June 6, 2011

The Eternal Season - Monday June 6th

Hello Again TES Friends!

We're back!  No mobile blogging over the weekend, finally found somewhere that is totally off the cell phone grid - which, for a couple days, wasn't a bad thing at all.  Hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

The weekend brought us sporting action of all kinds, and much of it featured good, quality, competitive showdowns.  On the ice, the Bruins had a 2-1 lead halfway through the 3rd, but then allowed the game to be tied up and and it went into extras.  On the faceoff, the Canucks got the puck and rushed up ice, where Boston goalie Thomas bit on the hard fake, and was blocked from recovering as the wraparound found the back of the net.  It took all of - 11 seconds.  The second fastest overtime goal in Stanley Cup Final history.  The lead, now 2-0 for Vancouver, but the B's get a chance to start climbing out of the hole in their time zone,  8:00 eastern, tonight.  On Versus.

The Heat now have a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals, after their thrilling 88-86 win in Dallas last night.  Once again, Miami had a big lead (14 points) and let the Mavs climb all the way back - but this time, Bosh put in the go head basket with about 30 seconds left, and the Miami defense suffocated two different attempts by Dirk to tie the game.  By losing game 3 at home, history is not on the Maverick's side.  Game 4 is Tuesday night in Dallas, 9:00 eastern, ABC. 

It took 4 tough sets, but Nadal dispatched of Federer to claim his 6th French Open, nearly complete now in cementing his title as the best ever on the red clay.  Li Na won the womens title on Saturday, becoming the first Chinese player of any gender to claim a major title.  As expected, all of Asia is celebrating, and don't be surprised to see more of them on the podiums in the years ahead.  Of course, competition from everywhere is good for sports in general!  Two weeks now until they all head to Wimbledon. 

Glad to see that all the Dodgers are now swinging the bat, including yesterday's starter Billingsley, who belted a home run and double with 3 rbis.  The Bums won it 9-6 and head to Philly tonight to see if they can keep the offense flowing.  But off the field, there was major news for Dodger Nation as the group fronted by Steve Garvey has enlisted The Bulldog, Orel Hershiser, to join in their effort to buy the Dodgers, as once again speculation mounts that the mid June payroll might not happen.  The more legendary Dodgers in the front office, who know and love what it means to be one, would be just what the franchise needs. The 2011 MLB Draft kicks off today, where all teams can begin to envision a change with fresh talent. 

Another week has begun, meaning we are now one closer to the start of football season on campuses around the country.  89 days and counting for the Hawkeyes, 87 for the select teams kicking off on Thursday the 1st.  For we Big Ten fans, there was news that Lucas Oil Stadium has been chosen to host the Big Ten Title Game through 2015.  Yup, there is already a very vocal outpouring from those who like their football outside.  They may get their chance down the road, but for now, Lucas Oil makes a good choice, they do a great job with many sports, and are well positioned to help grow the title game in a crowded weekend of NCAA title games and NFL playoff drives..  And, there is the concern about Soldier Field, in particular, and how it's playing service degrades as the weather turns.  No such issues on the modern Field Turf (which, I have had a chance to dive on - it's nothing like AstroTurf - or  the hard, dead grass you find in the Midwest come December) inside the dome. 

As far as the pros go, I'm not seeing much news after the late week secret meetings . Let's hope that means they are seriously thinking of ways to get this done. 

It's looking like a good day to get out there and do a little active stuff myself - looking like some serious summer heat is on the way.  I hope your week is off to a good start, and that you are able to get outside for a while too!  Have a great day!

Where To Find Live Sports On TV:

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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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