Thursday, July 17, 2008

Hitting the Restart Button


After the quietest day on its calendar, the sports world gets itself back in gear with the resumption of the major league baseball schedule and the opening round of golf's British Open. (Or, if you're from anywhere else outside the United States, the Open Championship.)

For me personally, today also marks the first of 10 consecutive days in Weirton, as my family embarks on a mission to sell both my grandma's house and my childhood home. This certainly means there is a metric ton of work to be done.

Since I am currently unemployed, who has more time to help out than me? Nobody (unfortunately)! I look forward to a week-plus of sandblasting, painting and landscaping in what appears to probably be the longest stretch of tropically hot weather of the year.

Not to complain.

Nonetheless, I plan on releasing a new podcast imminently, as I realized I have yet to discuss the transcendant Wimbledon men's final of 11 days ago. My brother Mark and I will unleash mad discourse on that subject and more in podcast No. 4. (Yes, that rhymed.)

This should be quite the interesting two-week stretch for Our Buccos, says both the Polish Prodigy and the Post-Gazette's Dejan Kovacevic. I'm torn between wishing the team catches fire during this eminently manageable segment of the schedule; the other part of me wants GM Neal Huntington to get as many prospects as he can prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

Either way, Polish Day at PNC Park is Sunday, July 27, so you know where I'll be on that banner afternoon.

Just checked out the coverage of the conspicuously Tiger-less British Open: Greg Norman (even-par 70), David Duval (73), Jean Van De Velde (73) and Tom Watson (74) all acquitted themselves well on a rain-battered Royal Birkdale course. With those lovely names at or near the top of the leaderboard after one day, you'd think it was 1998, the previous time Birkdale hosted the Open Championship. And hey, what do you know, '98 Claret Jug winner Mark O'Meara is also in contention after shooting a four-over 74. Maybe this will turn out to be a fun and wacky weekend across the pond.

Oh, by the way, western PA's Rocco Mediate is one of three tied for the lead at one-under. Full leaderboard courtesy of ESPN.com.

Time to do some actual work and start "earning my keep around here." <--My mom's words, not mine. They're so cute at that age. Until tomorrow. For now, enjoy "The Boys of Summer" by pop-punk group The Ataris. This one was huge in the high school days.

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