I lead today's SN column with an item about sports and politics, having watched Oregon State hoops coach Craig Robinson in prime time last night, introducing his sister Michelle Obama. (Blissfully, I did not see the Stuart Scott interview with Barack Obama.)
Don't worry: I don't inflict my own views on you in the column. In fact, I reflect the common wisdom that pops up every time I dip a toe into politics over here:
Keep politics separate from sports. We can agree to disagree on all sorts of stuff related to politics (as we do about sports), but we can agree that politics mixed with sports causes massive problems.
I'll continue to write about their intersection, when it happens. But I recognize that most fans don't want to commingle the two.
Meanwhile, the college football season starts Thursday night, and I couldn't be more excited. For me, it eclipses baseball (although that is plenty exciting right now) and preseason NFL (although fantasy drafting makes August much more fun). In the column today, I cover the must-see games of the season. I limited myself to 10, on different weeks. While the Biggies are obvious (USC-OSU, FLA-UGA, OK-TX), there are a ton of others. Hell, for this very opening weekend, I spurned the Bama-Clemson season-opener in favor of App State-LSU. (Got any must-see games this season beyond the obvious ones? Drop them in the Comments, and I'll post them as soon as I'm back online.)
That said: There's a ton of MLB and NFL news to cover, including that 9-year-old banned from his youth baseball league. Love that story. It's all in today's SN column here.
I'm heading back out to the beach. More later.