Weekly Nickel 8-6-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Justin Brown (pictured above, #19) is the latest Penn State player to depart to a new school in the wake of the Happy Valley scandal.

By Josh Kramer

Andy Murray has struck gold to make up for last months heartbreaking loss at the All England Club.  Michael Phelps has laid his claim to being the “GOAT” in terms of Olympians.  The MLB is out in full force.  And preseason football games are officially underway.  Last week was a great one, but this week should be fun in its own right.  Here are the events to keep an eye on.

5.  The Penn State football fire sale continues.  Yesterday, it was senior wide receiver Justin Brown leaving for Soonerville (Oklahoma).  Brown is the ninth player to depart from Happy Valley since the harsh sanctions were put on the Nittany Lions football program by the NCAA.  Continue to keep an eye out as Penn State players decide if they should stay or go.

4.  By next Sunday, all 32 NFL teams will have played their first preseason game.  It has already been an action packed start to the preseason with the typical contract disputes, injuries, and yesterday’s unfortunate tragedy at Eagles camp.  The countdown is out in full force to the official kickoff of the NFL season at MetLife Stadium (30 days away).

3.  The MLB trade deadline came and went with a bang.  Now teams focus on the stretch run to keep their October dreams alive.  There are great battles going on in the NL West and AL Central, not to mention the expanded playoff format is sure to lead to some down to the wire wild card races.  My matchup of the week takes place in “Moneyball” central (Oakland).

Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics:  The AL West is beginning to rival the AL East as the best division in baseball, at least at the top.  There are three very good teams competing for the divisional crown:  Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, and Los Angeles Angels.  After a red-hot start to the month, Oakland has finally fizzled a little, while the Angels have been playing so-so as of late, after losing two games in heartbreaking fashion to end the series against Texas.

Oakland is truly a remarkable story.  They currently lead the AL in terms of ERA, but rank dead last in runs scored.  Yet they are right in the thick of things.  Maybe “Moneyball” is still going on?  The Angels on the other hand do things in a much more balanced manner relying on both a potent offensive attack and a solid pitching staff.  Zach Greinke’s third try for the Angels will be the charm in the series finale as LA takes two of three from their division rival despite being the road team.

2. The final major (PGA Championship) of the 2012 golf season is set to tee off on Thursday.  All eyes in the golfing world will settle in on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.  Many refer to this tournament as “Glory’s Last Shot,” since it is the final major of the season.  Therefore, it is Tiger’s last shot of 2012 to end his over four-year long major drought.  The last 16 major golf championships have had 16 different winners.  After Tiger’s utter dominance, the PGA Tour has become a symbol of parity.

1.  The torch is still burning in London.  Last week was a memorable one for numerous reasons.  This week, there are knockout phases galore, and a boat load of track and field events.  Sadly, Michael Phelps is officially done, but it will be interesting to see what new stars become household names this week.

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.

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2 responses to “Weekly Nickel 8-6-2012

  1. What is going to happen when you reach post #1,000?

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