I’d like to start today by wishing everyone again a Happy Fourth of July. I, for one, had a fabulous day of barbecuing and holy-board.

For those of you who have never heard of or never played holy board, you’re missing out. Hands-down the best game to play while drinking a beer or two and relaxing.

But anyway, to the task at hand.

Friday was a big day for sports news some LSU related and some not, but let’s get started first with the LSU news.
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Former LSU pitcher and current CST analyst Ben McDonald received college baseball’s highest honor and will be inducted to the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

McDonald was as filthy as a garbage truck in his career with the Tigers, setting the LSU for strikeouts with 373, while also having 44.2 consecutive scoreless innings in his career.

Off the field, McDonald has remained involved in the game, serving as an analyst for CST while also being a fixture around Alex Box Stadium giving pointers and tips to some of the LSU younger pitchers.

All-in-all, a great selection by the Hall of Fame and I am happy for McDonald, who is a fabulous choice.
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The Wimbledon finals are set and neither come as much of a surprise to anyone (except idiots like me who pick Novak Djokovic).

In the men’s draw, it will be Roger Federer taking on Rafael Nadal in a rematch of the French Open Final where Nadal manhandled Federer in three sets. But this match is on grass and Federer owns grass, so it will probably be a different story, but I will go out on a limb and pick Nadal in four sets.

If he does indeed win, Federer’s reign at the top is over, because it is Federer’s best surface vs. Nadal’s worst.

In the women’s draw, it will be a family affair as Venus Williams will take on her younger sister Serena in a matchup of in my eyes the two best players in the world when they are dedicated to the game.

I picked Venus before the tournament began and I will stick with her, although I have to say that Serena probably played better tennis so far through the draw. But Venus has shown uncanny power throughout the draw and I suspect that may be too much for her little sister.

Either way, both matches project to be very exciting.
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After a closed-door meeting and a media tirade from manager Joe Girardi, the Yankees lost to the Bo-Sox again Friday 6-4, pushing the Bronx Bombers nine games behind the first place Devil Rays and six games back of the second place Red Sox.

Big-time danger for the bombers. With a huge payroll and not many prospects to speak of, they are for the most part stuck with the roster they have and as we are seeing now, that roster is not good for more than fourth place in the AL East.

The man who should be laughing loudest is Dodgers manager Joe Torre. Torre was run out of the Bronx for virtually no reason last fall and the Yankees said current main-man Girardi was a better alternative for the post.

Either way, here’s to a postseason without the Yankees. It’s early yet, but the more weeks that go by without them moving up in the standings, the more dirt gets thrown on their grave.
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We took a day off our coaching list yesterday but it’s back today with the No. 4 coach. Today’s coach comes from the SEC East. Although the No. 4 coach has never won a national championship, in many’s eyes, he was robbed of a chance to coach his team in the big game last year.

For today’s stop on our Top-10 list, we go to Georgia.

No. 4 coach: Mark Richt

Richt took over Georgia’s program in 2001 following a decade coaching the offense at Florida State where he coached Heisman winning quarterbacks Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke.

At Georgia, Richt has made a bowl in seven straight seasons and finished at least third in the SEC East in each season he has been head coach, including a 13-win season in 2002.

But Richt’s teams have been unable to have championship seasons on the national level with their best shot coming this past season when the team finished as the BCS bridesmaid behind LSU and Ohio State.

But Richt’s best chance to win the title may come this year as many pundits have the Dawgs in the top spot in the national polls.

Will it be another near-miss or will this be the year Georgia finally delivers a knock-out punch? We’ll have to wait until January to find out.
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Headlines:

Big Z wins in return from the DL – Not a big surprise that Zambrano found a way to get off the DL in minimum time and also return to form in his first start back. Question his antics, question his attitude, but Big Z is hands-down one of the best pitchers of our generation.

Chestnut edges Kobayashi in hot-dog eating thriller – I must say that I am not on board with the whole competitive eating gig, but this actually was entertaining. After each swallowed 59 dogs in 10 minutes, the American Chestnut defeated the six-time champion Kobayashi in a first-to-five eat-off, giving him the win. This will be the last time we discuss hot-dog eating and/or competitive eating on this blog until next July, I promise, but for the time being, this was actually quite a show.

Rockies overcome 9-run defecit, win 18-17 – The brightest and loudest fireworks in America were fired in Colorado Friday as the Rockies and Marlins combined for 35 runs, 43 hits and used 14 pitchers in this marathon of a game. Who knows? With a pathetic NL West before them, maybe the Rockies can use a game like this to spark them to another second-half rally like they had this past season.

That’s all for me ladies and gents. Have a fabulous weekend enjoying all of that left over barbecue.

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