It has been one of the craziest long weekends in sports that we have seen here in quite a while. It wasn’t just one sport that went a little bonkers, it was all of them. There were things we never thought we would see in tennis and soccer to things we shouldn’t see in baseball. With Canada Day behind us and the 4th of July upon us, it is quite easy to have missed any one of these stories so let’s go ahead and recap a wild, wacky long weekend in sports.
"I'm going to try and win a tennis match. I probably won't!"
Coming up later: the match of Marcus Willis' life…https://t.co/FIg0yH0wtx
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) June 29, 2016
Although this happened mid-week, it is one of the unexpected feel good stories of the year. Marcus Willis is the 772nd ranked tennis player in the world and he wanted to play at Wimbledon. The British tennis instructor therefore entered a pre-Qualifying tournament where he won 3 games to make it to the Qualifying Tournament where he had to win yet another 3 matches to be able to play at the All-England Club. Apparently just making it wasn’t enough as he then beat Ricardas Berankis ranked 54th in the first round. For the 25 year old whose earnings this year totalled a whopping $292 (that’s right, not millions or hundreds of thousands or even thousands) Willis now had the opportunity to play at centre court in front of thousands of cheering fans against the best player in the history of the game, Roger Federer. It didn’t matter that he lost in straight sets as the soon to be Hollywood movie will show, he gave it everything he had. Not only was he as professional as the man across for him, he really seemed to enjoy every moment of the experience.
What could we have at Euro2016 to top off Iceland’s victory over England? How about the 26th ranked Wales defeating Belgium ranked second in the world?!? Yep, the new 24 team format has already been validated but the fun didn’t end there. For the first time in 9 tries Germany has finally beaten Italy in a tournament game and they did so in one of the worst penalty shootouts ever. Now there is nothing crazy about Germany winning on penalty shots as they have won every single shootout since West Germany lost to Czechoslovakia in the 1976 Euro’s. What was crazy about this one is that Germany actually missed three penalty shots against Italy when previously they had only missed 1 since 1976!
When you think of dastardly villains, you think of Darth Vader, the Joker, Voldemort and of course Die Hard’s “yippee ki-ay” Hans Gruber. Those in the 6ix will now add umpire Vic Carapazza to that list as he was (again) absolutely brutal. His strike zone was all over the place and because of that he unnecessarily ejected 3 Blue Jays. This has nothing to do with why this game made the long weekend looney list; I just felt a frustrating need to say how bad he was. I feel much better now, thank you for listening. Now back to the ridiculous. There are few things finer than spending Canada Day watching baseball with your kids, but a game that lasts 19 innings? Seriously? Other than runs, this game had everything including the above mentioned horrible umpire and two fielders Ryan Goins, Darwin Barney having to pitch in the 2-1 loss. Despite not allowing a run in his one inning of work, Goins was placed on the 15-day disabled list because he strained his forearm. Not crazy enough for you? Two days later despite evil umpire Carapazza being present the hometown team won 17-1 making it the second biggest margin of victory in Blue Jays history. Ka-ray-zee!
— Nicholas Prins (@nohouzecalls) July 1, 2016
There was more this weekend but I am out of time for now. I haven’t talked about Ferrari’s tire exploding on a straightaway at the Austrian GP or touched on how the NHL landscape changed in just 23 minutes or the absolutely ludicrous contracts that are being signed in the NBA. For all you expectant parents out there take some advice from @PapaDart. Please, please, please do yourself a favour and if you have a son don’t fail them as I failed mine. Teach them how to be tall and to have a long wing span. He really doesn’t need to know how to shoot or dribble, as long as he can protect the basket he will make more than $15M a year in the NBA. #BeLikeTimofeyMosgov
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