May 19, 2011

TES - 5/19/11

Good Morning Friends,

Breaking news in the NYC area - it's not raining!  No sign of the sun, and the forecast is calling for even more of this for the next couple days.  Maybe June will be sunny!

Kicking things off today with the continuing playoffs to wrap up the winter sports.  On the ice, the Canucks are up 2-0 on the Sharks after routing San Jose 7-3 last night; games 3 and 4 are back in the Shark Tank starting Friday.  Tonight, the eastern final shifts to Florida as the Bolts and Bruins resume their 1-all series.  8:00 pm, Versus.  Thinking this one will go 7, not sure about the west yet.

In Chicago, the Heat flipped the script on the Bulls, and threw a lockdown defense on them en route to a 85-75 win in game 2 to knot that series up at 1-all.  Now they have 3 days to think about it, game 3 isn't until Sunday.  The west final resumes tonight in Dallas, where the Mavs are looking to go up 2-0 on the Thunder.  9:00 eastern, ESPN.  Cleveland got the 1st pick in the lottery!  Oh no. 

Last night's MLB first star goes to White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy, who tossed a 3-hitter on the previous scorching Indians to beat them 1-0.  That was his first home start in almost a year,  after suffering a rather odd shoulder injury.   Both the NY teams won last night, and out west, the Dodgers finally scored some runs, but fell once again, this time to the Giants, 8-5.  Bullpen issues, again.  The biggest MLB news was of course the passing of 'The Killer', Harmon Killebrew.  Do yourself a favor, and find some videos on youtube of some of his towering home run shots.  If he had played in the ballparks of today, his current count of 573 home runs could be much higher.

When we last met the NFL owners and player reps were in mediation - those sessions are now done, and the owners say there was 'progress.'  Which sort of makes you wonder why they don't have more immediate sessions to take advantage of that.  In other NFL news, it seems that a new, $1.1 billion dollar retractable roof stadium for the Vikings is now a bit closer to reality, as the League itself pledged to help with some of the financing yesterday. 

Ah, it now appears we will finally learn some 2011 Big Ten Football kickoff times!  8:00 pm, eastern, the network's Big Ten Football Report will include info on prime time games for this season.  The Iowa boards seem to think we will be playing Northwestern (October 15th) under the lights.  That's a week after the likely 3:30 start at Penn State.  Football under the lights- we love it!

Well the rain here didn't stop any major sporting events last night, so maybe we can get through this rut we are in and find a little sunshine.  The weekend approaches, I hope you are able to fit a little sports watching into your plans!

Where To Find Live Sports On TV:
http://www.cbssports.com/tvlistings

NHL Games - Conference Finals:
http://www.nhl.com/scores/

NBA Games - Conference Finals:
http://www.nba.com/gameline

MLB Games - Regular Season:
http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/scoreboard

Soccer aka Football:
http://soccernet.espn.go.com/scores

Tennis:
http://www.tennis.com/livescores

Golf:
http://sports.espn.go.com/golf

The love of sports is shared across the generations, and there are few things as fun as debating the merits of certain players, strategies, and team histories with other, opposing sports nuts.  If you are an all around sports fan, feel free to join the ride, and please comment/vent whenever you feel you need to. 

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