NFL Hall of Fame and pre-season highlights, the MLB heats up and more

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The Lions’ Calvin Johnson is officially in the Hall of Fame after Sunday night’s ceremony.

I thought Calvin gave a nice shout out to Lions fans after they had to endure a 0-16 season. We fans will never forgot that season and neither did Calvin.

Calvin Johnson, selected in his first year of eligibility, became just the third player to be enshrined at age 35 or younger. I think in Calvin’s speech he stated why he retired at such a young age. Calvin had aches and pains that he could not overcome to play at an NFL caliber level. I believe him too. I have heard all the talk about the Lions not wanting to trade him and the frustration of losing, but deep down, the injuries are why he retired.

Let’s look at some of Calvin’s numbers on the football field. He became Detroit’s career leader in receptions with 731. He racked up 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns receiving. The only Lions team member with more touchdowns is Barry Sanders at 109. It was a joy watching Calvin’s entire career in Detroit. I just wished he could have won a playoff game!

The Peyton Manning speech was funny and entertaining to watch. The Charles Woodson speech was very emotional. He could not hold back the tears! The class of 2021 has been enshrined!

The Lions open up the pre-season and Dan Campbell’s head coaching debut on Friday night at Ford Field. The Buffalo Bills will be the opponent and kick off will be at 7 p.m. I will report my thoughts on the game next week. The rumor is Jared Goff is leaning on tight end T.J. Hockenson, which might be his go-to receiver. The pre-season begins this Thursday and runs through Saturday night as all NFL teams get their seasons started.

The Hall of Fame game saw Pittsburgh defeat the Dallas Cowboys 16-3. Yes, football fans, it’s getting closer to the regular season.

The Olympics have ended and the USA edged out China for the most gold medals. The USA finished up with 39 gold medals, 41 silver medals and 33 bronze medals, which gave the USA the most medals at 113. I will admit, I watched hardly any of the 2021 Olympics so I cannot comment much on the events that took place.

The dog days of August are here in MLB for the teams on the bottom of the standings.

I would normally be talking about the Detroit Tigers at the bottom of the standings. I am still in shock that the Tigs are only six games under 500. I will say, they have an outside shot at finishing in second place and passing the Cleveland Guardians. (Formally the Indians). By the way, I hate the new name that Cleveland will adopt next season.

The hottest teams in baseball are the New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays in the American League East. In the National League East, Philadelphia Phillies have cruised by the fading New York Mets. The Atlanta Braves are heating up in the National League East too. Come late September this division will be decided on the last weekend and how sweet is that?

The Cincinnati Reds are red hot and playing good baseball. The Reds only trail the San Diego Padres by 2.5 games in the wildcard standings. I thought the Padres were a stone cold lock to win a playoff spot, but I am not so sure now! The baseball races are heating up just like the weather has been in the last week!

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