WE’RE GETTING THERE, GUYS. That wonderful time of year when it’s impossible for me to decide what to lead this daggone thing with. There’s just too much out there. SportsCenter led with Andrew Luck last night, but you also had a historic margin of victory in a golf major, Team USA winning gold in a surprisingly tight hoops game and one of the zaniest final laps you’ll ever see in NASCAR. Did we mention Manny Machado homered again?
Yep. We’ve got our hands full today. We’ll get more specific as the week progresses. Today, I’ll just spread it all out there like a pupu platter and let you guys dive into what you want. But to nobody’s surprise, I’m going to lead with…
-Virginia Tech held media day on Saturday, and there are some interview opportunities for media the next couple of nights, too, so the flow of stories coming out of Blacksburg should be steady this week. Andy has a notebook today leading with Corey Marshall moving ahead of J.R. Collins (at least temporarily) at defensive end. Check it out here.
-If you missed my column on Tech’s offensive line in Sunday’s paper, here you go. One of the new starters earned a top-50 world ranking in a hobby pursued by millions. Also, learn what to call center Andrew Miller if you ever run into him on the street (Hint: You’ll have to size up his facial hair first).
-Also Sunday, Andy explored the running back position. The Hokies want to have their top two guys decided by the end of the week so they can start getting them more reps and preparing in earnest for Georgia Tech.
-CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman includes N.C. State QB Mike Glennon among his longshot Heisman Trophy candidates. Writes Feldman: Glennon will be able to create some buzz if he can put up a big performance and lead State to a win over Tennessee in the opener in Atlanta. Even though, the Vols aren’t Bama or LSU or a Top 20 team, it’s still a recognizable program from the SEC with some talent, especially on offense. I do like the Vols to win that game, but if Glennon has any shot of getting in contention, he needs to key the win here.
-We’ll do a briefing focusing on the Heisman race later this week.
-Rory McIlroy wins the PGA Championship by a record eight strokes, eclipsing the mark set by Jack Nicklaus in 1980. “I think winning his second major is going to make things a lot easier for him,” Padraig Harrington says. “I think last year he proved it, but there’s been ups and downs since his last major win because of the pressure and the expectations and the hype. Now he’s delivered again. It’s going to be a lot easier for him going forward. And he’ll get better.”
-Tiger Woods, tied for the lead heading into the weekend, finishes 11 back.
-Perhaps the Sprint Cup Series should oil up all the tracks for the final laps. In a wild finish at Watkins Glen caused by an oil leak, Marcos Ambrose passes Brad Keselowski for the win, while Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart tumble after crashing.
-The last lap really has to be seen to be believed. Head here, and check out the video link near the top.
-Dale Earnhardt Jr. falls from first to fourth in points. Full standings here.
-Andrew Luck throws his first NFL (exhibition) pass for a long touchdown and finishes 10-for-16 for 188 yards and two scores. Story here.
-The Dolphins release Chad Johnson following his arrest on domestic violence charges.
-Team USA beats Spain 107-100 to claim gold.
-Orioles rookie Manny Machado, 20, hits his third homer in four Major League games in a win over the Royals.
IDENTIFY THE MOVIE
“What can you tell us about the man you saw last night?”
“Yeah, you know, a white guy. A moustache. About six-foot-three.”
“Awfully big moustache.”
NAME THAT TUNE
I was singing to you, you were singing to me
I was so alive, never been more free
Fired up my daddy’s lighter and we sang oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
Stayed there ’til they forced us out
We took the long way to your house
And I can still hear the sound
Of you saying, “Don’t go”