I’m back. Tough week for me. Tough week or so for Americans and North Americans, too. Great week for Europe.
Dirk Nowitzki walks away with the NBA championship trophy. Zdeno Chara carts off the Stanley Cup. Rory McIlroy obliterates the field at our national golf championship (and U.S. golfers have their first-ever drought of five straight majors). Wimbledon begins and though I know jack about tennis, I know there aren’t any American men very highly regarded in that one.
Didn’t mind being off during the hours I spent in the chair in front of the TV this week. My favorite moment — and there’s a definite relation to this blog — was the face time our friend and founder Sam Weinman got after McIlroy’s victory as he stood with McIlroy’s dad off the 18th green.
Atta boy, Sammy!
For those who are new, or for people Googling McIlroy and ending up here, please let me explain that the term “Europansy” is indeed derogatory, but that we here use it mocking those who use, and who have used it recently, it in a derogatory fashion. We here — many of us Euros, in fact — admire the Euros and their accomplishments with a wink and a nod when we mention the Europansies. It is a term of endearment. These are great Euro champions.
But, hey, we don’t take anything too seriously around this place. Do we?
So I can talk hockey this week as it happens. I guess, and I’m not sure, but it sounds as if the Captain is gone one way or another, right? That’s worth discussing. This week is time for buyouts and 2011-12 schedules (your heroes will see lots of Europansies when that starts), Wednesday is awards night. The weekend is the NHL draft. And soon July 1’s Spend-A-Thon.
Here we go.