July 21, 2011

The Eternal Season - Thursday July 21st

Good Afternoon Sports Fans!

The heat is on.  Not just 90s here in Gotham, forecast has us pushing 100 today, tomorrow, and Saturday.  At least there is a bit of a breeze at the moment!

It's Thursday, and we are still waiting on the NFL lockout voting to happen, seems they are close, but not everyone has had a chance to review the new CBA, and they don't want to vote on a 10 year deal without getting the particulars.  Which makes perfect sense.  But it could still happen today, and the various parties are where they need to be (or near a phone, for conference call voting), so breaking news could be coming our way at any moment.  Thursday - college football, 7 weeks from tonight!

The Copa America final is now set - Uruguay v. Paraguay.  Not the game the locals in Argentina were hoping for, if the fan attendance for the semi-finals is any indication.  But it should be a decent game.  3:00 pm Sunday, on Univision en espanol, and most likely Fox Soccer if you like your broadcast in English, where the goal calls are nowhere near as exciting.  The Peru v. Venezuela 3rd place game is 3:00 pm Saturday, same channels.
It's getaway day in baseball, with just 8 games on the schedule, but there was some noteworthy action Wednesday night.  For the 2nd time this season, the Dodgers Clayton Kershaw (Koufax Light) has out dueled the Giants Lincecum in 1-0 wins.  Kershaw, 8 innings, 3 hits, 1 walk, and 12 strikeouts, meaning he now leads the NL in that last category.  Still just 23, whoever ends up owning the Dodgers next will be signing him for the long term as job #1.  Elsewhere, the Rangers 12 game winning streak ended outside LA, and in Phoenix, we where reminded not once, but twice, of the risk that baseball has in it.

First, DBacks shortstop Stephen Drew broke his ankle sliding into home, and on the next play, the Brewers center fielder (Carlos Gomez) broke his collarbone while making a diving catch.  Drew needs surgery and is out for the season, and that could put a major dent in Arizona's playoff chances.  It's not good for the Brewcrew either, although there is early talk that Gomez could return for the stretch run.  A shocking reminder of what can happen in a minimal-contact league. 

Big news in the world of golf yesterday, as Tiger has canned his long time caddy Steve Williams.  Based on the reaction of Steve, this came out of nowhere.  We'll see where Tiger goes from here, whenever it is he gets back on the course.  The 'seniors', aka Champions are in England this week for their run at the Open, coverage on ESPN at noon today and tomorrow.  Go with Tom Watson in this one, he has contested the past two regular Opens!

Ok friends, off to find some lunch, and then get prepared for a steamy softball game this evening.  Stay cool and safe out there, TES will see you on Friday!

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