The college football season has begun, and in so doing, a real attempt has been made to grab the national headlines throughout the better part of the week. On Sunday, the final Sunday without NFL football for a while, we got a game pitting #25 LSU and #8 Miami. Miami came into the game as favorites, having been strong at the beginning of last season before fading. LSU, under internet legend Ed Orgeron, were a bit of a wild card themselves, but you just never know when they are concerned. On Sunday night, it was the Tigers that rolled, winning 33-17 after jumping out to a commanding 27-3 lead at half time as well as having a 33-3 lead at the end of three quarters. It will be said by many to be fact already, but this could be just the first evidence that the SEC is the strongest conference yet again in college football.
Elsewhere, Tiger Woods had an eventful Sunday. This weekend is the one weekend in which Sunday is not the final day, rather it is the third round (AKA moving day). His playing partner was Bryson DeChambeau, a man that has been on fire of late. And that continued, with the younger American talking his way through an excellent round alongside the world’s most recognizable golfer. Tiger shot a nice -3, but DeChambeau shot an -8 under 63 to get him to within one shot of the lead. Not bad for someone playing with their idol, and all that could come from that.
One of NASCAR’s most fun nights of the year took place on Sunday with the running of the Southern 500 at Darlington. The track is a throwback in every way, so much so that drivers are expected to race it and then see where they fall. Kyle Larson led the vast majority of the race, but he squandered another chance to win on the final pit spot when Brad Keselowski took the lead. Driving the same scheme as Rusty Wallace did nearly 20 years ago, Bad Brad took it to Victory Lane to get car owner Roger Penske a first win at Darlington since 1975. Oh, and he swept the weekend, too, having won the Xfinity Series race on Saturday!
In the tennis world, the quarterfinals are set at the US Open on the women’s side of the bracket, and still standing are two Americans: Sloane Stephens and Serena Williams. This is the latter’s tenth quarterfinal in a row at the tournament.
Jon Gruden sought to explain the Khalil Mack trade, but he ended up only confusing people further. But he basically said he wanted too much, and that a trade looked “attractive.” So that’s what ultimately happened.
And finally, MLB have stated that umpire Joe West should not have taken Phillies’ reliever Austin Davis’ cheat sheet from him. The reason: other fielders are allowed to use cards as well.