Good Morning TES Friends!
It's almost as if the Stanley Cup Finals are following some kind of script when the teams return to the east coast. Luongo lets in a bad goal, and the floodgates open - in this case, a Stanley Cup record for Boston, as they lit the lamp four times in just over 4 minutes in the 1st. That chased Luongo, and things settled down a bit, into the 5-2 final. The Bruins have scored 17 goals in the 3 games in Boston, and 2 goals in the 3 games in Vancouver.
What that gives us, of course, is a game 7 - 60 minutes of the purest, most heart pounding , and possibly heart attack-inducing, minutes in sports. In hockey, you never know when that one trip down the ice might be the one, and the only one. For true fans of the teams, it's a stress unique to American sports. The Cup will be there, and either the Bruins or Canucks will be taking it home Wednesday night. All three games on the west coast have been 1 goal affairs, no reason to think that will change. 8:00 eastern, on NBC, pregame coverage on Versus.
And with that, the winter sports season will finally wrap, and the focus of sports fans can focus on baseball, while keeping that eye towards September 1st.
With all the talk going on over Manny and the Dodgers financial issues, it was an error by Dee Gordon (the rookie, not making much money at all) in the 7th which allowed a 2-2 game to balloon to 6-2 in favor of the Reds, and the Dodgers could only get two back and fell, 6-4. Koufax-Light gets the ball tonight, in Dodger stadium, so I like our chances in this one.
Meanwhile, the MLB realignment talk turns out to be picking up steam - teams are being discussed, the Astros or Diamondbacks being the obvious candidates to switch over to the American League. Over on ESPN.com Jim Bowden has an interesting proposal for geographic alignment, which seems to make sense to me, as it protects the best rivalries in baseball. Here it is, along with some interesting alternatives in the comments section:
It's Tuesday of Father's Day week, so the PGA players have descended on Congressional Country Club to battle the rough and their nerves in the 2011 US Open. No Tiger, leaving a pretty wide open field - there are some candidates among the youngsters, and Phil has been so close so many times (5 seconds), perhaps it's his time. No matter, the tough layout often makes for entertainment, seeing the pros struggle, those doubles or worse posted on the board. ESPN has coverage beginning at 10:00 am Thursday.
Another day, and still no official word on movement in the NFL lockout. It's June 14th. There are rumblings that the people trying to get a team to LA have talked to 5 teams, but that is pending two different, new stadiums, so were not talking about anything happening soon.
For Hawkeye Nation out there, the Prime Time league holds it's draft tonight, and play starts on June 19th. It's a great chance to see the current, former, and future Hawkeyes on the hardwood. This is the 25th year of the PTL, and excitement is building around Iowa Basketball. Find yourself back in Iowa City this summer? Attendance is free!
Yes, the NBA just ended and summer is still a week away (the solstice, anyway), but we can't wait for college basketball either!
I hope your Tuesday is off to a good start! One day closer to the weekend!
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