Regardless of your personal sporting preference, however, there can be no debate over what is the worst week on the sporting calendar. This very week, centered around Baseball's All-Star break, leaves American sport fans without any contests of consequence at the height of summer. The paucity of competition is so heinous that it drives many to trick themselves into caring about meaningless media side-shows like the God-forsaken Home Run Derby. Let me say that again, people willingly tune into a schlock-fest featuring Chris Berman. That borders on a war crime!
Not satisfied with the misery already laid upon the American public, MLB has outdone themselves by allowing the typically 3-day break to balloon into a fourth evening. You'd think that, by now, I'd learn to anticipate this garbage, and schedule a much deserved vacation...
At least there's the latest edition of Thorburn's freshman interview series to occupy my attention for a while.
Today in the bag I'll be talking about the brewing QB battle set for CU's fall camp, baseball's first half, and almost-history from the world of tennis.
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Picking a QB -
Football season is slowly starting to peek over the horizon, which means it's time to heat up the race for the top spot on the QB depth chart. QB controversies seemingly never work out, often leading on-field performance off a very steep cliff, but the Buffs are blessed (cursed?) with three legitimate options under center.
Newly confirmed transfer Jordan Webb (the worst-kept secret in the history of CU football), has a decided on-field experience edge, having attempted nearly 500 passes for Kansas over the past two seasons (albeit with typically middling Jayhawk results). In-house veteran Nick Hirschman has bled black and gold on the bench for the bast two seasons, finding limited action (35 attempts) last year as Tyler Hansen's backup. Connor Wood has the sterling pedigree of a 4-star recruit, but the transfer from UT has yet to see any action at the D-1 level.
|With Webb in the fold, the competition can begin in earnest.|
|Wood is still my guess on who will end up getting the nod.|
Sox, Rox going in completely different directions -
While the All-Star Break is an insufferable bore, it does provide a convenient time to check in with the fortunes of my favorite hardball heroes.
My Sox have continued to play above their heads, utilizing a shocking total of eight rookie pitchers en route to a 3-game divisional lead at the break. The team I once thought capable of 95-losses is now a front-runner for the playoffs. The timely addition of Kevin Youkilis has been key, as the veteran has spurred the Sox to a 9-4 record since joining the club. While the youth on the pitching staff is worrying, Sox baseball is, for the time being, about as appetizing as possible.
|It's been all smiles for Youk on the SouthSide, and the wins have followed.|
|It's been awfully lonely out on the mound for Rox pitchers this season.|
At least Car-Go is still on the roster...
Close, but not quite at Wimbledon -
From the horseshoes and hand grenades file, Andy Murray just didn't have enough Sunday morning, allowing Roger Federer to re-claim his long-lost Wimbledon crown. The story being told around the world right now is a celebration of Federer's incomprehensible accomplishment, having won his 7th Wimbledon and reclaiming the #1 world ranking at the age of 30. In my eyes, however, the story is the oh-so-close nature of Murray's run. It's now been 76 years since the last English winner of the definitive English tournament.
|Not the ending I would've preferred.|