It never changes with opening exhibition games for fans in the NFL---their team wins,  there’s a lot to feel good about—lose it and ‘it’s only a meaningless exhibition’.

I’m spending the weekend in Las Vegas at a bachelor party for my youngest brother who’s getting married this fall for the first time at the age of 49.  Rediculous? Or is any excuse to get to Vegas a good one?

A-Fraud back in the Bronx---

Alex Rodriguez played at home in New York for the first time this season last night and was greeted with one part cheers and one part boo’s.  Some of those cheers were probably converted when he struck out in his first at bat.  The Yankees are a big enough mess without the circus that Rodriguez brings with him, but I’ve been surprised by the very vocal support he’s gotten from many of his teammates.  It never appeared that he was the most popular player in the Bronx, but Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte all had his back before last night’s game.  I guess teammates are teammates, but the support seems odd considering how vocal players have become against PED users and there have been none bigger that Rodriguez.

Chiefs in the Big Easy---

Alex Smith was impressive in the limited time that he played and I liked how the Chiefs used Jamaal Charles in the passing game—other than that, I don’t have much on them.  It was interesting to me that after throwing an early interception; Matt Cassell was great in his debut with the Vikings.  You’ve got to hope that a change of scenery will do good things for a guy, who by all accounts, was a beloved teammate in Kansas City. One other exhibition note, this one from Thursday, did you notice that former K-Stater and native Wichitan Chris Harper had a catch for eight yards in his NFL debut.  I really like his chances to make the squad in Seattle, where head coach Pete Carroll is said to really like the Northwest product.

PGA headed to moving day---

It’s interesting that Oak Hill was giving up a lot of low scores and that Tiger Woods wasn’t one of the guys posting them.  The 14 time major winner has now played 6 tournament rounds at Oak Hill and he’s yet to break.  Tiger may have five wins this season and he may well win the Fed Ex Cup and golfer of the year award but it’s going to be a long winter after going oh for the majors for over five and a half years.  

Jason Duffner, who got one of his first professional wins at the Wichita Open, fired a major tying single round record of 63 to take the lead at the halfway point. For what it’s worth—none of the last seven major winners had the lead at the halfway mark.

Our buddy Woody Austin has to be kicking himself for carrying an extra club in his bag for the two first holes yesterday.  It cost him four penalty strokes, two a hole and was the main reason he missed the cut yesterday.  You’re only allowed 14 clubs in your bad, although I generally find that none of them ever seem to help me.