The Dog Days Of Summer

We’ve now entered the “dog days of summer” for sports: The Ravens brought the Lombardi Trophy back to Baltimore, The Heat “Heat-peated”, and the Blackhawks hoisted Lord Stanley’s Cup over their heads once again.  So the question many of us ask is: What do we watch now?

Well fear not sports fans! Here a few sports in full swing and stories to keep an eye on.

Major League Baseball

Source: www.ajc.com

Source: www.ajc.com

The only one of the 4 Major Sports still going on, this baseball season is providing some compelling material.  You have the power shift in the AL East as the Yankees continue their decline, while the Los Angeles Angels with super trio Pujols, Trout, and Hamilton can’t live up to their billing.  The Braves are back atop of the NL East with the addition of the Upton Brothers and the literal rags-to-riches story of Evan “El Oso Blanco” Gattis, while the Cardinals continue to find ways to win as they are top dog (top bird?) in the NL Central and entire league.  And then there is Miguel Cabrera.  The Detroit Tigers third baseman and “hitting genius” is going for back-to-back Triple Crowns. Just for perspective, back-to-back Triple Crowns has never happened and the last Triple Crown winner before Cabrera was Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.  Check out Bleacher Report’s 15 Top MLB Storylines To Follow Through Rest of 2013 Season for these plus more.

International Soccer

This is one of my favorite times in sports as we are in full swing of World Cup Qualifying for 2014 in Brazil.  I’m most interested in seeing how the U.S. men’s team will preform. Can Jurgen Klinsman lead the U.S. team to World Cup success as a coach much like he did for Germany as a player?  Can the Dempsey, Altidore and Howard help The Yanks push farther into the knockout stages after the heartbreaking early exit at the hands of Ghana, the Cinderellas of 2010? Check out Bleacher’s Report article here for some storylines.

Competitive Eating

Ok, it’s time to go off the beaten path for a second.  Some of you may say “…Competitive Eating?”.  I say to you “…Yes.”  With the International Hot Dog Eating Contest sponsored by Nathan’s Famous happening this Thursday, we are entering the biggest time of year for the world of competitive eating.  This is their Super Bowl, Tour De France, and World Series all-in-one.  American Joey Chestnut is going for lucky number seven (and yes that’s seven straight victories) this year. Can he bring home the 7th title with 70 hot dogs eaten this year?

Again, these are just a few highlights of the summer. What will you be watching? Leave a comment below and tell us!