Friday, June 06, 2014

6/6 Friday The Cramp Game Quickie

*It is absurd to ding LeBron in the least for cramping up last night. (But it is shocking that it happened.)

*It was absolutely compelling to watch him sit on the sidelines. There was zero schadenfreude (maybe from others, but not from me).

*Unlike LeBron, the conditions in the arena were pathetic and worthy of our mockery. The Spurs should be embarrassed.

*With a full-strength LeBron -- which I'm sure we'll see in Games 2-Whatever -- I'm not sure the Spurs win that game. Nevertheless: 1-0.

*Will California Chrome win the Triple Crown? Prediction: Yes.

-- D.S.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

6/5 Thursday NBA Finals Quickie

*Spurs in 5.

*Lots of great World Cup ads already released, and this one by Beats might be the best yet:

*OK, maybe Rangers in 7 wasn't the best pick -- but I stand by it!

-- D.S.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

6/4-5 "50" Quickie

*Super Bowl "50": Bigger "50" issue this week: 50 Cent's first pitch... or the NFL ditching Roman numerals for Super Bowl "50" (presumably because "L" directly correlates to vividly to "loser").

*Colin Kaepernick: Worth the record-breaking (guaranteed) price tag? Sure! (Just makes you wonder what Russell Wilson is going to get -- let alone Andrew Luck. And why Marcus Mariota would push off by a year the ability to cash in like Kap just did.)

*All-NBA: Forget the usual suspects like LeBron, KD and CP3 -- the breakthrough is Joakim Noah making 1st-team all-NBA. What a spectacular talent.

(OK: How many 1st-team all-NBA players also won a college hoops national title? If you go back 40 years, the list is VERY short: Noah, Jordan, Grant Hill, Ewing, Magic, Isiah, Walton, Kareem.)

*World Cup lead-up: The more I read about Jurgen Klinsmann (in the NYT here and WSJ here), the more I like his style.

*Rangers in 7.

-- D.S.