Sunday was a big day for sports. Let’s get started.
1.The Lakers squeaked by in the fifth game, sending the series back to Boston for the sixth-and possibly seventh-game. After taking a huge lead in the first quarter(Kobe scored fifteen), the offense seemed to take a holiday, letting the Celtics slowly back into the game. They briefly took the lead and both teams jockeyed back and forth the rest of the game. Boston missed a few crucial free throws down the stretch, made a few turnovers, and the Lakers managed to pull the game out.
It doesn’t say much about the Lakes’ defensive skills to let Boston trim huge leads in the last two games to nothing. The series should be over and probably will the next game. The Lakers can win, they are a good team, but not two in a row.
Kobe has been stellar in spots, both scoring and assisting, then just disappears for periods of time. That’s because of the Celtics defense, but Kobe IS the best player of his generation. He’s no Michael Jordan, not yet, but will probably reach that rarefied air before he’s through.
Celtics in six I think.
2.The US Open. Tiger Woods made a tremendous birdie putt on eighteen yesterday to tie Rocco Mediate, forcing an eighteen hole playoff today.
Both of them played some hellacious golf this weekend. Mediate is forty-six, ranked up over a hundred in the world. He’s never won a major, it’s been about six years since he won a tournament. Tiger is coming off knee surgery, no tune-up tournament. A number of times you could see the pain in his face after a swing. The man can play some golf.
Luck to both of them in the playoff today.
3.The Michigan 400(I refuse to call it the Lifelock 400 because of all the bad press lately. Their security measures don’t seem to work nearly as well as they claim. You know the commercials with the CEO’s SSS number prominently displayed on the side of the trailer. It seems a mentally challenged man used it to obtain a 500 dollar loan. The company found him and badgered a confession, on camera, out of him, rendering the whole thing inadmissable in court. The prosecution is not going to proceed. And there is the eleven driver’s licenses obtained from the SSS number. Embarassing all around). I’ve gotten off track here.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the Michigan 400, his first win in 76 starts. Good for him.