The AFC looks like the American League with all of the talented teams only getting better over the offseason. The Ravens addition of Anquain Boldin only makes their team stronger with an actual threat outside of Derrick Mason. Ray Rice looks ready to take over the starting job with full force ahead(FF #4 pick rating). The Dolphins addition of Brandon Marshall means that they have a wide receiver for the first time since 1980. This might be the best addition of all. And then you have the Jets who seemed to think money has no object and buy fathers who don't remember who their kids are(Cromartie). Lump the Colts, Chargers, Patriots, Texans, Bengals, Steelers, and Titans into the mix and you're looking at 9 real quality teams for 6 spots. Oh the joys of someone getting screwed?
The NFC? Sweet, Cowboys, 49ers, Vikes, Packers and the Super Bowl Champs, the Saints. Wahoo. Look for these teams to run away with their divisions early. It's like little league for these teams
Baseball, for all of the fun that seemed to be shaping up at the beginning of August, a lot of it has fallen flat. Rays/Yanks are running away with the east, Twins are not faultering, Rangers are still flying high, Reds are playing well taking the central from the Cardinals, and the Padres continue to pitch well. The only race that looks up in the air is the National League wild card with 3 teams within four games. Sad to say that the Nation's 74 wins would only be winning that instead of seven back. Just one of those years.
Lastly, the domestic leagues are all off in the soccer world. The 7:45/10:00 games are back and alive with Chelsea and Barcelona showing how dominant they could be this year. It's amazing how they make goal scoring look so easy. Considering there's two things that happen in soccer: scoring and defending. These teams are just that good at it and it's tough to envision a lot of losses happening.
Btw, signing Bob Bradley for another 4 years will cause the US to fall back. More on that.
Til next time, you have to play it back to play it forward.