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The sports world is in a heat wave of ceaseless news

Casper's CornerJeff CaspersenGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Welcome to the dog days of a fireworks-filled sports summer.Interestingly enough, the bulk of those fireworks are going off in teams’ front offices.Brett Favre’s retirement flip-flopping, an insane start to NBA free agency, the Super Sonics leaving Seattle – it’s a hot-stove overload.I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve executed a Google news search on Elton Brand the past two weeks, praying he’d do the unthinkable and sign with the Golden State Warriors. Unfortunately, he committed a slightly different unthinkable and joined the Sixers.The drudgery of summer has me scouring the deepest corners of the ‘Net seeking out the latest sports news. You’d think I get enough of sports covering them.Nope.Thanks to what’s been a crazy summer, I haven’t had to dig all that much. And thank goodness for the off-the-field ridiculousness because baseball hasn’t been all that exciting this year, at least not locally. The Rockies are setting new standards for atrocious follow-ups to National League championship seasons.And as exciting as that Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer was, it only took up one Sunday.So when did all this off-the-field nonsense supplant the on-the-field stuff on the summer sports news landscape?I suppose with the advent of the Internet-fueled 24-hours news cycle. Sports scribes are toiling at all hours, burning up phone lines begging anonymous sources to provide them with details of the latest trade rumor, Favre’s every change of heart or A-Rod’s most recent visit to Madonna.Story lines can change, right before readers’ eyes, several times in a day. Remember the old days when you actually had to wait for the morning newspaper to catch the latest scoop?Times have changed.Nowadays, the summer countdown to the start of football season is far more eventful than in years past. And thankfully so. And, for those who’d rather monitor some on-field sports action, this year we have the Olympics.For once, summer’s anything but slow in the sports news department this year.Contact Jeff Caspersen: 384-9123jcaspersen@postindependent.com


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