The Ducks won the Stanley Cup. Yawn. Except...what is it with the "Playoff Beard"?? For those of you not as hooked on sports as I am, there is a really weird tradition in the NHL in which the guys don't shave until they are eliminated from the playoffs. Guys...trust me, the Grizzly Adams look is NOT attractive. Although I do have to say that I'm genuinely impressed with the NHL guys. They get the short end of the stick in the pro sporting world (at least here in the States). They are paid poorly compared to almost any other athlete, and they are in a brutal sport physically. And there are a ton of guys still playing into their late 30's and early 40's. That's saying a lot since those numbers in the NFL are practically non-existent. Really. I read in ESPN The Magazine that out of the 1800 active NFL players, there are only 4 in their 40's.
As I type, the Spurs and Cavs are playing game 4 of the NBA Finals. Looks like the Spurs will sweep the series. I feel bad for the Cavs. They are a better team than they've been in the Finals. And watching LeBron James is so much fun. He reminds me of Jordan.
Now begins the longest stretch of the year for me. I love summer, but it is a wasteland as far as sports are concerned. If the Spurs win tonight, the only professional sport league in an active season will be MLB.
Wait, you say...what about the WNBA? What about the MLS? What about NASCAR?
Okay, I exaggerated a bit. There is more going on than baseball. But nothing I'm interested in.
Hey, I TRIED!! But the WNBA just isn't the same as the NBA. The game is slower, there isn't the showmanship that there is in the NBA, and I couldn't get interested.
Soccer is...not football. Again, I couldn't get into it.
NASCAR is boring. I'm sorry, I know that it's the second most popular sport in the US, but I just cannot commit four hours to watching cars drive around an oval track.
So anyway...right now the only sport active that I watch is MLB. There are 56 days until the first preseason NFL game.
56 days can feel like an eternity.