The Gary and The Donald are going through their warm-up paces. They'll both be in smoking good shape just before the Sept. 15 deadline, and be ready for the long, drawn out mudslinging for the entire fall and most of the winter.

We may get a partial season in if the players make some concessions before Jan. 15, 2012.

Otherwise, I'll be watching more than my usually amount of European footy from September to May. The Confederation Cup is up for next June.

And tennis, I'll be at the US Open in September, and Indian Wells in March.