What is a doldrum? Well, the summer doldrums are almost over. Football teams start reporting in a few weeks... which is plenty of time for the mind to wander.
I'm watching Wimbledon tennis this morning and I start thinking about how things are in different sports.
Do tennis players really need to be given three balls to choose from for a serve? As they toss a couple back to the ballboy? Can you imagine if baseball pitchers got to do that?
But then... at least the tennis players don't have their entourage running out to give them a fist bump after they have a problem on the first serve. And yet... that's what we see in basketball all the time at the free throw line.
What if a football player went to the sideline after every play to wipe his brow? Or a baseball player? Or a basketball player? But the tennis players always have that towel that they either go pick up... or have the ballboy bring to them after almost every point.
And what about noise? There's no talking during a serve, but during a rally there's plenty of noise. What if home plate umpires got to wear a microphone and say "Quiet, please!" before every pitch. Or a football referee could do that before a field goal attempt.
And why does there have to be no movement at tennis matches (and golf tournaments for that matter), but a guy shooting a free throw in basketball has pinwheels trying to hypnotize him spinning behind the backboard?
Who invented these rules? And why are they so different?
Oh yeah. It's sports... very different in their own right anyway.
And the summer doldrums can make you think of these things!
Don't worry... football will be here before we know it!