Weekly Nickel 7-9-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Tony Stewart (pictured above) had his way at Daytona this past weekend. Will he stay hot in New Hampshire on Sunday.

By Josh Kramer

Andy Murray has officially established himself as the “GOAT (Greatest Of All Time)” to never win a Grand Slam.  His tears and pain were felt by an entire country.  The MLB enters the All-Star Break with both the Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Nationals sitting atop their respective divisions.  NBA free-agency has every team around the League on high alert.  And guess what?  This week is going to be jam-packed in its own right.  Here are the events to keep an eye on.

5.  The countdown is on.  The whole world will focus their attention on one place in a mere 18 days for arguably the greatest event in sports.  Get ready for the London 2012 Summer Olympics.  It should be one for the ages.

4.  Big Tony Stewart thoroughly enjoyed his stay in Daytona.  Now it is time to head to New Hampshire.  Not exactly Daytona, but still an important stop in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.  Last year, Ryan Newman came out victorious at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  Newman currently finds himself ranking 15th in the current standings with one win on the year.  A repeat of last year could go a long way in helping Newman solidify a spot in the Chase come September.

3.  Adrian Peterson was arrested.  Amani Toomer ripped his former quarterback Eli Manning.  And Terrell Suggs continues to keep the faith that he will return in 2012.  Who else is ready for some football?  The first preseason game is just 27 days away.  The first regular season game is just 58 days away.  Get excited.  America’s most popular sport is right around the corner.

2.  Brooklyn, LA, and Miami are all smiles in regards to NBA Free Agency thus far.  Dallas is not exactly the happiest of campers at the moment.  The real question still looms as to what is going to happen next in the “Dwight Howard Soap Opera.”  The “Moratorium Period” ends on the 11th, enabling players to officially sign their new deals.  The fun will continue on.

1.  The 83rd edition of the Mid-Summer Classic is set for tomorrow night.  One thing is for certain.  Tony LaRussa will make sure this game lasts as long as humanly possible.  Tell me why we are letting a retired manager head up one of the squads again?  In addition, feel free to mute the television tonight and watch Robinson Cano look to defend his Home Run Derby crown at 8.  Lastly, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place at the All-Star Break for the first time since 1997.  Find me a bigger story in the first half of the 2012 MLB season.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.


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