We are approaching one of the slowest weeks in the sport. The NBA Finals and the Men’s College World Series are behind us. The demotion will continue this Independence Day Monday with a hot dog eating contest and then we’ll fight to sleep watching the green balls head to the Wimbledon final on the same day as the weekend of IHSAA moratorium (July 10).

This is probably the time when I will, once again, gorge myself on shows that I missed during the school sports year. I mentioned that I would also sprinkle some of my favorite sports movies into the mix.

I’ll catch about 3-4 innings of random Major League Baseball action before it also slows down significantly heading into the MLB All-Star Game (July 19), preceded by the home run derby (July 18).

These events are followed by the ESPYs, ESPN’s sports awards show with its own red carpet pre-show on a night (July 20) when absolutely nothing sporting will happen that night on TV. American.

I’m glad I don’t have any travel plans involving air travel. The overbooked and underperforming airline industry is a bigger roll of the dice than it was at Christmas.

Everything will be fine in about five to six weeks. Regular school sports seasons will start in mid-August, and – as I mentioned about a month ago – I should probably accept the lack of sports activities in my life and continue to focus on accomplishing things, taking long weekends (car travel only, be careful).

The way my calendar works, it’s probably a better time than New Year’s to make resolutions.

Much like New Years Day, Independence Day gives me a long weekend where I can be a little indulgent followed by a sparse sports schedule where I can shake off old bad habits and pick up new ones. better habits.

It’s time for my mid-year resolutions. The moment you see me heading to a press box, grabbing me at the supermarket, or seeing me dining out, you can ask me – if you’re interested – how my resolutions are going.

More exercises.

I own a high end kayak. There’s no reason I can’t use it on a weekend day and weeknight when there are generous amounts of sunshine. My wife has five weeks off from teaching, so I’m going to join her on some more walks.

Get organized.

I have already organized my small “side garage” to be able to move between two points without rearranging the obstacles. The only time the workbench hasn’t had anything like today is when I moved in nine years ago.

I started to change my desk, at home and at work, getting rid of furniture and accessories that I didn’t use, and now I have adjustable desks in both places. I will also look at my workflow.

Prepare a lunch.

I have an embarrassment of the best leftover options at home every week. I often get home too late to eat them before someone else gets there, but I might enjoy more of my fair share of these awesome leftovers if I just bent over, pulled plastic containers over the counter and grabbed slices of my desired portions for the next morning.

Two years ago, I lost a tremendous amount of weight and had considerably less heartburn when restaurant meals were scarce during the height of the pandemic.


This would be handy because I could take a few minutes to jot down a few lines while a clever thought or idea pops into my head or take even longer to just write without structure until my brain stops thinking.

A spirited friend has a Daily Lines page on Facebook, and one of their products for writing is a daily journal with lots of inspirational prompts.

Frankly, I’ve been wondering for weeks what I’m going to share with you, but I’m guilty of not exercising my writer’s brain enough in such exercises to have better ideas that are obviously waiting for me in these journal entries, whether fresh or collectible. dust.

More bowling.

If you see me even reaching for a bag to “taste the rainbow”, scold me. The last thing I need is artificially flavored and colored pure sugar. I recently peeked inside a Skittle and realized that although my snacks are eaten in moderation, I eventually swap Skittles for one of my feet.

Use extreme bias if you see me watching Skittles. I haven’t “taste the rainbow” since I was in a press gallery in early June. Let’s keep the sequence alive.

Have a safe, happy 4th of July weekend…and a happy mid-year!