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August 2001


by Twinsfan

We are now into August and where has the time gone? I thought this is the slowest time of year. We have MLB heating up and/or cooling down, depending on what team you root for. NASCAR is in full swing with a pretty good overall points battle emerging. The WNBA is gearing up for their playoffs. The AFL is already into their playoffs. Let's see, there is something I'm missing ... hmmmmm. Oh yeah ... the NFL is returning for what promises to be another great year of ups and downs.

Since this is first and foremost on my mind, I'll start with the NFL. Of course you can't not talk about the Korey Stringer incident. He is the Minnesota Viking who collapsed on the practice field and later died of major organ failure brought on by heat stroke. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to his wife and son. He was a very caring and jovial man from what I've read and heard. He will be sorely missed.

As far as the season goes, it looks to be pretty wide open with the exception of a few, like Cincinnati, San Diego, Chicago, Cleveland, etc... You know, the usuals. If I had to pick someone right now? I wouldn't 'cause there will be a September issue of HOTP and I will make my predictions then.

Baseball is getting down to the nitty gritty. We are finding out who are the contenders and who are the pretenders. Twins and Phillies have both lost their leads in their respective divisions but are hanging close. The same cannot be said about the Boston Red Sox. They are going the wrong way
fast. The Oakland Athletics have got to be so glad that there is a wildcard team which makes the playoffs. Here they are with as good a record as any other team that is leading their divisions but, just because the Seattle Mariners are having a phenominal year, they sit almost 20 games out of the lead in the West Division. They should be the wild card team. Over in the National League there is a dogfight going on in their Western Division. The San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers are all within a half game of each other. This will go down to the wire. The Atlanta Braves have finally shown up, any coincidence that they started to play better once they got rid of John Rocker? The Chicago Cubs and the Houston Astros are in a fight of their own, as well. It will be a very entertaining rest of the season.

The Winston Cup points race is headed by Jeff Gordon, with Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd hot on his bumper. The final report on Dale Earnhardt's death will be released in August and all of racing and its fans are waiting to hear the results.

I'll admit I don't know a lot about the other 2 sports I mentioned in the first paragraph but I'll take the Houston Comets to win the WomensNBA, since they've won every single one since the league's inception, and as far as the Arena Football League goes, I'll take Nashville whatever their last names are.

A couple of noteworthy deaths occured in the world of sports. Of course there was the Korey Stringer tragedy but baseball also suffered a loss. Lou Boudreau of the old time Cleveland Indians passed, he was 84. He is the winningest manager in Indian history and was a player manager at the age of 30. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1970.

Until next month, good night and good sports!

congratulates the winner of our July drawing:

Flying V

He has won this HOT package of baseball cards.

WTG ~V~!