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TDR: Back and forth

* Off the bench *

Very similar to how my Friday morning workout went.

* Leading off *

Wimbledon

Boom. The Women’s Singles final is set at Wimbledon. Serena Williams will face Angelique Kerber tomorrow, and in case you haven’t heard everyone screaming about it, Serena had a baby 10 months ago and literally almost died afterwards. So it’s pretty amazing that she will be competing for her eighth Wimbledon title so quickly after that insane health scare. There’s definitely something to be said that she can “play free” because she has “nothing to lose.” No one expected her to come back in this way after what happened, so she’s really not working against any expectations. Sorry, Angelique, but I think it’s safe to say no one is rooting for you. That’s not your fault! It’s just hard to get the people on your side when you’re going against the GOAT who almost died during childbirth 10 months ago.

Par-3

A v cool thing is happening this week in women’s golf. For the first time ever, the U.S. women’s senior open is going down in Chicago. The old boys have their U.S. Open, so it’s about time the old girls get one too. JoAnn Carter kicked things off yesterday – she is the oldest player in the field at 79 years old. Then she went out and shot her age. A 79 for the 79-year-old. Love it. But JoAnn was NOT pleased. She went to practice right after her round and told Golfweek, “Really, I can shoot this course under par.” Queen! Let’s get it, JoAnn.

Strikeout

With the All-Star Game just around the corner, it’s time to talk about the Red Sox and how good they have been this season. Last night, they won their 10th straight game, to bring their record to a ridiculous 66-29 on the season. To put that in perspective, only one team has ever entered the All-Star break with at least 65 wins – the 1965 Baltimore Orioles (65-31) – and Boston still has three games to play before the break. Oh, and that 66-29 record is the best in the majors by 3.5 games, so not really even that close. That second place team though? The New York Yankees, who after their win last night against the Indians, brought their record to 61-31 on the year. Should be a fantastic home stretch to the season with these two. Love a good thriving rivalry. Play ball.

* Play under review *

You gotta know when to hold 'em

Charles Oakley out here wildin’ in Vegas. The 54-year-old former Knicks player was arrested after he attempted to change a wager once the outcome was known on a game at the Cosmopolitan. It appears he pulled back a $100 chip after he knew he was going to lose. And they are not messing around in Vegas, this is a class-B felony that could be subject to up to a $10,000 fine and 1-6 years in prison. “What are you in for?” “Things got wild at the craps table when the dice didn’t fall my way.” He will go to court in August, but his lawyer feels like everything should be resolved quickly.

* Overtime *

Weekend plans.

* Podcast *

Friendly reminder that the most recent episode of The Daily Rally Podcast dropped yesterday. Check out my conversation with Dr. Greg Cartin, sports psychologist extraordinaire to some of the world’s top golfers. His approach to fear and nerves can be applied to pretty much any situation, so take a listen and head into the weekend feeling all sorts of peaceful. Listen on Soundcloud, iTunes and leave a rating and review! K thanks!