as a sports fan, July 1st is a day that brings new hope, a renewed faith, a true belief that better days are ahead. free agency in the NBA and NHL begin today. this July 1st is a tad more stressful than usual. with the New York Rangers coming off of a trip to the Stanley Cup Final and nearly half of their team is a free agent of some kind, i'm nervous and excited to see what they will do. as a Sacramento Kings fan, i understand that today isn't a day the Kings participate in. maybe one day.
but most of my attention today will be on the USA vs. Belgium. a game that i do believe the USA can win. a game that i hope they will win. this is their best chance to advance to the quarterfinals since 2002. needless to say, i will be completely glued to that game this afternoon. so don't bother to contact me in those 2 hours.
also today Argentina plays Switzerland. a game that i have Argentina advancing, but i wouldn't be shocked if the Swiss make it interesting.
yesterday was another crazy day at the World Cup. France beat Nigeria 2-0 in a game that was much closer than that score. Germany beat Algeria 2-1 in a game that saw all three goals come in extra time. that was a game that i think Germany played with France in mind. they will have to play better if they want to advance again.
that makes me 6 for 6 in my picks. hopefully i end up today 8 for 8.
the Yankees got a home run in the bottom of the 9th to hold off the inevitable for a few innings, ultimately losing 4-3 in 12 innings. this team basically spent 450 million to be one game worse than they were after 81 games last year. this losing is slowly but surely getting to me.
Monday Night Raw was pretty damn good last night. Chris Jericho returned to get beat down by The Wyatt Family. i can't fucking wait to see the battles on the mic between Bray Wyatt and Y2J. those have the chance to be CLASSIC. with AJ Lee coming back last night as well, that gives me a small hope that her husband, CM Punk, may come back as well. overall, a pretty good 3 plus hours.
after i spend all day checking NHL rumors and reports and watching soccer, i will be watching Deadliest Catch and Tyrant tonight. both of those shows are on my favorite list at the moment.
i got an empty SASE in the mail yesterday. i have no fucking clue what was in it, if anything at all was in it. the publisher i believe it may have come from told me last night that it wasn't from him. so, i'm basically at a dead end on this mystery. if anyone reading this knows what i'm talking about, send me an email. my fear is that there were poems and/or an acceptance or rejection note in it. if i somehow find time today, i may dig a little deeper in my records.
that's all for me today. to my fellow Americans, may you enjoy watching the game. and since it doesn't start until 4 in the afternoon, please blow off fucking work a couple hours early. you have my permission.
to everyone else in the world, be creative, be cool, be a guiding light of mischief...
peace and chicken grease...
AC/DC - Rock 'N' Roll Train
John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band - On the Dark Side
Buffalo Killers - The Path Before Me
Portugal. The Man - Purple, Yellow, Red and Blue
Grouplove - Let Me In
"Losing is not in my vocabulary." - Ruud van Nistelrooy