Today in the bag I'm talking pro basketball, baseball, and horse racing.
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Around the nation of pro hoops -
Spurs vs Clippers -
Moment of silence for Lob City.... thank you. For the second consecutive series, the San Antonio Spurs have swept aside an inferior-looking opponent. The Clippers were out-played, out-coached, and out-lucked for four games, and barely made the Spurs sweat. Thanks for playing.
|For the Clips to get over the hump, they need to do two things: 1) Learn to shoot free throws 2) Fire Vinny Del Negro.|
Oklahoma City vs Lakers -
Tough weekend for the Staples Center. Hosting four contests on Saturday and Sunday, the home team lost all four (Clips lost twice, while the Lakers and the LA Kings each lost once). At least the Lakers salvaged a win Friday night, or they may have had to tear the building down.
|Spurs vs Thunder should be damn good.|
As for the Thunder, the team so rudely ripped away from Seattle looks to be a legitimate title contender. The only question is whether they can get past the Spurs. Before the playoffs started, I would've said "no problem," now, I'm not so sure. Regardless, I'm expecting one hell of a series once the Thunder finish dusting off the Lakers.
Heat vs Pacers -
That got interesting in a hurry. Without Bosh, the Heat look more than challenged by the Pacers size. Throw in the accustomed LeBron choke-ishness, and the series is tied 2-2 going back to Miami. It took super-human efforts by Bron and Wade to take game four, and I wonder if they can keep it up to put the Pacers down. Despite the struggles, I still say Heat in six.
Celtics vs 76ers -
Don't care... I really don't care...
Big weekend for my Sox -
Up on the North Side of Chicago, my Sox acquitted themselves quite well over the weekend. In fact, my boys had more homers (eight) than the Cubs had runs (six) in a three game sweep. It was the first Sox sweep in Wrigley since 1999 (Mike Caruso!), and I enjoyed it lustily.
|WooHoo, a trophy! Wait, a trophy? From: the Trib|
|Captain down! From: the Trib|
|Totally legal way to get the runner out. From: the Trib|
I'll Have Another one win away from... something -
With its win in the Preakness, I'll Have Another is on the precipice of history. Not since 1978 and Affirmed has the horse racing world enjoyed a Triple Crown winner. There have been 11 horses since Affirmed who have won the first two, but none has been able to take the final leg at Belmont. I'm sure its owner is very excited.
This is an honest question: should I'll Have Another win at Belmont, will you care, even a little? Will anyone you know? For all the attention afforded horse racing, I don't know a single person who follows it for anything other than gambling purposes. Even if I could gin up some "give-a-shit" for some rich dude's horse, the massive amount of chemicals used to enhance the animal's skill is disgusting and reprehensible. This sport has gone the way of boxing and tennis; what was big time 35 years ago, doesn't mean anything in 2012.