By Paul Fontaine
When it comes to calling something a “perfect day”, I have to admit that my standards as a 44 year old married father of 6 might be quite different than most people’s. That said, I had a pretty fucking great day today by any standards!
Day started similar to most Saturdays for me. Get up with the baby, feed her, and watch the ROH TV show that was on the PVR from the previous night. So far, so good. When that was over, I started in with a bit of college football. During the fall, I’ve had days where I’ll start watching football at 1030 am (central time) and at midnight, I’m still watching. Not today, although that would’ve been great as well.
The ROH show was the typical good show. Nothing spectacular, but a solid build to next week’s PPV. The football was there. I was doing some writing while it was on so it was background noise but more just a primer for the stuff I was really looking forward to.
About noon, I settled in to watch some baseball. As a long-time Toronto Blue Jays fan, it’s been a very long time since I’ve had meaningful September baseball to watch but today was a double-header at Yankee Stadium with first place in the AL East in jeopardy should my Jays lose both ends. I always put these things on PVR and start watching about 45 minutes in so as to get continuous action and avoid commercial.
Halfway though Game 1, with the Jays and Yanks deadlocked, live caught up with taped so I paused the game and watched a couple of matches from the G-1 final. I’m still trying to finish that show and I think I have three matches left. Today it was an excellent six-man with Honma, Naito and Makabe against Ibushi, Shibata and Goto as well as ReDRagon winning the IWGP Junior tag belts from the Young Bucks. Good times.
Back to baseball and that first game. The Blue Jays fell behind, came back, got a late lead and then lost the lead and then the game ground to a half. Nearly five hours after it started, the Jays managed 4 runs in the 11th inning off of one hit and a bunch of walks and hit batters by the Yankees to take the lead and then held on in the bottom of the 11th to take the win. Jays now up 3.5 games so even if they lose the last 2 games of the series, they’re still up 1.5 with 3 weeks to go in the season.
Watched some filler between games and then the first part of Game 2 of the double-header. Jays got out to an early 6-0 lead and before I knew it, it was time for the big event of the day, Invicta FC 14. No way I wasn’t watching this live so I paused the game, about 20 minutes behind live, and settled down for some Women’s MMA.
Show was the usual excellent offering from Invicta FC. Hot, talented chicks doing what they do best. Great mixture of skill on display from two fighters making their pro debut in the opener to the very experienced and talented Roxanne Modafferi and Tonya Evinger showcasing their skills later in the night. My favorite fighter, Roxy, won her fight so no way this show wasn’t going to be a thumbs up. The co-main was a controversial finish that wasn’t so much bad judging but a bad scoring system. The girl with the most upside, DeAnna Bennett, won so it was good for the company, I think. And then in the main event, Evinger destroyed her opponent (who didn’t make weight and doesn’t deserve to be named) and then cut an awesome promo afterward, including the best catchphrase since “Austin 3:16”….”Gator don’t play no shit”. They’re fucking morons if they don’t put that on a T-shirt.
And then at 11 pm central, it was back to the baseball game. As of this writing, the Jays are up 6-4, it’s 12:30 am and I’m not the least bit tired. I think I saw on Twitter than the Jays won but I’m pretending that I didn’t. If they win, they’re up 4.5 and safe to say, they’ll win the AL East.
World Series here we come! And next weekend, with Bellator, another Jays/Yankees game, college football, Titan FC and more (I think there’s a Legacy show or something as well), it has the potential to be another Best Day Ever!
Sometimes, life is good.