One: We may get a strong indication this week where Tiger Woods’ golf game is when he tees it up at the WGC-Bridgestone Tournament beginning Thursday at the Firestone CC near Akron. Woods is the defending champion – by seven strokes – and has won the event eight times. He can eat up Firestone. In the second round last year he shot a 61. If he falters on this course, might we speculate that Woods’ game is not completely sound? We’ll see. He’s going to have some high level competition, such as new British Open Rory McIIroy, world No. 1 Adam Scott, Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Zach Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose and Masters champion Bubba Watson.
Two: The Major League trading deadline is Thursday. There have been quite a few trades already, which may limit the number we’ll see this week. There are a lot of teams still involved in a playoff chase and not as many sellers. The Yankees have a couple rumors deals cooking and are on the cusp of serious playoff contention.
Three: The NFL season begins Sunday. Already! Yikes. Break out the fantasy football guides. Buffalo opens the exhibition season against the New York Giants. That’s the Hall of Fame game in Canton. A whole bunch of other games will be played the following week, beginning Thursday. The countdown begins.
Four: Not to be overlooked – which is easy to do with the mighty NFL sucking all the attention – but college football camps open this week. The first week of games is actually in August, beginning with one game Aug. 27, then 14 on Aug. 28, seven on Aug. 29, 60 on Aug. 30 and two on Aug. 31. So it begins, the first season in a long while without the BCS.