Can it really be the Fourth of July already? I mean, summer just arrived literally last week with some sun and serious heat! I sit here on a Sunday night due to early deadlines this week and wondered what to write about this week?
Well, guess what? The NBA free-agent frenzy is crazy, as players are on the move. The Brooklyn Nets look like the new home for Kevin Durant. Kevin signed a smooth four-year $164 million contract. Oh, the Nets were not done, as they also picked up Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan. Wholly smokes, the Nets will be burning the nets on the hardwood in the next few years.
How about the New York Knicks not even offering Durant a contract because they were worried about his Achilles tendon injury? The problem for the Nets is Durant most likely is sidelined for all of next season recovering from the injury. Who is smarter? The Nets or the Knicks? I guess time will tell the ending to this story.
How about the ex-Piston, Tobias Harris, staying in Philadelphia at five-years and $180 million? However, Jimmy Butler has left Philly and went to the Miami Heat. There will be many more deals coming down the pipeline this week.
Michigan on the map
The Michigan Wolverines finished runner-up to the Vanderbilt Commodores in the College World Series. The Wolverines won the first game then dropped the next two. It was a tremendous run by a team that was not expected to even make it to the Final Eight. It was also nice to see the Big Ten Conference represented in the finals. I wonder if the trip to the College World Series will propel the Michigan to the national scene, or was it a fluke? Let’s hope it was not a fluke.
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The 2019 All-Star game will be in Cleveland on July 9 at Progressive Field. The Detroit Tigers will have relief pitcher Shane Greene represent the team. Shane has been one of the lone bright spots this season, closing out the few Tiger victories in 2019. I hope he gets to toss an inning in the baseball game.
Feel-good golf story
How about the story that unfolded at the PGA event in Detroit this past weekend? Nick Lashley, who was an alternate, won the Rocket Mortgage Classic. It was his first PGA Tour victory. I know not many of us know much about Nick, but he played golf at the University of Arizona. Nick was in a regional golf tournament and his parents and girlfriend flew in to watch him play. On the flight back to Nebraska, the plane crashed and killed all three. Nick says the tragedy never has left him even when he is playing on the golf course. How can you not feel good for this guy who has struggled on the golf course and the game of life? I had no idea while I was watching him smoke the field in his first tournament win. I will forever pull for Nick Lashley on the PGA Tour now that I know his personal story.
Runaway winners in baseball
The Major League Baseball divisions look like we will have numerous run-away winners. The American League East New York Yankees are a solid seven games up on Tampa Bay and 11 on Boston. The Yankees can flatout hit dingers and score runs. The Twins are up eight games on the Cleveland Indians and will also coast to a division title. This Twins team is pretty solid and the Indians won’t catch them. The Houston Astros have a lead of seven games over the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are a shocking eight games over .500. The Houston Astros will win this division by double digits. The National League East has the Atlanta Braves up by six over the Philadelphia Phillies and seven over Washington. I see this as a good race coming in September. The Central Division is a three-team race with Milwaukee, Chicago and St. Louis. I actually like the Brewers to win this division. The L.A. Dodgers coast in the West and win by double digits.
I hope everyone enjoys the fireworks this weekend and be safe on this holiday weekend. firstname.lastname@example.org