The Herald Bulletin
---- — Enjoy your summer break
Sure, it’s a slow time in the sports world. But the lazy days of summer are not without their charms.
These few weeks each July when the competitive fires and the waiver wires quiet down for a brief respite are a hidden blessing.
This is one of the few times during the calendar year when sports aren’t moving at break-neck speed. The NBA and NHL recently crowned champions, and both leagues have finished their respective drafts. The NFL is in a dark period as the start of training camps near, and college football also is charging its batteries ahead of a new season.
Major League Baseball is in full swing, but the trading deadline is still about three weeks away and pennant races haven’t reached anything approaching full boil.
All this will change soon enough.
NASCAR comes roaring into Indianapolis at the end of the month. And with the Brickyard 400 comes the stretch run for drivers hoping to qualify for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championships.
The NFL season truly begins around the same time as teams report to training camp. That means position battles will take over the headlines, and fans will scan internet reports each day to see which newcomers are making waves.
Baseball’s trade deadline arrives July 31 and separates the contenders from pretenders. On that day, each team will declare itself as a buyer or a seller and seal its fate for the remainder of the season.
But, right now, none of that matters.
Early to mid-July is about hope.
This is the time of year when every signing the Indiana Pacers make feels like it just might take the team one step closer to a berth in the NBA Finals.
It’s the time of year when fans dream of what Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck will look like in Pep Hamilton’s new offense and whether a return to the system that helped make Luck a college star might help the team make a deeper run into the playoffs.
But, mostly, it’s the time of year when a fan can enjoy the simpler aspects of the sporting life.
Now’s the time to find a ballpark and a seat in the bleachers not to obsess over the final score but to enjoy the weather. It’s the time to head over to Anderson University and watch a few matches in the Community Hospital Anderson Tennis Classic, a tournament that’s less about competition and more about celebrating the sport it represents.
If you’re a high school or college athlete, it’s the time to put in that extra hour in the weight room preparing for a grueling season ahead.
Now’s the time to dream of what the rest of the sports year could bring. Cold, hard reality will return soon enough.
There will be plenty of time for heated debates, scoreboard watching and nail-biting finishes in the weeks ahead.
Until then, however, enjoy the break.