By the end of the month, you'll have your fantasy football team(s), college football season will have kicked off and perhaps some vacation. Not bad...
*MLB Trade Deadline: Love the moves by the Tigers and A's. Win while you can, especially for two teams qualified by (a) a very old owner and (b) a GM who knows the variance of the postseason.
*Clayton Kershaw is so good that he's probably worth MLB splicing off a "Kershaw pass" on MLB.tv/MLB At Bat to let fans pay to watch his starts. I would.
*Most intriguing MLB game of the weekend: Lester's first start for Oakland, on Saturday.
*Pro Football Hall of Fame: The New Class. Derrick Brooks might be the best college football defensive player I have ever seen. Michael Strahan has been as successful in transitioning to post-career life as any NFL player ever. Ray Guy was long overdue. Andre Reed is very interesting -- he's almost a proxy for the log-jam of worthy receivers who are still waiting to get in.
*Bills-Giants kick off NFL friendlies: Worth tuning into just to see how Sammy Watkins does.
Speaking of friendlies, there's USA Basketball scrimmage tonight at 9 on ESPN, if you need a fix.