Sports Talk

Starting up in March, 2018, Sports Talk encourages sports fans (and others) to comment about anything sports related--teams, individuals, concerns, complaints, whatever. All that is asked is to be nice.

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 4, 2018 at 6:41am

I watched a little Wimbledon tennis yesterday, but had to mute the telly during a match between two women (Sharapova being one of them). With EVERY swing, both girls screamed as loud as they could. It was so obnoxious. How could any observer stand listening to that for an hour or so?

By the way, I attended Wimbledon 50 years ago while biking through England (and Europe).

Comment by Randall Smith on June 22, 2018 at 6:38am

Now a word about World Cup soccer: BORING! Not much more to say about it. And all that noise in the background! Those incessant horns. Nope. Not gonna watch or listen to any more soccer.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 17, 2018 at 6:47am

Watching much of the US Open this weekend. Observations: the course is unfair. Good shots go unrewarded--even punished. Phil Michelson is human and makes bad decisions (hitting a ball in motion). Fans are obnoxious--mostly young men--the ones that holler "Go in the hole" after every shot, or just plain yell something stupid out that can be heard by all viewers (like "dilly dilly").  Not much I can do about any of that.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 11, 2018 at 6:36am

I must admit, Loren, I've never been to Cleveland--and I'm only about 200 miles away, if that! Growing up in South Bend, most of my loyalties were to Chicago, although my second favorite baseball team was the Indians.

I'm empathetic to your feelings. It's tough following losers all one's life (think Cubs). But yes, you should be proud of Cleveland for all the reasons you listed, and more. I live 50 miles from Indianapolis and should take more interest in it, but I don't.

Comment by Loren Miller on June 9, 2018 at 6:43am

You know what, Randall?  I'm not ... sorry, that is.  I didn't watch it, though I checked Google every now and then for the current score, but I was virtually certain of the result before the first tip-off.  The Cavs were out of juice at this point.  Two Game Sevens will do that to you, never mind the fact that, protestations to the contrary, they are utterly dependent on LeBron for their position in this league.  Take James away and all the Cavs are is a mediocre, middle-of-the-pack ball club.

And I will say this again: I have been frustrated, disappointed, and disgusted too many times by Cleveland sports teams to make any kind of emotional investment in ANY of them anymore.  When I boast about Cleveland (and I do!), I'll talk about The Cleveland Orchestra or Playhouse Square or the MetroParks "Emerald Necklace" or the wonderful eclectic diversity of my home town, because those are things to be proud of.

The Indians, Cavs and Browns?  Not so much.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 9, 2018 at 6:31am

Sorry for the Cavs, Loren, but I'm happy to say the basketball season is finally and mercifully over. I barely watched the finale. Instead, I watched the NCAA track and field championship. That was much more entertaining.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 3, 2018 at 6:54am

I don't mean to keep complaining, but where else can I release my concerns, frustrations, even anger? That's really not why I started this group. But......

Being a notorious channel flipper, I started to watch a college women's softball game. That didn't last long. I though background noise in pro basketball games was bad. However, listening to the incessant shrill voices of college girls yelling encouragement (or whatever) to teammates is extremely irritable. I don't blame the ladies--I blame the ESPN sound techs. We don't need "mikes" in the dugouts. Again, I gotta mute the sound.

Comment by Loren Miller on May 26, 2018 at 7:14am

Didn't watch it, myself, Randall.  Apparently the Cavs can win at home.  The question becomes: can they pull one out in Boston?  Honestly, I'm not sanguine at all about the answer to that one.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 26, 2018 at 6:49am

With "nothing else" on TV, I semi-watched the Boston/Cleveland pro basketball game last night. (Although I don't know which is worse: watching the game or CNN/MSNBC on Trump, Trump, and more Trump.)

I've never seen so many "cry babies" in all my life (the game). All they do is complain about "bad calls".  I mean, grow up! Stop the belly-aching. I'm pretty much done with watching any more pro basketball. It's such a farce. (I've said before that I mute the sound throughout the game.)

Comment by Randall Smith on May 19, 2018 at 7:31am

I've never been a hockey fan. I've never even skated although Indiana's lakes and ponds do ice over.

However, I've gotten hooked on watching the hockey league playoffs, mostly because it's the only thing worth watching on TV. I still don't know what "icing" is, or why a team is "off sides", but I've been taken by the action of the sport--non-stop--and the amazing skill of the ice skating. Not only do the players skate like crazy, but they handle a stick-on-puck like magic. Plus, those guys are rough and tough, pounding one another against the side boards (or whatever they're called).

It's rock 'em, sock 'em mayhem from start to finish. I don't care who wins. It's just plain fun entertainment. I can see why the fans get so excited. 


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