It’s Friday, the World Cup is happening and it’s summer time. What are we really waiting for? The time is now.
I thought I’d start this week with something personal. I know nothing about parenting really. Like most of the rest of you who have done this or are doing it, there are a bunch of things you just make up as you go along. Somehow last night, the conversation in my house got to normal vs. weird. My four-year-old seemed to be turned off by the idea of being weird so I asked him.
You know who’s weird? Your daddy. You know who else is weird? Pretty much every cool person I’ve ever met. Musicians, actors, writers, even bosses and business people.
I don’t know if it made any sense to him, but when it started coming out of my mouth I became even more emphatic as I thought about it. You have these moments where you think you’re making all the sense in the world as a cultural tour guide for your children and you have no idea if it gets through or not.
And of course I worry that maybe his impressionable mind will take my message to mean that the booger-eater in his daycare class is somehow other-side-of-the-pillow cool because he just doesn’t conform to societal norms regarding Kleenex. All I can do is try, right?
Before the World Cup started I contributed to a post at RedRight88 and thank goodness I didn’t pick Spain to win it all… Spoiler alert, I picked Argentina, but I didn’t totally avoid implication from looking stupid with regard to Spain.
Yes, they very well could. I’m not picking Spain to win the whole thing, but I’d be far from shocked if they won it all.
I’ve been talking a lot about the financial bubble in sports and how it might break at some point, and the NCAA / Ed O’Bannon trial might prove it more than anything else. The problem at the root of the issue here is money. College athletics came from a place where amateurism made sense because the education was the valuable reward for playing. At some point though the money being made via TV deals and ticket sales became so big that it destroyed the whole system. If schools were just about breaking even on their football programs and weren’t paying head coaches millions of dollars and signing lucrative uniform deals with Nike, they could keep things as they’ve been for so long.
The only way to fix it? Take all the money out and truly make it amateur again. Or, it would have to be some approximation of a professional system where players get paid. The key here is that you can’t mix amateurism and the gobs of cash that result from modern day sports on TV. It’s a fascinating time to take it all in. I hope none of you are too sentimental though because change is coming and it’s going to destroy the historical system that we grew up with in college athletics.
Bill Simmons was at his best with his wrap-up to the NBA finals… There are lots and lots of nuggets in there, but one thing that really stuck out to me was digging deeper on the costs of conserving Dwyane Wade. While the Heat were desperately counting the minutes on Dwyane Wade, true cost of that conservation was on their most important player, LeBron James.
Nobody knows what LeBron James is going to do, but considering how he made his choice last time, would it shock anyone if he avoided this kind of situation with Wade and Bosh going forward? I hold out very little hope that LeBron James comes back to Cleveland, but I do think there would be some justice to Micky Arrison losing LeBron James and being forced to deal with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh sticking around to collect $40+ million per season for the next two years.
Earlier this week, I saw this Vine somewhere and everyone in my Facebook circles loved it. It’s just awesome what some people can do with Vine. (That last sentence made me feel like someone’s grandparents.)
Even though it was posted yesterday, I’m going to post it again. Tom Hamilton’s call of Nick Swisher’s grand slam is worthy of being posted twice.
That’s it from me for this week. Hope it’s a great weekend for you. Hug a stranger. Well, a stranger that looks like they won’t hurt you for hugging them, anyway.