The Premier League is back!

Well, it’s almost back. The Premier League season begins again in earnest tomorrow with newly promoted Brentford playing host to my Arsenal. In anticipation of the new season, here is the new Premier League Matchday Intro for the 2021/22 season. And it’s absolutely magnificent…

Welcome back, Premier League. I simply cannot wait for tomorrow. And come on you, Gunners! ๐Ÿ˜€โšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

That’s my focus.

The NBA playoffs start tonight with the new play-in format that I think makes the playoffs even more exciting.

But this was just an excuse to embed the greatest NBA playoff hype spot of all time…

You gotta stay focused. My Memphis Grizzlies play in the Western Conference 9/10 game on Wednesday at 7:30pm on ESPN…

#NxtUpMemphis ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ†๐Ÿปโค๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Fantasy basketball 2021.

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I played NBA fantasy basketball again this year.ย And just like last years COVID shortened season, I played eight teams again. Seven of my eight teams made the playoffs. Six of those seven made it to the championship round. And four of those six won their leagues. Four championships from eight teams is pretty good, right?

Fantasy basketball makes the basketball season so much fun, and this was another great season. ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ€๐Ÿ†โค๏ธ

Soccer Saturday with some yardwork.

Good morning from Northside…

We ran over to Lowe’s to get some stuff for our backyard…

We listened to the FA Cup final while we almost finished staining our fence…

But we ran out of stain. Again. And we put some little pea gravel down on the other side of the path in our side yard…

We walked to Tickle Pickle to pick up an early dinner…

I’m not certain but I think Tickle Pickle might have got a big new sign…

But they have fries now!

BAM!

And the fries were delicious…

Good evening from Northside…

Tomorrow, we’ll go get some more stain for our fence and some flowers for our side yard…

Later, we watched the ladies of Racing Louisville play to nil-nil draw…

And we watched Minnesota United snatch a 1-0 win in the 95th minute

It was a really good Saturday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ–Œ๏ธ๐Ÿ”๐ŸŸโšฝ๏ธโค๏ธ

The FA Cup Final.

I’ve been a fan of Arsenal football club for as long as I can remember. My love for the club dates back to the early nineties. Way back in the day, I would watch (and record) the hour-long highlight show from the week that was in the English first division. And I fell in love with Arsenal. I fell hard. Their name, their kit, their larger-than-life cast of characters, their style of play with all the intricate passing, and jaw-dropping team goals. Before Arsene Wenger led the club to new heights. Heck, even before there was even an English Premier League. Arsenal has just always been my team for as long as I can remember.

Fast forward to the start of the 2014/15 season, and newly promoted Leceister City caught my attention. I still remember the piece NBCSN did on the newly promoted Foxes from “Lester.” And I thought if Arsenal were my top-of-the-table team, Leceister would be my relegation battle team. Leicester survived their first season back in the Premier League and then went on to become Premier League Champions during their unbelievably magical 2015/16 season. All of a sudden Leicester is my team competing for top-four finishes. Because in the meantime, Arsenal forced out their club legend manager, Arsene Wagner and is now somehow a middle of the table team.

Long story short, I’m a big fan of two football clubs.

Today, Leicester played in their fifth FA Cup final. They’d made the finals on four other occasions and lost all four, the last itme being during the 1968/69 season.

But today, the Foxes won their first-ever FA Cup by beating Chelsea 1-0 on a Youri Tielemans goal from 25 yards out. I collected a bunch of images from social media to commemorate the occasion…

It was an amazing match! It had a bit of everything… a banger of a goal from Youri Tielemans, an iconic save from Kasper Schmeichel, VAR controversary and most importantly, Leicester City lifting the Cup!

#FoxesNeverQuit ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸฆŠโšฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ

Ten years ago.

Today was the 10-year anniversary ofย our first date.ย We went to a Reds game…

And then we went to listen to a couple of bands at a bar that no longer exists…

It was a really amazing night. And the rest, as they say, is history. ๐Ÿ˜€โšพ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ

Rest in peace, Super League.

I don’t know if you’ve been following along but a new European football Super League was proposed recently with twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs wanting to create their own closed Super League simply so they could make more money. I’m not really a fan of James Corden but his take on this proposed Super League was spot on…

Also, mad respect to him for doing an eight minute segment on American TV knowing that most people couldn’t care less about European football.

Anyway, the people that did care about European football were pretty pissed about the proposed new Super League…

My favorite club Arsenal was one of the twelve teams that wanted to break away. The official Arsenal supporters organization in the United States released this statement…

And just as quickly as the Super League was created, it all fell apart as teams started to come to their sense and began backing out…

Now it’s the Fyre Festival of the footballing world…

And now comes the fallout…

Rest in peace, Super League. I hope to never hear about you again. ๐Ÿ˜ ๐Ÿ˜ก๐Ÿคฌโšฝ๐Ÿคฃ

The Best Sunday.

It was a beautiful Sunday morning…

Good morning from Northside…

We headed down to The Banks for another Sunday Reds baseball game…

We stopped at Jefferson Social for a bite to eat before the game…

Before we headed into the ball park, we stopped for a DORA drink…

The Reds were playing Cleveland. The Reds could sweep the three game series with a win today…

We had standing room only tickets. So we just kind of wandered around the ballpark…

We’d watch a bit of the game from here and a bit from there…

The Reds lost to the Indians 6-3. But it was just amazing to be back at the ball park again…

We rode the streetcar up into Over-the-Rhine again…

We stopped for a post game drink at Sundry & Vice…

It’s one of Genifer’s favorites…

We walked up to Holiday Spirits…

And from there, we called it a day and hopped in an Uber home…

And then we took the dogs around the block…

Good evening from Northside…

It was such a beautiful evening…

It was the best Sunday. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„๐ŸŒฎ๐Ÿบโšพ๏ธ๐Ÿนโค๏ธ

The world almost felt normal today.

Good morning from Northside…

This morning we hopped in an Uber to get downtown to go to our first Reds baseball is what seems like forever. Before the game, we stopped at the relatively new DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) in The Banks…

We stopped at Fishbowl at The Banks to share a little fishbowl…

And then we headed into Great American Ball Park…

It felt so good to be back home…

BARGE!

And this one belongs to the Reds! They whooped the Cards 12-1.

We found our Reds All-Star Legacy brick

We rode the Streetcar up into OtR. We walked to The Pony to share their incredible Chicken Fingers and then we were going to walk to Mecca for a drink or two but they don’t open until six. So we wandered around OtR for a bit…

And ended up at Holiday Spirits for a drink…

And then we hopped in an Uber and headed for home.

Good evening from Northside…

And it was an incredible day too. The world almost felt normal today. We’ve missed baseball so much. Especially Sunday baseball. ๐Ÿ˜€๐ŸŒ„โšพ๏ธ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿปโค๏ธ

Survive & advance.

Michigan faced off against LSU in the round of 32…

There were people who were saying LSU was a really tough match-up for Michigan…

Michigan was carrying the hopes of the entire B1G TEN…

Because Michigan is the only team from the B1G still dancing…

GO BLUE! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ€ใ€ฝ๏ธโค๏ธ

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