This Thursday (July 14th, 2016) marks a rare occurrence on the sports calendar.
As the title of this post reads, the 14th will be “A Day Without Sports” (at least for fans of U.S. professional sports teams).
Feel free to check your mobile sports app’s or online, but you won’t find a single game scheduled for the MLB (all-star break),MLS (off-day), NBA (including Summer League play), NFL (off-season), NHL (off-season), or the WNBA(off-day).The same can be said for nearly every form of Futbol league, as well as MMA, Boxing, NASCAR, Indy Car, and Formula 1 racing.
Only the PGA, LPGA (golf), and ATP (tennis) have tournaments that run through the 14th.
To most die-hard sports fans this all sounds like a plot from and Orson Wells film. Admittedly if I woke tomorrow and lived the 14th over and over again like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, it would be slightly terrifying.
To most everyone else, however, the 14th will pass by unnoticed (unless it’s your birthday or anniversary, in which case happy annibirthary to you and yours).
Nevertheless, I offer a top 10 list of things you, the sports fan, can do on a day without sports.
(If you need more suggestions, I trust you know how to Google by now, and I’m sure some of you will probably Google to see who Orson Wells is.)
1. Binge watch your favorite show or movies on Netflix, Hulu, or HBONow:
With no sports to watch why not spend the day catching up on Orange Is The New Black, House of Cards, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad (or whatever it is you’re into)?
Or you can marathon movies like Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Via your home movie collection.
2. Mock Draft to practice for your upcoming Fantasy Football league:
Just because there’s no football on television doesn’t mean you can’t have the players at your fingertips.
It’s never too early to mock draft (most mock’s have been available since May) and what better way to satisfy your sports appetite than with a Fantasy Feast.
3. Catch a Minor League ballgame:
Do you live within two hours or less of a Minor League ballpark? Do you enjoy $2.00 beer deals and cheap ticket prices?
If you answered yes to either of those questions, go to a day or night game and take the kids with you.
Unless you’re there for the beer deals, then I strongly recommend a designated driver.
4. Try to make a trade in your Fantasy Baseball league:
The standard Fantasy Baseball trade deadline may still be a month away, but there’s no better time than the All-Star break to make a deal.
Think you can sell high on a player who had a great first half, but is destined to decline in the second half?
Then dangle that trade bait out there and see if anyone bites.
5. Spend some quality time with family or a significant other:
This suggestion should probably be higher on the list.
Whether it’s a movie night, family game night, date night, etc., enjoy their company.
Because at the end of the day they’re what matters most.
6. Go to a concert:
If you want spur of the moment fun to take your mind off not having sports, search the web for a nearby concert.
If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative, there’s always Pandora or Spotify.
7. Throw a party:
Speaking of streaming music, why not host a small get together among friends.
Depending on the type of company you keep, you all can party and discuss sports, even though you won’t be able to watch them.
8. Take a random one-day road trip:
Hit the open road and go somewhere you wouldn’t normally visit.
You know, like when “the game” is on.
9. Read a good book:
Don’t judge a book by its cover.
Curl up with a good one, a cup of coffee, and let your imagination do the rest.
10. Watch Europa League Futbol action:
If you can actually find a way or place to watch, without physically being present at one of these games on the 14th, then kudos to you good sir or ma’am.
There’s no need to worry sports fans. You can go back to watching MLB, MLS, and WNBA action on July 15th.
But as for July 14th, even sports needs a day off.
25th Annual Muhammad Ali Celebrity Fight Night, A Charity Knockout Event
The stars came out last night to give, show support, perform, and to continue to raise money and awareness in hopes of one day find a cure to knockout Parkinson’s disease.
Going back to year number 1, The first ever event was held at the Ritz-Carlton operated on a much smaller scale than today, which is now held at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa.
At the very first Celebrity Fight Night With the help of Phoenix Suns Charles Barkley, Dan Majerle, and the valley of the sun’s very own Louie Espinoza, Tony Baltazar, and boxing champion Michael Carbajal who by the way fought in the ring with over sized boxing gloves.
The ”Puttin on the Fists at The Ritz” first Celebrity Fight Night scored a knockout win and is STILL punching on through today for the Greatest Of All Time, The late great Muhammad Ali.
Last night I was honored to attend and speak to a few of the stars, one was NFL legendary kicker Nick Lowery, Mr. Lowery now spends most of his time at charitable endeavors and advocating for alternative medicine research and is also a spokesman for Kannalife, Inc to raise awareness for CTE and players safety in hopes of one day having intercellular “helmets,” like Kannalife’s CBD and KLS-13019, is so important to potentially treat the brain.
I asked Lowery what is his favorite Ali memory, and Lowery’s response: ” Taking Ali to the NBA All-Star game one year as we sat behind Jay-Z and Beyonce and watching Beyonce wave to Ali, Beyonce spoke to us, she is the sweetest person. Also taking Ali to the locker rooms and watching Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and all the other all stars turn into children at the sight of seeing their hero the greatest of all time Muhammad Ali walk through the doors, what an experience that was.”
In asking the very same question to R&B Singer Brian McKnight, ”I have so many Ali memories but my favorite was watching Ali knockout George Foreman at home with my dad. The odds were against Ali and Ali being the great fighter that he was he beat the odds and stopped a much younger powerful puncher in Foreman. You know, I am still a big boxing fan today, I enjoy watching Tyson Fury out of the current heavyweights.”
And what did legendary former champion boxer, Micheal Carbajal have to say? ”It’s truly an honor to attend this great event, at the very first one proceeds went to my 9th street boxing gym and now 24 years later it’s still going strong, a great charity”. Mr. Carbajal went on to talk some boxing with me,
Carbajal- ” You see Spence/Garcia?”
Me- ” Yes, it was brutal, what did you think?”
Carbajal- ” Not good for Mikey Garcia at all, but he is still my favorite current boxer, and he beats everybody at 135 pounds if he can make the weight there. Mikey would knockout Lomachenko in 4 rounds at 135.”
Me- ”Wow, you really think that? Both are great technical boxers but I can’t see a 4 round fight between them, so you really think it would only take Mikey 4 rounds to stop Lomachenko?”
Carbajal- ” I KNOW so!”
Special honorees for the evening include fabled American music producer and 27-time Grammy Award-winner Quincy Jones, Arizona State University President Dr. Michael Crow and Dr. Abraham Lieberman, the medical director of the Movement Disorders Clinic at Barrow Neurological Institute and Renee Parsons of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation.
“For 25 years, we’ve treated Celebrity Fight Night audiences to the world’s greatest entertainers and this year will be no different as we welcome Barry Manilow,” said Jimmy Walker, Founder of Celebrity Fight Night. “With the help of our celebrity friends and incredibly generous donors, we are once again excited to raise millions of dollars and make a difference in the lives of those who need our support.”
About Celebrity Fight Night
Celebrity Fight Night has gifted more than $86 million over the past 24 years benefiting the Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as several other worthy charities.
The black-tie event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, elegant dinner, and an exciting live auction including one-of-a-kind luxury items and experiences. Celebrity Fight Night Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1994 by Jimmy Walker and supports the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, as well as numerous other charities. For more information, visitwww.celebrityfightnight.org.
Olympic Cyclist Kelly Catlin Dead at 23
Olympic track cyclist Kelly Catlin, who competed in the 2016 Rio Janeiro Games, was found dead in her California home this past Friday due to an apparent suicide, according to an announcement from her father, according to Reuters.
“There isn’t a minute that goes by that we don’t think of her and think of the wonderful life she could have lived,” her father, Mark Catlin said, according to VeloNews. “There isn’t a second in which we wouldn’t freely give our lives in exchange for hers. The hurt is unbelievable.”
Catlin, 23, took the silver medal in Rio and was part of the teams who took home the gold in 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Championships.
Catlin had reportedly struggled with mental health in the past and her sister, Christine Catlin, said that Catlin was “a really special person – kind, funny, empathetic, and talented at literally everything she did, per the Washington Post. She just felt like she couldn’t say no to everything that was asked of her and this was her only escape.”
Tom Brady And Pats Play Record 8th AFC Championship Game, Seek 6th Superbowl
It’s Championship Sunday and one of the NFL staples remain atop the league. The New England Patriots are appearing in their record 8th AFC title game in hopes of competing for a sixth title.
A season that most organizations would be happy with, was one of challenge for the Patriots. Usually a top tier team, they suffered bad losses to the Jaguars, Titans and Dolphins. However, in Patriot fashion along a weak AFC East, the Patriots finished 11-5, won a 10th straight conference title and secured a first round bye.
Kansas City will host New England in the AFC Championship game in what is a rematch from week six. That game featured an offensive clinic , As reported by CBS Boston, Brady went 24-35 passing for 340 yards and touchdown in that game; Mahomes went 23-36 passing for 352 yards and four touchdowns. The AFC Championship could very well play out the same way.
The Chiefs will be a tough out, They won their first home playoff game in 25 years last week against the Colts and are riding one of the most prolific offenses in history behind quarterback whisperer Andy Reid and phenome Patrick Mahomes who is arguably the NFLs best young QB.
In what is a David and Goliath matchup, Brady seems to imply they are the underdog. As he told CBS’s Tracy Wolfson, “I know everyone thinks we suck and, you know, cant win games,”. Will the dynasty continue? Or will Reid and Mahomes hoist the Lombardi?
I’m leaning towards the game plan of Bill Belichick and veteran experience of Tom Brady in this one. I think a Patriot/Saints matchup is in order. Either way, it will undoubtedly be one for the ages.
Game Time: Sunday January 20th at 6:40ET/5:40CT on CBS.
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