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The Evster’s Guide to Annoying Sports Small Talk

Aug 30, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

source:  Labor Day is an excuse to BBQ. And BBQs are an excuse to eat massive amounts of food, run through sprinklers with your dog, and take a bunch of hallucinogenics with your whacked-out neighbor, Carl. Unfortunately, most BBQs also require you to talk sports with grown men wearing socks and flip flops. That’s all right though, because I’ve figured out a way around that.

The key to talking sports with idiots is to sound knowledgeable enough to keep your street cred, but stupid enough so that no human being would ever want to keep talking to you. Because the best way to enjoy these holiday functions is to be alone. That way, you can eat your chicken and drink your beer without being judged. So this weekend, while you try to hide in the corner and shove potato salad into your face, use this guide to help you escape whatever bozos that decide to chat you up.

“So whaddya think of the Eagles chances this year?”

What a boring question from a boring person — and one that you’ve probably already answered 37 times this summer. If the person asking the question seems nice enough, and you feel like he was just trying to make casual conversashe, tell him you’re excited about the Eagles’ O, but nervous about their D. If the person is even half the dweebazoid he seems to be, tell him the only thing softer than the Birds’ defensive line is his son’s limp-wristed throwing motion.

source:  “How ’bout this Ryne Sandberg fella? Is he the right guy for the job?”

This question is a little more acceptable, but still not worthy of your full attention. Everyone knows that it’s not a manager who could fix this team, it’s Miguel Cabrera. Dude, that guy is incredible. Complete and total domination. I actually feel like Cabrera did not get NEARLY enough pub after winning the Triple Crown last year, and now he’s going for another?!?! If the person you’re talking to does not share your excitement for Miggy’s accomplishments, take his chicken leg from off his plate and launch it over the nearest fence.

“Dude, Miley Cyrus?”

Finally someone worth talking to. Tell this guy that even though Miley has a miniature acorn butt (and that you have no idea what’s going on with that whole tongue wagging thing), you’d still pay big bucks to give her a foot massage. If your BBQ buddy agrees, show him this secret snapshot that you took earlier this week of a girl walking down 12th Street.



If he’s into it (and c’mon, he’s totally gonna be into it), ask him if he too has any secret snappers that he wants to share. Then spend the rest of the weekend walking around Sea Isle taking secret snappers of every 19-year-old girl and drunk divorcée.

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. Secret Snappers?”

I know, I know, it’s totally wrong and possibly illegal, but how could I not share that picture with The 700 Level’s readers?

“What about the Sixers? They’ve certainly been wheelin’ and dealin’.”

Ugh, calm down Mark Zumoff. No one knows what’ll become of the Sixers. Not Ric Bucher, not Charles Barkley, and especially not some stiff who wears his sunglasses on the top of his head. In an effort to cut this conversation off before it even starts, just say that you’re encouraged by their offseason moves and are about to explode with tumultuous diarrhea.

“Is Lamar Odom dead?”

I hope not. He seems like a really nice guy who has had a really rough life. Yeah, he’s got millions of dollars and a caring wife (she seems to really love him!), but dude’s childhood was devastating. Did you know that his father was a heroin addict and his mother died when he was 12? Also, in 2011, his lost his 6 1/2 month-old son to SIDS. That’s really sad! Geez, thanks for bringing the mood down, Barbara Walters Jr. I’m getting more chicken.

“Think the Union have a shot of winning it all?”

This conversation is over.

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  1. Kunk - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    You didn’t include this possible question.

    “Who is the creepiest Philly blogger in the muhfuggin’ game?”

    Between the Secret Snappers and the lurid admissions from his college days over at ZWR, The Evster has clearly established himself as the King of Creep. But what do I know? I religiously read a blog about a woman who just had a baby named Ford Nehemiah.

  2. Turbo - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    I honestly love potato salad so much. And hold on, is the glasses on the top of the head not an acceptable look??? What are the alternatives if it gets shady out? Glasses around the neck OR AROUND THE BACK OF THE NECK is the worst thing anyone could ever do in my presence. hanging/danglin from your shirt neck? That’ll turn any crew neck into an instant V. croakies? simply not an option and you are an asshole if you wear croakies. So you tell me, dawg, where do the glasses go?

    • theevster - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Either hang on neck of shirt, put in pocket or give to your wife / gf / bf / husband to put in their pocket book / carry all, even though they’ll be salty as hell about it.

  3. Turbo - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    also cliff lee’s hair could not look any better when he takes his hat off. so fluffy/bedheady.

  4. - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Go away.

    • theevster - Aug 30, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      Oh c’mon that’s a ridiculous email address

  5. Enrico Campitelli Jr. - Aug 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    What about vegetarians who host a BBQ?

    • Kunk - Aug 30, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Answer every question with “Sports are lame. Have some more organic kale and free-range quinoa!” IMO.

  6. Carl B. - Aug 30, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    clean me off another one of them bunnies i’m gonna eat it

  7. Bryce brown's tiny girl hands - Aug 30, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Pure. Genious.

    The Marc zumoff comment was gold


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