Sports Corner – August 28, 2019

On the cusp of the NCAA and NFL football seasons, all anyone is talking about is the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck.  I have to say, I didn’t really find it that surprising, given his long and painful injury history.  (He had a lacerated kidney!  That isn’t your run of the mill injury.)  But football players tend to stick it out because anything else is seen as “quitting.”  It’s kind of telling that there are other players calling Luck “brave” simply for retiring under his own terms.  The culture around football is as brutal as the sport, and it’s hard to blame Luck for wanting out of it.  I wish him well, and the best of health.


  • As noted, college football is off and running, with a full slate this weekend.
  • Labor Day marks the start of the home stretch of the baseball season.  Not much yet to be decided, but there are still two divisions up for grabs and some of the wild card spots, and maybe home field advantage in the AL.
  • Congrats to Rory McIlroy on winning $15 million, and also the almost meaningless FedEx Cup.
  • The US Open is underway!
  • And the FIBA World Cup starts next week

As ever, all sports subjects welcome.