The NBA Finals is now underway as it is now a best of 5 series after the Miami Heat throttle the Spurs in Game 2. The Game 1 spectacle on the Tony Parker AND1 shot quickly faded after the 33-5 run the Heat went on against the Spurs in the 4th quarter of Game 2. The wild wild west will now host the NBA Finals for the next three games in this upcoming draw between the big three duos. We'll see how each teams adjusts, because after these first two games, I don't see momentum being a factor one bit now.
Speaking of big time sports, the biggest trophy in all of sports is now set to be fought for as the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks are ready to duel in the ultimate championship format; The Stanley Cup Finals. The Bruins just got off a series of sweeping the inept Penguins and the Blackhawks just got done slashing the defending Stanley Cup champions, L.A. Kings, in 5 games. This is the first original 6 match-up in the Stanley Cup Finals since 1979 and should be an instant classic especially with the way these two teams are playing. Hopefully their styles of play make for a battle worth remembering, because when the conference finals began, all four teams had won the last four Stanley Cup championships. So neither fan base is thirsting for a championship, but both franchises can start making the motion towards dynasty talk if either put together a great Stanley Cup performance.
Let's see what other big sporting stories happened this week... Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal won their respective french open singles titles. The Mariners played in one of the longest scoreless games in Major league history while also hitting a game tying Grand Slam in extra innings, which had never been done in the history of Major League Baseball... they also lost, but what else is new. On Saturday their were two other really long extra inning games. The Mets hosted a 20 inning game against the terrible Marlins, while the Rangers beat the Blue Jays in an 18 inning marathon in Toronto. My lord, remember when the days of day-night double headers were a thing in baseball? That pretty much happened in New York and Toronto on Saturday.
I'd say the biggest story in all of baseball within the past week though is this Puig character in the Dodgers uniform. I almost feel like this is a Jeremy Lin story with a Cuban-defect rub to it. This guy has been absolutely lighting up L.A. this past week and the explosion of Puig across Southern California has Dodger fans thinking they actually may live up to their potential this season. As depressing as that might seem, the Dodgers really have not played that well with the type of talent they posses. Considering this rise of Puig and his ability to raise the cities hopes, hopefully the Dodgers can get Vin Scully excited one more time.
BioGenesis. The new destruction of Major League Baseball. Again, people, I'm telling you they need to make a separate section in the Hall of Fame to allow this era of Major League Baseball to be placed away from the actual clean players. As sick as it makes me see the faces of the game again brand the sport of baseball in it's cheating fashion, I embraced watching these players as I grew up and if all the media does is bash the last two to three decades of what could be deemed as "fake baseball," Major League baseball will become the NHL very quickly. That is not to bash the NHL, but the popularity of baseball will virtually disappear similarly to what happened to hockey within the past 15 years. If anybody hasn't already noticed, the MLB is already being sponsored on TBS during the playoffs. If that doesn't raise your hairs as to where the popularity of baseball is heading, beware to duck and cover for what networks will be hosting the World Series 10 years from now.
Back to the NBA before we head out of here. George Karl got fire for winning coach of the year. So now he should coach the Clippers and make them the new mid-90's Seattle Supersonic's (Blake Griffin = Shawn Kemp, Chris Paul = Gary Payton). Honestly, what are you doing Clippers and Nuggets? Unless you are getting Phil Jackson or Gregg Popovich you might as well keep your stud leaders instead of throwing your lead generals to the wolves. Grant Hill and Jason Kidd retired within two days of one another. I found this to be a really cool symmetry story as both men won co-rookie of the year in 1995 and retiring at such different places to where their careers were thought to have ended up. Jason Kidd is retiring as a top ten point guard and looking for coaching positions, while Grant Hill retired as the man we all thought could have been the next Jordan. Both these men are leaving at the right time, and both had illustrious careers and at least one of them will have a pivotal role at the NBA Hall of Fame in 5 years.
Oklahoma won the College Soft-ball world series. What a great way for these girls to at least take their mind off of what was occurring around campus these past couple of weeks. I hope they could find some peace with winning it all, along with representing their school in such a great time of need. Speaking of peace, I hope the greatest defensive player in NFL history rests in peace after this week. Deacon Jones, who is regarded by many NFL Alumni of being the greatest player they ever saw on the defensive side of the ball. If sacks would have been a stat back in the era he played, he would be the Cy Young of sacks and nobody would ever reach his mark of the sack total he would hold. He was that good, he was a beast among men in the era he played, and he will be sorely missed.
One last thing, Titus Young (the guy I ran track against in college during a Boise State meet), C'MON MAN! $50,000 bail bond and could have had 10 years in prison? Again, just because you're a pro athlete doesn't mean a thing.
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