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Thoughts From the Sidelines

You know it's a slow week in the sports world when golf is exciting

By Sumner Spence | Aug 14, 2014

In sports you don't usually see "exciting" and "golf" in the same sentence, but the final round of the PGA Championship this past weekend at the Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky was actually quite exciting to watch. It was great to see McIlroy challenged at the end of the tournament by both Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler. I also liked that it wasn't just the young guys in the race. McIlroy ultimately beat Mickelson by just one shot after Phil had a hiccup on the 16th hole. I wish the weather in the last round has been better and not caused the delay that made the ending holes a bit dicey with the darkness of the hour. But both those things played into making the tournament the exciting one that it was. The darkness was really the most troublesome part of the formula, and it created a bit of an awkward situation for competitors on the last hole when the order of play was switched up.

Even though Phil Mickelson did not win that tournament, this performance afforded him an automatic place on the Ryder Cup team, making 10 straight spots for him. And thank goodness Tiger has taken himself out of the picture so that the golf commentators can talk about other things in the sport and focus on good golf performances instead of what-ifs.

This year is the 75th anniversary of Little League baseball. I was rooting for the Delaware team to win their regional group in order to advance to the Little League World Series in Willamsport, Pa. Delaware was unable to complete this task as the they were knocked out by an outstanding team from Taney, Pa. The other cool storyline in this matchup is that the Taney Little League pitcher is a female! But don't let that fool you because she is one helluva pitcher. With her fastball reaching 70 mph, she will be a threat to any team in the LLWS. Starting this weekend you can catch all the action of the LLWS on ESPN.

As a huge Phillies fan, I will be very upset if they decide to trade Cole Hamels before the end of the season. If Cole Hamels is traded to Boston, that would leave the Phillies' starting rotation really thin with an aging Cliff Lee and no other pitchers to build on at the moment. Things could go from bad to worse than they already are if this trade is finalized. I hope to see Cole Hamels back in the Phillies uniform next season.

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