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Thoughts From the Sidelines

Little League makes it to the big leagues

By Sumner Spence | Aug 21, 2014

I usually watch just enough of the Little League World Series so I know who wins the whole thing. This year though, I am paying more attention to it because of the story of the Philadelphia team and the story of Mo'ne Davis, their very successful female pitcher. As a fan, I will definitely be cheering for them to win it all on Sunday. It was a bit surprising to me that Davis was placed on the Sports Illustrated cover after just one start. That seems a bit overboard. It's just Little League baseball. If anything, editors should have waited until the tournament was over. Then it would certainly have more value. But needless to say, that it is a remarkable story and one that sports fans are keeping an eye on.

The Eagles are played their most important preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday, Aug. 21. As of Thursday morning, starting units for both teams are expected play into the second half with fans expecting the most entertaining game so far. The Eagles defense needs to improve a lot before the season starts. You can't ask the offense to score 50 points a game and expect to win the division. Philadelphia is the favorite to win the NFC East this year. It is Chip Kelly's second season as head coach and he has high expectations after last season. The Eagles won the NFC East and made it to the first round of the playoffs but ended up losing to New Orleans. Let's hope that the Eagles can have a strong season and bring Philadelphia sports back to the elite status it has held in the past.

The US Open Tennis Tournament will start Monday, Aug. 25, but unfortunately without defending champion Rafael Nadal. He has announced he has a wrist injury. He has not played any tennis since Wimbledon in July. The only good news for him is that it wasn't a recurrence of his knee injuries. I hope he can get back to full health for the Australia Open in January. With this news, it pretty much makes the US Open title on the men's side up for grabs. Coverage is on ESPN and CBS.

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