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British Open poised to be fantastic television ...

Friday, Jul, 17 2015

While I value sleep as much as anybody, the British Open currently has me captivated, and I'm strongly considering waking up early this weekend to watch it live. In fact, I'm almost happy the second round was delayed by weather because it means I'll have an opportunity to consume even more golf on Saturday and Sunday. The storyline to this point has been fantastic; Dustin Johnson with a shot at redemption after what happened at the US Open, Jordan Spieth still very much in the mix with a shot at continuing his run at history and the continued line of questioning regarding Tiger Woods -- he'll likely miss the cut, but most experts suggest all his issues are currently mental as he's still as good as ever on the driving range (seems strange to talk about Tiger being mentally weak). Even if Tiger is out of the mix after round two, this tournament has everything you could ask for -- not to mention the role mother nature plays annually on this great event. So while you might be inclined to sleep in on Saturday -- and I completely understand why -- you might consider waking up early this time just to catch a live glimpse of one of golf's greatest event.

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Ronda Rousey is incredible ...

Thursday, Jul, 16 2015

I'll be brief today -- Ronda Rousey is incredible. I've talked over and over again on the show about my admiration for her, but her comments directed at Floyd Mayweather after the ESPYS last night just go to show she's not backing down in or out of the octagon. Rousey is the total package -- with looks, personality, intelligence and a bad*** persona in the ring, she's literally the most recognizable and marketable face of the UFC right now. It might be hard to imagine her blowing up more than she already has, but believe it will happen over the next few months. In many ways, she can be considered a transcendent athlete for her ability to cross gender lines and appeal to the masses. Is she the greatest female athlete of the last 25 years? She at least merrits discussion.

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Bigger story this weekend; Spieth or Woods?

Wednesday, Jul, 15 2015

With the British Open or simply "The Open  looming in golf, I was left to ponder this question over the weekend; what would make for a more appealing story, Jordan Spieth completing the third leg of a grand slam or Tiger Woods walking away with his first major victory in years? While Spieth's accomplishment would be a first in the modern era (Bobby Jones did it in 1930, prior to the advent of the Masters), I still tend to believe a Woods victory would garner more media attention and more viewer eyeballs -- I'm talking about the casual fans. Woods continues to -- and probably always will be -- a figure people are drawn to. He transcends racial and gender lines that others in golf simply don't do, no matter their level of talent. That's why Woods continues to be a story, seven years after he won his last major. Now, don't get me wrong, Spieth's narrative would undoubtedly be the bigger tale amongst golf fans (and personally, I'm rooting for that to happen). It's just that there aren't enough hardcore golf fans out there to rival the appeal of a Woods victory. No matter what happens this weekend, the British Open should be a fantastic tournament.

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Professionalism Should Still Count for Something

Thursday, Jul, 9 2015

If you're an NBA fan and you've kept up the soap opera that is DeAndre Jordan, you're read the reports that suggest he left the Mavericks high and dry without so much as a returned call or text. I don't know about you but in my line of work, that would be considered just the slight bit unprofessional (intentional understatement). In reality, DeAndre Jordan looks like a fool. Undoubtedly, man will find it amusing that Mark Cuban wound up getting the short end of the stick -- people always enjoy seeing that happen to outspoken, highly successful individuals. Whether you hate Cuban or love him,  I can tell you that if I ever pulled the type of stunt DeAndre Jordan just did – no matter the job or the tax bracket you’re in – I’d be extremely embarrassed. Now, I’m not suggesting he needed to sign with Dallas, despite having a verbal agreement in place. People change their minds and if Jordan had one, so be it. You have to do what's best for you because in the long run, the company will always do what's in its best interest. That said, here's a word of advice for DeAndre that I would have hoped he'd learned by now ... never burn bridges because you just never know what the future holds. In this case, he chose to act like a heartbroken teenager instead by not returning calls or texts … and that’s just in poor taste.

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The Brewers and the Trade Deadline; What Could/Should Happen?

Wednesday, Jul, 8 2015

Now that we've escaped the insane optimism of some fans brought on by the Brewers recent eight-game winning streak, let's get down to brass tacks and talk trade deadline. In recent weeks, I've been one of many fans suggesting the Brewers might not have the goods to be active on the open market. Enough has changed over the last two weeks, however, to at least provide me with some hope that Milwaukee can come away with some young players to help bolster the forecast for the future. While Kyle Lohse continues to struggle and Aramis Ramirez is a soon-to-be-retired third-baseman whose best days are behind him, the Brewers could find a way to score prospects by shipping Adam Lind and/or Gerrardo Parra to contending teams. Lind has been a very pleasant surprise this season (at least to me since I must admit, I didn't see him as much of an upgrade over Mark Reynolds initially), batting .296 with 15 homeruns and 52 RBIs. As a left-handed hitting first-baseman, there's no question potential suitors exist for a guy with those types of number (think NY Mets). As for Parra, he's currently batting .309 with 26 RBIs and eight homeruns -- not bad for a guy who started out as the team's fourth outfielder. If the Brewers are able to acquire another prospect or two in a deal for Parra, it would essentially be recouping the two it dealt to Arizona to acquire Parra last season (Anthony Banda and Mitch Haniger). It will also be interesting to see if the Brewers can/are willing to deal KRod given the great success he's once again had in a Brewers uniform this season. Some have suggested the Brewers may not be inclined to move the closer due to the fact he just recently signed a multi-year extension to remain with the Brewers. While I have no problem with player security, the fact remains this is a business and team must act on an offer that could better the franchise down the road -- especially since the Brewers have a fair amount of work to do before a closer becomes a primary position of need. We'll talk more about this Thursday on The Big One.

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