It’s an old familiar look to the AP poll. Alabama is #1. The Crimson Tide will begin play in the top spot for the third straight season, becoming just the third straight team to do so. Of course, they have essentially ‘earned’ this slot by being the defending National Champions after defeating Georgia last year in the title game. #2 in the poll is Clemson, while the aforementioned Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ohio State follow at 3-5. Analysts have already written Clemson into a spot in the College Football Playoff, so it will take some doing for others to break the hold of the top four. But that is what the season is for.
Much like the Crimson Tide, the reign of Simone Biles rolls on in the world of gymnastics. The American gymnast, who struck Gold at the Olympics continues to pile on the accolades. After winning four of the five Gold Medals in the Olympics, she went on to add the feather in her cap of winning all five Medals in the US Championships. She is the first woman to five all five since 1994 when Dominique Dawes was able to do so. Her overall win was so large that he gap to second place was larger than second to 11th. Extremely impressive. And oh, it was on here comeback, too.
In other football news, the Washington Redskins are looking at possibly bringing in running back Adrian Peterson. The former Oklahoma Sooner, a free agent, was one of the NFL’s most explosive backs of all-time in his prime, and it looks like the Redskins are looking to add some depth as well as hopefully add some of his knowledge to their mix. At 33, he is well past his prime in terms of an NFL player, but if put in the right position, he could be just what is needed for them.
And lastly, to the diamond. Baseball’s season is starting to wear down and we are just under two weeks until rosters will swell for the run-in to October and the playoffs. The biggest bit of news comes from Justin Verlander, whose career had looked dead in the water for a stretch. His win yesterday, his 200th of his storied career, helped put the Houston Astros back into first place in the AL West at the expense of the Oakland A’s. Another bit of news is that pitcher Jose Urena, yep that one, threw perhaps the game of his life (he did have plenty of rest, didn’t he?) as the Florida Marlins beat the Washington Nationals 12-1. Urena went the distance, pitching all nine innings and only gave up the one run on two hits to improve to 4-12 on the year and only further underline why the Nationals are out of the running.