As Nat King Cole famously crooned “it’s been said many times, many ways”…in the NBA there is Golden State, Cleveland, then everyone else. There was no shame in the Celtics losing to a better Cavaliers team, but if the Eastern Conference finals wasn’t the wake-up call Danny Ainge needed to see how far away this team actually is from hoisting banner 18 into the rafters, then I don’t know what will be.
Quiz of the week, with the retirement of Oklahoma’s Bob Stoops, who is now the longest tenured college football head coach? Answer near the bottom of the column.
At the heart of the Nashville Predators first trip to the NHL Stanley Cup Finals is former Providence Bruins Coach, and Boston Bruins Assistant, Peter Laviolette. While I think Bruce Cassidy will do a fine job, a reunion with the Franklin Mass native could be the actual rebuild the organization needs.
Jacoby Ellsbury 2011 All Star season: .321, 32 HR, 105 RBI’s, 39 Stolen Bases, Gold Glove, 2nd MVP Voting
An interesting player comparison if you haven’t thought of it yet.
Speaking of the Red Sox, if you are keeping track at home, Craig Kimbral is currently tied with Tampa’s Alex Colome as the AL Saves leader with 17.
Brady, Edelman, Gronk, and McCourty all become unrestricted free agents after the 2019 season. Coincidence or could the end be near for this run of the dynasty?
He’s too quick and has too much range for power forwards and is too big to be contained by small forwards. There is not a single player in the league that can shut down Kevin Durant and after this series is through, he will be awarded the Finals MVP, the only MVP award that truly matters.
Casual fans will tune into the NFL for a star studded halftime show, not an end zone celebration. Good luck to Commissioner Goodell if he thinks this rule leniency will be more attractive to a more generic audience.
There’s no truth to the rumor that Mr. Met has shown more fire this season than the Dark Knight himself, Matt Harvey.
The longest drought that Jack had between winnings majors was 6 years from 1980-86. Tiger is on 9 years and counting. That is the real story here.
It’s a tough world for college basketball coaches when Thad Motta can make 9 NCAA tournament appearances in 13 years at THE Ohio State University, including 2 Sweet Sixteens, 1 Elite Eight, 1 Final Four, and 1 Conference Championship Game, and still lose your job.
On that note, I hope Butler’s Chris Holtmann enjoys being second banana in a football first school.
Quiz Answer: Kirk Ferentz, who is entering his 19th season as head coach of the Iowa Hawkeyes
RIP to the great Frank DeFord. Simply put, his autobiography “Over Time” is one of the best, if not the most well written sports books I’ve ever read. With summer around a corner, I can not recommend a book higher.
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