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Post of 10 July 2019, 19:37

Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile, but nothing good to post about.

Friday was the worst. The absolute worst. Found out I’m so far in over my head I’ll never recover, then I got into a few shouting matches at Golden Q because some couple thought I was taking pictures of them. Bull.

I went to Salina yesterday just to clear my head a little. I didn’t leave the basement Saturday and Sunday, then only went to Hays Monday long enough to drop a FedEx in the box for Crista.

This morning, I discovered I was so stupid I threw away one of the discs from my Brady Bunch collection. Season 3, Disc 2 is gone. How dumb can I be? Fortunately, season 3 by itself only cost $9 on Amazon, so I’ll have it back Friday afternoon. But man, what am I thinking? I’m not.

I would have spent the afternoon wallowing in my stupidity, but I had an appointment with Dr. Custer. I decided to go back to Golden Q even though I knew the kitchen was close and there would be heavy renovations going on.

The air conditioning has been turned off as part of that renovation, but I’ve experienced much worse. Lucky I had a portable fan in my car. It feels pretty good right now. I’ll get my six and a half hours of Wednesday trivia before going back to Russell.

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The televisions at Golden Q have been disconnected. Thank God.

I don’t have to watch the most nauseating event on the sporting calendar.

The ESPYs.

Other than Jim Valvano’s courageous speech at the first ESPYs in 1993, the one where the beloved North Carolina State basketball coach stood tall in the face of terminal cancer and told the audience in attendance and those watching at home to never give up, I can’t think of one thing the ESPYs have contributed to better the sports world and society in general.

Naming an award after Arthur Ashe, who passed away from AIDS one month before the first ESPYs, is a good idea. However, in 2015, it was awarded to Bruce, I mean Caitlyn Jenner, simply because Bruce decided he wanted to become a woman.

I don’t have anything against anyone who wants to change their gender. There have been many times I wish I were female.

However, Jenner had no good reason to receive that award. Besides, we saw enough of Jenner and his/her family since he married Robert Kardashian’s widow (Kim, Kourntey and Khloe’s mother). I think Bruce made a huge downgrade by dumping his former wife, Linda Thompson, one of the women who caused Priscilla Presley to leave Elvis.

Worse than the ESPYs being nothing more than athletes to get together and congratulate each other on how great they are, FANS decide many of the awards.

I haven’t voted for the MLB All-Star Game since 1991, and I won’t resume anytime soon. I don’t vote in online polls for anything anymore. I don’t believe fans have the right to determine anything. They know very little to nothing.

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The Women’s World Cup is over. THANK GOD.

I have had it up to here with the far left’s favorite athlete, Megan Rapinoe, and Alex Morgan, who doesn’t look as good in a bikini as many think. The media would have you believe they are the only players in the tournament who mattered.

We’ll have to hear non-stop about these two next year at the Summer Olympics. Hopefully, they will exit the international stage and go off to make babies or do whatever with their lives.

Between those two, Hope Solo and Carli Lloyd, I’ve had it up to hear with the U.S. women’s national association football team.

Time to leave the stage, girls. Let the men take over. Nobody outside the U.S. cares anymore about you. It’s time for the Premier League, Bundesliga, La Liga, Ligue 1 and Serie A to take their rightful places in the football spotlight.

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The fake league won the MLB All-Star Game last night. At least it doesn’t count for anything.

Bud Selig, thank you for bringing baseball back to Milwaukee. But your idea to make the All-Star Game count for home field advantage in the World Series was so asinine there isn’t a word for it. At least the Royals choked in 2014 when they had home field advantage vs. the Giants.

At least Selig has revealed he didn’t want Barry Bonds to break Hank Aaron’s career home run record. Anyone who wanted Bonds to do it thinks cheating is just fine and needs psychiatric help.

Fuck you Barry Bonds. You are cheating asshole.

And that unrepentant asshole Pete Rose can go fuck himself. You broke the rules. You lied your ass off for 15 years. And even though you’ve admitted to gambling, you still do it. Fuck you.

Sorry for the coarse language. But I hate Bonds and Rose as much as any athlete. Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan are in my top 25 for sure, along with LeBron, Brady, Kawhi, Tyreek Hill and (S)Cam Newton

ESPYs? HELL NO

I never dreamed I would say thank God for Major League Soccer, but here it goes.

Thank God for Major League Soccer.

Sporting Kansas City was playing at Columbus tonight, so the match was on the big screen at Buffalo Wild Wings instead of the ESPYs, the abominable self-aggrandizing awards for athletes just so they can get dressed up in tuxedos, their significant others can get dressed up in evening gowns, and then they can go inside an auditorium and brag upon themselves the same way actors do when they win an Academy Award or an Emmy Award.

The ESPYs have been pointless ever since they began in 1993, save for Jim Valvano’s heart-stirring “Don’t Ever Give Up” speech as his body was being ravaged by cancer in March 1993. Sadly, he died 55 days later. The V Foundation has done great work to aid cancer research, but the ESPYs have a whole have been mostly a waste. I refuse to watch.

In case you’re curious, Sporting won its match 2-1 by scoring in stoppage time in the second half. Sporting is the defending champion of MLS and is in second place in the Eastern Conference (Kansas City is not in the East, people), putting them in prime position to defend the title in the fall. Association football fever has really captured Kansas City, especially since the MLS team left Arrowhead Stadium and moved into Kansas City, Kansas and the $250 million Sporting Park, which was originally named Livestrong Park due to corporate sponsorship by Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation, but due to Armstrong’s doping scandal, Sporting KC demanded Armstrong withdraw his sponsorship. Like Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums, Sporting Park does not have a corporate sponsor. In fact, the only major sporting venue in Kansas City which has a sponsor also does not have a team, Sprint Center.

Buffalo Wild Wings was pretty tame tonight, save for the frantic comeback I needed in one round of Countdown to nick MOLDAV, who usually occupies Rondo’s barstool on Wednesdays. Other than that, no real challenges. SIX had a couple of questions which got me, but I still was over 46,000, which is close to my average, and that was without 6,000 bonus points I earn more often than not for perfect rounds. I stuffed myself pretty good tonight with two orders of the chicken tacos–those are addictive–and the bratwurst which Buffalo Wild Wings is offering now through Labor Day. The pretzel bun that brat was served on was so awesome.

I got back to te hotel about 15 minutes ago, and I’m going to try to make it through this four-episode DVD of The O.C. without falling asleep. I’ve tried each of the last two nights and failed miserably. Then again, starting them in the vicinity of 2 a.m. hasn’t helped.