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!
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