It’s the middle of July and, no, there’s little going on the world of sports. That’s why do agree to go on summer vacations with family now and take a long weekend up north, right? Don’t get me wrong – no one’s ever had to twist my arm to get away during the summer for a little R&R. But it’s also a nice touch that the summer is the dead period for sports – NFL training camps haven’t started, NBA and NHL players are away on vacations themselves, and MLB is merely in the middle of their dreadfully long regular season. However, now that I’ve returned from a week-long escape with the family, I see there are a few things worth looking back at. And if you yourself missed any, take the time to catch up.
The Open Championship Turns into a Two-Man Shootout at Royal Troon
Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson began separating themselves from the field on Saturday, and the gap only increasingly widened as the final round played out. The two engaged in a shot-for-shot battle for the ages. The “Duel in the Sun” between greats Jack Nicklaus and Tom Watson at Royal Turnberry in the 1977 Open Championship has long been considered the greatest tit-for-tat showdown in the sport. And Johnny Miller’s 63 at Oakmont in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open is widely regarded as the greatest round ever in golf. What on-lookers witnessed last Sunday may have surpassed both of those in the historic annals of golf.
Stenson’s 63 was incredible on it’s own; add Phil’s 65 to that and the fact the two matched each other’s shots over and over again makes the feat even more breath-taking. What entertainment, and who’d have thought it’d have come from two guys not named Jordan or Jason or Rory.
“Deflategate” is Finally Over
Tom Brady’s appeal of his 4-game suspension handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in “Deflategate” was rejected by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York. So Brady now sits out until October after issuing a statement saying he will not seek an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. The Patriots will get to see what Jimmy Garoppolo brings to the table, and Bill Belichick gets to fume and plot and plan how best to embarrass the other 31 teams in the league – a la what happened after “Spygate”.
MLB Trade Deadline
Ok, so no one has missed anything worth reporting here. Yet. As with every July, names get thrown around and many go nowhere; but there’s always action and sometimes the big names do get dealt. Stay tuned.
Brock Lesnar Fails Two Doping Tests
The WWE and UFC star enjoyed a short-lived celebration after defeating Mark Hunt at UFC 200. It became public that Lesnar failed not one, but two drug tests during the pre-fight and post-fight testing conducted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The violation is clearly not a good look for Lesnar, who has been surrounded by allegations of doping dating back to his collegiate wrestling days, 20 years ago. But the news comes as an even bigger blow to UFC, who just suspended star Jon “Bones” Jones for a similar failed test.
Yep. They’re still set to happen. No amount of common sense can stop the runaway train that is the International Olympic Committee.
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