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Friday, May 27, 2011

Take your time getting that Final started, NHL

First there was Chris Bosh selling a phantom blow and then last night, Lebron James acted like he got snipered when he wasn't even touched and then winked to his bench after drawing the foul. Stay classy, Lebron. The Heatles downed the Chicago Bulls last night thanks to an 18-3 run to close the game to complete a 4-1 series win. They'll get the Dallas Mavericks next in the NBA Final.

Hard not to figure out who is running the show in the NHL when the Stanley Cup Finals schedule gets announced by NBC and not the league. For the efforts of winning the President's Trophy and Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks will have all their games - home included - starting at 5pm local time. That's a joke.   Also a joke: they're starting Wednesday, after the Eastern Conference sorts out its winner tonight in Boston.

After losing Wednesday, Toronto Blue Jays starter Jo-Jo Reyes has 28 consecutive winless starts dating back to June 13, 2008. Over that time period, 67 pitchers have won 28 or more games. The most wins since Reyes' last win: CC Sabathia has 58, Roy Halladay has 56, Jon Lester has 52, Justin Verlander is at 49, and surprising - to me anyways - Bronson Arroyo has 46.

What do Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Isiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have in common?  Answer: one of them has been in the NBA Final since 1979.  And salary caps ensure parity.  Uh-huh.

Ian O'Conner, author of the new book on Derek Jeter, says the day the New York Yankees ask Derek Jeter to move from Short Stop is the day he retires. Don't be shy now, Brian Cashman.

The Boston Red Sox have 28 runs their last two games.  The San Diego Padres have 12 runs in their last 9 games.

NFL Commish Roger Goodell is still beating the drum of an 18-game NFL season, saying it is something season ticket holders want.  When season ticket holders are paying full ride for four pre-season games, of course they're going to want an 18-game, 2 pre-season package instead.  That's hardly sound surveying.

The Champions League final goes tomorrow and while the head says Barcelona, it isn't clear in my mind like it was weeks back.  I think Manchester United just might win this one, with a 2-1 scoreline in Edwin Van Der Sar's, and possibly Paul Scholes, swan song, though Scholes won't be starting if this article showing United's starting lineup is true.

The Wal-Mart Bounce.  There are no words.


Joe said...

Athletes that dive like that should get fined or penalized in some way. It's pathetic.

B. Kennedy said...

I don't know if the NBA's soft cap is truly attempting to create a system of parity. I'd imagine they'll come out with a hard cap in the next CBA (at least, I'm hoping so - seeing Miami scramble to stay under it will be fun).