Friday, July 15, 2011

Comings and goings

- I don't think you need to be a Yankees or Derek Jeter fan to feel something special about his 3,000th hit. The fact that Jeter went five-for-five and homered for his 3,000th was like something out of The Natural.

- The Big 12 and Big Ten are taking some heat given that the Big 12 has 10 teams and the Big Ten has 12. Yet, is it really worth it to take on a new naming strategy? The Big Ten has decades of equity built with its name and the suggestion to change the Big 12 brand, in a time when more conference re-alignment will surely happen, makes no sense.

- Speaking of the Big 12, The Sporting News preseason 150 has conference teams ranked as follows: Oklahoma, #2; Oklahoma State, #8; Texas A&M, #12; Missouri, #26; Texas, #42; Texas Tech, #56; Baylor, #58; Kansas State, #76; Iowa State, #87, and Kansas, #92. Former Big 12 teams Nebraska and Colorado were ranked #9 and #72, respectively. LSU was ranked #1.

- Isn't it amazing that in the storied history of the Yankees, no player from that franchise has ever achieved 3,000 hits?

- Both "local" NASCAR drivers, Carl Edwards and Clint Bowyer, are free agents after this race season. Speculation is that Edwards will stay with Roush Racing or will go to Joe Gibbs Racing as part of a fourth team or as a replacement for Joey Logano in the #20 Home Depot Toyota. Bowyer could end up at Roush, potentially in the #6 car currently piloted by David Ragan, who also is a free agent.

- If the U.S. women win the World Cup on Sunday, look for Abby Wambach to follow in the successful post-playing career footsteps of Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy.

- There's something very special about seeing Tom Watson at the British Open. And, today's hole-in-one by Watson was one more terrific moment in a long line of his British Open highlights.

- An Illinois girl, age 6, made a hole-in-one from 85 yards out. Yet, she hardly uttered a sound. Why the quiet? It seems her dad told her not to make a lot of noise while playing.

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