I can't lie. The 4-day weekend was nice. Hang out with the family, catch up on some sleep...just what a sportscaster with a busy schedule needs every once in awhile. In fact, I'm going to take another 4-day weekend this week. This time, #TWOS will go on with Chris and a guest hosts or hosts TBD. Stay tuned for that.
Meanwhile, I know a few of you missed us on Thursday and/or Friday. Sorry. We missed you, too. We've got a lot of catching up to do. Here are some of my reactions to stories that broke while we were away:
Celtics hire Brad Stevens: Smart move for Stevens, who was not going to coach at Butler for another 40 years. He'll either become a hugely successful NBA coach, or will return to college in 3-4 years and have his pick of jobs, possibly even as the successor to Coach K at Duke.
Dwight Howard picks Rockets: There are some athletes who are better suited to playing in smaller markets. Maybe Howard is one of those guys. But unless he brings multiple titles to Houston, I'll never consider him a Hall of Famer. How many HOFers make you say, "That guy was great...he just couldn't make it work with the premiere franchise of his era." None, that's how many.
Padres 1-9 road trip: I hate burying a team before it's dead, but the Padres are on the way to the mortuary. I did say last week that if the Padres dominate N.L. West play the rest of the season, it won't matter what they do against everyone else. That's still true, but it better start this week against the Rockies and Giants.
Everth Cabrera, All-Star: I have no problem with Everth being named the Padres lone All-Star. He's a good choice to play shortstop for the National League. But not every team should be represented at the All-Star Game. As a Padres fan, I've counted on that rule many a time just so I could see someone from my team introduced in pre-game ceremonies. Now, I don't really need to see Huston Street, or Rondell White, or Chris Cannizaro doff their cap on the baseline. It's almost more embarrassing than not having a representative.
Andy Murray wins Wimbledon: This is what I love about sports. I had no plans to watch the men's final at Wimbledon. I did, however, remember to flip the channel when I woke up Sunday morning. The match was in the second set, and I was transfixed until the final point. Great drama, great emotion. The unexpected pleasures of the sports world are sometimes the best.
ESPN: One more thing...if you haven't seen/read about the amazing story of the high school wrestling teammates from Cleveland and the ESPN producer who became a part of their lives, take some time to do so: