The last month or so I haven't been able to write nearly as much as I'd like. It sucks, but that's life, stuff comes up. In a time where I want to be active everyday, getting better at my craft, to oversimplify things life has gotten in the way. But the boy is back, and even though we all know avocados stay fresher longer than internet news I thought it'd be a kind of cool welcome blog to say a few things about the events of last week. Let's go back in time all the way to last week.
4th of July
I love 4th of July.
As a Patriot (fan) I take my pride in this country v seriously. Big I'd never fight in a million years, but I support the troops guy. Also I look great in American Flag gear.
It's just a great time of year. It's summer, everybody is just enjoying the beauty that is America. Plus, any event that is designated for eating Hot Dogs and Hamburgers and drinking Budweiser to celebrate your country and freedom is something I can extremely behind. Sure there's heavy rumors that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed on the 2nd I'm still a huge 4th of July guy. IMO it's the best holiday/holiday weekend of the year. However, I'm not too keen on one of the events that is synonymous and that is fireworks.
While I'm not completely in the screw fireworks crowd, I am in the "it's the exact same thing every year, and I don't have a gf/wife/kids that I have to go with so I'd rather not sit in traffic for 45 minutes to watch" crowd. I just do not really care about fireworks, at least not at this juncture of my life. Rather watch the Red Sox beat the shit out of the Rangers, which is exactly what I did.
Oh and also, this is the first year in probably a decade where I didn't watch any of the hot dog eating contest, but 72 hot dogs is incredible, disgusting for sure, but also an incredible example of the human will. Nobody should be able to do that.
Pete Frates....not dead
In one of the stranger stories of the week, it was reported by Mike Barnicle that the father of the Ice Bucket Challenge, Pete Frates had passed away. Pete Frates of course is the former Boston College baseball player who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, who has since done incredible things for the awareness and research of this horrible disease.
Only one issue with his story, Pete Frates is not dead.
It appears that Barnicle, who has no connection to the Frates family claimed he heard the news from a "family friend". It all happened so quickly that Monday morning that if you woke up at 10 (like I do) that you missed the whole thing, because the Frates family quickly rebutted Barnicle's story.
Just a bizarro situation, while it is no secret that in a weird way being the first person to tell someone big news like that is thrilling, in a situation as sensitive as this one, you'd think you'd wanna be correct first. Pete ended up being a great spot about the story, and in a way it may have been a positive since, Pete's brother Andrew said in an interview that it created a bump in traffic to their website and donations to the cause, but just an extremely odd story. Mike Barnicle out here just making up stories out of thin air during 4th of July Weekend. Sad!
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna
I have zero clue wtf is going on with these people and have zero intentions in finding out more.
All I know is that it's a great time to rehash the story of Rob Kardashian flying to Italy for Kim and Kanye's wedding, not fitting into his suit (because he put on a quick hundo), then flying back home. Dude missed his sister's wedding because he got too fat for his suit. Fuck the Kardashian's but that story will always be hilarious.
Sox are Hot!
Well, they've cooled off against the Rays this weekend, but since June 28th the last time I blogged before today the Red Sox were tied with the Yankees for 1st place. Since they've gone up as many as 5 games in the division, and currently sit at 3.5 up on the baby bombers for 1st place in the AL East. The race is by no means over, but I think the Red Sox are the clear cut best team in the division, and I'll sign up for 3.5 up at the All Star break. Especially considering how much the offense has underperformed this year, and they've gotten virtually nothing out of the 3rd Base position. Meanwhile Travis Shaw in Milwaukee is hitting .299 with 19 HR and 65 RBI. Sure would've been cool to not trade him for a broken relieve pitcher.
Jason Tatum: Good At Basketball!
I know it's only Summer League, but I'm excited!
Totally warranted question! Not overreacting at all to a few summer league games
Celtics Sign Gordon Hayward, Trade Avery Bradley
On 4th of July the move that has been in speculation for at least 3 years finally happened, Gordon Hayward is a Boston Celtic. 4 years 128 million. Not bad for a one time all star.
While I am excited for the future with him and this upcoming season, to me it is bittersweet because it ultimately led to the trade of Avery Bradley. A trade that I haaaaate. I would've rather kept Avery for one more year than trade him for a bum like Marcus Morris. Avery Bradley is the best defensive 2 guard in the NBA and it's not even close. I think they're going to miss him greatly this season. I understand they needed to move contracts to fit Hayward, but I just wish it wasn't Avery who they're moving. To me Jae Crowder seemed like a much more likely trade chip. He's their 4th SF now, I don't know what they're gonna do with him, but apparently the Celtics have 0 interest in moving him. Either way, Avery was one of my favorite Celtics of this new era, and he was responsible for some great moments the last two seasons. I will miss him.