That turned out to be all countdown and no launch Tuesday night in Chicago. That uber-anticipated pitching matchup between Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease? Never mind. They were both “meh.” But the Sox wound up beating the Astros 4-3 to post their fifth straight win and move within a game of the Guardians for first place in the AL Central.
Aaron Rodgers had been using the “carrot” to encourage his young and raw receiving corps, praising them and “coaching ‘em up.” That is until Tuesday, when he went to the “stick” and his very public message became, “You children better stop dropping the ball,” something they did frequently in Tuesday’s joint practice with the Saints. I’m fine with Rodgers laying down the law. What good are receivers who don’t receive? Yeah. My backside can be pretty hard about stuff like that.
This currently looks like a Golf Duel to the Death between the PGA Tour and the Murderous Saudi Blood Money Sportswashing Tour. Tiger spent three and a half hours Tuesday in Delaware essentially leading a pep rally for the PGA Tour and telling the troops to get their minds right. Tiger can be very persuasive. Let’s see if Cameron Smith defects to the Dark Side, as he reportedly is considering.
This is rich. LIV Golfer Patrick Reed is suing the Golf Channel and commentator Brandel Chamblee for defamation. How can anyone possibly damage Patrick Reed’s reputation?
That’s been a hot quarterback battle in Seattle between Geno Smith and Drew Lock. Smith looked like he had the edge when camp started, but Lock has been closing fast in the last week and a half or so. That is, until Tuesday, when Lock tested positive for the ‘Rona. He’ll miss Thursday’s preseason game, a game he was scheduled to start. That’s a tough break. I do want to note that Lock is fully vaxxed.
I was so hoping that Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler would have a successful reunion with the Patriots, whose bacon he saved seven years ago with that last second goal-line interception to preserve a 28-24 win over the Seahawks. Butler later somehow fell out of favor in New England and didn’t play a snap on defense in a later SB loss to the Eagles. He then moved on to the Titans, and then was out of football in 2021 before being re-signed by the Pats. That would have been a nice story, but it ended Tuesday when he was placed on IR with a hip injury that has ended his season and probably his NFL career.
I’m privileged to serve as the live-stream play-by-play guy for the growing football program at University of the Incarnate Word. My goodness, the Cardinals have two big-time receivers in Taylor Grimes and Darian Chafin. And left tackle Nash Jones may, as they say, “play on Sundays.” Impressive.
It’s time, Serena. Yes, you need to soak up all the love at the upcoming U.S. Open, and we can’t wait to love on you. But it’s time. To your credit, you know that.