Our long summer is set to come to an end. It’s been a Blazer (UAB). It was a perfect summer for Sun Devils (Arizona State). But now we are heading for fall in a Golden Flash. (Kent State). The forecast calls for Thundering (Herd- Marshall) runs and Hurricanes (Miami, Fla- not to be confused with Golden Hurricanes in Tulsa) of Pigskin.
A Green Wave (Tulane), a Crimson Tide ('Bama) if you will,of enthusiasm is set to sweep all the Wildcats, Cardinals, Tigers and Bulldogs off their feet or at least up onto them. (Umm that would be: UK, Arizona, Kans. St., and Northwestern; Louisville, Ball State and Stanford sorta; Missouri, Memphis, LSU, Clemson and Auburn; and Fresno St., Georgia, Mississippi St. and Louisiana tech)
This is the last weekend without college football. Let’s hope it passes in a Zip (Akron). So yeah, we are looking forward to college football here at the ole sports blog.
That doesn’t mean this weekend is void of sports entertainment options. So here’s your weekly rundown of What’s Next on the sports calendar.
NFL: It’s week 3 of the pre-season, traditionally the most real of these fake games. The Colts played their “most real fake game” Thursday and in traditional Colts pre-season fashion, got walloped. You want to be worried, but we’ve seen this act before from the Colts and it all gets better when the games start counting. Besides, Manning played well and Addai busted a 49 yarder early.
The Bengals pay a visit to Brian Brohm and the Buffalo Bills. I never typed that before, but the alliteration of his name and the team’s name is beautiful. This must work out. As for the Bengals, I would have to say they have had a disappointing pre-season to this point and there is a lot of pressure on them as division favorites heading into the season. With Spiller lighting it up last week for Buffalo, and the Bengals looking to find that continuity, this could be an interesting one to watch.
Is anyone else hyped for the Great lakes Classic between the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Lions! Anybody, high five…just me? Oh OK. (Go browns!)
MLB/ Heck baseball in general: The Reds return home from a fairly successful nine game west coast swing to take on the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are looking to take a division lead into September for the first time in what seems like ages. The Cardinals are pressuring them all the way, and they play another losing team when they visit Washington tonight. The Reds have a fairly sizable four game lead in the NL Central, and the two teams will be jockeying for position ahead of next weekend’s monster series between the two in St. Louis. I would say that the Philadelphia-San Diego and Boston-Tampa match-ups lead the way.
Meanwhile, here in town the Bats are looking to hold onto first in the IL West tonight against second place Columbus. The two teams have been neck and neck since Louisville’s hot streak following the all star break. The Bats will be at home all weekend, facing Toledo Saturday and Sunday. Only 11 games remain in the Bats regular season, but they are in a good spot to see some post season action again this September.
Lastly, the Little League World Series has its big finale this weekend. Teams from Hawaii, Georgia and Texas remain alive. The finals, of course, Sunday at 3:30 on WHAS11.
Golf: Golf will not appear regularly in the What’s next column, but after one round, the newly officially divorced Tiger Woods is tied for the lead.That’s right, in Tiger Woods’ first round of competitive golf since the divorce was made official, he ripped it up. Got his mojo back, that quick. If this is real, and he competes for the title, you know you’re watching.
Elsewhere: (sorry if I missed something else big). An off week for NASCAR, which has just two more races until their play-offs, “the Chase”, begin. I don’t like “The Chase”. I think it forces drivers to race for points all season, not for wins. The old way, a guy like Greg Biffle, who is currently in “the Chase” at 11th, but hopelessly behind the leader Kevin Harvick by 466 points, would do nothing but race for trophies the rest of the season. He would race relentlessly to be a race winner. Now, he will race out the string hoping to catch Harvick on points once the Chase starts. It has made each individual race less fun in my opinion, as fifth place is almost as good as first, and the points have trumped wins as the main goal in America’s biggest racing circuit.
Also, UFC 118 is this weekend. I am not interested in this sport. If you are and want to preview it, please do so in the space below.
And I guess the WNBA is in the play-offs.
That’s it for this week, and look forward to next week fellow sports fans, when we will all make like Ragin’ Cajuns (Louisiana-Lafayette) with some college football.