A happy Labor Day to you, and we’ll keep this short…
Weather: Could be rough at times, as scattered thunderstorms will be the order of the day. Some of them could be severe, as the last remnants of Hurricane Isaac move through. The high will be in the middle 80s, with the nighttime low near 70 and a 70 percent chance of storms. Tuesday will be much the same, though the rain chance will be only 50 percent.
Romney gets the bounce. The Republican presidential nominee benefitted from the traditional post-convention bounce in the polls, as the Rasmussen daily tracking poll gives Mitt Romney a four percentage point lead over Barack Obama after last week’s GOP convention in Tampa. Romney was selected by 48 percent and Obama by 44, with just five percent undecided and three percent favoring another candidate. The poll of 1,500 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus three percent. The Democrats convene starting today in Charlotte.
Sports: Chipper comes through. The Atlanta Braves were down 7-3 to Philadelphia in the bottom of the ninth with one out, but managed to stage a huge comeback capped off by a three-run walk-off homer for an 8-7 win. It was a big boost for the slumping Braves, who won just their fifth game in the last 15 but stay 3½ games ahead in the National League wild card race… Tonight is the last game that the Birmingham Barons will play at Regions Park in Hoover. The minor-league club will leave what used to be called Hoover Metropolitan Stadium after 25 years, moving to the new ballpark being built downtown. The old park will still be used for the SEC Baseball Tournament, Hoover High School football and next year’s NCAA College Cup men’s soccer championship.... NACSAR: Denny Hamlin won his second straight Sprint Cup race Sunday, with a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta. The win puts Hamlin in the catbird seat for the Chase playoff races in two weeks. Already in the Chase with Hamlin are Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Brad Keselowski, Clint Bowyer and Kevin Harvick, plus Tony Stewart as a wild card with three wins this season. Kasey Kahne is the favorite for the second wild card spot with two wins; Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch must win at Richmond this weekend to knock Kahne out.