By Josh Kramer
The past few days have been bonkers in the wide world of sports as usual. NFL Football returned in the form of Preseason games. America finally ended their drought at golf majors. In addition, the American public got to witness one of the biggest choke jobs of all time in the tournament. Plus we are now in the thick of the best few weeks of tennis that we have in the states.
Here are the items that have my attention.
A&M gets denied
It was a done deal. The SEC vote was simply a formality. Texas A&M was ready to leave the mighty Big 12, get out from the shadow of the Longhorns, and head to the best football conference in America. Think again.
A&M got rejected. And for the time being, the Aggies program as a whole must be embarrassed by recent events. I am not sure if any of you have seen the movie “She’s Out of My League.” But this recent chain of events is reminiscent of a scene in that movie. During the movie, the protagonist is on an airplane with his family. Realizing that he no longer wants to go on the family vacation and wants to go after his old (very hot) girl, he lets his family have it. He scolds them in front of all the passengers on the airplane. After the dramatic speech, he gets up to leave; only he can’t leave. The plane is ready for takeoff. So the protagonist puts his head down and sits down right next to his family that he just reamed.
A&M had basically said all that needed to be said. They basically had bid the Big 12 farewell. We are not sure of the conversations behind the scenes, but the Aggies were moving on to bigger and better things. Only the Aggies are not wanted by the hot girl (SEC). They have been rejected. Now this is by no means over. I still think college sports will undergo a major makeover in the near future and A&M may end up in the SEC when all is said and done. But there is an important lesson to learn from all of this.
Never speak about leaving until the next step is signed, sealed and delivered. If you are planning on leaving your current job, do not say anything until you have signed a contract with the new company. Because if you open up your mouth and that new job falls through, then you are left with nothing. And in this situation, fortunately for the Aggies, they are not left with nothing, in that they are still a member of the Big 12. But they have been rejected and the entire country knows it.
All eyes in the tennis world this week are heavily focused on the beautiful city in Southwest Ohio, Cincinnati. This is the big tune-up for the 4th and final Grand Slam of the year, the US Open. So before the tennis elite head to Flushing, they are required to stop in Cincinnati. Well for the first time ever in Cincinnati, the week-long event features both the top men and women players going for the title during the course of the same week.
Cincinnati really catches the tennis bug during mid-August every year as the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters becomes the happening thing to do in Cincinnati.
Now not many people are aware of the prestige and historic nature of this tournament in Cincinnati. Not only is it a top-level tournament these days that is mandatory for the top men and women players, but it is also the oldest tennis tournament played in its original city in the United States (dates back to 1899).
Traditionally, this tournament has been a great precursor to the US Open. Generally the tennis world can really get a sense of who is hot and who is not heading into the year’s final Grand Slam. Roger Federer, last year’s winner, will do all in his power to defend his crown in Cincinnati.
The real question that I and every American have at this point is can Mardy Fish break through? He went to the finals last year at this major event. He just lost in the finals on Sunday at the Rogers Cup. Fish is really the only glimmer of hope that American tennis has to take it home at the US Open at the end of the month. Winning in Cincinnati would be a great start for the upstart American.
Uggla is done streaking
I must tip my hat to Dan Uggla’s remarkable 33 game hit streak. It is hard to believe that a guy who was batting a horrific .173 on July 4th was able to string together a hit streak of these kind of proportions. Only 22 guys in history had hit safely in 33 consecutive games before Uggla. Now the Braves 2nd baseman is batting .231 for the NL Wild Card leading Atlanta Braves. Baseball is a game more focused on the numbers in my opinion than any of the other major sports. There are hallmarks to the game.
3,000 hits. 500 home runs. .300 career batting average. And more.
Well according to the numbers, this has still been an “ugly” year for Uggla. The real question is where his numbers will end up come October. The Braves invested a lot of money in the extremely chiseled second baseman who formerly played for the Florida Marlins. And we all know that this guy has never exactly been a wiz with the glove.
Can he get his average above .250 before the playoffs (his career batting average is .259)? I doubt it.
10 million this year. And 13 million for the next four. Wish I could bat .230, field at a below average mark, and make 10 million for the year. And also know that there is another 52 million in waiting over the next four.
Just some “Food for Thought.”
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