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10 August 2018 Views From The Booth Sports


Winchester PrintersGreetings from The Booth!

With the so-called Dog Days of August underway, this has been a week that featured the convergence of several things, so I thought I would weigh in on a variety of topics in today’s post.

I’ll start with last weekend’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremonies. The induction speeches ranged from the ramblings of Ray Lewis to Brian Urlacher’s tribute to his Mother, a rags-to-riches story. But the speech-of-the day for me was that of former Green Bay great Jerry Kramer. Kramer, the guard who famously paved the way for Bart Starr’s winning touchdown against the Cowboys in the “Ice Bowl,” delivered an inspirational speech filled with stories about the legendary Packer’s coach Vince Lombardi and the Packer way of doing things. It’s worth a look and listen on Google.

BTW, I’m calling out the chucklehead Philadelphia Eagles fans, who tried to ruin Randy Moss’ day at the HOF by chanting during his induction speech. Apparently they didn’t like Moss’ “thank-you” to Patriots coach Bill Belichick and decided to air their displeasure. Over the years we’ve given validation to these jackasses by glorifying their behavior…and now they’ve become a parody of themselves. Moss should have been allowed to have his day in the sun. Maybe the Philly fans should have directed their ire at their own Terrell Owens, who decided not to be a part of the HOF ceremony.

Time is running out on the Washington Nationals. To illustrate how tough it’s going to be to catch both Philadelphia and Atlanta, the Nats just finished up a 7-3 homestand and only gained a half-game on Philly. There are some good signg, though, as both Tanner Roark and Gio Gonzales have delivered solid starts (Tanner has pitched to an 0.82 ERA in his last 3 outings), and Bryce Harper has heated up after the All-Star break.

Former National (and Phillie) Jason Werth announced his retirement this week and was actually cheered by the fans in Philadelphia (go figure). Much has been written about the National’s troubles this year, and the reasons why they’ve struggled. I think they’ve really missed Werth this year, not so much his stats as his presence in the clubhouse. The Nats are a “softer” team without Jason Werth, and I’m not sure anyone has filled that tough-guy role in 2018 (Max Scherzer, maybe).

And, golf’s 4th and final “major” is underway with the 100th PGA Championship outside of St. Louis. The venue is the 7500-yard Bellerive Country Club, and this PGA is for the “bombers”. I’m going to keep picking Rickie Fowler until he wins his first major championship, and so far, so good. Fowler, arguably the most popular player on tour, is one shot back after round one. Should be a fun weekend!

Speaking of weekends, I hope you enjoy yours! Until next visit,
GO HORNETS!

RW


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