As Kentucky fans, we joke about not having an “off-season.” The minute the tournament is over (well, for this past season, once the month-long celebration ended), Cal begins his national tour of high school gymnasiums, combing the country for the next crop of superstars. Once team workouts begin in late June/early July, we cling to practice reports and pick-up game hearsay, dreaming of Big Blue Madness and the warmth of Rupp Arena in the wintertime.
Yet, no matter how many recruiting blurbs or NBA mock drafts you may read, even the most dedicated Kentucky fan is forced to endure the summertime sports drought. I usually dread this time, but this morning, realized that between the US Open, Euro 2012, and now Wimbledon and the US Swimming Trials, I’m almost watching the same amount of sports as I do during basketball season. What about you? Here’s an abbreviated list of summertime sports, in my order of preference:
1. Olympics (favorite events: swimming, track and field, basketball, soccer, and yes, gymnastics)
2. The Open
3. US Open (golf)
4. Euro 2012
6. NBA Finals
7. Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest (yes, I consider this a sport)
8. Tour de France
9. NHL Playoffs
10. MLB (sorry)
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