Live Sports Are Back!

It’s not the NFL, MLB, NBA or even the NHL but we do have the opportunity to watch two live sports today. There are no fans in attendance for either event and most of the commentary and pre/post shows are being done off-site, in remote locations.

First off, we get the Driving Relief Skins Golf Match on NBC. This is a team event and we have Rory McIlroy/Dustin Johnson vs Matt Wolfe/Rickie Fowler. For all you gambling lovers, McIlroy/Johnson were -170 going into the match. This is a phenomenal cause, all the skins earnings are going to the American Nurses Foundation and the CDC foundation to aide in the COVID-19 relief effort. I am writing this blog as I am watching the match, it is the official restart of live golf, next Sunday we have the Mickelson/Brady vs Manning/Woods golf match that will be entertaining as hell to tune in for, I will have a blog on that later. After that, we are only a week and a half away from the PGA tour resuming.

Our second event of the day is the NASCAR Cup Series at Darlington. I will be honest, I have never watched a NASCAR race in my life, I will tune in for the last few laps of the Daytona 500, but that’s about it. My grandfather is a die-hard NASCAR guy and he has always been trying to get me to become a fan, hasn’t happened, but when a global pandemic hits and we have no sports, we tune in for the first NASCAR race in 171 days. Again, gambling makes everything interesting, so if you are interested in that, you can bet matchups or you can bet a straight up winner, all consisting of money line odds, you can walk away with a decent bag of shells if you play your cards right.

If neither of these sports interest you, you can tune in to the “Sport Of Kings” thoroughbred racing, one of my favorites. I have been watching racing since quarantine has begun but if you need something new and exciting to watch, check your local listings for the TVG channel and watch races from around the country.

To cap off our first day of watching sports in what seems like forever, we have the final two chapters of the MJ/Bulls documentary, “The Last Dance” on ESPN. One of the most candid and exciting sports documentaries that I have seen in a long time, it’s bitter sweet to get to the end of this ten-part series, it has been so entertaining but coming to the end will make Sunday nights far more boring for a sports fan like me and a lot of people reading this blog.

It’s not a full blown sports day but I will admit, sitting on the couch with a lemonade watching live golf has brought me back to a place that seems familiar, that seems a little bit more normal and that sweet feeling of summer, is beginning to creep in. The more sports we get, the more normal it will all feel and we can hopefully put these difficult times in our rearview mirror. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy! Hear, hear to the ProcrastiNation!