June 17, 2011

The Eternal Season - Friday June 17th

Good Morning TES Fans!

It's looking like the rain over my head has moved on out of here, hoping your day is looking up as well!

A pretty quiet night on the sports front, so we shall lead with our weekly installment of new Hawkeye football players.  This week, linebacker Quinton Alston #23.  This video is from his junior year, so he should be big bigger and faster when we see him this fall.

June 16, 2011

The Eternal Season - Thursday June 16th

Good Afternoon Friends!

Today, all of Boston is drinking from the Cup of happiness.

It was indeed an up and down game - the officials, aware of the choppy state of the first six games, pocketed their whistles (only 3 minors all game), and play was rather fast and exciting for the first 14 minutes.  Then, after a stoppage, the Bruins stole a Vancouver face off win, and Marchond fired a pass to the center that Bergeron was just able to get his stick on - but he did, and the shot through 3 guys sailed past Luongo's right skate and it was 1-0 Boston. 

The 2nd goal (Marchond), at 12:13 of the 2nd, was a classic wrap around - he had shot the puck at one side of the net, which was stopped, but then Luongo bumped into one of is own defensemen as he tried to slide across to stop the wrap - which at first, he did, but then his momentum pushed the puck across the line and Boston had the 2 goal lead.

June 15, 2011

The Eternal Season - Wednesday June 15th

Good Morning TES Nation!

Things are a little bit on the slow side at the moment, at least until tonight when the Stanley Cup Game 7 takes to the ice.  Reminder, 8:00 eastern, on NBC.  I believe that this is going to be the most penalized final, ever.  But really hoping for some clean, up and down hockey.  Make it worthy of the ultimate prize. 

In baseball, it seems of late the pitchers have reestablished themselves, witness Justin Verlander of the Tigers, who took another no-hitter into the 8th, before settling on a 2-hitter against Cleveland.  In LA, the Dodgers got 7 strong out of Koufax-Light, but then the bullpen allowed the Reds to squeak out a 3-2 win.  Locally, Jeter's hunt for 3,000 hits is on the shelf, as he went onto the DL with a calf injury.  It's one of those 16 game days in MLB today - the Marlins and Phillies have a day/night double header. 

The US soccer team got the win they needed last night, 1-nil over Guadeloupe.  Not exactly what you would call an inspiring win, but it's a soccer tournament, just win and move on.  We get Jamaica in the quarterfinals on Sunday. 

June 14, 2011

The Eternal Season - Tuesday June 14th

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. 

June 13, 2011

The Eternal Season - Monday June 14th

Hello Again Sports Fans!

Hope you had a wonderful weekend, and that the Monday is going as well as it can for you.

Which, for the Heat, is probably not the case.  Then again, when you have million dollar contracts and can spend the next few months golfing, that kind of eases the blow.  Runs back and forth throughout the 1st half, where the Mavs had to be feeling excellent with the 2 point halftime lead, seeing as Dirk had just gone 1 for 12.  Jason Terry, wow.  That's a 6th man who was the difference in games 4, 5, and 6 - his 27 points led the Mavs, and he was the reason the Heat had to be sweating during the break. 

The 3rd quarter started, and sure enough, Dirk drained his first jumper, and right there you had a sense of what was coming.  Bosh hit a jumper at the 10:56 mark giving Miami the 56-55 lead, but from there, Dallas began to slowly pull away, with the 3rd quarter ending with a buzzer beater from the least likely guy on the court, Mahimni.  The Mavs, up 81-72 with 12 minutes to play.

Miami was able to get within 4 at 81-77, but from then the Mavs, a veteran team, put on a clinic - hitting clutch jumpers to answer Heat scores, with smart ball movement to get open looks and drives to the basket, and the zone defense to force Miami into launching long jumpers.  Those didn't go in, so Dallas was able to have their revenge for the 2006 Finals loss, and it must have felt especially good to be celebrating on the Heat's floor.

As soon as the final buzzer sounded, Dirk ran off the floor and into the locker room - apparently so overcome with emotion, he needed some solace to compose himself.  And why not, a culmination of, as he said, a goal he had spent half his lifetime attaining. It was great to see  Jason Kidd host the trophy, after 17 years and two failed finals attempts.  And last, Mark Cuban, strangely silent throughout the playoffs, there running onto the court to leap into the hands of his players, to bear hug his coach, it was a crowning achievement for a new generation of NBA owner. 

June 12, 2011

The Eternal Season - Sunday June 12

Good Afternoon TES Friends, I hope your Sunday Funday is off to a good start!

Saturday was a bit quieter on the sporting front, with both the NHL and NBA on off days. so you had to get your fix through baseball, soccer, or horse racing.  That's ok, because if you are a real sports fan, you can always find something to occupy a bit of your time.

The NBA Finals return tonight, with Dallas 48 minutes away from claiming their first championship.  Seems things might be getting a bit chippy, with Wade and LeBron apparently mocking Dirk's illness the other day.  We will be witness tonight to the alleged lameness of the Miami fan base - you would think if they can be vocal and enthused, this would be the night to do it.  Otherwise they'll have to go back to being non-attending Marlins fans. 8:00 pm eastern (one hour earlier than the other starts) on ABC.