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NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Auston Matthews has heard the question on repeat for weeks.
After a resplendent rookie season, what exactly does the NHL’s reigning Rookie of the Year have planned for his encore? The answer – whatever it winds up being – began taking shape this past summer the same way it had the four before: on a sheet of ice with performance coach Darryl Belfry.

Matthews has been an eager student of Belfry’s since he saw the undeniable results of his tutelage on display by NHL stars like John Tavares and Sidney Crosby. The results of that relationship born from hours of one-on-one training have been exceptionally positive so far, but maintaining an edge in a league where speed and skill are the premium currency is no easy task.
So this summer, Belfry, who works with the Maple Leafs as a player development consultant, decided to embark on a new venture and host his own skills camp. Matthews, of course, was all in. Ditto teammate Morgan Rielly. They descended on Fort Myers , Florida (where Belfry owns a hockey school) in late August, along with the likes of Patrick Kane, Seth Jones, Noah Hanifin, Jack Eichel, Cam Fowler, Lars Eller, Shayne Gostisbehere, Mike Matheson, Jack Johnson, Ryan Hartman, Kyle Palmieri and Nick Schmaltz, to put the final days of their summer to good use.
“When you get all those elite guys out there, you really bump up the intensity and that’s what really helped coming into training camp, having done it at that level already,” Matthews said on Sunday. “Those guys have been on the Olympic teams, they’re All-Stars, they’ve been around the league and won Stanley Cups, so working with them gives all of us a competitive advantage.”
Showing off what Matthews and Rielly picked up from Belfry began at Leafs’ training camp, which wrapped up its three-day stint in Niagara Falls on Sunday, which also happened to be Matthews’ 20th birthday. Belfry’s employment with the Leafs precludes him from speaking to the media, but his reputation as a coach precedes him. He’s known for seeing the game through a different lens and drawing out the most from a player’s skill set.
At each of the camp’s four days, he split the forwards and defence up to focus on individual skills – like end-zone details, breakouts and working off the rush – before bringing everyone together to do high-tempo work in three-on-three and four-on-four, followed by an off-ice gym session.
Rielly was pleased with his offseason to that point and saw the camp as an opportunity to push himself further with “one of the best skill coaches in hockey.”
“I felt I was in great shape and feeling really good on the ice, so I felt it was time to really focus on the offensive side of the game,” he said of deciding to attend the camp. “Darryl is pretty intuitive and creative. I think it’s important to be open to what he’s trying to teach you. I’m also a believer that we have one of the best coaches in hockey [in Mike Babcock], so it’s important to listen to him too, and find that balance in your game.”
Entering his fifth year in the NHL, Rielly has experienced the league’s shift to more of a speed game in real time. Both he and the Leafs believe there’s another level he can reach in his game, at both ends of the ice, and an intensive few days with players as eager as him to push their games forward will pay dividends long term.
“When you have a chance to go train with guys for a week who are world-class players right before camp, you take advantage,” he said. “You never know what the next thing is going to be, whether it’s adjusting to more speed or skill or the systems that teams are playing, because that’s one thing that’s changed a lot, too. You have to be prepared for everything.”
The details of Matthews’ early years on the ice in Arizona, where rinks were small and puck thievery was encouraged, have been endlessly pored over since even before he was drafted number one overall. His unconventional path gave Matthews a foundation of creativity that Belfry has only been able to amplify and it’s why Matthews shuttles throughout the summer from his home base in Scottsdale to see Belfry in Florida (or Toronto) for days at a time and why the camp was the perfect chance to fine-tune his game before a season where expectations couldn’t be much higher.
“Darryl has a pretty brilliant mind for hockey. It’s kind of all he thinks about – he lives, eats and dreams it,” Matthews said. “The way he sees the game is so differently than the average hockey eye does, which is what really gives you an edge. Instead of doing a typical skate down the ice and chipping the puck in, [with Darryl] you’re forcing the defence to switch. Or if you’re an offensive forward, he really wants you spreading out the ice and doing things that can break you free so there’s more space. When you’re a skill guy you need that and he gives you tools for that.”
Other than just learning from Belfry, the camp gave Matthews a glimpse into Kane, a player he’s watched closely for years on the ice. Matthews was a sponge around the Hart Trophy winner, watching firsthand what it takes to compete at a high level season after season.
“His habits are just so good; he works so hard,” Matthews said. “That’s something I didn’t know too much about because you just look at a guy like that and he’s just gifted and so talented and skilled, but he’s worked at it and you can tell when he’s on the ice. He’s so focused and works real hard and then, off the ice, too, he’s got his own regime he goes through. I was really impressed. It was something I could take with me from there.”
In the gym, Matthews worked on getting more explosive and faster in his first couple steps, work that so far looks to be paying off as the Leafs look towards opening of the preseason schedule on Monday. And even before a new season begins, both he and Rielly could see Belfry’s camp becoming a regular part of their summer.
“Now that we’ve had a chance as players to talk about what we did that week and having one year under our belt, we know what we could change and do better to make it even better,” Rielly said. “Probably all those guys, if not more guys, would want to go back.”

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Deadline day has come and gone, and all the latest deals and potential deals can be found here, but there’s plenty brewing in the market as clubs begin to look toward January.

United keep famous No. 7 free for Griezmann
Have Manchester United given up hope of signing Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann? Not at all, says the Star.

It reports that United “have left their No. 7 shirt free for a major signing — and have put aside £100 million in order to make it.”

The man in the frame for that big-money move is France international Griezmann, who was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer but in the end opted to sign a new Atletico deal.

The Star says he remains “very much on manager Jose Mourinho’s wishlist” as United look to fill a shirt that has been graced by superstars including George Best, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo over the years.

And the Manchester Evening News concurs, reporting that United “believe their commercial strength will prove pivotal at a time when spending has escalated at a remarkable rate.”

It says that could be a key factor in next summer’s window, when Griezmann “will be back on Mourinho’s wanted list — and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale will be too.”

Atleti, meanwhile, continue to be linked with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, with reports continuing to suggest that his arrival could bring about Griezmann’s departure.

Blues and Reds set for battle over defensive prospect
The window has hardly been closed for any time at all, but we should already be bracing ourselves for a forthcoming transfer tug of war, according to the Sun.

It reports that both Premier League champions Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Uruguay’s Under-18 captain Sebastian Caceres and have sent scouts to watch him.

But they are not the only clubs interested in central defender Caceres, who plays for Montevideo club Liverpool FC; Barcelona and Manchester City are also keen.

The Sun says “there is now a race to land the youngster, who does not require a work permit as he holds a Spanish passport, making it easier to seal a move away from Uruguay.”

It adds that Caceres has an English-based representative, a factor that “could work in favour of Premier League clubs.”
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it never crossed his mind to swap Raheem Sterling for Alexis Sanchez.
– Brighton are basking in the glow of a first top-flight win for more than 30 years, but the Mail reports that boss Chris Hughton is still targeting a striker as he looks to ensure that they can stay in the Premier League.

The Seagulls saw off West Bromwich Albion 3-1 on Saturday, but the Mail says Hughton “is well aware that they did so without the new striker they desperately wanted” after potential deals fell through in the summer.

– Defender Ryan Shawcross has decided he wants to end his playing days with the club, according to the Mirror. It reports that the Potters captain, who has been at the club for more than a decade, “hopes to finish his playing days at Stoke because he feels so at home.” He is under contract at Stoke until 2021.

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HOUSTON — Rockets point guard James Harden says he will donate $1 million to the city of Houston to aid in Hurricane Harvey recovery.

Harden made the announcement Saturday with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. They spoke at a news conference at the NRG Center, which has housed evacuees since Harvey swamped the Houston area more than a week ago.

Harden went to high school in California and college in Arizona but said Houston is his home.

He posed for photos with fans and said the money would go to people who need it.

The Rockets gave Harden a four-year extension in July, with sources telling ESPN at the time that it is a supermaximum extension that will guarantee him $228 million through the 2022-23 season.

Oscar winners Sandra Bullock and Leonardo DiCaprio also have pledged $1 million to charities helping with Harvey relief.

President Donald Trump also pledged a $1 million donation, but it’s unclear who will get the money. The donation is expected to come from his personal fortune.

Trump also visited evacuees Saturday in Houston.

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Giancarlo Stanton didn’t cool off any on Tuesday night.

The Miami Marlins slugger launched home run No. 51 of the season, a solo shot deep into the left-field stands in the top of the first inning off Washington Nationals right-hander Edwin Jackson.


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The fact only three at-bats separated home run No. 50 from 51 says everything you need to know about how the Marlins slugger has torn through August.
Stanton ties August HR record, but Nats beat Marlins 8-3
Giancarlo Stanton tied a major league record with his 18th home run in August, but Anthony Rendon had four RBI and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 8-3 on Tuesday night.

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It was Stanton’s 18th long ball of August, tying the major league mark for that month set in 1937 by Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. The Marlins slugger is two home runs shy of tying the MLB record for most in a calendar month. Sammy Sosa holds the mark of 20, which he set in June 1998. Sosa finished with 66 that season.

“That’s pretty cool. Any major league record’s a pretty awesome feat,” Stanton said after going 1-for-3 with a walk in the 8-3 loss. “We didn’t get the win out of it, but to be able to do that’s pretty cool.”

The Marlins round out the month with a game at Washington on Wednesday followed by the series opener versus the Phillies on Thursday.

Stanton’s comfort in Washington also continued. He has four home runs in 21 plate appearances this month at Nationals Park, tied for the most there this month.

Stanton also now has 30 home runs since the start of July. That gives him sole possession of the second-most homers in consecutive calendar months in major league history. Albert Belle hit 30 in August and September of 1995.

On Sunday, Stanton became the first National League player since Prince Fielder in 2007 to hit at least 50 home runs in a season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Bruce Boudreau is ubiquitous in hockey circles.

He was an extra in “Slap Shot.” In fact, he even taught Paul Newman how to take one. Wayne Gretzky once cited Boudreau — who averaged more than 100 points a season for the Toronto Marlboros of the Ontario Hockey Association — one his favorite players as kid. Over four-plus decades, Boudreau has played for or coached 27 teams, including 763 career games behind the bench for the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks and Minnesota Wild. In April, the Associated Press published an article analyzing “The Sixteen Degrees of Bruce Boudreau,” connecting the 62-year-old to each of the 16 2017 Stanley Cup playoff teams.


Golden Rush: Vegas stakes its claim to the West
Goalie Calvin Pickard was among the Golden Knights’ players who set off in search of adventure — and some new fans — as the NHL’s expansion team sought to drum up interest, engage with its new community and help grow hockey in Idaho and Montana.

Bill Foley has big plans for Vegas — and beyond
His team is Vegas’ hottest attraction, but Bill Foley is gambling that the Golden Knights will resonate past the Strip. “We can be the team of the Rockies,” says Foley in a Q&A, adding he thinks Seattle should get a team.

Hottest storylines of the 2017-18 season
Will Connor McDavid’s new deal change the game for the league’s young guns? Will Vegas be more than a flash in the pan? Do the Penguins have another Cup in them? The coming year promises plenty of intrigue.
Boudreau often tells friends he was put on Earth to promote hockey. This summer, he backed that up. “I kind of just said, ‘What the heck,’ ” Boudreau said. “And I bought a friggin’ hockey team.”

One year after taking over the reins of the Wild, Boudreau and his wife, Crystal, have become minority owners in a junior hockey team: the Blue Ox, an United States Premier Hockey League expansion team in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. If it sounds like a whim purchase, well, only sort of. If it feels like an uncommon extracurricular activity for a current NHL bench boss, that’s definitely true. More than anything, though, it’s a story of hockey vagabonds finally finding a home — and yes, of Boudreau promoting the sport with which he’s already so entrenched.

So how did this all unfold?

“It wasn’t planned, that’s for sure,” said Jay Witta, who is a minority owner, GM and coach of the Blue Ox. “Actually, the whole thing happened after one lunch meeting.”

Witta coached Boudreau’s son, Brady, last season for the New Ulm Steel of the North American Tier III Hockey League. Witta resigned after the season, looking for a new challenge. Boudreau loved Witta’s coaching style, so they met for a bite in April to chat. Witta suggested they should start a new team together.

“If you find a team,” Boudreau told Witta, “I’m in.”

A week later, Witta called. “Sooo,” he said. “I think I found us a team.”
Wayne Gretzky frequently watched Bruce Boudreau play for the Toronto Marlboros and has called Boudreau one of his childhood heroes. Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images
Boudreau brought the idea to Crystal. “We asked: Is it financially viable? Yes. Can we have control? Yes,” Crystal says. “And that was important because it’s our reputation on the line.” They closed the deal to buy the team by the end of May.

With 61 teams, including nine in Minnesota, the USPHL is the largest amateur league in the country. It is for 16- to 20-year-olds pursuing the next level of hockey, in some ways equivalent to the junior leagues in Canada, the primary source of players for the NHL. “We do have some NHL placements,” commissioner Richard Gallant said. “But our No. 1 goal is college placements.”

Brady Boudreau will be one of of the Blue Ox goaltenders this season. “At first [Brady] didn’t want to play for them. He said, ‘They’re just going to think I made the team because of you,’” Crystal said. “Finally, he said, ‘You know what, people are going to think that no matter what. I want to play for you.’ And now he gets to live at home, which he hasn’t done for two years.”

After last season, more than 300 USPHL players advanced to play in college — either Division I, II, III or club hockey. “There’s a void sometimes between high school hockey and college hockey,” Boudreau said. “What happens to the guys who don’t go right to D-I? This league is great, because we can keep kids playing as long as possible.”

Said Witta: “It’s funny, when you think of Bruce, you think of the gruff NHL coach. But you should see him anytime he’s around kids. He loves helping them out. At the hockey school he runs with his family, there are kids flocking around him like he’s the Pied Piper.”

Recently, the USPHL has been expanding by five to 10 teams. “Quite frankly,” Gallant said, “we’re often approached by existing NHL players or big names [who] want to lend their name and start a team, but it’s not their passion. With Bruce’s group, they laid out a very serious plan. That was the difference in allowing them to go forward.”

Witta, who has owned a marketing company for 20 years, included an 18-page outline of a business plan in the pitch.

“We all have our roles,” Witta said. “I am hockey ops. Bruce, even though a lot of it is his philosophy, is the face. He’ll get on a call with a kid for a recruiting pitch, and that has already worked. It got a guy to join our team last week. When the NHL season comes, [Boudreau] may pop in every once in awhile, but that’s his primary job. And Crystal is the busy bee. Together, it really works.”

Twenty-seven years ago, when Bruce Boudreau was playing for the IHL’s Fort Wayne Komets, as he was leaving the arena one day he bumped into a woman who worked in the souvenir shop. He stared at her and asked her how old she was. “Twenty-one,” she responded. He then asked her on a date.

Bruce and Crystal Boudreau have now been married 22 years.

“He told me he wouldn’t have asked me out if I was younger than that,” recalled Crystal, a Fort Wayne native. “I told him it was a good thing he didn’t meet me a week earlier than that.”
Crystal and Bruce Boudreau have moved 12 times in their 22 years together, every time because of hockey. They’ve built three houses. “We’ve learned our lesson, trust me,” Crystal says. “No more building. We’ll only buy new homes.” Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images
Before meeting her future husband, Crystal didn’t know who Wayne Gretzky was. “And now I’ve had dinner with him,” she says. (The Marlboros, Boudreau’s junior team, played half of their games in Gretzky’s hometown of Brantford, Ontario, one season — leading the Great One to call him “as good as any junior hockey player I’d ever seen” — and later request that dinner himself.) “I never thought it would be this way, but hockey is now my life, too,” Crystal said.

The couple has moved 12 times, every time because of hockey. They’ve built three houses. “We’ve learned our lesson, trust me,” Crystal said. “No more building. We’ll only buy new homes.”

For years, Crystal worked in accounting, then became a teller manager at a bank but gave that up when she gave birth to Brady. When Boudreau coached the Mississippi Sea Wolves of the ECHL, Crystal worked for the team in immigration — helping secure players’ visas.

Every time Bruce was promoted, or fired, Crystal was the one who closed the bank accounts and packed boxes and set up in the new city. Eventually, she became such a veteran of the routine, that every time she signed Brady up for a hockey camp, she would get it in writing that the family would get the deposit back if her husband got a new job. “Bruce gets a new phone number every time he works for a new team, but my number has always been the same,” Crystal said. “So I’ve always been the secretary. I’m everyone’s contact for us.”

In many ways, that prepared her for her current role with the Blue Ox, which is … well, it’s hard to describe. Crystal does everything from conducting background checks on billet families to cutting deals with equipment manufacturers to buying ice time. Even though she has a part-time job as a pastry chef, Crystal estimates she has been putting in 40-hour weeks for the Blue Ox.
“Every time Bruce has been fired, he’s not resentful,” Crystal said. “He’s never been blindsided. Usually he knows it’s coming. And I try to take the attitude that it’s a new adventure. I’m grateful for everything we have, but it is hard. For the coaches, OK, they go to a new team and they have built-in friendships. Guys sitting next to them in the office. We, the wives, have to meet new people, get established.”

The Boudreaus are hoping, maybe, that streak ends. “We’d like to be Minnesotans,” Boudreau said. “I don’t want to move much more. And I like Minnesota. It’s very similar to growing up in Ontario, and for Crystal, she’s from the Midwest. The people are friendly, they all know hockey. My deal is pretty long here [a reported four years], so we feel like we can make friendships.”

Added Crystal: “This wasn’t a one-year deal, it was a longer contract. In the first few weeks we met all of our neighbors, and that’s never happened before. And so with this hockey team, maybe this is something we can do for a while, and maybe pass along to our kids.”

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Even winning comes with its problems, apparently.

The New England Patriots won their fifth Super Bowl title in February, which puts owner Robert Kraft in a decorating bind: There is no more room at Gillette Stadium to hang banners!





Luckily, this national nightmare ends happily. Kraft told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday the team rearranged the stadium, which will be a “surprise” for Pats fans.

“We had a problem,” Kraft said, via the Boston Herald. “We had no more room to put banners so we had to change the construction around, so we have a surprise for our fans.”

A new banner AND a surprise to go with it? Gee golly, guys, what a gosh darn good day that’s going to be.

The Patriots first preseason game is Thursday, Aug. 10, vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. The team will unveil its Super Bowl banner to kick off the 2017 season on Thursday, Sept. 7, vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

This banner mayhem is the latest reminder that even the ‘problems’ on the Throne of Ease are swept simply aside — like the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.

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Training camps are set to open next week, which means it’s time for veteran wideout Anquan Boldin to find a team for the 2017 season.

Boldin is scheduled to visit Buffalo on Monday, per’s Dan Graziano.
With precious little experience behind No. 1 target Sammy Watkins, the Bills could certainly use a slot receiver of Boldin’s caliber. The trio of Robert Woods, Marquise Goodwin and Justin Hunter left Buffalo in free agency.

The fit is rather curious from the perspective of Boldin, however. Set to turn 37 years old in early October, his preference is to sign with a contender close to his family in southern Florida, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported earlier this offseason.

The 15-year veteran may well have been interested in joining one of the NFL’s three Florida outfits, but the Dolphins (Jarvis Landry), Jaguars (Allen Hurns) and Buccaneers (Adam Humphries) are all set in the slot.

No longer a major threat after the catch or on the perimeter, Boldin averaged a league-low 8.7 yards on 67 receptions with the Lions last season. He still proved useful, however, hauling in 76.1 percent of his targets as a reliable possession receiver and red-zone threat.

We should know by late next week if the Bills have company in pursuing the 15-year veteran.

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The 2017 NFL Draft is in the books. Stay up to date with which first-round draftees have agreed to deals with their respective teams with our tracker below. All first-round rookie contracts are for four years.

Editor’s note: This page will be updated as transactions occur

1. DE Myles Garrett, Cleveland Browns

2. QB Mitchell Trubisky, Chicago Bears

3. DE Solomon Thomas, San Francisco 49ers

4. RB Leonard Fournette, Jacksonville Jaguars

5. WR Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans

6. S Jamal Adams, New York Jets

7. WR Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers: The team announced with a Twitter video that the former Clemson receiver signed his rookie deal on May 11. Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the deal is worth $19.75 million, fully guaranteed.

8. RB Christian McCaffrey, Carolina Panthers: Signed a deal worth $17.2 million, per Rapoport. The contract includes a $10.7 million signing bonus.

9. WR John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals: Signed a deal worth $17.1 million with a $10.6 million signing bonus, per Rapoport.

10. QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

11. CB Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans Saints

12. QB Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

13. LB Haason Reddick, Arizona Cardinals

14. DE Derek Barnett, Philadelphia Eagles

15. S Malik Hooker, Indianapolis Colts

16. CB Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore Ravens: Signed a deal worth $11.9 million fully guaranteed, per Rapoport. It included a $6.8 million signing bonus.

17. DE Jonathan Allen, Washington Redskins: The team announced they signed the big defensive tackle on May 11.

18. CB Adoree’ Jackson, Tennessee Titans

19. TE O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

20. OT Garett Bolles, Denver Broncos: NFL Network’s James Palmer reported the offensive tackle agreed to terms on his rookie contract on May 11.

21. LB Jarrad Davis, Detroit Lions

22. OLB Charles Harris, Miami Dolphins

23. TE Evan Engram, New York Giants

24. CB Gareon Conley, Oakland Raiders

25. S Jabrill Peppers, Cleveland Browns

26. DE Takkarist McKinley, Atlanta Falcons: The team announced the pass rusher agreed to terms on his rookie deal on May 11.

27. CB Tre’Davious White, Buffalo Bills

28. DE Taco Charlton, Dallas Cowboys: The team has agreed to terms on a 4-year deal, Rapoport reported, per a source involved.

29. TE David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

30. OLB T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh Steelers

31. LB Reuben Foster, San Francisco 49ers

32. OT Ryan Ramczyk, New Orleans Saints

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Eddie Lacy is an NFL star we can relate to.

Like millions of Americans, Lacy is locked in an unending battle to keep the pounds off. His weight issues led in Green Bay led to a public admonishment from Packers coach Mike McCarthy and it made Lacy a big target for merciless online snark. So the man likes him some “China food.” What of it!

(composes self)

Anyway, Lacy is now a member of the Seattle Seahawks and he’s back at it in his goal to enter training camp in the best shape of his life.

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If this all sounds familiar, it should. Last spring, Lacy hunkered down with P90X founder Tony Horton at his home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, living with the fitness guru for two months while getting a crash course in fitness and healthy eating habits. All of this continues to be outrageously good PR for Beachbody Fitness, which employs Horton.

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Tony Romo fell short in his attempt to qualify for the U.S. Open on Monday. He openly acknowledges that his ability as a color commentator, like his golf game, should be seen as a work in progress.
After Romo had shot a three-over 75 to miss the cut at Split Rail, the retired Cowboys star spoke with the Star-Telegram about whether golf could fill the huge competitive void left by football. His answer provided an illuminating look about how he views his new gig at CBS.

“It’s different. Competition in itself I enjoy and, for me, just improving and looking at something to get better at.

“That’s the same thing in broadcasting. I understand I’m coming in without any experience in that world. It’s exciting, it’s a little nerve-wracking, it’s all these things in one. That’s why you love to do things. You’re coming into the unknown and something I have to get better at and I like a challenge. I know I’ll probably stink for a while [in the broadcast booth]. Hopefully I’ll continue to improve at that and hopefully get better and be good.”

You have to admire Romo’s honesty. He gets it: There is going to be a wild amount of scrutiny that comes with his opening telecasts with Jim Nantz, so letting people know that he is essentially starting from scratch here is an attempt to defuse expectations a bit.

All that said, football fans are not going to grade Romo on a curve. A collective opinion — quite possibly a negative one — will be formed almost instantly. It’s the main reason why the CBS decision to drop him into their most high-profile chair has become one of the most fascinating subplots of the coming season.