Big week for the WWE. SmackDown goes live on Tuesday nights starting this Tuesday and the WWE is hyping the debut with a huge event. A once in a decade event. They are having their WWE Brand Extension Draft on Tuesday night. RAW and SmackDown will become two separate brands with two separate rosters. No more sharing wrestlers on both shows and both shows being similar. This will be similar to what they tried 10-15 years ago. Should be an exciting week and an exciting couple months, hopefully years. If done well, this could be really great.
Not sure what the draft will look like on Tuesday, the WWE has been pretty vague on what the format will look like. But, we did create a Big Board for your draft night. Just like a fantasy football draft, you gotta know where your wrestlers are ranked and who should go where. Here is a link to our WWE Draft Big Board.
That was a heck of a Sunday at the British Open yesterday. Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson both played outstanding golf in a pressure situation that may have been one of the best Sunday duels you're ever going to see. And a big win for Stenson. Not sure who could have seen that one coming.....other than me of course. Here's what I wrote leading into the Open:
"If you are asking me to predict a winner, I'll go with Stenson. I think it's time he finally breaks through and gets a major. He has been on the verge for quite awhile now but just needs that weekend where everything clicks. Let's make it this weekend. If you are looking for a sentiment favorite, obviously its Phil Mickelson. We are getting closer and closer to the end of Phil's competitive career and it would be nice to see him finally get a US Open win. "
Now you're right, if you're reading that carefully you'll notice that I was actually talking about the previous major the US Open and not the actual British Open that was last weekend but I'm still counting it. I may have actually picked Sergio Garcia to win this weekend and finished with a respectable 5th place finish. I also told you to throw small amounts of money on a win from Oosthuizen and Williet. Those didn't turn out as well, with Oosthuizen missing the cut and Willet finishing in a tie for 53rd. My long shot bet of a player with odds 100-1 or over did well though. J.B. Holmes finished alone in 3rd place. So if you put a Top 5 or Top 10 bet on him it should have hit. But he was never in real contention to win since Stenson and Phil ran away from the pack. Just like I called 2 months ago.
Kind of a cop-out on this last post of the Three Count today but apparently this post didn't get published on Friday. I went back and looked at the Sup bracket posted in Friday's Three Count and realized for some reason the first post didn't make it up to the site. It was typed and formatted on my editing page but for some reason the site didn't post it. I apologize for that and think I have it fixed now on last week's edition but will post it here as well.
The second half of the Major League Baseball season resumes today. I haven't watched a whole lot of baseball yet this year but have followed it closely enough to give out some thoughts on the first half and predictions on the second half.
- Thank goodness for the Wild Card because 5 of the 6 divisions are already wrapped up, especially in the National League. Giants, Cubs, and Nationals are clearly the best three teams in the NL and will run away with their divisions.
- A little more drama in the AL but not much. Despite limping into the All-Star break, Texas will easily win the West. Cleveland should hold onto the Central but I expect at least one of the White Sox, Royals, or Tigers to make a late run at them. The AL East is the only division with a lead under 5 games right now. I'm pulling for the Orioles to come out of there.
- Biggest disappointments of the first half: Royals and Yankees.
- Defend the title Kansas City. Being 7 games back at the break is not good. And I thought the Yankees would be better. Maybe not contend for the championship good but at least where their hat was in the mix. .500 ball at the break is a disappointment for them.
- Biggest surprises: Indians and Mets.
- Cleveland had the run of the first half with their 14-game winning streak. With the second best record in the AL, a solid roster, and Terry Francona the Indians will be a tough out in the playoffs. And the Mets are playing better ball than I anticipated. Still 6 games out of the division but I see them winning a Wild Card berth. I didn't expect them to be the best baseball team in New York this season.
- Biggest question mark going into the second half: Yu Darvish. If he can get healthy, Texas is the team to beat in the AL. With a healthy Darvish and Cole Hamels, there isn't a team in the American League that's going to be favored over the Rangers in a five or seven game series. Without Darvish though, the Rangers could be fighting an uphill battle to the World Series.
- An even numbered year (2016) means good things for the Giants again. Uncanny how that keeps working out for them. Not that they aren't usually good in odd-powered years. But they have World Series Championships in 2010, 2012, 2014, and looked poised to make a run at another one in 2016. Crazy
- Feel good story of the first half of the season was the Chicago Cubs.....until their fans ruined it by tweeting, posting, bragging about it every game for the first three months of the season. Seriously, I don't need to read 8 tweets and a 3 Facebook posts every time Anthony Rizzo hits a double guys. Calm down, it's a 162-game season.
- And really Cubs fans, you guys should be bracing yourself. A hot start doesn't change the fact that you guys know how this is going to end. You're the Cubs.
- American League -- Division Winners: Orioles, Indians, Rangers. Wild Card: Blue Jays, Royals
- National League -- Division Winners: Nationals, Cubs, Giants. Wild Card: Dodgers, Mets.
- American League ALCS: Rangers over Indians in 6.
- National League NLCS: Giants over Cubs in 7.
- World Series: Rangers over Giants in 5.