The All-Star game is over. Major League baseball is heading into the home stretch and although we are still a good two months away from the playoffs, I could not be happier. The Cincinnati Reds are a half game ahead of the St. Louis Cardinals and a Red's fan has to be excited about that.
Football season is about to start on the Div I level and the Commodores of Vanderbilt and the Bearcats of Cincinnati are starting the season with new head coaches. The Bearcats are not likely to improve upon last season's record and Vanderbilt is well, Vanderbilt so you never know. At least this season they will not be playing twelve games in a row. However they got that draw last year probably served as the beginning of the end for coach Bobby Johnson. Whatever the reason to hang up the coaching cleats just before the beginning of the college football season, last year's record has to play some part. Speculation is that his wife was the biggest reason. Certainly he had to know how she felt before summer and yet he held on. Presumably to allow coach Robbie Caldwell is first head coaching assignment, If that were the case, he was successful. Coach Caldwell the darling of SEC Media Day was given the job officially this week.
The Bearcats have known that Coach Kelly was soon to go and when the ND job opened up he fle the coop. Now the reigns Coach Butch Jones. You have to like what he is doing with the 1200 club and the improvements that he is making. How well will the football team perform? I am expecting a 7 win season. There is a chance that an upset along the way could make the season even better but I am also figuring that with a new coach and new QB we have to expect the unexpected. Seven wins would be a good start. That may even prove to be better that what coach Kelly is able to do at ND.
High School football is starting soon and in Clarksville and Fort Campbell all you can say is Falcons. The post football team Falcons have won three consecutive IIA Kentucky Footaball Championships and only 1 loss in three seasons, last year finishing undefeated. More to come on this team because they are amazing. They deserve far more press around the country than they have been getting. Why you may ask? This football team has to reload every couple of years because the service member families are transferring to new duty stations. As a result even scouts seldom learn about the talent becuase it was off the radar.
Next week I will comment on the Titans and the Bengals, I have not forgotten NFL Footaball.