Major League Baseball has played its All-Star game.
The third of golf's three majors will be in the books at week's end.
It all means that the way has been paved for the start of NFL training camps. Football fans who feel like they've been in hibernation the last five months can awaken to a new set of dreams, even for those that align themselves with teams that always leave them frustrated at the end of each season.
Camps will begin opening in two weeks as 31 teams will try to find ways to dethrone the defending Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. And, yes, there are storylines that have nothing to do with whether or not Brett Favre will call Kiln, Miss., or Minneapolis home.
Here are some issues that will be interesting to follow in coming weeks and throughout the season: