Lots of sports to cover. I watched a ton over the weekend but decided to rest my brain. The cranium is 100% recovered and will deliver thoughts on the events that took place on the final week of May. Thoughts on what I watched over the weekend are after the jump.
- I’m picking the Boston Celtics to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games. In the history of this blog I’ve never gotten an NBA Finals prediction correct, and that’s sad. This is the year I’m possibly getting it right. I’ve beaten on the Celtics several times during the regular season…and rightfully so because they were mediocre. In the playoffs they have been dominant and may have sent LeBron James, Rashard Lewis, and Dwyane Wade out of their respective cities.
- The Lakers aren’t going to win the title because eventually they refuse to put away teams when they’re down. Throughout the playoffs they’ve held double digit leads (particularly at home) and blown them. Their chokejob in game 4 of the 2008 NBA Finals pretty much cost them the series. As you can tell by watching them, they haven’t learned very much.
- Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals was sloppy, but boy was it entertaining. Incredible pace to the game and some shocking goaltending gave us a shootout.
- ….Which naturally led to a low-scoring but equally exciting game 2. The Philadelphia Flyers badly outplayed the Chicago Blackhawks in the 3rd period, but Antti Niemi stood on his head and prevented a tied series going to Philadelphia. I’m not sure it would matter that much, seeing as the Blackhawks have dominated on the road.
- The USA has no chance to win the World Cup (or even reach the quarterfinals) if they continue to play abysmal defense. Jonathan Spector and Jonathan Bornstein are serious liabilities as fullbacks and should be on the bench. Please start Carlos Bocanegra and Steve Cherundolo and hope they don’t get injured/sent off.
- Clint Dempsey is someone who will do nothing for 70 minutes but get you that crucial goal.
- Bob Bradley has to start Jose Francisco Torres. Benny Feilhaber and Ricardo Clark are just not cutting it and Torres is very good on both defense and offense.
- Massive 3-1 road win over San Jose. I’ve got reason to believe for the playoffs….but I’m still a tad bit skeptical. Bunch of home games coming up. If they continue their good home form over the next few weeks then I’m going to safely say they’ll make the playoffs. Mo Johnston still has to go though.
- Dwayne De Rosario for MVP. League MVP. Forget Donovan, Buddle, and everyone else in the MLS. If DeRo is not on TFC then they are only slightly better than the likes of DC United.
UFC 114: Upsets Galore
- This was not a card for the favorite. Diego Sanchez, Todd Duffee, and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson all lost on the main card of the live PPV broadcast. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira nearly lost to Jason Brilz, who took the fight on short notice. Nogueira eeked out a somewhat controversial split decision.
- Rashad Evans was wise to not stand and trade with Rampage. His wrestling looked superior to Rampage’s and that’s what won him the fight….well, that and not having his head knocked off in the 3rd round.
- Michael Bisping is not a contender in the middleweight division. More like a solid gatekeeper with average punching power and a chin begging to be hit.
- Mike Russow ended the Todd Duffee hype train (for now) thanks to a miraculous temple shot KO in the 3rd round after getting blasted for pretty much the entire fight. Which leads me to the post-ending GIF of the incredibly built heavyweight getting flattened by a….rather tubby Russow.
I’m pretty sure Joe Rogan lost his voice after this knockout. Mike Russow vs. Brock Lesnar next!!!