The weekend is just hours away and again it should be a fantastic sports weekend. Before we get to some of the highlight to look forward to, let’s review a few things in the headlines, and some that didn’t make the headlines.
Congratulations Floyd Landis on your second place finish at the 2006 Tour de France. Floyd is the most determined, never say die kind of guy in the world. Did he let claims that he doped stop him from winning the Tour? No. Did he let those same claims stop him from enjoying his victory? No. Did he let a court ruling that upheld that claim and stricken his victory at the Tour from the record books stop him? No. He still claims his innocent even though he never turned in a clean test. Ummm. Right now he’s kind of like that guy who hooked up with the fat chick on a drunken night and all his friends know it because they saw them making out but he still denies it. Come Lloyd. Admit it and accept. It’s just funnier when you do.
Golf adopted an anti-doping policy. Does it even really matter if golfers are taking ‘roids? The clubs are titanium, the balls are bullets and all the equipment is juiced but let’s make sure the players aren’t. All this because Gary Player wanted some attention.
NHL preseason is in full swing. What you didn’t know the NHL had a preseason? Why have a preseason if you don’t even have a regular season?
Anyone else of this Women’s World Cup? I just want my morning SportsCenter back.
Now on to some college football.
*** Michigan vs Penn State - The second season for Michigan starts here. They can still win the Big Ten and go to the Rose Bowl. I think last week’s Notre Dame game was exactly what they needed to give them the confidence to turn the season around. Penn State looks good but they haven’t really played anyone yet. They’ve played Florida International, ND and Buffalo. It could be a homer pick but I think Michigan pulls the upset. Mike Hart’s guarantee win over ND got everyone pumped up and it will carry over to Saturday. I just hope when Ryan Mallett throws a TD pass he makes the leap on the pile.
*** South Carolina vs LSU - The Old Ball Coach goes in to Baton Rouge and shocks the world. Not with an upset win but with how many excuses he can come up with for why his team lost by 35. He hasn’t felt this overmatched since his days with the Redskins.
*** Northwestern vs Ohio State - Not saying it’s going to happen but, if Northwestern wins, and they just lost to Duke, would this loss be worse than Michigan losing to App State? I say yes.
*** Michigan State vs Notre Dame - It will be interesting to see how the announcers find a way to still praise ND after their first 0-4 start ever. This will lead into another week of “Should Charlie Weis be fired?” and “What’s wrong at Notre Dame?” I almost home the Irish win just so we don’t have to hear that anymore.
*** Kentucky vs Arkansas - UK’s stay in the top 25 last as long as it takes Darren McFadden to run and throw a touchdown pass.
*** Iowa vs Wisconsin – Really? This game gets ESPNs primetime slot? Really?
Expect an awesome post either Sunday or Monday about being at the Jake when the Indians win the AL Central on Saturday night. Should be a great time. Let’s go Royals! We need one from you. Let’s go Tribe!