Posted on: June 25, 2009 4:27 pm

College Football

We are just over two months away from the start of the college football season.  Therefore, it is time for predictions from many people. I will do mine in segments just like Dennis Dodd, although mine might actually be accurate.  I will predict how all 120 AFKA 1-A teams will do this year, but I will not pick their record. I will say whether they are a contender and how big of a contender they are.  I will do it by conference. This will start soon. Get your popcorn ready!!
Category: General
Posted on: June 25, 2009 11:54 am

The Week After

Well, this is always a tricky spot for the PGA Tour.  It is the week after a major. Some guys are still playing this week, but many are not playing. It is always better for tournament the week prior to a major than the week after a major.  After a major, these guys are really fried.  It is good to see that Lucas Glover and Ricky Barnes are playing in Hartford this week. Of course, it does not hurt that the tournament is very close to where the U.S. Open was played.  Some people say that these guys should not play the week after a major. I say that it is up to each individual player. I don't think that when Ben Curtis won the British Open he was prepared for what would happen next. That is probably why he had to withdraw from some tournaments that he thought that he would play.  Lucas and Ricky seem to be taking things better than most.  We shall see what happens this week.
Category: General
Posted on: June 24, 2009 4:29 pm

U.S. Soccer

Well, that was amazing. In the Confederations Cup, the U.S. is in the FINALS. Yes, I said the finals.  They needed lots of help on the tiebraker to even get in the semifinals.  They played a bad game against Italy in the first game and got in a huge hole that was almost too big to overcome. Today against Spain, they got outplayed in almost every area.  However, Tim Howard and the defense saved several shots that would have been goals almost any other game.  This is Spain's first lost against a non-European team THIS DECADE!!!!  This is the Americans' first win against a #1 team THIS DECADE!!!! This is one of the biggest wins in the history of American soccer.  It will likely get them into the top ten in the world rankings.  Great job by Bob Bradley and everyone on the United States coaching staff!!
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Posted on: June 24, 2009 12:10 pm

NBA Draft and other things

Well, this has already been a nutty offseason in the NBA.  The Spurs will improve themselves greatly once the Jefferson trade is finalized, if it has not been already.  The Bucks get some expiring contracts that they wanted probably to position themselves to entice LeBron or other guys to come there.  The Wizards and Timberwolves are trying to position themselves to get some draft picks.  The Clippers would be stupid to trade the number one pick and/or take anyone else but Blake Griffin with that pick.  It is exactly what they were missing last year with Elton Brand having departed for the 76ers. They might not make the playoffs with Griffin next year, but they could certainly get close. 
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Posted on: June 24, 2009 11:41 am

Formula One

Well, I am glad everyone calmed down over this one.  Thankfully, the teams that were going to break away from Formula One and form their own series won't do so.  They have agreed to the cost cutting measures and we won't have any of that insanity.  A similar situation happened in IndyCar a few years ago and it may never recover from that.  What Formula One needs to do is make sure that almost all the teams have a shot to win almost every week. That is hard to do in road course racing since it is so hard to pass.  However, I think that they will find some way to make it more competitive. I don't know how, but they need to do it to keep their place atop the motorsports heap.
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Posted on: June 23, 2009 2:56 pm

The Donald

I guess since I am going to talk about baseball I have to talk about "The Donald".  No, I am not talking about him. I am talking about Donald Fehr. I guess people will have different memories of him.  For the players, he got them good deals.  For the fans, he let them down on so many different levels.  He will always be remember as Marvin Miller, part two.  He could have done some things differently regarding drug testing as everyone could have done.  He eventually got things going in the right direction. I hope Michael Weiner can keep things headed in that direction.
Category: General
Posted on: June 23, 2009 2:38 pm


I will also be talking baseball in my blog often.  This has been a very even season so far in Major League Baseball.  There are not that many teams out of it, except for maybe the Washington Nationals. Other than that, almost every other team still has a shot to make the postseason.  I wonder how many trades we will see between contending clubs down the stretch.  The best team is probably the Boston Red Sox.  However, the Dodgers, Cubs, Rays, and possibly the Rockies are not far behind. Yes, I said the Rockies. Changing the manager has done wonders for the Rockies. Clint Hurdle probably got a little stale and they needed a new voice in the clubhouse.  Jim Tracy is just the kind of guy for that because he is very even keel.  It will be a great second half and we will have some great playoff series. 
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Posted on: June 23, 2009 11:39 am


I will be writing about NASCAR often in my blog.  The race on Sunday was not a typical road course race.  The double file restarts kept things very close until the end. I think that we will always have road courses in the Sprint Cup Series for so many reasons.  Kasey Kahne held off a great road racer in Tony Stewart for several restarts.  Those new Dodge engines are working very well. There were some rumors earlier about his team switching to Toyota possibly this year, but I really don't think that will happen.  The other story coming out of this week, among many, is that Juan Pablo Montoya is in the chase for the first time this late in the season. He does not have a top five finish this season, but he has not really had that many bad finishes. Jeff Burton, Kyle Busch, Mark Martin and others had bad days on Sunday. Montoya was able to gain ground on all of them. I really don't think that Earnhardt Ganassi is a good enough team at this point to make the chase, but Montoya has certainly proven that he belongs.  EGR might be down to one team next year and possibly be forced to merge with someone else.  Stay tuned to see what happens on that.  The guys go to New Hampshire this week. This is a tough track due to the flatness and tightness of the corners.  It is really build more for open wheel cars, but the NASCAR guys seem to have made it stick well enough to keep two races there.  Look for guys like Tony Stewart, Denny Hamlin, and possibly Joey Logano to be up at the front.  It will be a fight to the end to the chase.
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