May 12, 2009
How about those Rockets? Already playing without Tracy McGrady, they lose Yao Ming for the remainder of the playoffs. We are thinking, this team is dead. Then they go out and put a whupping on the Lakers, a thorough hammering on the team once thought to be the favorites for the NBA title. Just shows the difference between professional and amateur sports.
And now folks are wondering, can the Lakers even get by the surging Nuggets in the Western Finals?
And how about those Cavaliers? Dominant is the word – treating their second round foe the Atlanta Hawks like a bunch of high school or playground upstarts. We knew Mo Williams would make this team better but no one in their right mind thought they would be this good. Mr. Brown can clearly coach and right now the Cavs have to be the favorite for the whole kit and caboodle!
In fact, right now we are almost thinking we might perhaps Lebron utter that famous Moses Malone prediction: fo-fo-fo.
The Players Championship
Sunday at the Players, most folks figured Tiger Woods would be too much of a presence for Alex Cejka to be able to maintain his form. Sure enough, Woods and the pressure got to Cejka who gave up a five shot lead. But playing on greens that were so hard and fast they matched cart paths at most clubs, Woods went by Cejka only to be passed by a number of other folks in the process.
As for the real performance, how about Henrik Stenson’s final round 66 in conditions that demanded play that was better than flawless – the world of golf truly is made up of a sterling group of players who make the game seem playable for us mere mortals.
That is until we pick up a club.
MLB, Sans Steroids
Anybody been checking the numbers on this guy Albert Pujols – he has been putting up yet another incredible season, his umpteenth straight. First in Boston and later in LA, Manny Ramirez was often called the best right-handed hitter in baseball. Sorry ,but that moniker now belongs to the Cardinals best hitter.
And, being the fan I am, I am keeping my fingers crossed that maybe this is the guy that will put an end to the focus on steroids.
MLB, Steroids Again
Unfortunately, in a week of stellar performances, the media focus was once again on steroids, brought about by the suspension of the aforementioned Ramirez. A sad day, but what a performance by Ramirez, or should we say his handlers. Manny has never used the word physician in his life but he sure did his best to make it sound like an honest mistake. However, no one was buying.
Unfortunately for us in the Northeast, the news hit hard, putting a serious taint on the two Sox titles that supposedly broke the curse. Perhaps it was never broken, destined for the ultimate pull back based on being obtained with a cheater in the heart of the line up.