One: Down to 30. That’s how many golfers are left after three (of four) tournaments in the PGA’s month-old closing playoff system. The Tour Championship starts Thursday in Atlanta and just the best remain. Well, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Jason Dufner, among others, won’t be there for various reason. But the best of the rest will be competing and Rory McIIroy has to be the favorite. He’s building a pretty decent rivalry with Sergio Garcia. Then that’s the end. No more regular season but we still can enjoy the Ryder Cup in two weeks, Sept. 25-28, from the Gleneagles course in Scotland. And, of course, the LPGA and the Champions Tour are still marching on. This week, the women will be in France for the Evian Masters while the old men take the week off.
Two: Week 2 of the NFL season (already!) begins Thursday with Pittsburgh at Baltimore. There’s some history here, and it’s not good. On Sunday, there are not many compelling matchups, Kansas City at Denver, but Monday should be a shootout, Philadelphia at Indianapolis.
Three: Three weeks left in the baseball season and it’s sprint time for the contenders. The marathon is over. Teams can’t drop the ball at this point. Every game counts, more than usual. Three division races are just about over, AL East, AL West and NL East. The AL Central, NL Central and NL West are all within three games. But the wild cards, in both leagues, are wild. There are three teams, Kansas City, Seattle, Detroit, going for two wild card spots in the AL with the New York Yankees and Cleveland about four games behind. In the NL, four teams, San Francisco, Milwaukee, Atlanta and Pittsburgh are all within two games. The intensity is building.
Four: College football won’t steal many headlines over the weekend. It’s generally a nation-wide series of routs, which are never fun to watch and killing viewership. The only matchup among ranked teams is No. 6 Georgia at No. 21 South Carolina but No. 11 UCLA at Texas might be worth watching.