July 1, 2015
Funnel Cakes, Fried Oreos and FIFA: Hello Summer…
When did it become the summer? Summer kind of sneaks up on you in San Diego because of May gray and June gloom. Most of the country gets to work their way up to summer. I think summer kind of smacks you in the face in San Diego. June gloom is cold and chilly but then all of sudden it’s hot and slightly humid. Then boom its July. Well I welcome summer with open arms. It’s my favorite season to enjoy outside. Those are my midwest roots speaking. Summer is the time of relaxing pool side, BBQs, hot and humid nights without jackets, ice in drinks, awesome fresh fruit, long days full of sun, music in fields, and most of all enjoying outdoor sports.
I went to one of summer’s favorite past times this week: The county fair. I enjoyed all the fair had to offer including unhealthy fried food wrapped in bacon. I loved it! I also rode several rides where I thought I would plummet to my death because who knows what standards the carnys have for their rides. Clearly I lived to tell the tale.
While the San Diego County Fair rages on so do summer sports: The Women’s World Cup in Canada, Copa America, baseball, Wimbledon has started, and the NBA draft just occurred.
Here’s my light and sunny rundown of the official summer sporting events that occurred this past week…
The Women’s World Cup is already getting close to the end. The Quarterfinals in Vancouver concluded with the United States beating China 1-0.
Japan beat the Aussies to send them back to their winter 1-0.
The home team Canada, lost to the country that still technically owns them…England won 2-1. God save the Queen…
The United States and Germany played in the semifinals and the US is officially headed to the Finals of World Cup to face either Japan or England after a fantastic 2-0 win. U-S-A, U-S-A…
This women’s World Cup has been wildly successful with sold out crowds. It gives me goose bumps to see the players walk out with the young soccer girl hopefuls. A place they could never imagine being 10 years ago. Here’s to women’s sports!!!
Their day in the sun has finally come…
The NBA draft was this week which is quite the pomp and circumstance as the graduations going on around it. Perhaps because many of these draft picks will not graduate from college and this is their chance. Or maybe its because they are about make serious cash and meet their dreams of becoming a professional athlete. Whatever the case its quite the show with crazy crafted suits for tall lanky men who can’t wait to shake the hand of the NBA commissioner on stage and smile for the camera with the hat of their new team on their head and their new jersey in their hands.
Here are my highlights:
Kentucky didn’t win the national championship but they won the draft lottery. Four players from Kentucky were drafted in the first round and one in the second, including the #1 draft pick: Karl-Anthony Towns who will head to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
#2 D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State heads to the Los Angeles Lakers.
#3 Jahlil Okafor of Duke heads to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Other notable Dukies drafted after their amazing championship year: #10 Justise Winslow heads to the Miami Heat and #24 Tyus Jones was going to come to Cleveland but was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The obligatory international player was drafted #4 Kristaps Porzingis of Lativia to the New York Knicks.
The Naismith winner Frank Kaminsky was drafted #9 and will head to the Charlotte Hornets.
The Cavaliers did acquire Sir’Dominic Pointer in the second round. With the trade of Tyus Jones – why did they do that – we could have had another Duke person on our team to back up Kyrie? We obtained Cedi Osman, Rakeem Christmas and a future second round draft pick from the Timberwolves.
The next big thing…
Those Wimbledon whites are in full effect: The big guys are still in after the first rounds. Roger, Rafa, Andy and Stanny. Venus, Serena, Ana and Maria. Surprise upset: Genie Bouchard!
Thank you for reading my intro to summer blog. Stay tuned for my upcoming blogs about a trip to Puerto Rico. I wanted to see how the territory celebrates Independence Day!!