Monday, July 23, 2012

Penn State and Adam Scott: "Thank You Sir, May I Have Another?!!!"

NCAA penalties to be levied against Penn State for the cover-up of the Sandusky child abuse case will be announced later today. The fine line the NCAA is walking is defined by the fact that, while Sandusky was a member of the coaching staff, the crimes were not sports-related, the area over which the NCAA has power. This isn't like SMU paying players and manipulating grades. A good talking point would: Does the NCAA have the power to levy the "death penalty" (shutting down the program for a year or more) if the crimes were not related to athletes, their performance, or the sports-related contact the program has with other universities? The most interesting topic will be the NCAA's logic.

Ernie Els, known on the pro golf tour as, The Big Easy, backed into the British Open on Sunday. Els was down by six strokes when Adam Scott (no, not the guy who draws Dilbert) crashed and burned and made four bogeys (1 stroke over par) on the last four holes and lost. Scott missed a 10-foot putt on 18 to seal his fate. I know he's a pro, but a 10-foot put in that sort of situation looks like 10 miles and the hole looks about as big as a pinhead.

The Olympics start Friday. Look for bad boy swimmer Ryan Lochte to create a few waves.

The US Open Tennis Tournament starts a week from Friday.

Remember, if you or the people around you are interested in any of the pro team sports; football, baseball, basketball, soccer, etc., simply pick a team and go to their website. Then, pick a couple of players and keep up with them.  I'll keep saying it, "The general public doesn't care about'em until championship time." The main comment you need to avoid if you want to be taken seriously is, "They have great uniforms."

As for NASCAR; interestingly, many of the top drivers (Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman, Kasey Kahne) aren't going to be in the hunt for the championship because they don't have enough points; first time that's happened in quite a while. Remember, keep turning left.

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