Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sporting News, by Casey Mitchell

Duck Preview

With August right around the corner, it's time to get into some Ducks Football. With all of the turmoil surrounding Oregon's recruiting issues, hopefully the upcoming Pac-12 season will over shadow the allegations in Eugene. As most of you know the Ducks open against LSU at Cowboy Stadium on September 3rd. The big question is if the absence of Cliff Harris in the secondary will have the Tigers capitalize on our weak spot. Last season LSU scored only 29.3 points per game but in return gave up only 18.2. If Oregon can get by the Tigers they open up conference play in Tuscon vs. the Arizona Wildcats. The Ducks' goals somewhat change to just win the North division and play for a spot in the Rose Bowl.... That is if they can't get themselves back in the Natty.

14th Inning Stretch

On Sunday I watched the Red Sox and the Rays compete in a 16 inning affair in an AL East showdown. The game was scoreless through 15 innings which was the third longest scoreless game in history. The game was so long that they even had a 14th inning stretch. No joke.It was surprising to me that Tampa Bay was even in the game after they walked 11 people in 15 innings. Dustin Pedroia gave the Sox the go-ahead run in the 16th, and that was all they needed after a 3 up 3 down home half the mighty Rays offense produced.

Ireland Dominance

After Darren Clarke won the British Open, Rory McIlroy tweeted " Northern Ireland... Golf Capital of the World!! " The last three major event have all been won by Northern Ireland natives, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy and Darren Clarke. Clarke won the Open by 3 strokes over Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson at 5 under. Rory ended the tournament at +7. Once again, it shows that without Tiger in the sport there is no dominating player in golf... Only a dominating country. I guess McIlroy's dad will have to wait another year to cash in on his bet.

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