Here is this week’s crop of Mid-Week Grades. As we always do, we’ll break these down on the award-winning WGEM SportsCenter program around 8:20 a.m. on Wednesday. If you’d like to submit a grade, text us at 217-617-9437 or email at email@example.com:
A — David Faircloth. Who? This poor guy had to lug around Sergio Garcia’s bag during the Wyndham Championship. Garcia fired his old caddie after the PGA Championship and needed some help in Greensboro, N.C. Faircloth got the gig. Garcia, much to my chagrin, wound up actually winning the tournament for his first victory in eons. I’d hate to have to pick up after Garcia for four-plus days, so this guy certainly earned his keep.
B — Pop Tarts. I’ll admit that I’ve never been a fan of the breakfast pastries, but my kids have devoured them over the years. The folks at Kelloggs will be releasing college-themed Pop Tarts this fall. Sadly, we won’t be able to bite into a Quincy University, Culver-Stockton or John Wood Community College Pop Tart. Heck, we won’t even be able to eat an Illinois or Missouri one. The only schools who have signed up so far are Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and North Carolina. You’d have to think other schools will follow suit. What better way to enjoy breakfast than to bite into Truman the Tiger some day?
C — Roger Clemens. The former Cy Young Award winner is back in the news. He’ll go to the mound for the first time in five years on Saturday when he takes the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League. Clemens will go to battle for Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti — I’m not kidding. At 50, Clemens is thinking about making a comeback. Some see this as a dress rehersal for a possible return to organized baseball next year. I’m calling what it is — a publicity stunt. How dare Clemens upstage “The Human Fireball,” Ted Batchelor? I hope a few guys on the Bridgeport Bluefish get some hits that they’ll be able to tell their grandkids about one day.
D — Notre Dame football. The Irish haven’t even blown their first game this season and they’re being laughed at. The Irish will wear a special jersey for their Oct. 6 jersey against Miami in a game set to be played at Soldier Field in Chicago. Instead of keeping with their traditional garb, the Irish will have a hideous look, which includes a two-toned helmet that has the famous leprechaun on one side. More than half of the helmet is gold. The uniforms are a bit different, too. Why mess with a classic?
F — Melky Cabrera. We could start with the fact that the San Francisco Giants outfielder and All-Star Game MVP got busted for using a performance-enhancing drug and received a 50-game suspension. Then we could look at the player’s failed attempt to try to hide his crime by creating a website that touted a fake product. Cabrera was going to point to the website as a defense. Just plain dumb.