The PGA Championship has a first-time major winner in Justin Thomas. Justin won the major by two shots to clinch the victory Sunday at Quail Hollow. The turning point for Justin came on a chip-in birdie and the rest of the field starting folding up. Justin Thomas, who is good friends with Jordan Spieth since the age of 14, joins him now as a major golf winner. I know Jordan was looking for the golf grand slam but his friend made sure he would have to wait for that.
I really enjoyed watching this tournament on Sunday and watching some of the pros melt away like a snowman on a 50-degree day. I also love the fact all those young golfers hang out together and root for one another. The sportsmanship among the young golfers is neat to witness, if you ask me. Justin Thomas, 24, will realize his life will never be the same and that’s a good thing.
Waiting for college game day
The college football season is rapidly approaching and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival. The Michigan Wolverines and Michigan State Spartans are anxiously awaiting the start of the season, too. The Spartans open up with the Bowling Green Falcons at high noon on September 2. The Spartans are currently 18-point favorites at home. The Spartans should have no problem winning the home opener, in my eyes. The Michigan Wolverines also open on September 2 at 3:30 p.m. against the Florida Gators. This football game is being played at a neutral site, the one and only Jerry’s World in Dallas, Texas. The Florida Gators handed seven players suspensions for violations of school policy. The main player suspension is on leading wide receiver Antonio Callaway, the Gators’ top playmaker on offense. I caution that this suspension of players does not make the Wolverines winners in the opener, but it does give them a better chance. It’s been a long wait for college football!
Western Michigan will travel to USC to take on the Trojans on September 2 and game time is 5:15 p.m. Man, what a tough task for the Western Michigan football team. September 2 can’t get here fast enough.
Sad state for much of MLB
The MLB season will be over in a month and a half and the playoffs will start. The division races are pretty sad, to be honest. The only race is in the National League Central between the Cubs, Cardinals and Brewers. I believe all baseball fans thought the Cubs would run away with this division after the All-Star break. I sure did.
The St. Louis Cardinals are playing red-hot baseball all of a sudden. How do the Cardinals do it year-in and year-out? They are always in the playoff mix.
The Milwaukee Brewers, who we all thought would fade after the All-Star break, have not. The Cubs are so talented, yet are still struggling to distance themselves in this division. I have to admit I am pulling for the Brew Crew to win the division. If the Chicago Cubs fail to make the playoffs, that would be the shocker of the baseball season.
As for the Tigers, they are just playing out the string. I can’t hardly watch the horrible baseball they play night-in and night-out. The wildcard races will be great watch come September.
More off-field drama
The NFL dropped a big suspension on the Dallas Cowboys, as running back Ezekiel Elliott received a six-game suspension. The appeal from Ezekiel will come on Tuesday for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. I think this will be very good watch to see where this suspension ends up. I wonder if it will get drawn out like Deflate Gate? I also wonder if the suspension will be reduced. I think it will stay at the six games, personally. The reason I say that is Ezekiel has resume of trouble since joining the NFL.
Motor City Kitties wounded
The Lions first preseason game is in the books and it was a 24-10 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. The game came at a steep price, though, as Kenny Hyder Jr.’s Achilles injury is a season-ending injury. The Lions’ defense will sorely miss Hyder, as he is a relentless worker and overachiever on the football field. Kerry went from a reserve to a starter on this Lions’ defense. I loved watching Hyder’s play as he was a hard worker and gave 100 percent on every play. He will be missed for sure.
The play of third-round pick Kenny Golladay was excellent, as he caught three passes for 53 yards and two touchdowns. The play of Jake Ruddock at quarterback was encouraging. Detroit needs a decent back up if Stafford goes down to injury. The NFL Beat the Fat Guy contest information will be in next week’s column. thefatguy@mihiome paper