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.