France v. The Vitches

Rakatich to Kovasich to Brozovich to Modrich to Mandukich. Score! Eat a sandavitch while you watch the Sunday Finalavitch. Croatia is a scrappy team with lots of heartavitch. France is a polished corps of stars. What say the Witch? Maybe The Frogs will get Croaked.

World Cup Final 2018. Either way. It has been fun!

All EU Final

World Cup Semi-Finals. All EU-members. France. Belgium. England. Croatia. Jingoistic fans reflect the return to nationalism in Euroland. France’s team of individual stars has come together as a cohesive force and looks to be the strongest of the four. Only victory was 1998.

The last time England took home the Cup was also the last time the world watched on black-and-white TV’s. They beat West Germany. Yes. Still a Wall. And. A Soviet Union.

It was 1966. I was staying with a friend of my uncle’s in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire when the earth shook. I looked at Hazel as her black great dane Pip jumped.  What’s that?  She laughed and said England must have won!  Won what?  Wembley Stadium’s roars could be felt far and wide. Then hell broke loose. Pandemonium spilled out to London and every country lane. That day into the next. There was crazy serious joy in all the land.

World Cup Conversion

Spent these past hot humid days having football fun. Despite the histrionics and bad acting. Still don’t get how the refs arbitrarily tack on extra minutes and then blow the whistle at some random point after that. How they let players saunter off the field hugging everyone while the clock ticks and substitute waits on the sidelines. Or jump into the stands in the middle of the game. But. Hey. When a goal is rarely kicked, it’s exciting. And. The shootouts are even better. Plus the guys are still cute. If soccer is the choice over General Hospital, it’s gotta be good.

Will Trump take Barron to the finals when he meets up with Putin next week?!

World Cup UnPacked

World Cup in Russia. For a month. Groups A-H. Mexico is leading F. How are groups formed? Standings show many teams tied at the moment. Games. Lots of running. Ronaldo of Portugal and Lukaku of Belgium scored the current tournament high of 4 goals each. Yeah. Not many balls go into the net. At the end of two 45-minute halves, the referees tack on more minutes. Sometimes 3. Sometimes 7. Who knows? Then they still keep playing until the whistle blows. Why? Refs can rig the outcome. FIFA anyone?

Anyway. Most of the guys are gorgeous. So.

NBA Today

Celtics fan back in the day. Road trips with Dad to Boston in the old Garden. Russell, Cousy, K.C. & Sam Jones tore up the parkay. Finesse, passing, team play. Red Auerbach lit up his cee-gar when the game was in the bag. Those were the days.

Today’s NBA an individual game. Shoot and score. More of an entertainment enterprise, not a sport. Neighbor Rich Kleiman reps Kevin Durant and Roc Nation Sports with Jay-Z.

As you heard it here first. Dennis Rodman, of the NBA and Celebrity Apprentice will be at the upcoming Singapore Summit with his pals Donny T and Kimmy Jong. Cannot make it up.

Eyes Off Sports

Sports are becoming less and less watchable for spectators. Especially on TV. Baseball’s pitching switches and glitches make for hours of dead airtime. NBA is okay in the last 2 minutes. Shoot. Shoot. No plays. Tennis in the era of grunting is only endurable on mute.

Then there’s golf. The so-called Golf Channel barely covers parts of major events including The Majors. Silly wasted delays to wait for network coverage. If you can actually see it live, more and more young golfers tap dance, check their stats, yip around up and down for so long that Nick Faldo can read an entire Shakespeare drama between shots. Why aren’t they on the clock. Ruining the sport.

So. Yeah. At least it’s too nice a day to stay inside anyway.

Crowd Went Wild

Fox1 Sports’ The Crowd Goes Wild from a few years ago at Chelsea Piers studio. Today, Regis Philbin at 86 the former Playboy mansion and Mar-A-Lago hangout bff of “The Trumpster” as he called him, is low profile in L.A. Journalist Jason Gay still has a great sports column in the Wall Street Journal. Trevor Pryce. Don’t know. Michael Kosta is killing it with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central’s Daily Show. Georgie Thompson married Sir Ben Ainslie, UK olympic sailing champ, and had a baby girl. Katie Nolan went to ESPN and is making seven figures there.

Miss them together on that show.