As you know, the day after the All-Star Game is typically the worst sports day of the year. There's no major sport playing. Baseball is off unless you count some minor-league all-star game (and I don't). But it is a day to catch up on a few things sports-wise, so here goes:
The Bronx is Burning
I like John Turturro. Anyone who has been in the Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, The Big Lebowski and O Brother Where Art Thou is all right by me. And I like Oliver Platt even though I can't really think off the top of my head anything he has been in. (Wait, wasn't he in that movie with Julia Roberts where people die for like a couple of minutes and then come back all messed up? Julia Roberts ended up marrying Lyle Lovett after that, so apparently life imitated art. But anyway...) And I liked the 1977 Yankees, which is what the whole thing is about. So how come I was disappointed in the first hour of this series? First, Platt does a decent imitation of George Steinbrenner's voice, but looks nothing like him. And Turturro is a dead ringer for Billy Martin, but is over-the-top Southern accent sounds nothing like Martin. Then there's the whole Son of Sam murders dropped in the middle of the baseball stuff like an anvil. Basically, here's how the first hour went: Billy and George fight. People get shot. Reggie Jackson acts like a jerk. More people get shot. Billy fights with his wife. Billy fights with George. People get shot. Reggie fights with Thurman Munson. People get shot. Billy and George fight. Closing credits. So far the show is 0-for-1.
The Lightning schedule
The Lightning schedule came out Wednesday and apparently they play four teams: Washington, Carolina, Florida and Atlanta. Do they play anyone else? Seems like they play one of those teams ever other game. And yet they don't play the defending champion Ducks. Nice. The season hasn't even started yet and I'm bored with it.
The Yankees are in town
Is it me, or does it seem like more women in flimsy outfits show up at the Trop when the Yankees are in town? Ever notice that? They line up behind the Yankees dugout during batting practice in their halter tops and short skirts and bat their eyes at Derek Jeter. Then they go take their seats in the second level. Ladies, you do realize that Jeter has dated Scarlett Johannson, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, a Miss Teen USA and a Miss Universe, right? And he dumped all of them! Somehow I don't think he's going for someone who doesn't have enough pull to get a ticket in the first 10 rows at a Devil Rays game.
Topics to discuss amongst yourselves
Can we please kill the Home Run Derby? And you know the worst part? Like five months from now you're going to home with the flu and you're going to flip on ESPN and they're going to be showing a replay of the damn thing. And yet, I miss those old Home Run Derby re-runs from the 1960s. Go figure.
Bet you can't name right now who Venus Williams beat in the Wimbledon women's finals, who is leading Tour de France, who won the Preakness and who won the Boston Marathon.
Can you honestly ever see Major League Baseball holding the All-Star Game at Tropicana Field?