Jul 27, 2012; London, United Kingdom; An overall view of fireworks going off at the opening ceremonies at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Boo To You, July!

I hate July.

The last game of the Stanely Cup finals was played on June 11th, NHL camps start in September (Sharks camp starts September 12th), and the puck officially drops on October 11th.  So we are 3 months without the NHL, and we all knew this going in.  But it’s worse than that.  June has the end of the Cup, August has NFL training camps, so for July we’re left with just…baseball?  Come on.  We are adrenaline-fiends, baseball alone doesn’t work for us.

July 27, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: A baseball laying field before a game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

Think the Olympics can serve as methadone for our sports addiction?  Think again.  In Canada we’d refer to the Summer Olympics as “the other olympics,” because they’re the ones where hockey isn’t played.  Look, I like watching ping pong as much as the next person, but let’s not pretend it’s a sport by calling it “table tennis.”  It’s ping pong.  Remember that friend you had that owned a ping pong table?  The kid who’s folks had a bit more dough than the rest of us, who’s basement became the 10-year old equivalent of Cheers?  You didn’t call it “table tennis” then and you shouldn’t now.

Jul. 4, 2012; Grand Rapids, MI, USA; Ariel Hsing (USA), in red, plays in the womens singles semifinals against Lily Zhang (USA) in the 2012. U.S. Open at DeVos Place. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

Consider this damning fact: even if you’re the world’s biggest baseball fan, July has the only days of the 365 on the calendar without a major sporting event taking place, the days before and after the MLB all-star game.  It’s a sports-lover’s equivalent of a death valley hike with no water.

Feb 26, 2011; Marana, AZ, USA; J.B. Holmes walks to the fairway of the 18th hole after hitting his tee shot into the desert on the 19th hole during the quarterfinal round of the Accenture Match Play Championship at Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. Mandatory Credit: Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE

July comes to a close and I’m left with no memorable sports moments, as always.  Preseason football starts next week.  October can’t come soon enough.


Worst days for sports in July 2012

  1. July 11th (nothing)
  2. July 9th (MLB all-star events, but not the actual game)
  3. July 27th (Olympics opening ceremony and archery)
  4. July 25th (soccer games being played but the Olympics haven’t officially opened yet)
  5. July 26th (soccer games being played but the Olympics haven’t officially opened yet)

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