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Move Over Football, as NBA and NHL Playoffs want a piece of the Limelight…

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

Here we go again, time to get all Uh-lather’ over the NFL Draft, with Dan Patrick wobbling on ‘N on ’bout who’ll draft “Johnny Football,” like who FREAKIN’ cares; URGH! Especially since Mr. Sporty’s reigning Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks don’t draft ’til No. 32 in Round-1…

Well as we all know, the draft’s over; YEEHAW! While the wily Seahawks continued their wheeling & dealing ways, trading away draft picks to slide into the lower rounds in order to acquire more choices in the just completed draft, as who knows how many of the ‘Hawks nine selections will make the team?

And while I don’t bother watching any of the NBA’s regular season’s games, nor typically the playoffs, nevertheless I did find it pretty astounding that there were a record five Game Seven’s being played to determine the outcome of this year’s round-1 playoffs.

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Indiana Pacers vs. Atlanta Hawks
San Antonio Spurs vs. Dallas Mavericks
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Golden State Warriors
Toronto Raptors vs. Brooklyn Nets
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies

As the league set a record by hosting three Game Seven’s on Saturday night, giving television viewers an unprecedented gorging of NBA Basketball! While Sunday featured a further two deciding Game Seven’s while the Portland Trailblazers, Washington Wizards and Miami Heat all awaited their second round foes being determined.

As the three first round match-ups I was most interested in was the Pacers, Clippers and Grizzlies, since after all, if Indiana as the number one seed lost to the eighth seeded Atlanta Hawks, then they’d share a piece of history with the long departed Seattle Supersonics.

And speaking of those Sonics; Err Oakie Dokey Thunder, naturally I’ll forever wish for them to fail in the playoffs as long as they’re owned by Clay B.A. Bennett!

While naturally how could you root against the Clippers players and coaches right now? Otay, I’m glad that Donald Sterling got Fast-breaked on by commissioner Adam Sterling, but have been very impressed with Doc Rivers steadiness, along with the resolve of his players uniting, so GO Clippers!

Meanwhile I haven’t been paying much attention either to the current National Hockey League’s first round playoffs, other than a Colorado Avalanche v Minnesota Wilds OT game getting in the way of my watching the tape-delayed IndyCar qualifying from Alabama… Along with chuckling over the past Stanley Cup champion LA Kings resurrecting themselves from the brink of elimination over the apparently notoriously choking San Diego sharks!

Thus, as another Memorial Day has passed by, which symbolically signals summer’s beginning to Mwah, the world of “Stick ‘N Ball” sports has relentlessly marched on, having just spent the Sunday prior gorging thyself upon the Telie’ watching Formula 1’s crown jewel, the Monaco Grand Prix at the disgustingly early time of 4:30AM Pacific, as overall it was a pretty lackluster race, since it’s almost impossible to pass upon the continuously winding, narrow, bumpy city streets of the Principality! But at least the right driver won, as Germany’s Nico Rosberg kept team-mate and title protagonist Lewis Hamilton at bay, with the Briton once again concocting another wonky excuse for losing…

Meanwhile on this side of the pond, America’s premier Open Wheel Racing series IndyCar was also contesting its “Mack-Daddy Super Bowl” event of the year with the annual running of the storied Indianapolis 500, being televised by ABC for the 50th year, which Ryan Hunter-Reay won ahead of Helio Castroneves with a late race breath-taking pass, while team-mate Marco Andretti came home in third.

Yet perhaps one of the race’s biggest storylines was NASCAR Bad Boy Kurt “F-BOMBS R-US!” Busch’s attempting “the Double,” by running the Indy 500 and then NASCAR’s Memorial Day signature event, the Charlotte 600 for a massive 1,100-miles. As the feat has only been attempted by four drivers to date, the first being John Andretti, followed by “SMOKE,” aka Tony Stewart and lastly Robby “Dirtmann” Gourdoun’ (Gordon) ten years ago - with only Stewart successfully completing the attempt, finishing sixth at Indianapolis and third at Charlotte.

As ironically, Indy 500 winner Hunter-Reay is married to Becky Gordon, sister of the aforementioned Robby.

And whilst Busch ran a very respectable race at Indy, ultimately finishing sixth for Mikey’ Andretti’s five car Andretti autosport armada, which saw four of its five entries finish in the Top-10: Ryan Hunter-Reay 1st, Marco Andretti 3rd, Carlos Munoz 4th and Busch sixth, with only James Hinchcliffe failing to finish after taking out potential race winner Ed Carpenter, who’s Step-father is Tony George, the past Dictator of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and supposed heir to the Hulman-George dynasty that owns IMS.

Nevertheless Busch didn’t have time to rest upon his laurels, assuredly a lock for Indy 500 Rookie Of the Year, as he needed to be whisked to Charlotte where he started dead last (P43) for missing the mandatory Drivers meeting before his car ‘DONE BLOWN UP! Failing to complete the Double by only completing some 900-plus miles.

Meanwhile, back in the land of traditional sports, we’re now down to the final four teams vying to compete in this year’s NBA Finals, as those ageless San Antonio Spurs lead 2-1 vs. the resurgent Oklahoma City Thunder. As the Indiana Pacers try to stave off the defending twice-world champions Miami Heat, leading 2-1 from reaching their third finals appearance in-a-row.

While on a trivial note, thanks largely to the Spurs defeating his Dallas Mavericks franchise, team owner Mark Cuban was this year’s Indy 500 ceremonial Green Flag waver, starting the race since his Mavericks had been eliminated from Post-season competition.

And while the mercury is definitely heating up across the country, we’re now down to just four National Hockey League squads vying for the rights to host the Stanley Cup high overhead, as past champions, the LA Kings have taken a 2-1 lead vs. the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western conference, while the New York Rangers skated ahead of its Eastern conference rivals, the Montreal Canadiens three games-to-one after a game winning goal scored in OT, as I’d prefer seeing the Kings vs. Canadiens for the Stanley Cup but what do I know?

As who’ll be going home for summer shortly? And who’ll be victorious before we’re just left with “The Boys of Summer,” aka Major League Baseball before summer slips away, the World Series commences and everybody gets Geeked’ over the start of another NFL season…

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