Hot Softball, Ego Escort, Dean Whipple

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Heat index of 120 at state softball. More than a few people wonder if these games shouldn’t be postponed. The players seem fine, but three umpires had to tap out, leaving the IGHSAU to make the decision no umps will work back-to-back games…

The United States women’s soccer team provided a great story during a month we needed one. There is no doubt the pressure got to the U-S in the championship game, but they handled the crushing disappointment with class. Japan made the plays at crunch time too.

Doesn’t it seem like women flop a lot less than men?

Fun while it lasted, but most of us will go back to not watching soccer until the next Olympics or World Cup… or if one of our relatives is playing locally…

Still few clues in the Curious Case of Anthony Hubbard…

Washington Post columnist Norman Chad has an interesting column on stupidest things in sports. It didn’t take him long to reach one I always blast: college football coaches running on and off the field with bodyguards. 99% of the time, unneeded and silly. It started long ago as a copycat ego trip, and now is just SOP…

The Miguel Jimenez workout during the Open Championship may have given Andy laugh-lock during SoundOff, but it shows one of the world’s best golfers doesn’t have to be in the world’s best shape. Pro golfers have tremendous skill, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all great athletes. As Carl Edwards said on SportsCenter Monday, some race car drivers are great athletes, some aren’t, but all possess great skill. Agreed, and well put…

Screaming girls found their way to Iowa Speedway with Zac Efron in the house. Efron may be famous for his looks, but he has a shot at a career that outlives the screams. Dude has talent, and Saturday it was nice to see him treating people well. He’s playing driver Dean Whipple in a movie tentatively titled, Heartland. Dennis Quaid plays Zac’s dad, an Iowa farmer..