So: What did you think of the Sopranos finale last night? As unsettling as the ending was (I won't put a spoiler, but if you haven't watched it by now, I likely won't be the cause of your spoiler-type problems), I like it better than the alternative of definitiveness. My favorite TV critic, Tom Shales, called it "ingenious," and I agree.
NBA Finals: Spurs go up 2-0 on the Cavs. I should say "Finalzzz." If the NBA had a Finals and nobody bothered to watch, does it make a sound? The Cavs are so overmatched, it's not funny... or pretty... or interesting... or anything.
The Cavs' one chance to make this anything but a done-deal is to sweep the three games in
Tony Parker: 30 points. I know he gets to play with
MLB Stud: It's been an unusually quiet season for Albert Pujols on the "Stud" watch, but he makes it this morning with a 2-HR game yesterday. (A-Rod had one, too.)
NBA Rumor of the Moment: Celtics shipping No. 5 pick to Suns for Shawn Marion? It's a win-win.
If the Celtics want to win now, they need to make this move. And, let's be honest: In the "win now" context,
For the Suns, they will miss
Arenas Watch: OK, so maybe I overreacted about Gilbert opting out of his Wizards deal after next season. But he's just so unpredictable, I don't like even the possibility he'd leave, even though I'm pretty sure the Wizards will lock him up with the biggest deal possible.
Tennis: Nadal shuts down Federer (again). Roger will simply have to concede that his all-time-best career happens to coincide with the career of the greatest player ever on clay. It's like having four criteria for "greatest baseball pitcher" and "how you throw a knuckleball" is one of those criteria.
NASCAR: Looks like Jeff Gordon is back.
F1: Hamiltonian greatness. Every "niche" sport needs a poster athlete, from Tiger (PGA) to Sharapova (WTA) to Danica (IRL) to Beckham (MLS). F1 needed a superstar to break through with an American audience (to the extent it even can): Lewis Hamilton is that guy.
TV Gimmicks: ESPN is launching a "Who's Now" segment on SportsCenter that will seed 32 active athletes into a bracket and have viewers vote on who is the ultimate athlete.
OK: As a veteran architect or consultant on plenty of ESPN.com brackets in my career, let me save everyone the trouble: Tiger Woods is going to win.
In case you missed it, I spent the weekend guest-blogging at Deadspin for the vacationing MJD. I'm still recovering.