So please explain to me why basketball and hockey are still going on. It feels like both postseasons have been going on since approximately 1997. This is either a marketing or a scheduling failure. It feels odd to watch the Roland Garros final and then an early game of the NBA Finals. It feels stunningly bizarre to be watching ice hockey while there’s a cricket tournament going on in England. That is, when temperate climes are hot, ice hockey and basketball seem unnatural.
This is because they are winter sports. Basketball is an indoor sport, to be played when you cannot play outside sports. Ice hockey is a frozen sport, to be played when the lake is frozen. There are now no frozen bodies of water in any US or Canadian city that fields an ice hockey team in the NHL. Also, the season starts in September. This is madness. (Oh, yeah, and more than half the league makes the playoffs, but that is another rant for another time.)
When the Tour de France is less than a month away, winter sports need to be over. And, on that incredibly graceful segue, let’s talk about cycling. Specifically a cyclist. As a warm-up for our intense and profound coverage of this summer’s races, we would like to introduce some cute cyclists about whom you may not know. Here’s one of my personal favorites, Fabian Cancellara.
He’s Swiss, he’s fast, he was Olympic champion, and he has worn the maillot jaune in France for a bunch of days, if never while coming down the Champs-Elysées. Also he speaks amusingly adorable French.
He has had some trouble with injury this spring, and pulled out of the Giro d’Italia early so he could get to work on those pesky French Alps, so we’re all looking forward to a good performance on the Tour!