The timing of it all stunk, as both the NBA All-Star Game and the Daytona 500 invaded our fair burgh on the same weekend last week, and there was plenty to talk about. So, five days later, now that all the outtatowners have gone home, is the perfect time to look back on it all, right?
(Lemme tell you about all those outtatowners; all of this went on in Orlando the same weekend as my anniversary, so I wish they would have consulted me before scheduling ... anyway, it took 30 minutes to go 3 miles on I-4 going to dinner, and 45 minutes to go 7 miles on a back road to get to Disney for a La Nouba show. Yeah buddy, that's how I roll ...)
Put all those people in one area and things are bound to get screwy. But, tell me if this isn't right out of Bizarro World ... we can't get the NFL guys to really try in the Pro Bowl, but we watched Kobe Bryant break his nose in the All-Star Game, and then the weekend ended by dropping the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway -- on Tuesday at 1 a.m.
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I watched a little of the All-Star Game in the first half, then left it on through most of the fourth quarter as the West was trouncing the East, who manned up, showed some heart and almost pulled out of a 20-point deficit. Funny things happen when you appeal to the ego of guys in the All-Star Game ... were you watching, Roger Goodell?
Which reminds me ... I've got a way to fix the Pro Bowl: play it in August, the same weekend as the Hall of Fame Game. Guys will want to get meaningful reps at that time of year, especially coming off of training camp when they beat on guys wearing the same color. The players will try, especially those coming off injuries who want to see how hard they can really go ... where better than to go against the best in the game. But since the NFL rules the universe, those guys don't care what I have to say ...
As for the 500, I was intrigued by the prospect of starting it at 7 p.m. on a Monday (all that was missing was Hank Williams Jr ... "Are ya ready for some racinnnnnn?") and when they got the thing going promptly instead of having 20 minutes of talking heads bored us, I realized that if there were no undue delays, it would finish around 10:30 ... perfect. NASCAR's biggest race would have pulled a great rating starting (and, um, finishing) in prime time, especially from casual folks who wouldn't be home on Sunday afternoon but would on a Monday night. I'd like to see more of that during the year, if we can keep gool ol' boys named Juan from breaking the jet dryers and frying the track ...
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So, what are we doing this weekend, guys? Guys? Anyone? Is anybody here?