Today in the bag I'll touch on some baseball, some golf, and some recruiting news.
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Rory McIlroy is the new... Rory McIlroy! - For those not off doing fun summer activities, the only thing if real interest this weekend was the US Open, and even that was all but over well before Sunday showed up. 22-year old Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy ran away with the title, his first career major victory, by posting a 16 under four day score in a tournament known for being tough to crack par. Impressive as that performance was, the media is already scrambling to put it into "perspective." With the ratings bonanza that was Tiger-mania sitting on the injury shelf, and still dealing with the aftershocks of his philandering, the golf world is desperate for something to latch onto. In winning by 8 strokes, McIlroy gave the bored golfing crowd what it craved; a foil for Tiger.
|Impressive.... most impressive.|
The greater sporting world is always caught up in this trap. As I was growing up, I watched a parade of young players get crowned "the next Jordan." Harold Miner, Isaiah Rider, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James. One by one they either failed or succeeded in their own way. No one will "replace" the stars of the past, they are their own players with their own expression of the sport. Let Rory do his thing in his own right, no sense holding him to a performance standard he either can't or won't live up to.
On the recruiting front - After putting the finishing touches on his first recruiting class last week, CU head football coach Jon Embree received the 5th commitment for the 2012 class from Texas standout WR Jeffrey Thomas. I had anticipated a bottoming out of Texas recruiting in light of CU's departure from the Big-XII, but Thomas is already the second kid from the Lone Star state to pledge to CU (There was a third, but Texas RB Ben Catalon went back on an earlier commitment tot he Buffs in favor of one to TCU; yet another reminder that these commitments are essentially worthless til February). Good to see the Buffs stay strong in recruiting the most talent-rich state.
Cubs/Sox starts today - The yearly Windy City blood-feud is back starting this evening. The Cubs, with their 13 games under .500 record, will limp their way south on the Red line to play my slightly less feeble Sox. Prepare for gratuitous shots of married couples wearing opposite colors, with accompanying questions as to how they could possibly live with each other, combined with lame talk radio topics like "what Cub would you want on the Sox." This shit is starting to get old; it's not even a guaranteed sellout anymore.
|Hey look, the Picasso likes both clubs! Isn't that fucking lame!?|
Happy Monday, and go Sox!