Thursday, August 8, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Surviving the drought
Every year in the world of sports there is an unwanted transition. It occurs when all of us fans try to climb down from the big stepladder which the NCAA football and basketball collegiate Final Four have put us on. It is not an easy descent because the Super Bowl keeps us peaked until it is played and then the NBA gets the summer off to a hungry start.
Then comes the drought – meaning there is a dearth of things we sports nuts like to really sink our teeth and binoculars into.
The scandals which flare up from time to time to attract and even captivate us for a short span don’t leave us satiated to the extent that a good old head-knocking, teeth-shattering contest between two SEC teams would.
Sure, we can tsk, tsk at all the millions which Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriots) and Alex Rodriguez (New York Yankees) stand to forfeit because of acts that most of us broke people would term “unconscionable,” but how many of us are going to follow the travails of these stalwarts (?) of the games to the very end?
And we will wait with bated breath to see if last season’s Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel of the SEC’s Texas A&M, really sold his autograph for five big figures, but the breaths won’t have to be bated long. Manziel was scheduled to be with the media on Monday for the Aggies’ first day of camp. However, the NCAA is investigating and you know what bulldogs they can be.
We can also find some temporary solace in the Tiger making a comeback of sorts in the Bridgestone Invitational over the weekend, albeit some of his critics didn’t consider it that big of a deal. Never mind that it was Woods’ eighth dominant win run at Akron. These detractors say they won’t applaud until he wins at Oak Hill (PGA Championship) this week. The Tiger has won this event.
The NFL Hall of Fame induction ceremony will perhaps have made a few of us smile for a minute when they ensconced seven new members in Canton on Saturday. And it’s perfectly all right if some of these names have been relegated to the fringes of our memories. Such names as Larry Allan, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden, Curly Cupp, Cris Carter, Bill Parcells and Dave Robinson have now all become a part of indelible history.
Now, I know that this may seem like a potpourri article, but it is just a sly way to say that football season is just a couple of weeks away.
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