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Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

Jeff Day — Sports Columnist

The Tiger Woods show was on full display last weekend at the Bridgestone Invitational. Tiger won the event for the eighth time in his career. It was a solid win to boot winning by seven shots and was Tiger’s 79th tour win. Boy, would he like to get number 80 this weekend in the final grand slam event the PGA Championship.

The PGA Championship is being held at Oak Hill in Pittsford, New York. Tiger will be favored to win it after last week’s “A” game performance. He still chases Jack Nicklaus and his 18 major victories. I don’t know if Tiger will win this weekend, but I am pretty confident he will be in the hunt. Tiger’s confidence should be real high coming into this major golf tournament. I will be watching along with the rest of you golf fans to see if he can finally win another major.

The naughty list

The Biogenesis baseball bad boy drug user report is out. The PED users featured 12 players receiving 50-game suspensions. There were three All Stars on that naughty list – Nelson Cruz of the Texas Rangers, Everth Cabrera of the San Diego Padres and Detroit Tigers Jhonny Peralta. The Tigers look pretty smart right now in acquiring Jose Iglesias at the trade deadline. I believe Peralta might have played his last game ever as a Tiger. He is a free agent at the end of the season and the Tigers will let him test the free-agent market, I am sure. The stiffest PED Biogenesis penalty was awarded to A-Rod the “Hill Rod.” He will miss this season and all of next season. He is appealing, however.

One has to ask the question, was Alex Rodriguez’s whole career as a baseball player a total farce? I can make the argument it was. He is one of the most egotistical players I have ever seen. He absolutely loves himself to death! I can’t stand him and hope he never plays the game of baseball at the Major League level ever again.

The Tigers will survive without Peralta during the next 50 games without a doubt. The Tigs open a huge four-game series in Cleveland on Monday night. A split of the four-game series would be alright and anything more than that, a bonus. Cleveland would love a sweep to take over first place! I don’t see that happening, however. I am heading down to the Tuesday night affair, as it will be Justin Verlander against Cleveland’s ace, Justin Masterson. I am looking forward to it. I will have seen the Tigers now twice in Cleveland and only once Opening Day in Detroit! How crazy is that?

Roar in Motown

The Detroit Lions open up the pre-season on Friday night in Motown. The J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS are the opponent. The Jets would be fun to watch to see how Mark Sanchez plays and how long he plays. The next Jets’ quarterback in the game will more than likely be second-round draft pick Geno Smith. I believe Geno will be the New York Jets starter eventually this upcoming football season.

The rumor is, Smith is out-playing Sanchez right now in training camp. The Jets are such a circus anyway and Rex Ryan is an absolute clown show. Ryan’s act has grown old, in my opinion. The main thing for the Lions is to come out of this football game healthy. I don’t expect much from the Lions’ starters in this contest. One or two series at the most. I hope my buddy’s kids and family enjoy my tickets.

Calling all alumni

This is for all ex-Lapeer West and Lapeer East baseball players. There is an alumni game Saturday, Sept. 14, the day after the first high school football games. Three divisions: Legends 1977-1994, Veterans 1995-2005 and Rookies 2006-2013. Sign up early; limited spots available! Details: coachdelcampo@aol.com or 586-918-3220. Hit the batting cage early and often.

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