A week for the bizarre. And more is coming.
You can go ahead and mark it on your calendars, if you’d like. The week of June 6 seems to be the first week where the summer slowdown brings along the weirdest stories of the sports year.
It’s as regular as the climb in temperatures or rolling thunderstorms. As the NHL and NBA seasons come to a close and the dog days of summer arrive, the slowdown in “real” sports news (I use this term very loosely), the game highlights and injury updates, trade rumors and standings shifts brings stories that would typically be buried inside the notebook of your local sports section to the meat of the back pages. This week already
This week may serve as a high point for those kinds of tales, even though it is just early June. We have Aqib Talib doing his best Plaxico Burress impression and maybe shooting himself, but definitely getting shot and (supposedly) having too much to drink.
Then, just days later, a pair of very highly ranked prospects in the Marlins organization were involved in a bizarre “prank,” where one ended up with a knife wound.
You can’t make this stuff up.
Now, there is definitely a natural reason this stuff happens to rise to the op this time of year. With fewer games being played, reporters and networks are desperate to fill column inches and airtime, and so are hungry to run with any entertaining story they can get their hands on, and these stories are nothing if not entertaining.
We’ll probably get a bit less this year, as the 2016 summer calendar is fairly full. We have the Olympics in July and August, and by the time those wrap-up, football will return to dominate the airwaves.
But still, this can be a pretty entertaining time of year. I always enjoy the majority of these wacky stories, although Talib’s story is obviously a bit more serious.
Hopefully, we get a few gems before the summer runs out.