Touch ’em All #2

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Still recovering from the weekend? Yeah, me too. Not because I was out til the wee hours of the morning but because Lindsay and I did a color run on Saturday. A 5K through the old airfield known as Rentschler Field. I’m not used to running distance as I’ve become accustom to chasing Nolan using sprint bursts. Here’s what else happened in the world of sports this weekend, from Mickelson winning the elusive Open Championship to Yasiel Puig’s slump.

  • PGAPhil Mickelson took Muirfield by the horns on the final day of the Open Championship (or as most of us know it, the British Open), shooting a 66 en route to a comeback win that solidifies him as one of the best golfers ever to play the game. Lefty was so good he even piqued the interest of Nolan, who doesn’t seem to enjoy any sort of television whatsoever (although I guess that’s a good thing). The little guy was clapping and telling the ball to “get in the cup” throughout the day on Sunday. For me, a terrible golfer but big fan of the game, it was awesome to watch. Twitter was blowing up with premature headlines for the next days paper when Adam Scott charged out in front but that was short-lived thanks to four straight bogeys on the back nine. Twitter is indeed an echo chamber.
  • MLB – Yasiel Puig, the biggest snub in All-Star Game history? Hardly. This kid is a beast, don’t get me wrong, but he was only in the big leagues for 38 games this season. Some say he’s rejuvenated the Dodgers (I say it’s been Hanley Ramirez) but he’s cooled off significantly since the calendar turned to July. Take a look at his splits and you have the proof that though he is an extraordinary talent, the pitchers he faces are some of the best in the world. His average has dropped almost 80 points since June ended and his power numbers are virtually non-existent (4 XBH in 14 games). Manager Don Mattingly gave Puig the night off last night as I’m sure he’s seen what’s happening to him too many times.
  • NBA – With the Dwight Howard saga officially over and done with, is there anything really worth writing about in the NBA right now? Summer League? Everyone piling on saying the Lakers are in trouble? Andrew Bynum signing with the Cavaliers? The dog days of summer are upon the NBA. At least we’re not reading about anyone committing any crimes, right NFL?
  • NFL Denver Broncos‘ stud linebacker Von Miller is facing a possible 4-game ban for violating one of the NFL’s policies, though it’s not yet known which one. Speaking of the happenings in Denver, remember not too long ago two personnel execs were suspended for arrests on suspicion of DUI? And prior to that they lost defensive end Elvis Dumervil to the Ravens thanks to a fax error by Dumervil’s agent. Not a great time to be associated with the Broncos. Luckily their quarterback in Peyton Manning, who will have his work cut out for him in Miller gets handed this four-game suspension.

The heat wave finally broke but the humidity is sticking around a little bit. In other news, the sky is blue.

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