Little League soothes pain of F1 debacle

I’d be a bit more broken up about my favorite sport falling
apart before my very eyes (more on that later) if it weren’t for
the fact that I’ve been having so much fun covering Little League
in recent weeks. I’ve seen some incredible games out at Veteran’s
Memorial Park lately and I am currently finding myself wishing that
the season could go on for another month or two. Hollister still
has three teams in contention for overall titles in the Tournament
of Champions.
I’d be a bit more broken up about my favorite sport falling apart before my very eyes (more on that later) if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve been having so much fun covering Little League in recent weeks. I’ve seen some incredible games out at Veteran’s Memorial Park lately and I am currently finding myself wishing that the season could go on for another month or two. Hollister still has three teams in contention for overall titles in the Tournament of Champions.

There’s also a Gilroy squad still in the mix for a championship. The Minor Yankees are in line for at least a third-place finish at the TOC and are currently awaiting the outcome of last night’s Salsipuedes vs. San Juan/Aromas game to find out who their next opponent will be.

Hollister’s Major Brewers will be playing the Ferrasci Reds on Friday while the Major Orioles will square off against the Cardinals to see who plays for the Major League crown. Hollister’s Minor Royals and Minor White Sox played for the championship on Tuesday, with the White Sox coming out on top 12-10.

nOkay, so on to my sport of sports collapsing over the weekend. Just when I thought that Formula One racing was gaining ground here in the United States, they went and totally blew it.

One would think that the most advanced series in autosports would have realized how important last weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was for the sport’s future. One would have also thought, given all of the buzz surrounding open-wheel racing right now, that the higher-ups in the F1 world would have gone the extra mile to ensure that the series got as much mileage as possible out of its only race weekend in the States.

Instead, there were six cars on the opening lap of last Sunday’s race after all of the Michelin-shod cars pulled out of the race and into the pits following the warm-up lap due to the fact that their tires, or tyres for you across-the-ponders, couldn’t hold up to the beating they were going to take on the track, particularly in Turn 13.

What a complete joke.

The decision by the Michelin teams not to run the race left a whopping six out of 20 cars on the track when the lights went out at the starting line and also left a look of disbelief on the faces of the 100,000 race fans in attendance.

It’s not too late for me to become a NASCAR fan, now is it?

nOn to eating some more crow. A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a column about what a snoozer I thought this year’s NBA Finals were going to be. Thankfully, nobody pays me to be right about these kinds of things. Tonight, hoops fans will be treated to the league’s first Game Seven in the Finals since 1994. And it looks like it’s going to be a good one.

Can Tim Duncan and that guy who’s going out with Eva Longoria stop the Pistons from completing one of the biggest comebacks the Finals have seen in recent memory? Or will Chauncey Billups and the Wallace duo take their second-straight title on San Antonio’s floor? Either way, tonight’s conclusion to the 2004-05 NBA season should be anything but a snoozer.

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