That was the Astros’ worst loss of the season Saturday night in Anaheim. Houston blew a six-run lead in the 7th and a three-run advantage in the ninth before falling to the Angels 13-12 on a tenth-inning throwing error by rookie shortstop Grae Kessinger. Shohei Ohtani hit his MLB-leading 33rd homer as the Angels broke a six-game losing streak. Those 12 runs by the Astros were the most by a losing MLB team this season. That’s not much solace.
So I needed some mindless distraction. The WNBA All-Star Game provided that with 270 total points. Who won? I’m not even sure who was playing. But those women can sure enough shoot those threes. And fours. From 28 feet!
LeBron, saying he wants to honor the late Bill Russell, will change his jersey number next season back to 23 from the 6 he’s worn from time to time in his career, including the last two seasons with the Lakers. I’ll alert the media. Oh, wait…
The NCAA has stripped the Tennessee Vols of eleven football victories from 2019 and 2020 because of the slimeball actions of then head coach Jeremy Pruitt. Those forfeitures pushed the Vols out of the top ten in all-time wins.
Saturday I learned how to spell Vondrousova and Jabeur. At least I hope I did. It was pretty cool to see an unseeded player win the Wimbledon women’s singles title for the first time.
What’s the over-under on how long it will take Djokovic and Alcaraz to decide the men’s championship Sunday morning? Whatever it is, I’m taking the over.
I just hope they get it done before the final round of the American Century Championship Celebrity Golf Tournament. Yep, it pulled me in on Saturday. Gorgeous course alongside gorgeous Lake Tahoe. Folks having fun, especially NFL players trying to get in some last yuks before the grind of training camp. Oh, and that hole-in-one by Warriors sharpshooter Steph Curry was a hoot! Seems Steph can put any ball in any hole. Mostly, though, I just took comfort in seeing at least one place on Earth that is not currently on fire.
We are burning down our planet. And, yes, it’s on us. No longer the slightest doubt about that.