Saturday, July 19, 2014
Is it baseball All-Star break time already?
I havenít really noticed.
Thereís been too much other good stuff going on that has so far thrown baseball off my radar completely.
I may lose my baseball discipleís card over this but Iím just not feeling it this year and I donít know why.
Another no-hitter? Ho hum.
Derek Jeter is on his farewell tour. So what?
Last year it was Todd Helton, the year before that Chipper Jones.
So, I turned to soccer and the World Cup and for 90 minutes I am watching absolutely nothing, and oh boy there might be 30 minutes of EXTRA TIME!
And if no one scores then... dare I say it?
A penalty kick shootout!
Why donít they just skip the entire 115 minutes and go directly to the penalty kick shootout?
But Iíve already kicked World Cup soccer in the teeth enough already.
This really was an exciting week.
I call the brief NBA summer off season the A/C League, as opposed to baseballís Hot Stove League.
There are trades, yes, but the real intrigue involves accountants shifting decimal points to the right, not slam dunks and three-pointers.
Salary cap posturing as the free agent period began on July 1 made for some interesting conjecture as to who might go where over the summer.
And these guys wasted little time firing the first volley.
First LeBron set the basketball world on its ear by announcing heís opting out of his contract with the Miami Heat (OK, that was last week). DeWayne Wade and Chris Bosh followed suit thinking it was a unified contract negotiation ploy until on Friday, when LeBron shocked the entire planet by signing with Cleveland.
In one stroke of the pen LeBron went from being the most hated man in the NBA outside of Miami to the most beloved man on the planet.
The shockwaves were far reaching as Heat fans worldwide suffered from LeBronís cold shoulder.
LeBron bolting Miami changes the whole dynamic of the NBA. The Heat drop to a .500 team and an eighth seed in next yearís playoffs.
But the fun was just getting started when Bosh said if LeBron left Miami, he would sign with Houston and give the Rockets another set of twin towers.
In anticipation of this, Houston freed up salary cap space by trading Jeremy Lin to the Lakers.
The only problem with that is Chris Bosh changed his mind and re-upped with the Heat for five more years.
And since Dwight Howard and the Rockets have filled the void vacated by LeBron and Miami as my most reviled player and team, Boshís snubbing couldnít have happened to a nicer guy.
With King James coming home to Cleveland, proving yes, you can go home again, that left the Knicksí Carmelo Anthony as the next big free agent catch and it looked like ĎMelo may head to Chicago to join a healthy Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.
Anthony joining the Bulls snubs L.A. who hoped for a high caliber player to become Kobeís Scotty Pippen.
It didnít happen, which left the Lakers scrambling to Plan D.
Suddenly, nobody wants to play in the Staples Center.
I keep hoping Kobe might join LeBron in Cleveland, or reunite with Phil Jackson in New York.
As for King James, he won two NBA championships while in Miami.
I thought he did better than 2-2 with the Heat.
Thatís 50 percent.
A .500 average.
A coin toss.
I donít care for those odds much.
I just wish the NBA regular season was this exciting.
By the way, do they make a $20 million quarter?