When one cannot go and DO the outdoor things normally part of the summer months, it boils down to several other things that peak the human interest.
The Olympics have been a joy to watch, with the fabulous production and story lines make it all the better. China should be proud of what they have given the world in the first few days.
The PGA Championship was a fine display of shot making and pressure at Oakland Hills in Bloomfield, Michigan, where Padraig Harrington manufactured another come from behind victory for his second straight major championship. He beat out Ostrander, Ohio native Ben (Kent State grad) Curtis and the spoiled Sergio Garcia's bid at his first major... punishment watching and not playing… yes of course… but I did read David Feherty's book "An Idiot for All Seasons" to tone down my want to get out and play.
Fishing with my son Willy has been a treat, as I do not have to walk that much and a quick trip up to see my 89-year-old Dad in Dunnville, Ontario (our loyal listener for all games) - last week was rewarding as well.
As far as the NHL is concerned, things are on a quiet mode as it should be noted that early August is a great time for the casts of others to regroup after the draft, free agency and rookie camps to vacation on their respective cottages.
The most notable news still standing proud are as follows:
- Mats Sundin and Joe Sakic are both "mum" on their future. Steve Yzerman gave some great advice that if you are unsure about retirement? DON'T… is that right Brett Favre?
- How about Duvie Wescott and Mark Hartigan playing over in Latvia? Mark is writing a blog on NHL.com. That should be a good read.
- Jan Hlavac from the Preds has signed in Sweden.
- Ryan Clowe is tied up with the Sharks after signing a one-year deal.
- From all reports out of New York, there are three candidates left for the NYI coaching position. Paul Maurice, Bob Hartley and Scott Gordon. The lean is toward Gordon who spent last year in Providence in the AHL.
- Kevin Dineen has been hired by the Buffalo Sabres to coach in Portland again. Kevin has had great success in short span of being a Head Coach.
- Kevyn Adams is still in search of a team with a want for a trusty and hard working center man. At 33-years-old, he is not wanting to hang up the skates as of yet.
- As far as the CBJ are concerned, some of the players are starting to filter in to Columbus to spend some time with Barry Brennan the strength coach and get families settled.
*Throughout the season, AAA brought you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you updated on all the offseason action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets get to training camp in September.