It’s Friday, you guys need something to read. Here goes: some thoughts from around the sports world.
Caleb Campbell called to service
You remember this guy, right? He is the West Point grad who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the most recent NFL Entry Draft. At the time, the Army had told him he would be able to pursue a career in the NFL while serving as a recruiter in the Detroit area. This week, he was told that this was no longer the case and he would be required to serve two years of active duty before applying for release.
Some folks are miffed at the government for reneging on their word. I’m not one of them. Campbell signed up for the Army, and went to West Point, for a reason. As he’s said, “[…] when I went to the academy I initially went to the academy to be an officer.” This is what he’s getting the opportunity to do.
Yes, it’s too bad that he likely won’t get his one shot to play in the NFL, but he’ll have his shot to serve his country. Some would argue that this is more important than a game. Count me in.
Football season is nearly upon us
This year, I now have two things to look forward to. First, the Buckeyes. Save for that little September trip to Los Angeles, the schedule looks pretty ripe for the Bucks to be in a very good position for another national title appearance. The whole world will be watching that game at USC to watch the “overhyped” Buckeyes falter in prime time, again. We’ll see what happens.
The other thing I can look forward to this fall (football related) would be the Browns. Not for many years have I actually been excited about an upcoming Cleveland season. This is more than a little odd. Folks are excited about the offseason acquisitions (but really, is Donte Stallworth really a huge upgrade from Joe Jurevicius?), and the quarterback battle is getting some radio airplay here in Columbus. I’m not convinced they’ll make the playoffs, but I will make sure I’ll be in front of the TV each game to see what happens (note: this is not going out on a limb or different than any other year, as those of you who know me can attest to).
Blue Jackets looking to move up
I just saw this morning that the Jackets signed Mike York to a deal (yawn), which just adds to the new faces we should see in Nationwide Arena this season.
IN: Mike Commodore, Raffi Torres, Kristian Huselius, Fedor Tyutin, Christian Backman, Mike York.
OUT: Nikolai Zherdev, Ron Hainsey, Dan Fritsche, Gilbert Brule, Duvie Westcott.
People who like (and/or watch) hockey in Columbus can’t wait for the season to start. As has been expressed very clearly in the Sunday Dispatch Mailbox, some (many?) Buckeye fans wish hockey would die and go away. Can’t we all just get along? So the paper has hockey stories every couple of days, some of which make the front page of Section C. Is that so offensive? Would you rather read about Eugene Clifford? (Too soon?)
I’ve been a wishy-washy baseball fan for years now. When the Reds win, I like baseball. When they lose, I hate it. So basically, I’ve hated baseball since 1999. Cincinnati still doesn’t have a bullpen, but whenever I see that Volquez is pitching, I watch. This kid is enough by himself to make me enjoy watching the game. When I change-up makes me exclaim to the TV (read: no one in particular), “that was just dirty,” you know it’s good.
Oh, how could I forget about Jay Bruce? His first week in The Show was probably the most fun I’ve had watching ball on TV in ages. Ridiculous. If you’re a Reds fan (or claim to be one) and I’ve heard you say “I can’t even name one player on the Reds these days” (are you listening to me, Tommy?), sit down one night and watch a game. Then do it again. Volquez, Bruce, Phillips, Votto, Encarnacion, Keppinger, Cueto, and more. They’ll all become part of your vocabulary.
You didn’t think I could get through a quick hitter column right now without mentioning this, did you?
Well, I will (y’know, from here on out.
Sports on TV
Last night, there were a couple of baseball games being played. But as I scanned through the hundreds of channels that Time Warner offers me, there were the following sporting events being broadcast:
- The MLS All-Star Game. I’m sure it was a good game, but I’m not much of a soccer (football) fan.
- PBA Bowling: Team Shootout. People don’t watch hockey on TV (?), but this gets hours of coverage on ESPN 2? Ooookaaaayyy….
- Replay of LSU vs. Auburn football from 2007 on ESPNU. Sadly, this was what I watched for quite some time. And I already knew who was going to win.
Not one baseball game on TV. How sad. Thankfully I can get my daily fill of bowling, billiards trick-shot competitions from 2003, and poker.
Mixed Martial Arts
I may address this more at-length in an upcoming column. Simply put, for me it started out like a train-wreck. I couldn’t change the channel. I’m not afraid to admit that it’s to the point now where I will seek some of this stuff out on the boob tube and watch. Good stuff.
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