So, the Olympics are back, and it’s that time where everyone has to dredge up their national pride by pretending to care if people can dance around a floor with a ribbon the best or dance on a long pole, or hang in the air on a rope. Or something. The Olympics were never really my “thing”. Personally, I think they need to A) hold the event on the same neutral island every year instead of this ridiculous waste of money bullshit they do now, B) Seriously reduce the number of events. It’s impossible to track most people who participate anyways, and really you are just rooting for the flag of your choice at a certain point. I mean, I suppose when you really think about it all sports are silly, who can hit a ball or throw a ball or whatever better, but to me the Olympics take this on a whole ‘nother level. Of course I know there are a TON of people who get weak at knees and teary eyed over the events, but to me it’s a big fat meh. I’ll get into Soccer, and the World Cup, but I honestly couldn’t give to craps about synchronized swimming, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Trampoline, Taekwondo, Shooting, Rowing, Rhythmic Gynmastics, Moderns Pentathlon, Judo, Sailing, Handball, Archery, Badminton, Equestrian, Fencing, Field Hockey, Canoe Kyak, or Gymnastics. I mean do we really need all of these? Can’t we pair down the events some? Isn’t Basketball, Boxing, Diving, Golf, Track and Field, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Wrestling enough? I’m not trying to crap on anyone’s favorite event, and hell most of these evens I love to do myself, I just wonder do we really need to have them all as part of the Olympics? Couldn’t we do it better by pairing down the events, allowing for a bigger spotlight on what’s remaining? Maybe I’m just a grumpy old man. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments below.
Royals – 2, Rays 3 – Brad Miller hit a three-run go ahead home run in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Twins 2, Indians 9 – Cleveland finally gets back on the winning side in a big way.
Cardinals 0, Reds 7 – I came across this article yesterday that may be one of the silliest, grumpiest, yell at the cloudsiest I have ever seen. I mean it was so much better back in the day when a team literally owned a player right? Right?
Giants 3, Phillies 2 – The Giants finally got back in the win column with a go ahead home run in the top of the 10th by Denard Span.
White Sox 6, Tigers 3 – Not only did the Tigers snap their 8 game winning streak, but they also potentially lost Jordan Zimmermann, who was sent off for a MRI post-disaster start.
Mets 4, Yankees 1 – Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer, and no one accused anyone of stealing any pitches so all is well in New York once again.
Athletics 8, Angles 6 – Coco Crisp had himself a day. He hit the go-ahead two-run double and robbed Choi of a home-run.
Rangers 5, Orioles 3 – You can’t keep a good team down for long as Wade Miley’s Orioles debut did not go as planned. Mark Trumbo hit home-run number 31.
Pirates 2, Braves 5 – 4 total errors in this game. Matt Kemp and the San Diego Padres are in the middle of a little public feud at the moment. Hey San Diego, if you really have to defend if you are really a baseball town, maybe you aren’t one. Be the bigger man and just let it go. Shouldn’t you be busy, you know winning games?
Blue Jays 4, Astros 1 – Toronto completes the sweet of an Astros team that just can’t get the job done. Encarnacion hit number 30.
Dodgers 4, Rockies 2 – Kenta Maeda got his 10th win, the 13th Dodger rookie to do so.
Red Sox 3, Mariners 2 – The Sox score 1 in the 11th to slip out of Seattle with a win.