- 06/11/2012, 04:56AM ET
HighwayCrossingFrog said 06/11, 04:56 AM
1. Tennis stars, in the american hard court circuit..
especially day games in atlanta,
but DC, and cinci are not too far behind..
2. What would the summer be without michael phelps going for 10 gold medals..
3. Soccer stars,
after a grueling 9 month season..
sorry boys, but no rest for the weary..
the euro cup AND olympics push their bodies to the limit..
is it any wonder that holland was flat against denmark?
4. Tour de france,
constant entertainment for one month?
count me in!
plus, when they do the alps and pyrenees,
even i get motivated to do some cardio..
5. Cubbies.. I will show the yanks some love here..
they play a ton of day games in blistering heat..
i dont know how they do it..
i know they are horrible now..
but in the past, this team has slipped in the dog days of august..
6. Nfl/college football practices,
ESPECIALLY THE SOUTHERN BOYS..
not uncommon to see guys die from the heat..
we are talking about practice, doesnt get my juices flowing..
not quite a summer sport..
not really an outdoor sport..
but if i dont give it a mention, people will cry..
OlderthanDirt said 06/11, 08:48 AM
Songs have been done about this froggie, and IMO it is now and always has been the players on the diamond that are the true boys of Summer, not just the Cubbies.
#1. The entire baseball/softball community. Everyday somewhere there is a game. Here in Oklahoma when the thermometer hits the triple digit mark, you can still hear Blue somewhere, "Play Ball".
#2. Golf. I played yesterday in 95 degree heat and 30 mph winds. It was tough but fun. I don't see how Phil and Tiger do it so consistently in so many variants of Summer time weather. These guys are awesome. A True Summertime sport.
#3. Fishing! Every Grandpa with a cane pole is on the lake or river bank trying to show junior how to catch the big one. And of course, guys like KVD are showing everyone how to become a millionaire catching the big one. Little boys all across America spend many a restless Summer night waiting on the morning alarm so they can hit the water with their Dad. Truly a Summer time Great.
#4. Racing. You pick the venue, auto , horse, dog etc. There is something about summer time that brings out the need for speed. Seems like every state has their own version of hauling ass
HighwayCrossingFrog said 06/11, 08:59 AM
ok.. High five for not mentioning basketball!!! ha ha..
However, not to give at least an honourable mention to NFL/College football, is going to hurt you..
There was that heroic movie about Texas A&M, about the grueling work outs in the Summer Heat with the crazy coach.. Trust me, this movie, made the marines boot camp look like a walk in the park..
To me, I admire the most, the guys who go out in the heat of summer days, and act like it aint a big deal.. I remember last summer John Isner vs Mardy Fish in the finals of Atlanta, in the end of freakin July.. Going out there and competing for 3hrs at 1pm, the heat of day..
"Only English men and Mad dogs, work out in the heat of day"..
My only beef with you putting baseball on as number one, is that most of the games are played at night.. Its not as macho.. Baseball is more of a vampire sport, they only come out at night..
Yeah, its still hot/humid at night, in places like cinci and miami, (but now they have AC wimps!), but its not the same..
The Boys of Summer, have come out once again, to show us boys, what it takes to be real men!
OlderthanDirt said 06/11, 11:16 AM
You missed the MTC part of my last sentence. I ran out of characters before I finished my list.
#5. Football. Now while most of us sit back and wait for fall and the football season, we do tend to forget the OTAs, Minicamps and "not mandatory -> mandatory" practice sessions the gridirons heroes endure during summer. I do give them kudos for the grueling summer long effort they put into their game but we as the average fan just don't "see" them and it is hard to associate the footballers with Boys of Summer.
#6. Soccer. In Lawton, Oklahoma they have a converted hay field into soccer field that on any given Saturday morning a person can watch at least 15 games playing at a time. Boys and Girls alike running in 100 degree weather from 0900a.m. to about 2:00 p.m. Talking about Summer sports, makes me sweat just thinking about it.
#7. To match your list of seven, cycling. This is about where I would put this sport. Even tho one can cycle year round, the Tour de France has become quite a spectator sport for the average sports fan; largely due to the heroics of one Mister Lance Armstrong. Cheat / Didn't Cheat, its all good to me. He kicked ass and took names for many years.
OlderthanDirt said 06/12, 01:59 PM
Im down 7_2:(
Sorry about that Froggie. I called them as I saw them. I feel FN users are for the most part like myself and traditional American sports and Summer time fun.
Only in the last ten years or so have Soccer moms taken over Saturday morning car pools to get all the kids to the games but even then, most of us here in America still view soccer as a kid's game and we do not put real interest into the sport.
We are not right or wrong just not as interested. Especially when we can go play baseball instead. Now, I understand that soccer is constant motion but when you give a bat to a kid and tell him he can whack something with it, that is much more fun than kicking a ball. He gets to use the whole gamut of skills, running, throwing, batting and the occasional kicking dust.
I will see you again on another TD I am sure. Take Care!
Peace out FN!
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