1. Quick Hits
- The managerial perfect season was broken up in the 6th month. The Houston Astros fired manager Bo Porter, the first firing of the season.
- Cole Hamels and 3 Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to no-hit Atlanta.
- And down the stretch they come. The Angels have the best record in baseball. They’ve won 6 straight including a 4-game sweep of the staggering Oakland A’s over the weekend.
- J.J. Watt, the Houston Texan defensive lineman is now the highest paid defensive player in the NFL after agreeing to a 6-year $100-million deal.
- Roger Federer (4th round) and Caroline Wozniacki (quarterfinals) highlight tonight’s play at the U.S. Open.
- A stellar NHL defenseman, Carol Vadnais who won two Stanley Cups, is dead at the age of 68.
2. The Cruelest Cut
It was a bit surprising to see the St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player trying to make it in the NFL. Some thought that would be difficult from a public relations standpoint. Also his jersey sales were solid. But in the end, it’s all about football not publicity. Can somebody help a team win? That’s all that counts. It’s always been that way. Except, of course, for the Jets and Tim Tebow.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is to be congratulated. He admitted the NFL was wrong. The NFL never does that. But in the case of Ray Rice he screwed up. The Baltimore running back was only suspended two games for leaving his fiancee unconscious in an elevator. After a groundswell of negative publicity the NFL quickly called an audible. It’s now 6 games for the first offense. Lifetime for the second. You’d think that would be a deterrent. Within 72 hours San Francisco defensive tackle Ray McDonald was arrested and jailed for felony domestic abuse.
4. Rah Rah
Gotta love college football. Here’s what you missed so far. One player said he jumped out of a building to save his nephew from drowning. Turns out he made the whole thing up. It’s possible it was a domestic violence issue. Another player quit his team and called his coach a racist. Actually, both stories are from USC. And you thought there wasn’t a pro football team in L.A.?
5. Right Here On Our Stage
The other day after he won his match, Novak Djokovic introduced a musical prodigy (as he called her) to sing a song. 9-year old Zia Uehling sang a song of hope for African children.
Maybe when he’s through playing Djokovic can be a latter day Ed Sullivan with his own TV show. Topo Gigio anyone?
Happy Birthday: Tennis great Jimmy Connors. 63.
Bonus Birthday: Hall of fame Pittsburgh quarterback and FOX broadcaster Terry Bradshaw. 66.
Today in Sports: The birthday boy won his first U.S. Open match and so did his future girlfriend Chris Evert. 1971.
Bonus Event: The Great Fire of London began which destroyed much of the city. 1666,
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