I like to keep things short, simple and sweet, but I admit that I am all over the place this week when it comes to sports talk as a write on a July evening. Well, if you dare to go further, here are a few things on my mind.
Less than a month from now, high school football will officially begin with their first practice. R-S Central will try to keep the county championship, Chase and East Rutherford will look to find the playoffs again and Thomas Jefferson hopes to find a playoff win. The preview will be sooner than you think and I hope all are looking forward to the season.
Over at McNair, the Forest City Owls are doing alright. They finished the first half standings in third place and are tied for second at the moment as the second half has begun. Right now, they sit in the first wildcard spot available in the West since they have the best overall win percentage among the team who are vying for a postseason bid in the Coastal Plain League West.
So, I wrote this line about the Braves being on a nine-game win streak Saturday, the next day they lost. What can I say, I just have a hunch about Atlanta’s baseball team. Okay, so call it whatever you want to call it. The strangest thing is that they sit only half-game ahead in the National League East. The NL East is definitely winnable, but not the toughest of divisions. For the Braves to win the East, it’s not going to be easy since I do believe all of those in the East are close competitively even as we approach the break.
While we are talking baseball, the Oakland Athletics may just win the World Series this year after all. They traded draft picks away to get two solid pitchers in Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs.
As for the Cubs, it’s always about wait until next year. We have just reached July and they already have packed it in for 2014. It‘s crude to say, but maybe it’s wait until never for the Cubs.
Sunday was a crazy NASCAR race that never ever reached a final lap of sorts as rain forced a shortened event. By the time all was said and done, Aric Almirola won his first Sprint Cup event and for none other than Richard Petty. It’s a win that he and Richard needed, since they have run well at times over the last few season. It also helps Richard cope a little better with the recent loss of his wife, Linda earlier this year. Two big crashes, one a 16-car pile up, followed by 26 cars being involved in the second melee. Normally Daytona isn’t as crazy as perhaps Talladega, but Sunday was one for the books. Most notably, it’s the first time in 15 years that a Petty car has went to victory lane.
Here are the recent winners this past weekend at the Harris Motor Speedway. They will race again on Saturday. John Price (Young Guns), Andy Mattison (Crate Sportsman), Josh Wilkerson (Limited Sportsman), Trevor Dimsdale (Renegades), Chris Jackson (Stock 8), Mitch Sill (Pure Stock), Steve Penson (Thunderbomber), Furman Parton (Crates), Richard Vasser (Stock 4) and Ricky Hill (Front Wheel Drive).