THE WEEKEND IN SPORTS – FROM THE GOOD TO THE BAD

As I sit here on Monday morning, my mind harkens back to the events of this past weekend in the world of sports. Some thoughts were positive. One was indifferent. The last couple were not much fun to consider. Let’s take a look.

When England’s 22-year-old Georgia Hall captured her first LPGA title it brought a smile to my face. It’s always fun to watch someone win for the first time. To do so in a major, not to mention your own country’s tournament, well that’s special. The British Women’s Open Championship continued a great season of women’s major tournaments and to see the young Englishwoman win was cool.

Chase Elliott, the son of former Nascar great Bill Elliott, took the checkers at Watkins Glen for his first Cup win in 99 starts. It was a popular win with fans and with this writer and not only because I have Chase on my fantasy team! He is a nice young man and deserved the win,outdueling one of the Big Three – Martin Truex, Jr. – for the victory. I must admit that had Kyle Busch not had problems fueling his car under the final caution flag that the outcome may have been different. But that’s racing. Congrats to Chase. It won’t be his only win.

I watched the finale of the Red Sox/Yankees series last night, or should I say,early this morning. The Sox improbable come from behind victory to complete a four game sweep was interesting though hardly exciting for me. Yankee fans are probably feeling sick today while Red Sox fans are gloating around the water coolers. This Indian fan doesn’t care that much.

The news surrounding Ohio State football coach is not good. Urban Meyer has been put on paid administrative leave until an investigation is finished on whether he followed proper protocol involving domestic abuse charges against a now-former assistant coach. What he knew, when he knew it and the action he took will determine whether he keeps his job. No matter what ultimately happens it is not a good thing for OSU or college football. Apparently we will find out the results of the investigation in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.

Finally, President Trump jumped back into the sports fray with a derogatory tweet about LeBron James. You should recall that James was critical of the President for rescinding the Golden State Warriors White House invitation. He has had some choice words for Donald Trump and that usually means you will hear back – and not in a positive way – from the President. I can’t help but feel that the President has more serious concerns than a verbal feud with LeBron.

The view from my seat suggests it was a wild weekend in the world of sports. Congratulations to Georgia, Chase and even the Red Sox. Good luck to Urban Meyer and President Trump. They are likely going to need it.

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