Eleven more weeks of summer until football
Today is Sports Writers Day and Punxsutawney Andy [or should it be Lebanon Andy] is sticking his head out of the high school and Cumberland sports hole to see what's happening elsewhere in the world of sports.
The NBA is hitting its annual peak of popularity with the NBA Finals. The playoffs are the one time of year when it seems the players are really busting their humps trying to win. Most regular season games are snoozers, especially compared to the college games on the other channels. Really now, how many folks think about the NBA during March Madness?
After a 48-game sprint of a regular season following a lockout, the NHL playoffs are proceeding at a glacier's pace. Actually, the glaciers are melting faster from global warming than it's taking to crown a Stanley Cup champion. Seems like it's been forever since the Predators' season ended.
Baseball is at the peak of its season. While MLB is well into its regular schedule, which, unlike the NBA, still has meaning, Vanderbilt is one of 16 teams trying to shoehorn its way into the eight-team College World Series. Commodore freshman Kyle Smith of Mt. Juliet is trying to join former MJ pitcher Taylor Hill [Vandy] and Wilson Central-alum James Adkins [Tennessee] as Wilson countians to play in Omaha.
The MLB amateur draft is also wrapping up it's three-day run. Will Friendship Christian pitcher Brennan Swindoll get a late-round call before proceeding to Chattanooga State? Will Cumberland add to its list of Bulldogs-turned-pro?
In an unrelated question, when will FCS-grad Stephen Pryor come off the Seattle Mariners' disabled list?
The French Open is wrapping up, Wimbledon is on the way.
NASCAR continues to bypass the shuttered Nashville Superspeedway as it meanders through its season. It was a hot topic a decade ago, but I don't hear as much talk about the good ol' boys these days.
Actually, golf in general and Tiger Woods and, at least locally, Brandt Snedeker in particular, are hotter topics.
Around the Lebanon Democrat office, the countdown is on for college football. I'm told it's 82 days before Vanderbilt's season opener and 84 until Tennessee's. And more people seem to be talking about the SEC someday playing nine conference games in a season than in any of the above-mentioned topics.
But I've seen my shadow, and nearly 11 weeks [76 days] remain before Mt. Juliet makes its first visit to Lebanon's Clifton Tribble Field/Danny Watkins Stadium for Week 0 of high school football in what will be a matchup of two first-year [at least at his current school] head coaches.
No, wait, it's cloudy. I didn't see my shadow. But it's still 76 days until prep football arrives.
Who says we don't have our priorities in place?