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Anchor Drop, July 1, 2022: 57 Days to Kickoff

Realignment has officially jumped the shark.

South Carolina v Vanderbilt Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Good morning.

Optional Musical Accompaniment

We are now 57 days away from Vanderbilt football’s August 27 season opener at Hawaii. 57 for the Commodores is defensive lineman Tyler Bence. The 6’3”, 255-pound redshirt freshman from Huntsville didn’t play in his first season on campus.

In the meantime, yesterday conference realignment officially got really, really stupid. If it wasn’t already.

That’s right, the Big Ten now (a) has 16 teams but also (b) has teams in both Los Angeles and New Jersey. Once again, I re-up my previous theory that money is ruining sports, and it’s feeling less and less hot take-y as the SEC and Big Ten become walking antitrust lawsuits, as people issue their 20-team megaconference proposals (what?) and somehow the teams you want the SEC to add are, like, Clemson, Florida State, and Miami?

(If the SEC has to add anyone, well, see the title of the optional musical accompaniment today and make it so, Greg Sankey. Roll Wave.)

Sports on TV

All times Central.

  • 7:00 AM: European Tour: Irish Open, Second Round (Golf Channel)
  • 2:00 PM: PGA Tour: John Deere Classic, Second Round (Golf Channel)
  • 5:05 PM: MLB: Marlins at Nationals (ESPN+)
  • 6:00 PM: MLB: Rangers at Mets (Apple TV+)
  • 7:00 PM: MLB: Angels at Astros (Apple TV+)
  • 9:00 PM: MLB: Padres at Dodgers (FS1)

Scoreboard

MLB: Guardians 5, Twins 3 ... Phillies 14, Braves 4 ... Astros 2, Yankees 1 ... Pirates 8, Brewers 7 ... Blue Jays 4, Rays 1 ... Cubs 15, Reds 7 ... Mariners 8, A’s 6 ... Dodgers 3, Padres 1.