When the NBA finals wrapped up on Tuesday and Tiger stopped being Tiger at least until next year, many of us were left wondering, what do we do now? What do we watch? How do we fill that uncontainable desire to “get our sports on?” Sure there is baseball but we are smack in the middle of the baseball doldrums. Games matter but we need more than just baseball. There is of course the Euro Cup but come on……
So how do we as faithful sports enthusiasts pass the time and “get our sports on?” Returning from my 3 month sabbatical I bring to you 5 things to help you pass the time this summer.
1. Pick up a new sport. Of course we here at APIAS.net recommend croquet or softball. Unless you want to go Barry Bonds on us, spend your weekends at sporting complexes, drop thousands of dollars on matching softball equipment, drink beer in the parking lot, and drag your wife/girlfriend and kids to a tournament where obscenities, chest hair and jorts are the norm, then we suggest croquet.
2. Spend time with your significant other and/or family…..HAHAHAHAHAHA! Come on, that was too easy.
3. Read a book. Of course that sounds crazy but believe it or not, we here at APIAS.net actually can and do read. Here are a few suggestions to get you through the summer months.
- “My Life On A Napkin” by Rick Majerus
- “Seven Seconds Or Less” by Jack McCallum
- “Money Ball” by Billy Beane
- “Winning Everyday” by Lou Holtz – classic Holtz stories and motivational tactics. It’s best to read outloud with a lisp to truly get the Holtz experience.
- “Eight Men Out” by Eliot Asinof
4. Movies. Dust off that old collection of classic sports movies or head to the store and start a collection. Here are some greats that if you haven’t seen, you need to seriously evaluate your sports enthusiasm.
- “Hoosiers” Is there a better basketball movie? No, there is not.
- “Rudy” Yes, I cry at the end, every time.
- “Remember The Titans“
- “Bull Durham” – “Candlesticks always make a nice gift.”
- “Days of Thunder“
- “A League of Their Own“
- “Major League“
- “Pistol: Birth of a Legend“
- “Dazed and Confused” It’s almost a sports movie…remember when the football coach says, “Don’t go gettin’ soft on me this summer, while you’re sittin’ by the pool, chasing the muff around.”
Side note: Matthew McConaughey was born to play the role of David Wooderson. Just like Sean Penn was born to play Spicoli. Are there two better stoners in any movie? No, and if you give me any character from Half Baked your credit will be ruined.
5. Count down the days to college football. Yes, I said it, college football. Just hang on for a few weeks then you can start talking practice, the talented freshmen, week one games and how drunk you will be before kickoff. Ah yes, college football, our saving grace from this summer.
So there you have it, 5 things to help pass the time this summer. In case that’s not enough there is still plenty of baseball. Please note I have refrained from any Chicago Cubs homeristic remarks in an attempt to not jinx the northsiders. Best of luck passing the summer months.