The day is here. The day after the MLB All-Star game. A day with absolutely no professional sports in action. Also known as the day ESPN decided to make up a fucking award show and make it seem like the award matters.
There are few things to do today but don’t worry, Ya Boy PC is here with some tips to get through this day:
1. For once in the summer do something productive that your body will thank you for. Take some melatonin around 8 or 9. Get in bed turn on ESPN and you’ll be asleep soon enough. Completely sleep through this God-forsaken night. Trust me this is your best bet.
2. Watch the ESPYs and be a sheep to the mother-ship and all their useless content.
3. Mindlessly binge-watch Netflix, maybe invite a friend over…
4. Pay attention to your girlfriend for once this year… Only one time this year you can be together and not have to worry about what the Mets and Alejandro de Aza are doing (not missing much).
5. Catch up on some Nick@Nite reruns of Full House and Friends.
Last night was the first night in very long time that I not only watched a football, but enjoyed watching a football game. And my source of enjoyment came from an unlikely source. The Canadian Football League. While ESPN was airing the always exciting NBA Summer League action, I flipped over to ESPN2 to see if there was something that didn’t make me want to kill myself. Saskatchewan Roughriders (had to google the spelling) vs.Edmonton Eskimos. Now I’m not going to lie, I have no clue where these teams are located on a map. All I know it’s somewhere north and that’s it.
Its football in early July, not knowing the teams, I was just thankful.
Lets start from the top:
There are only 9 teams in the league so they play games from Wednesday to Friday (absolute dream for a gambler like myself). This is genius.
Next lets talk about the aesthetics of the game:
These uniforms look like a youth football team should wear them and I loved every inch of them. The footballs have the white lines wrapping around the entire ball which looked like someone took paint and brush and continued the lines. Seeing the ball spiral in the air on a long pass was great. Something I’ve never seen at a football game was the ad sign boards on the sidelines and ads on the field. The best part of this was the announcer saying ball on the 47 “Coors Light” hash mark. Now looking at field 150 yards long and 65 yards wide with the goal posts on the goal line and not at the back of the 20 yard endzone. Its kind of gimmicky put doesn’t really affect the game.
Lets talk about the rules:
3 downs instead of 4 was odd.
Being able to challenge pass interference was a nice change and something the NFL should look into.
The craziest rule was on onside kicks the team that last touches the ball no matter what gets possession (this changed the game last night).
Last nights game went into overtime and played it like college football does. I loved it
In the end, in front of a crowd of 34,000 (looked like 3400). Saskatchewan mounted a 4th quarter comeback to force overtime but came up literally an inch short on a 3rd down conversion to Edmonton 39-36.
Looks like I have a new thing to watch as we all deal with the agony of waiting for the NFL.
Argentina and Barcelona footballer Lionel Messi has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for tax fraud. His father, Jorge Messi, was also given a jail term for defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.5m) between 2007 and 2009. They also face millions of euros in fines for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights. However, neither man is expected to serve time in jail. Under the Spanish system, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.” ‘I knew nothing’, Messi tells court The footballer and his father were found guilty of three counts of tax fraud in Wednesday’s ruling by the court in Barcelona. As well as the jail terms, Messi was fined about €2m and his father €1.5m. They made a voluntary €5m “corrective payment”, equal to the alleged unpaid tax plus interest, in August 2013. The sentence can be appealed against via the Spanish supreme court.
Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse for Lionel Messi, this happens. First off lets look at this from the top. The so called “best soccer player” on the planet gets sentenced to 21 months for tax fraud. How fucking stupid can you and the people around you be, the guy made over $73 million dollars in 2015. I don’t know how international tax laws work, but I’m going to guess a guy like him could have hired an accountant in the first place to take care of all this bullshit and not be first place.
“Using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay to conceal earnings from image rights” This situation sounds like a scene out of a movie where your dad’s sketchy friend who you’ve known all your life comes up with this great plan to help make your money grow into more money and at the end of the conversation when you agree he says “trust me, nothing bad can happen.”
I’m not going to sit here and say Messi did or didn’t know what was going on here. But at the end of the day nothing is going to happen to him because when your a star of his caliber you can just spend spend spend spend all the money in the world to live above the law.
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