The Way I See It, the crystal ball may have been a bit cloudy back in April when I made my MLB division winning selections. We're at the halfway point and none of my picks have it locked up, as a matter of record none of them may be playing this post season.
I felt certain the Mets were finally going to push Atlanta, but I had no idea the New Yorkers would be 13 games out in front of the Braves as of Monday, July 10. Obviously, I went with the Phillies in the NL East. The Phightin's are pathetic and if Pat Gillick doesn't make some changes before the trading deadline, I'm going to grow even more nauseous.
The Cardinals hold a four game edge on the Reds, but I continue to believe the Astros will make another run at the Central crown. Houston is only six games back. Pitching wins games and I'll go with Roy Oswalt, Andy Pettitte, Taylor Buckholz, Wandy Rodriguez and Roger Clemens down the stretch.
I went with the Padres in the West and they hold only a two game edge over the Dodgers. This division is up for grabs as Arizona is providing the foundation for the division while only five games out. This is the one to watch in the National League race.
The American League East features the same old rivalry between the Yanks, whom I selected, and the Red Sox. Toronto could be the sleeper at five games out, but I'm betting it comes down to the Bombers and BoSox. A couple of key trades by either or both teams before the July 31 deadline may be the deciding factor.
What is with this Detroit club? I thought anybody that thought the Tigers would be in first place for this long was smoking "wacky" weed. They are for real, and my pick, the Chicago White Sox, had best get their dugout in order or they may have to settle for the wildcard spot.
The AL West features another good race with the A's and Rangers deadlocked at two games above the team I chose to win it all, the mighty Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Seattle is but 2 1/2 games back, so keep your eyes posted on this one.
This should be a fun second half to watch with Boston/New York, Chicago/Detroit, San Diego/Los Angeles and Oakland/Texas match-ups looming. I picked the Dodgers and A's as the wildcard in their respective league and both have a shot at entering the race for the 2006 World Series championship. Baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet. How sweet they are. Stay tuned.
TRACK & FIELD
According to Bill Rudick, Mike Norris, will be an Oxford senior this fall. Recently the Hornet trackster competed in a summer "all-comers" meet at Ursinus College in the shot put. The meet attracted athletes from throughout southeastern Pennsylvania. Norris threw 45-feet, 11-inches to take first place in the event, outdistancing the second place finisher by nearly five-feet. Next up for Norris will be the Keystone State Games in York later this summer. Nicely done Mike!
Have a great week.