• I don’t know about you, but I can’t believe last week was the MLB All-Star game.  It feels like a month ago already.  Probably because I took the weekend off for a big golf outing and a whole bunch of family fun.  (That’s what’s known as a built in excuse just in case I sound stupid this morning.)

    A week ago today, Ryan wrote about Mike Vrabel, Kyle Kalis and ESPN suing Ohio State.  If you think your Mondays are stressful, read about that Monday.  Ryan also killed US Soccer’s hopes of building an American fan base by finally telling the truth about why we watch soccer when we do.    Deb profiled the Chicago Cubs and White Sox All-Stars, which is good, and Wrigley Feild’s drop in attendance this year, which is not so good.  The article is good, though, and isn’t that what this is all about?  Lisa and I rekindled our preseason debate on who we think will take each division in baseball.  After reading the American League predictions and the National League predictions, I know you’ll decide who won.  (Me.)  Lisa beat me in writing about the Pittsburgh Pirates, though, who she seems to think are contenders in the National League.  Stephanie gave us a second half outlook for the Indians, and touted an oft repeated mantra in this neck of the woods: Have Hope, Cleveland.  I did a little thing about ESPN and the Bruce Feldman suspension, that has since turned into ESPN saying that Bruce Feldman was never suspended and that he could resume his normal duties.  Resume his normal duties?  Resume after doing what?  Being suspended, probably.   

    The Indians opened the second half by splitting a four game series against the Baltimore Orioles.  There isn’t much to say about this first series of the second half except that the Indians blew a great chance to sweep an awful team.  The Tribe open a four game series with a double header in Minnesota.  The Indians need this series win, especially after not being able to get it done against the Orioles.

    The Cincinatti Reds opened the second half with by taking two of three from the St. Louis Cardinals to gain some ground in the NL Central.  They’re still 3.5 games back from first and 3 games out of the second place tie that the Pirates and Cardinals are locked in, but the Reds can make up more ground this week with a series in Pittsburgh starting today.

    The Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers are still locked out.  Can anyone tell that this bothers me?

    The United States Womens Soccer Team had two one goal leads against Japan Sunday and both times couldn’t hold on to the lead.  Japan used penalty kicks to defeat the US to take the World Cup Championship.  Abby Wambach killed it again, Hope Solo, however, did not.

    Darren Clarke grabbed the Claret Jug with a three stroke victory at the Open Championship over Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson.  Two Americans in the top three isn’t bad, but it sure would have been nice for the US to get the win considering the trouble the US Women had.  Congrats to Clarke, though.  He’s the guy that’s credited by many as blazing the trail for Northern Ireland’s golf tradition, allowing Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy to follow. 

    Ryan Newman and Tony Stewart were first and second on lap one at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, and they finished that way on lap 301.  Newman and Stewart both needed a strong weekend to make a move in the championship race, and this weekend was as perfect as they could imagine.  The Brickyard 400 is next weekend, which will kick off the “let’s start paying more attention to this” string of races in NASCAR.

    I’m going to miss early morning golf this week, but I’ll make it work.  I’ve got this pesky thing called a day job to distract me.  Se

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