Tips for Surviving the Month Long Drought of Entertaining Sports

James ReesAnalyst IJune 30, 2008

It happens every year around this time.  The NBA finals end, the draft wraps up a week later, a national champion is crowned in Omaha, and all of sudden you are stuck in the mud pit of the yearly sports calendar. 

NFL football is still a month away, there are no college sports to follow, and baseball is at that point in the season where it’s still too early to really care. 

It’s the doldrums of the sports year, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

So while you suffer through the agonizing boredom of the next month, bereft of the sports hysterics that give your life meaning, consider the following sporting options which might help you fill that giant void in your current existence.

Golf: Both PGA and LPGA

I understand Tiger Woods is done, which to most casual fans, means any golf watching for the rest of the season is out of the question.  Kenny Perry had it right when he said “Tiger is our tour.” 

But just because Ole’ Eldrick isn’t swinging sticks anymore this year doesn’t mean there isn’t good golf to be watched.  There’s a young crop of golfers on the tour right now who are fun to follow. 

If you want to find out the definition of a perfect golf swing, check out Adam Scott (Swing vision is pretty cool, huh?).  I’ve never seen someone swing a club as effortlessly and still put the ball within two feet of the hole.  Watching him makes me want to spend all of my time and all of money at the driving range. 

Then there’s Boo Weekley.  If you’re looking for a breath of fresh air in the generally stuffy world of golf, this is your guy.  How can you not love a golfer who only plays the game so he can have enough money to retire to a life of hunting and fishing?  This YouTube clip sums it all up for you. 

Concerning the LPGA, I’ve got two words for you.  Natalie Gulbis.  She is the Maria Sharapova of women’s golf.  Check her out when you’re hopelessly channel surfing on Sundays for the next month, you won’t regret it.

MLB All-Star game

I live in a town with no professional baseball team, thus I’m not overly involved in the MLB regular season.  I love to watch in September and October when every pitch means something, but as for the regular season, I could take it or leave it.  The All-Star game, however, is something else. 

This year, it’s set in Yankee Stadium where the world of baseball will converge on this historic park for one last hurrah.  I’m a little bummed that I won’t be able to take in a game a Yankee Stadium before they tear it down. 

My dad, brother, and I have been touring historic ballparks for the past two summers and I’m sure Yankee Stadium would have been on the list for next summer if they weren’t blowing it up. 

Regardless, the All-Star game should be fun to watch.  Hey, anything’s better than watching competitive billiard reruns on ESPN.

Speaking of ESPN…

Titletown USA

Here we go again, oh wonderful worldwide leader in sports; another attempt to lure the public into watching ESPN during a time period when there is no logical reason to do so. 

ESPN knows good and well that sports are slowed to a dragging crawl for the next month, so what do they do?  Create a pointless series of feature stories about successful sports towns all across the U.S!  Awesome! How excited are you?

I’m about as excited as I was two years ago when they spent one day in each of the fifty states, or last year when they created that ridiculous “Who’s Now” tournament bracket.  Basically I’m about as excited as I was when I had to go get a cavity filled last month.

If none of that fits the bill as entertaining sports for you, I’m sorry.  I hate this time of year as a sports fan but there’s nothing I or anyone else can do about it.  Just grit your teeth and wait it out.  Training camp will be here soon enough.

In fact, I think it’s time to go buy my first fantasy football magazine.  Too early?  Of course not.