OFF ON VACATION-- WHAT HAPPENS AROUND HERE IN THE NEXT WEEK?

     I'm on my way East for the next week-- including the baseball hall of fame and museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Saturday and Sunday.  It better be good and the weather better be that way too because we're due to play golf on a famed course in that area on Sunday.  And I haven't played nearly as much golf this season as I used to do-- too busy, simple as that.  Throw in a slight back injury and that has slowed down play as well.

     Whille I'm gone I doubt MSU will find a new baseball coach-- that could go into August, although it might be sooner because teams need the fall to practice and prepare for the following spring.  There won't be much high school camp activity-- each school is required to take two straight weeks off and most schools are taking next week off because of the July 4th holiday on Friday.

     The Tigers should keep moving up and they might sweep Colorado this week end.  If they do they'd hit the halfway point of the season, 81 games, at 41-40, remarkable considering they've been a losing team this entire year thus far.  But they could go on and at least win their division because I don't see many decent teams this year anywhere-- maybe Boston, but that's it and the Red Sox don't seem to be great either.

     NFL training camps will open when I get back-- same baloney will come from the Detroit Lions and they'll plan on moving up from their 7-9 standing of a year ago.  Drew Neitzel likely will find an NBA team to sign on with as a free agent and try out during the summer league-- whether he sticks in the fall or not remains to be seen.  Former Spartan Mateen Cleaves will try out again with the Pistons, the team that drafted him in the first place in the first round after the 2000 season.

     We'll have a Buick Open champion on Sunday-- and his score will likely be at least 20 under and perhaps more.  No change there.  I hope the crowds pick up-- the television shows few people at Warwick Hills on Thursday and Friday.  Given the state of the auto industry you wonder how many  more years the Buick Open has left despite the fact it's been around 50 years to this point.  Have a good week.

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