Late-July to mid-August is commonly referred to as "the most boring period" in sports. And, right now, sports fans are deep in the heart of the most boring week of the most boring period in sports. Sure, there's preseason NFL football, and college football is about a week away, but with the anticipation of their regular season kickoffs weighing on the minds of sports fans, the relative "nothingness" of this week is just exacerbated.
But the good news is there's always Johnny Manziel to talk about.
Bad joke aside, for those desperately seeking something to cheer about this week, here are some interesting sports stories to attach your uncontrollable urge for fandom to:
Watch Mo'ne Davis pitching in the Little League World Series:
If you are not on the "Mo'ne train" yet, hop aboard, because this girl is absolutely dominating on the mound in the Little League World Series (LLWS), and there's a ton of storylines to follow. For instance, not only is Davis a female playing in the predominately male LLWS, but she's also one of the most dominant pitchers the competition has seen since the days of Danny Almonte.
And if that's not enough to get you to cheer for Davis then consider the fact that her team, the Taney Dragons, is out Philadelphia, PA, the home state of the LLWS in Williamsport.
Davis is on the hill tonight, Wednesday, Aug. 20, as the Dragons take on an undefeated, and offensively stacked, team from Nevada.
Become a Kansas City Royals fan:
The Kansas City Royals are like the Chicago Cubs of the American League; always the ones invited at the last minute to the wedding, never the bridesmaid nor the bride. But this year is different. The Royals seem to have a swagger about them, and this team of relative unknowns has somehow catapulted themselves into first place in their division.
However, despite the Royals' success, they're still only two games ahead of their rivals, the Detroit Tigers. Meaning, this last stretch of the MLB season should be fun to watch for those on the K.C. bandwagon.
Watch the WNBA playoffs:
The WNBA playoffs are in full swing starting Thursday, and a number of NBA fans might be surprised to learn that their WNBA "sister teams" are in contention for a WNBA title.
Plus, it's basketball, and who doesn't love to watch basketball?
Some interesting storylines to watch for in the WNBA playoffs will be whether or not veteran Diana Taurasi and rookie Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury can continue their dominance on the court, and the Indiana Fever's Head Coach, Lin Dunn's final playoff ride into the sunset.
But if none of these storylines are enough to pique even a little interest in this week, then just keep your head to the spreadsheets and barrel through. Football will be coming soon enough.