Monday, January 16th, 2017

The Late Summer Blues…

In case you haven’t noticed, there’s not a whole lot going on in the sports world right now.  July is the least interesting time of the year in the world of sports.

There are three signature sporting events in July, and two of them are held in Great Britain. The only big event here in the U.S. is the MLB All-Star Game.

The NFL, NBA and NHL are all dead in July, as are both major college sports.

With the final big event (the British Open) over, I’ve started counting down to preseason football.

The month of July presents a pretty big challenge for sports writers. I don’t want to write about football yet, because that’s what I plan on doing most of August.

There’s nothing to watch on TV. Even baseball fans can’t get excited about the casual game when they aren’t invested in either of the teams involved.  As a Red Sox fan, I’m already limited in the games that are televised and my team is sitting in the basement of the A.L. East. Don’t worry… the rally hat is coming.

So if you’re a die-hard sports fan, it looks like you’re stuck with watching ESPN Classic or the Little League World Series for the next few weeks.

At least the NFL awakens from its slumber at the end of July, with the start of training camps. MLB is deep into the second half of its season, and the NFL preseason gives football fans a glimpse of what’s to come. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Game on August 3 is the first live football action in six months…..and this year we get to see the Bills play the Giants.

I can see the light…I’ll take this extra time to get ready for my fantasy football drafts!

Luckily, the LPGA is coming to Rochester in August, so I’ll have something to watch and write about.  I also have a few local sports stories that I’ll be covering/writing about over the next few weeks.