Today In Sports: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

The Wednesday after Major League Baseball's annual All-Star game is, arguably, the quietest day on the sporting calendar

Today marks the loneliest date in sports, punctuated by these three dreaded words: No Games Scheduled.

It comes high and hard each summer, on the sunrise following baseball’s Tuesday All-Star game, yet somehow catches us with our sanitary socks down.

Today is the day to whack-a-mole your snooze alarm, let the paper turn brown on the driveway, send out for Uber Eats, “mute” all buttons and block people on Twitter.

Go ahead and just make it “National Visit Your Mother-In-Law Day.”

Ladies and gentlemen, may we present, July 10, the ESPYs.

Home Run Derby is over and so, too, may be the Santa Anita Derby.

Today is the rarest of days when the four cornerstones of our hot-corner sports--MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL—are off the grid.

Our meat-and-potatoes have been replaced with arugula and beet salad.

This year Black Wednesday fell face-first on July 10 and the only good news is July 11 is coming soon.

A full slate returns Friday but Major League Baseball could so NOT stand to wait that long that it executive-ordered Houston to play at Texas on Thursday.

Thoroughbred racing at Los Alamitos was supposed to be a 10-day pick up the slack between Santa Anita and Del Mar but had to cancel Thursday races for lack of horses.

Good daily newspapers prepare for this dark-hole July day by scheduling timeless human interest “stop-gaps.”

My hometown L.A. Times found 91-year-old Bill Bertka, the longtime former Laker assistant, still roaming the summer leagues in Las Vegas.

Good work.

And my best guess is that Jack Harris, who wrote a cover story on an ex-UCLA women’s soccer star, is the summer intern.

Let's be honest, on November 10, that story is hugging a tire ad on D-7.

This was always the time of year, right before the start of college football, that I pulled my “senior staff writer” card to get out of proposed stories on “Gordo, the water-skiing squirrel,” or maybe trying to hook up a “phoner” with a kid from our area hitting .253 in the Cape Cod League.

“Isn’t that what the interns are for?”

Dark Wednesday is, pretty much, what it’s always has been. The Angels are hovering around .500 with not enough pitching and mourning the tragic loss of another player. Mike Trout is the best player in baseball.

Tradition-rich Notre Dame football and Dodger baseball fans are filled with mid-summer dreams of winning it all even though the last time either won the championship was the same year…1988.

The NBA season is weeks over and the NFL season is still weeks away. Wimbledon is on-going but still undecided while golfers pivot from the first-year 3M in Minnesota to the Lawnmower Open (John Deere).

Go ahead and waste your time visiting Wednesday’s local listings: “Today on the Air.”

BASKETBALL, noon: TV: NBATV. Summer league. (Note: Zion Williamson is taking the rest of the summer off).

CYCLING, 4:30 a.m.: NBCSN: Tour de France, Stage 5: (Sorry, at 4:30 a.m. I was in Stage 5 REM).

HORSE RACING, 2 p.m.: Racing Coast-to-Coast featuring Louisiana Downs. (I’m not sure racing coast-to-coast, at this perilous time in the sport, is a good idea…)

SOCCER, 8:45 a.m.: Africa Cup of Nations: (The only “Africa cup” I’m interested that time a day involves medium roast and coffee).

SURFING: World Surf League, 10 p.m., FS2: (Only if Jeff Spicoli is the color analyst).

Please, dear lord, get thee to Friday, when we can start talking spin rates, velocity exits, launch angles and wild-card races.

I can’t wait to see the Angel manager's next “opening” pitcher while his announcers tell us what it means "in terms of" and "as far as" pitching is concerned.

The All-Star game hasn’t really interested me since Nolan Ryan pitched two shutout innings in 1989 at Anaheim and, before that, in 1971, when Reggie Jackson hit that acid-trip homer off Dock Ellis (and the right-field transformer) in Detroit.

Friday, the Dodgers resume play at Boston in a rematch of last year’s World Series opponents. What are the chances Cody Bellinger wraps one around the Pesky pole? (good to strong)

You want to know how good a year Bellinger is having relative to franchise history? In 1988, Kirk Gibson WON the MVP in the NL with 25 home runs, 76 RBI and a batting average of .290.

Bellinger, at the All-Star break, is hitting .336 with 30 home and 71 RBI. Yet, the chances of him winning MVP right now are 50-50.

The Angels host Seattle in a rematch of 1995, when the Halos blew an 11-game lead in August to lose the AL West in a one-game playoff to Randy Johnson.

The Angels currently stand seven and one-half ahead of Seattle in the AL West.

If you check the standings, though, you’ll know this is different from 1995.

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