The Dead Zone
The sporting calendar has become so incredibly crowded, with virtually every sport accused of playing too many games and having a schedule that's too long, that its rare to find a time when there's not that much going on.
Well, this is that time.
Calling mid-August the dead zone on the sports calendar might be stretching it a bit, but it's not unreasonable to say that for a Torontonian, or even a Canadian, this is a time of year when one's mind could drift away to contemplate larger questions of life and not miss a whole lot.
Okay, you might miss Barry Bonds hitting No. 756. But that's happening on West Coast time, the TV numbers are down, Bonds is a character few adore and this is a mark, quite frankly, that has been set to topple for weeks now.
There's no suprise factor here at all.
We've got the Canadian tennis tourneys, this week in Montreal for the men, next week in Toronto for the women. No matter how much these events try to pump themselves up, however, they're seen as second- or third-tier events on their respective tours. Moreover, it'll be interesting to see just how many highly-ranked women actually show up next week at the Rexall Centre. In Montreal, unless Frank Dancevic goes on a run, it seems unlikely the tournament will create shock waves from coast to coast to coast, particularly if a Roger Federer-Rafael Nadal final doesn't come to pass.
The Blue Jays sort of seem to want to get involved in the wild card race, but not really. The CFL season is just getting rolling and the Argos don't have a quarterback (or do they?). Maybe as we get into September this Jesse Lumsden story really starts to get legs, but we'll see.
NFL pre-season - yuk - has started, NHL teams have pretty much set their rosters and the Raptors are getting set to take their roundball circus on a European tour. The PGA Championship, the least interesting major on the golf tour, is about to start.
Before we know it, of course, NHL training camps will be opening, baseball's pennant races will be heating up, tennis will have the U.S. Open on centre stage, the CFL will be hitting the Labour Day turn and the NFL schedule will be underway.
So take a breath while you can.