Top 10 Baseball Distractions

September 27, 2011 | Glenn Clark

8. Rugby World Cup: Italy vs. Team USA (Tuesday 2:30am from Nelson, New Zealand live on Universal Sports)

I’m only a LITTLE torn on this. The reality is that I have Italian heritage and regularly root for Italy in World Cups in another sport. Hate me if you want, but this is the country that gave us (in a roundabout way) Chiapparelli’s salad…


…and Snooki…


…which is of course a reminder of why we will all be rooting for the Red, White and Blue.

7. Pro Wrestling: WWE Hell in a Cell (Sunday 8pm from New Orleans live on Pay-Per-View)

There’s too much John Cena and Triple H in wrestling at this point, but HiaC has usually given some pretty great moments. None of course greater than Mick Foley and The Undertaker in ’98…

6. Soccer: EA Sports FIFA Soccer 12 available for XBox360, PlayStation3 (Tuesday); MLS: DC United @ Philadelphia Freedom (Thursday 8pm from Philly live on ESPN2), DC United @ Columbus Crew (Sunday 4pm from Columbus live on Comcast SportsNet); College Soccer: Charlotte @ Maryland (Tuesday 7:30pm Ludwig Field), Creighton @ Maryland (Friday 7:30pm Ludwig Field); Albany @ UMBC (Saturday 7pm Retriever Soccer Park)

EA has put together a nice little viral campaign for FIFA, which has always been their most underrated title. The spots have included the likes of Steve Nash, Landon Donovan, Tim Lincecum and Hope Solo squaring off…

Apparently everyone is MORE interested in something else Hope Solo has been doing recently…

5. Auto Racing: NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup AAA 400 (Sunday 2pm from Dover, DE live on ESPN); IndyCar Series Kentucky Indy 300 (Sunday 2pm from Sparta, KY live on VERSUS)

I’ve gone to Dover before. I didn’t enjoy it. Ocean City was down the street. I went there instead.

Apparently Tony Stewart is quite the cat’s meow in the NASCAR playoffs. I say “apparently” because God knows no one really gives a crap.

Kurt Busch sang the National Anthem at Wrigley Field recently. Here’s a terrible video of it. That’s all I’ve got today, gearheads.