IN THE WAKE OF THE WEEK: Warriors rise again; Penguins make it 2 in a row
June 16, 2017
WARRIORS IN 5: Thw Warriors finish it off at Oracle on Monday night. 16-1 in the playoffs. Some state it is the greatest team of all-time. Yes, Kevin Durant is deservedly the Finals MVP. In the deciding game, he pours in 39. Steph Curry with 34. Golden State's bench outscores Cleveland's 35-7. Andre Iguodala with 20. Clutch man who is great in the locker room. What a treat it was to watch this squad from so close-up. Here is to an immensely entertaining season.
GREEN, A MAN OF MYSTERY: Call it hype or self-aggrandizement, Draymond Green claims he called Durant from the parking lot at Oracle immediately after last season's collapse. Fact or fiction? Durant claims there was no call…or at least one he answered. Green affirms it did happen. Aside from the calamity of his second technical foul in Game 4, Green played clean. Lots of talk, but no fists to the groin of LeBron James. And, the Warriors continue to contend he and his mouth are keys to success.
A BROADCASTING GEM: After all the dust settles, ABC is a big winner. Thirty-million viewers for the Warriors Game 5 conquest of the Cavaliers. The Bay Area numbers are stunning with approximately 37 percent of the homes tuning in. The only NBA event to surpass it is Michael Jordan and the Bulls in his prime. However, largest numbers for a fifth game. ABC wants the Warriors back again, and they may get just that.
PENGUINS WIN STANLEY CUP: As was the case last year, the Pittsburgh Penguins tied a bow around the Stanley Cup in six games. Big goal by Patric Hornqzist with a mere 1:35 left denied the Nashville Predators. A goal drought at the wrong time for the Preds. Penguins coach Mike Sullivan again pulled the right levers. Great guy, great win. First time a team has gone back-to-back since the 90s.
SHERMAN IN THE NEWS AGAIN: You've heard the saying, "He is great in the locker room." It apparently did not apply to Seattle Seahawk's Richard Sherman. ESPN's "The Magazine" portrays him as the ringleader of a faction who railed against quarterback Russell Wilson. Of course, Sherman labels those who contributed to the article as "cowards." One of the reasons Seattle considered trading him. Disruptive on and off the field. Coach Pete Carroll labels it "old news." Get ready for another season of Sherman.
LOUISVILLE BASKETBALL PROGRAM PUNISHED: The NCAA came down hard this week in ruling that Louisville must vacate all victories from December 2010 to July 2014. It comes as a result of an investigation into inappropriate acts provided to Cardinals recruits and players. Really bad and inappropriate scene. Of course, the university cries foul and says the NCAA overstepped its boundaries. Head Coach Rick Pitino is also suspended for the first five ACC games of next season. This may vacate their 2013 National Championship. Louisville is appealing the ruling, their only hope.
WILD THURSDAY: The Giants go into Coors Field in Denver for a series against the Rockies Thursday. By the third inning, it is 9-1 Colorado. Time to turn the set off, right? The Giants ride the late innings to tie it, only to lose it in the bottom of the ninth. The A's start a four-game set against the Yankees. They lead 3-0, 4-3, 5-4, and 6-5. However, the Yanks always find a way to tie it up. New York finally takes a lead in the 10th only to see the A's get two in the bottom half of the frame and win. It just goes to prove that on some nights, Northern California baseball can be entertaining.
THE BALL CIRCUS COMING SOON: LaVar Ball is bad for basketball. He now says Boston is not a good fit for son Lonzo Ball in the upcoming NBA Draft. Some hint at Sacramento. Just what the Kings need…another media circus. LaVar has turned it into a garbled mess. Wherever Lonzo ends up, his father will make it a disruption for the team.
TAPWRIT WINS BELMONT, PATCH STEALS THE SHOW: OK. So Tapwrit overtakes War Cry and wins the the Belmont Stakes, the third leg of the Triple Crown. Todd Pletcher is the winning trainer for two of the three races including The Belmont Stakes. However, Patch takes third. Patch is a one-eyed horse…thus the name. Half the distractions and a positive result.
Jim Adams is a regular contributor to The Union. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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