The countdown is on, kids. T-Minus one week until the biggest day of
the my year: my birthday. As such, I spent this weekend making all of the necessary preparations: planning the outfits for my birthday weekend trip, making restaurant reservations for drunk brunch, and detoxing my liver for the festivities. So while my weekend was pretty low-key in preparation for next weekend, I still had a better weekend than some people.
I imagine that the crowd can provide lots of distractions for professional athletes. You’re trying to focus on the game and there are voices screaming, cameras flashing and people moving around. But if you are the number one tennis player in the world, like Djokovic is, one would assume that you could block these things out. But during a match on Saturday night, there was one happening in the crowd that Djokovic couldn’t ignore.
Djokovic was playing in the Rogers Cup at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium when he complained to the chair umpire at the end of the first set that “Someone is smoking weed, I can smell it, and I’m getting dizzy.” He added that “The whole place smells of it,” while miming smoking a joint.
The contact buzz ultimately didn’t affect Djokovic’s game, as he beat Jeremy Chardy to advance to the finals on Sunday. But seriously, who whines about a free high?!
[via The New York Daily News]
Everyone That Hates Snow
I literally don’t think I can survive another winter. There was a point this year that the snow on either side of my front walk was taller than me. I know that I’m a short person, but still – that’s ridiculous. So I was hoping for a reprieve on the snow amounts this year, but according to the 2016 Old Farmer’s Almanac, I’m shit out of luck. As is everyone else.
According to the New York Post, the almanac predicts most of us are in for a rough winter: “look for above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest. The snowiest periods in the Pacific Northwest will be in mid-December, early to mid-January and mid- to late February.”
That’s it. I’m thinking of starting a commune in the Virgin Islands – who’s with me?
[via The New York Post]
James Harrison’s Kids
I’m not a fan of giving kids participation trophies. When I was growing up and playing sports, you had earn a trophy and not everyone got one (read: I never got one because I am an uncoordinated disaster). And it turns out that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison agrees.
I came home to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing, participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them till the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I'm sorry I'm not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned and I'm not about to raise two boys to be men by making them believe that they are entitled to something just because they tried their best…cause sometimes your best is not enough, and that should drive you to want to do better…not cry and whine until somebody gives you something to shut u up and keep you happy. #harrisonfamilyvalues
So while Harrison and I are on the same page, I also think it sort of sucks to take something away from your kids after it’s been given to them, unless it’s a punishment. And given that Harrison’s kids didn’t do anything wrong in this situation, I don’t agree with Harrison taking away these particular trophies. If you have a problem with participation trophies, take it up with the team, but don’t penalize your kids. Also, don’t they give out Super Bowl rings to everyone on the team, even those that didn’t play? I don’t see Harrison saying they should give those back…
[via The Huffington Post]
The “Hunger Games” Marketing Team
Given that the only books I get to read are school books, I haven’t read “The Hunger Games” series. But most of my friends are pretty excited for the premiere of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” on November 20th. And so isn’t the marketing team responsible for promoting the film – so much so that they missed a little detail in a tweeted promo:
— brad esposito (@braddybb) August 14, 2015
Yes, that’s right – they tweeted a promo that drops the “c” word. Of course, the tweet was quickly taken down, but not before the internet noticed. I’m assuming that whoever came up with that graphic is currently looking for a job.
Dudes watch golf for the sport. I watch golf for the butts. And the best butt in the game today belongs to Jordan Spieth. So clearly, I spent the weekend rooting for the 22-year-old to complete his quest to become join Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan as the only people to win three professional majors in the same year.
Unfortunately, it was not be, as that Spieth was bested by Australian Jason Day, who you probably remember as “The Guy Who Had Vertigo and The Announcers Acted Like He Was Dying at the U.S. Open.” Of course, Spieth’s consolation prize was taking the world number one sport from Rory McIlroy, who held that top spot for ninety-three weeks in a row. So on second thought… despite losing, his weekend probably wasn’t that bad.