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The Dog Days of Summer Must Wait

When the NHL and NBA seasons end many wonder what will keep them going through the notorious dog days of summer. This year will be a little different as the NFL still works through a nasty collective bargaining agreement and north of the border college football is hardly revered or followed.

However, this past weekend provided enough entertainment that we can rest assured the official dog days of summer have not started – those will begin in late July.

In Toronto news, Toronto FC is now winless in their last eight games as they conceded a stunning 90th minute free kick to Freddy Montero and 10-man Seattle to lose 1-0. It’s always the dog days of summer for Toronto FC.

The Blue Jays quieted the bats of Joey Votto and the Cincinnati Reds for almost the entire series but a 6th inning 2-run home run by Miguel Cairo and a botched safety squeeze combined to help the Reds avoid the sweep in the finale.

Jo-Jo Reyes picked up his third win of the year in the series opener as he continues to impress and cement a position in the rotation for the remainder of the year. Brandon Morrow bounced back from a terrible start against Boston to pitch nearly 7 shutout innings picking up the win in the Blue Jays 4-0 victory in the second game of the set. And Carlos Villanueva had another solid effort giving up only 2 hits in 7 innings in the finale. Unfortunately, one of those was the Miguel Cairo 2-run home run and the Jays couldn’t muster enough off of Bronson Arroyo to finish the sweep.

The Jays now head to Atlanta to start a three game set beginning tonight.

There’s been plenty of chatter ahead of both the NHL and NBA entry drafts that begin later this week. The main question for the Leafs has been: rebuild through the draft or focus on bringing in some legitimate free agent talent to help make the team more competitive right now. Personally, the Leafs have never given a true rebuild a chance and that’s part of the reason they’ve rarely had enough young talent to remain consistently competitive. Stick to the draft and endure a couple of more years out of the race – it’s not like it’s going to add any more embarrassment to the franchise at this point.

Biyombo is very raw but has a lot of upside - a virtual unknown until February.

As for the Raptors, there is a lot of speculation but it is just that. Bryan Colangelo is letting NOTHING leak as he gets set to make the fifth selection in the NBA Draft. Some of the rumours bountied about have the Raptors trading down, but there have been no indications that they would want to trade up. The Raptors want Brandon Knight, but I don’t believe he’ll be available when they make their selection. The speculation of trading down stems from the fact there aren’t any surefire difference-makers in this draft and since the Raptors are a few seasons away from competing they might as well take a chance on a high upside guy and let him develop overseas – like a Bismack Biyombo or Jan Vesely.

On a final note I’d just like to congratulate Rory McIlroy. I haven’t been rooting for anyone at a major since the heyday of Tiger Woods. There is just something very likeable about the kid and hopefully he can stay grounded and entertain us for years to come.

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