Heading into the Masters, with Tiger Woods shelved due to back surgery, I painted a picture of a new era dawning in golf, one in which Tiger Woods no longer dominated, with a number of fresh young faces standing by to shake the yoke and claim their birthrights.
Today it’s the American Athletic Conference’s turn. The AAC holds it’s annual football media day in Newport, Rhode Island, a chance to not only preview the season, but for commissioner Mike Aresco to offer a state of the conference address entering the academic year.
For all the milestones of the baseball season, Memorial Day, the 4th of July, the All Star break and Labor Day, regularly tracking the contenders, this is one of the biggest weeks of the year, and it’s only a coincidence the Red Sox and Yankees open a series at Fenway on Friday.
Last season Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin disclosed he’d been the victim of bullying by a group of teammates acting under the direction of fellow lineman Richie Incognito.
Another division 1-A college athletic conference held it’s annual football media day yesterday. This was not one of the “Power 5″ conferences, but Conference USA served notice that it wouldn’t mind being the “Power 6th” with an impact announcement of it’s own.
The firestorm that raged on the national sports talk shows yesterday was to be expected, it was the focus that was a bit surprising.
When a commissioner from a “Power 5″ conference speaks everyone in the NCAA listens, particularly at this time of year as the conferences hold their annual football media sessions to kick off, not only the start of another campaign for the programs that count most on campus, but the start of another academic year.
It wasn’t all fun and games while I was away. Much of the time was spent rehabbing from minor surgery, which wasn’t the most pleasant experience I’ve had, but it made for a lot of uninterrupted time in the recliner, in front of the T-V, during the Wimbledon Championships.
I feel like Roy Rogers this morning. “Happy trails to you”, the King of the Cowboys would say, “‘Til we meet again.” In my case it will be about three and a half weeks, and I’m already taking inventory of what I’ll miss. I won’t actually miss it, I’ll pay close attention, but I will miss the pleasure of discussing it with you on a daily basis.
It appears even Major League Baseball has had it’s fill of David Ortiz’ self coronated role of the “speak for all players” elder statesman.