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We're sort of in a sports purgatory right now.
With Major League Baseball's All-Star festivities wrapping up, baseball is about the only sport in full swing at the moment. Certainly, the drama at the British Open and Tour de France were worthwhile and signs that age is really just a number.
But as far as professional sports go, baseball still has 70 some games left, and football is months away.
So, in the heat of summer, here are some of the notes and musings dotting my mind.
- Roy Halladay and the Colorado Rockies. Of course it would be nice to see the former Arvada West star come home again, but all signs point to it not happening. The Phillies, Yankees, Red Sox and Dodgers appear to be the front-runners. Philadelphia and Los Angeles are most likely since the teams aren't in the American League East. Brian Howell, of the Longmont Times-Call, recently reported it would take either Ubaldo Jimenez, Troy Tulowitzki or Ian Stewart, plus three more prospects, to even get close to reeling in Halladay. That's probably too much. Jimenez is a couple of mental blunders per start from becoming one of the best in the National League. Tulowitzki is the heart of the team, and Stewart is a big, powerful, young bat. I think Halladay gets dealt, but Rockies fans shouldn't at all get their hopes up.
- Recently, we've tried at the paper to catch up with as many former athletes as we can. We've also tried to figure out where recent graduates plan on playing in college. I'm sure we've missed some athletes on both ends. If you know of one, are one or think we should catch up with one, please let me know at 871-4229 or email@example.com.
- College football camps open in less than a month. That's a wonderful time of the year. With a few weeks to go, it's time to sort through my Phil Steele 2009 College Football Preview magazine. It's packed with info on all Division I teams, in case I have to get into any conversations involving the state of the football programs at Toledo, North Texas or Southern Methodist. The season officially starts Sept. 3. Of course the big local battle is Sept. 6, when Colorado State University and the University of Colorado hook up for the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Always a good game. Colorado should win again, which reminds me that the DeLines - former State kicker Steve and current State kicker Ben - owe me lunch from two years ago. With interest tacked on, it's probably beyond a steak dinner at this point. They may have to put me up for a week.
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