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It's as American as...
July 4, 2011

...When I got up this morning and went online on this Independence Day, the first thing I saw on my welcome screen was a story about Joey Chestnut winning the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. I know they hold that contest on the the fourth of July every year, but I never really associated the contest with the holiday. If you think about it, though, I guess it's appropriate considering all the family barbecues being held today, and how much Americans love to eat. It wouldn't have the same effect though if Kobiyashi had won it...

...Naturally if you are going to talk about hot dogs, that segues right into baseball. With MLB's All-Star game coming up next week, and the rosters being announced yesterday, it's become tradition to complain about the fan vote, and how terrible it is. Yes, the fans selected Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez from the New York Yankees as the starters at short and third respectively when maybe guys like Asdrubal Cabrera and Adrian Beltre deserve it more, but Yankee first baseman Mark Teixeira was completely left off the team. He has 25 home runs. I thought the fans did a nice job with the National League lineup...

...While one American baseball treasure, the Los Angeles Dodgers (whose colors are red, white and blue after all) is being tarnished, another is coming back. Don't look now, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are just 1˝ games out of first place in the National League Central. The Bucos haven't had a winning record since 1992...

...Wimbledon is about as American as Ronald Reagan is British (a statue of the Great Communicator was unveiled in London today), but the most prestigious tennis tournament is held around the holiday. NBC tricked me yesterday. I taped the men's final from 6-11am. I turned on the television just before 11, quickly glancing with one eye to see if the match was over before I saw what the score was. It looked like they were still playing, so I had to delete something from my DVR so I could record longer. It turned out NBC replayed the end of the match...

...This doesn't have much to do with being American, July 4, hot dogs, or baseball, but I just thought I'd throw it out there. The first Israeli-born NBA player is no longer a Sacramento King. Omri Casspi was traded June 30 along with a future first round draft pick to Cleveland for forward J.J. Hickson. There was such outrage and furor that the NBA locked out its players just hours later (okay maybe that's not why)...

...A line from David Letterman's monologue last week as Americans are getting ready to celebrate independence from the British. Add Letterman: “maybe one day we can celebrate our independence from the Chinese”...

...Happy 235th America!






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