Posted: Friday July 21, 2006 4:18PM; Updated: Friday July 21, 2006 5:21PM
Will Dontrelle Willis bring his flamboyant style to another city?
Hot town, summer in the City. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty!
Ah, the dog days of summer. Don't you just love them? Road trips, sprinklers and weekend barbecues. For some, summer is the time to sit back and be lazy. Others jet to the Caribbean for some sun or sit under a birch tree and catch up on reading. For others, like myself, it's time to get out of the house and catch some games.
So far, the summer of 2006 has treated us to some spectacular plays and jaw-dropping highlights. We've witnessed the most infamous head-butt ever, the heartbreak on the 18th hole at the U.S. Open and Pat Riley reclaiming the NBA title. And there's more to come. To point you in the right direction, I've assembled a mini-guide to the remaining must-see events in sports for summer's second half. So, please, turn off the celebrity poker tournament, pack your bags and get in the game.
July 30: Baseball Hall of Fame induction, Cooperstown, N.Y. This year's festivities will feature a special celebration of Negro leagues baseball, with 17 inductees (Negro league and pre-Negro league players and execs) headed to the Hall. Also getting the nod is reliever Bruce Sutter, who revolutionized the split-fingered fastball and was among the first of the closing relief pitcher specialists. Fans can enjoy the induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center. Admission is free. For more information, call 1-888-HALL-OF-FAME.
July 31: MLB trading deadline No tickets needed for this one. Will it be the Angels or the Tigers for AlfonsoSoriano? Do the Marlins dare part with Dontrelle Willis?
Aug. 3-6: X Games 12, Los Angeles True X Gamers can venture to California to watch the bold and sometimes demented extreme athletes compete in BMX Freestyle, Moto X, Wakeboard and several other categories you probably couldn't name if your life depended on it. X Games tickets can be purchased here.
Aug. 5: Pro Football Hall of Fame induction, Canton, Ohio The class of 2006 includes Troy Aikman, John Madden, Warren Moon and the late Reggie White. Former inductees Jim Brown, Dan Marino and Joe Montana are also scheduled to be on hand. Fans can watch the ceremony at Fawcett Stadium, which is located across the street from the Hall of Fame. A limited number of tickets for the 2006 Enshrinement Ceremony remain available for sale here.
Aug. 6: Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Indy's annual 400-mile NASCAR event is in its 13th season and is as popular as ever. The eventual 2005 Nextel Cup champ, Tony Stewart, took the checkered flag here last year, but never count out four-time Brickyard winner Jeff Gordon. Tickets for the Brickyard can be purchased at here.
Aug. 17-20: PGA Championship, Medinah Country Club, Illinois In years past this event has been very kind to both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods. Lefty won his second career major at the PGA last year in New Jersey. Tiger won his second career major at Medinah in 1999 and also won the PGA in 2000. Can Phil defend his title? Will Vijay wake up from his recent hibernation? For more information go here.
Aug. 18-27: Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pa. Watch these 11- and 12-year-olds take the field for some of the most heartrending baseball you'll ever see. For tickets and schedules go here.
Aug. 28-Sept. 10: U.S. Open, Flushing Meadow, N.Y. The final grand slam of the season will see tennis great Andre Agassi bid farewell to his 20-year career in professional tennis. Also on hand will be Serena Williams and Andy Roddick, both trying to stave off early retirement. For tickets go here.