Good Morning Friends!
Well, day two of what appears to something like a 6 day stretch of clouds and rain here in New York - glad this rain won't be impacting the severe flooding on the Mississippi, though we do get flooding out here as well. I hope that wherever you might be, you stay safe!
Still wondering if the tweaks I made to the TES format are going to be restored by Blogger...at least I didn't lose some posts as some did.
This weekend was full of some excellent sporting action, and we are going to lead with something that I didn't see coming - filed in the "Other Sports" category. And that is - track and field!
Yes, a sport near and dear to my heart, in no small part due to my involvement in 3 of the 6 straight Iowa state titles that Ames High won between 1986 and 1991. Yup, a long time ago, but I will be using that experience as I work on getting myself back into better shape over the coming months. It's worth mentioning today, as the Iowa Hawkeyes completed an amazing run on Sunday to claim their first Big Ten team title since 1967. And, as it should be, the battle for the title (between us and the Golden Rodents) came down to the final race - the 4x400. There, the Hawks placed 2nd to the Gophers 3rd, and the difference in points gave Iowa the team title at 125.5-123. Click the link for a picture of your Big Ten 2011 Track and Field Champions,
All right then, back to the wider world of sports, the first games in the hockey conference finals are complete, and the Bolts and Canucks both have 1-0 leads. Last night, Vancouver rallied with 2 in the 3rd to top the Sharks 3-2, on Saturday night the Lightning used a 3-1 1st period lead to cruise to a 5-2 victory over Boston. In the ever perplexing world of tv scheduling you would think that game 2 would be tonight, but you would be wrong. It's Tuesday night, 8:00 eastern, on Versus. Your west game 2 is at 9:00 on Wednesday.
In the NBA, the home court made the difference, as the Thunder were able to put away Memphis 105-90 to win the series 4-3 and set up the west finals against Dallas. In the east, the Bulls laid a suffocating defense on the Heat in the 4th to win game 1, 103-82. No games on the hardwood tonight either, the west kicks off Tuesday night, and the east series resumes in Chicago on Wednesday. Guess this is about the time I can kind of start to care about the NBA and watch some of these games, both series have some serious star power to them.
There sure was a lot of attention out here this weekend, with the Red Sox in town, and the Yankees dealing with Posada-Gate. In the end, the Yanks were swept by the Sox and all seemed calm within the New York clubhouse after apologies were made. Yet today there is more as the Yankee front office is ticked at Jeter (himself on the very obvious down slide), as the Captain spoke up for his catcher/DH yesterday. Sigh, you would think with those MLB guaranteed contracts, people would just be happy to put on the uniform.
The weather put the kibosh on three MLB games Sunday, and the offense got the better of the pitchers in the games that were played. (Except for the Dodgers offense, anemic again in a 4-1 loss to Arizona, to fall back 3 games below .500. The Brewers come to LA tonight, this would be a good time for the Dodger hitters to find their swings). In Golden Rodent land, Toronto's Jose Bautista belted 3 homers with 4 RBIs to sweep the Twins. Weather permitting, 15 games on the docket toady, and all of them are under the lights.
Across the pond Man-U sealed their 19th Premiership title over the weekend, that is the most in the league. Meanwhile, the season wraps up this week, with two of the three spots for relegation still in play. You think being, oh, a Royals fan would be hard!
The Player's ended up going to overtime, as K.J. Choi and David Toms both finished at 13 under. They went back to the island 17th, and there Choi was able to par it (Toms, bogey), to claim the title and a cool $1.7 million for 4 days work. The pros are off now to Ft. Worth for the Crowne Plaza, where Iowa City kid Zach Johnson is the defending champ.
That's it for today, if your weather is like mine, it's a good week to just hunker down, fire up the tv, and find a game.
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