot of bad news out there right now, division, hate, racism, finger pointing, and yes loads of just plain drama… I would be lying if I told you that it doesn’t affect me, it does, but I choose to look for the good in people, the happy stories, the good news, and the issues that we all can agree on. I could sit here and write several paragraphs on how I feel about a lot of non-sports topics, but if there is one thing I have learned, its that ranting and raving about what’s wrong with society, politics, and world events do nothing to solve the problems we face on a daily basis. Sports has always been a great escape for me from the problems of the day, week or month, and today is no exception. While the majority of the country is tuned in to the news, no matter how depressing it is, I am focused more on the sports world and the great things that are happening that make me hopeful for the future…
First… the men’s final yesterday at Wimbledon between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer was one for the ages. 4 hours and 57 minutes long, a 13-12 final set and both men leaving it all on the court, especially 37 year-old Roger Federer at 37 years old. showing age is truly just a number and yo can do anything you set your mind to, despite coming up short. It was a testament to all of us well pas our prime and what can be done if you truly set your mind and body to it. I have been following tennis for over 35 years, I played in High School, and it was one of my favorite sports as a teenager. I was good (not great) and I loved to play, and yesterday’s 5 set masterpiece only caused me to love it more. I find myself looking forward to the US Open in a few weeks and plan on watching as much of it as I can.
Second… I found myself glued to the TV screen last weekend watching the #USWNT win the
World Cup. Those of you that know me understand that Soccer is not exactly my favorite sport, I refuse to call it Football or Futbal or Footy.. meh.. it’s Soccer… and despite its growing popularity in the US, I still have a hard time siting and watching a full 90 minutes of grown adults running back and forth on the pitch kicking a round ball and hoping to place it in goal… I find it boring and sleep inducing. But for some reason I was enthralled by that match last weekend. so proud of the women and what they have accomplished… and yes, I believe they deserve to be paid the same as the men… After all, they are currently a better team than the USMNT is, and will be for the foreseeable future.
Third… The NBA Offseason has been exciting, tension-filled and downright dramatic. As @jongolson and I discussed last night on The Sports Nerds, the NBA competition will be WIDE OPEN next season, and we can say goodbye, for a least one season, tot he “big Three” teams have been looking for as we now have the dynamic duos on teams such as the Lakers, the Clippers, Houston, Utah, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and others, the playing field has been leveled and the season should be fun when it kicks off in October.
Finally… the NFL season will start in about 6 weeks, and for the first time in over 25 years, I am actually looking forward to watching my Cleveland Browns and seeing what they can do. ON PAPER this team is loaded, but I am from the school of “DONT TELL ME…SHOW ME”. I hope that they are a good on the field as their roster looks now, and I am hopeful for a season where we can win more games than we lose for the first time in a long time. I am hopeful for a 9-7 or 10-5 season. They do not have an easy schedule –games against the Rams, the Seahawks, Patriots and Broncos, along with the usual two games vs Baltimore and Pittsburgh. I am hopeful, I am positive and I can’t wait. #GoBrowns
We still have the Open Championship to look forward to this week, The World Series, the NHL season (#GoBolts) and aforementioned US Open (Tennis) as well, so there will be plenty to watch, get excited about and distractions from the shit show that is the News and Politics. So do yourself a favor, step away from the news and focus on the good stuff coming up in the world of sports… Trust me… you’ll feel better about the world and you’ll feel better about yourself.
Scott – The Sports Nerd