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US Open haiku

Go, underdog, go
I cheered today, but alas
Only Kevin heard.

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#USOpen

The sporting life

Now that Wimbledon has ended, I am suffering from my annual melancholy.

wimbledon tennisWhat did I watch before it was on ESPN for two solid weeks?

What did I talk about?

What did I obsess about on social media?

Sigh.

Luckily, this year The Open begins this Thursday at St. Andrews in Scotland.

St-Andrews-2015-British-Open-Golf-PackagesIt’s on ESPN, too. Coverage starts at 4:00am daily.

All the experts are picking 21-year old American Jordan Speith to win his third major of the year.

Yeah… I can totally obsess about that.

Seeing blue

Pro basketball has never held my interest. The NBA playoffs are in full swing, and my only question is…

“Any former UK players still in the mix?”

When pro ball and UK intersect, I’m in…if only briefly. That’s why I’m stoked about tonight’s NBA draft lottery, which takes place at 8pm right here in New York City.

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With seven UK Wildcats in the lottery–and freshman forward Karl-Anthony Towns the projected #1 overall pick–I can’t wait to watch the action on ESPN.

As soon as my Wildcats find a home, I will wish them well, and then probably not think about pro ball again (until they start making headway and headlines for their respective teams).

That shouldn’t take long.

Bully for you

I didn’t expect the ESPN documentary I Hate Christian Laettner to make me like the guy.

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It’s a movie, not a miracle.

But unlike a movie plot, Laettner’s story exhibits no signs of growth or learning over the past two decades. In his interview, he seems as much of an arrogant bully now as he was 20 years ago.

What did surprise me was not only  Coach K’s acceptance of his behavior but also his decision to let Laettner have ‘free reign’ to bully others — not the best message to send.

I guess winning was more important than how they won.

I’m glad we currently have teams in college basketball who can win the right way…and I still hate Christian Laettner.

Taste test

I am watching ESPN, and a commercial for Cheez-Its just aired.

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You’ve probably seen it.

Scientists are testing cheese to make sure it is mature…because only aged cheddar goes into Cheez-Its.

I don’t know.  The immature cheese sounds like a lot more fun.  I think it would taste better, too.

These are the important issues that occupy my big brain.

Consult your local listings

I know that every Kentucky fan is thrilled with the new SEC Network, which pretty much guarantees that any UK Wildcats basketball game not on network television or ESPN will now be televised.

Unless you live in the Northeast.

This is what tonight’s game between Kentucky and Mississippi State looks like to me —

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I’m guessin’ that tall, light-blue bar is Willie Cauley Stein, right?

Leftovers

I am fascinated by The Golf Channel’s coverage of The Open at Royal Liverpool.

open coverage golf channelSo far this week, they have broadcast seven hours of ‘live’ coverage each day — followed by a repeat of that same coverage in the evening hours — and the golf tournament hasn’t even started yet.

That’s three days, 14 hours per day, of nothing but press conferences, talking heads and video of a practice round or two.

But no golf.

When the tournament begins on Thursday — at 4am ET, mind you — ESPN has the honors of showing actual rounds of golf.

Sucks to be the baby of the (cable) family, am I right?

 

Costner can

Kevin Costner does good sports movies.

Field of Dreams.  Bull Durham.  Tin Cup.  And my personal favorite, For Love of the Game.

draft day posterSo his latest filmcentered on the day of the NFL draft — had me at the trailer.  Costner may not deliver in every film (Waterworld comes to mind), but when it comes to sports  —

I believe.

And Draft Day does not disappoint.

The NFL was squarely behind this movie, so all the teams are real franchises.  Costner manages the Cleveland Browns and wheels and deals with teams like the Seattle Seahawks.  There are so many cameos by NFL players and ESPN announcers, you kinda forget it’s a movie; it certainly looks like the actual draft that you’ve seen on TV.

The only clunky part for me is the romantic relationship.  While it can be an integral part in films like For Love of the Game, here Costner’s scenes with co-star Jennifer Garner grind the action to a halt.  While she certainly has reason to distract him, you have to wonder why a sports fan like her would.

It’s draft day, for cripes sake!

 

Laid up

I’m watching college basketball on ESPN —

Kentucky vs. Arkansas

Living in Manhattan, I am very excited to watch an SEC game.

The Razorback crowd in Walton Arena is loud and obnoxious.  The referees seem a bit partial.  But no matter the outcome, the game has to end better than this high school game in Washington last night.

Tie game. Seconds left. Grandview High stole the ball from Prosser High with enough time to score and win the game —

And this happened.

Jump the snark

I finally saw Bring It On the Musical tonight.

I’ve been waiting for over three years to see it…perhaps that’s why I was a little disappointed.
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No, it was more than that.

The musical is merely inspired by the cult-classic film.  It borrows characters and story lines from the sequel, eliminates favorites and creates still more.

The school uniforms help if you get confused.

The musical also has a completely different tone.  It is very light on comedy.  Gone is the snark that made the original film so much fun to watch.  And somebody in the writers room loves earnest ballads.  I found myself groaning when yet another heartfelt musical number interrupted the dialogue.

But once they got into the heart of the competition, Bring It On really entertains.  If you like watching cheerleading competitions on ESPN, these are just as intense and high-flying…

Plus everyone is singing their lungs out!