Jock Talk with JD: Capitals win the Cup, Warriors are Champs, Rafael Nadal & more
Jock Talk – Where keeping it a buck is the only option.
Big up to Rafael Nadal for winning his 11th men’s French Open championship. The Spaniard made quick work of Dominic Thiem, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Despite fighting various injuries this year Nadal showed why he’s a tennis legend. Make that 17 major titles and counting for one of the best ever to play on clay.
Salute as well to Simona Halep for winning on the women’s side of the French Open. After making a few tactical changes Halep bounced back from being a set down to taking out Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Stephens was quick to let the media naysayers know that she’s looking for more respect with regards to her game. She’s right! A French Open final is worthy of just that.
Boxing is back, well sorta. Lots of news brewing this past week. Firstly, congrats to Terrence “Bud” Crawford (33-0, 24 KOs) for putting in work vs Jeff Horn with a ninth-round knockout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Crawford showed his boxing skills and his punching power as he made his debut in the welterweight division and took a world title belt in his third weight division.
Happy trails to David Haye (30-2-1, 19 KOs) who announced his retirement from boxing. This on the heels from a pair of disappointing defeats to Tony Bellew. Smart man, walk away while you still can.
Heavyweight world titleholder Deontay Wilder has accepted terms offered by Anthony Joshua’s camp to fight for the undisputed title later this year in the U.K. Still some work to be done but this fight will go down sooner than later.
Thank you to the Washington Capitals for winning the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. If you’ve been following you know where I placed my money prior to the Caps beating the Vegas Golden Knights. Who I tip my hat to for an amazing season and run in the playoffs. George McPhee essentially put both the Golden Knights and his former team the Capitals together. Somebody’s about to get a pay raise. Nice to see Alex Ovechkin get a chip. He deserves it. He was hungry as I’ve ever seen him during the playoffs. 15 goals later, the Conn Smythe winner achieved his ultimate goal.
Warriors did what most predicted them to do, win their third championship in four years. After Game 1, the Cavaliers never recovered from the emotional loss. Apparently LeBron fractured his hand after the Game 1 loss from punching a blackboard in the locker room. So it goes sometimes. Warriors were just too powerful. MVP Kevin Durant was marvellous in executing his shot. Steph Curry was mostly fire after a slow start. The sweep for me was another nail in the argument of who is better, MJ or LBJ. Mike don’t lose finals, much less get mopped outta town without a dub. What kind of king sh*t is that?
Fantasy’s top 10 best bang for the buck thus far in the Majors:
- Mookie Betts
- Manny Machado
- Mike Trout
- Max Scherzer
- J.D. Martinez
- Freddie Freeman
- Cory Kluber
- Jean Segura
- Jose Ramirez
- Jose Altuve
Quick Hits: D.J. Johnson really knows how to end an event. A walk-off 9 iron banger from a 171 yards out to win the St. Jude Classic. Sheesh! Oh and my pick to win this weeks US Open – Justin Thomas. … Julio Jones has elected to skip mini-camp with Falcons. It’s become the norm now with star players … Team USA showed no mercy to Panama up 43-O after the first quarter at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship. Final score: 118-26. Ouch! Canada looking good with a bunch of high-flyers in hopes of defending as champs … Congrats to Justify for winning the Triple Crown … The World Cup from Russia begins this Thursday. I can’t wait! Let’s go Germany … Raptors upgraded assistant Nick Nurse to head coach. Let’s see how this works. At least with familiarity the process isn’t entirely halted. Happy to see too that the Pistons hired Dwane Casey to run the bench for at least 5 years. Jerry Stackhouse though wasn’t waiting around after being bypassed and decided to join the Grizzlies as an assitant … This just in, Ovie has yet to put the Cup down. That turnout of fans for their parade was nuts. Hockey players know how to party more than any other sport. Anything goes!
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week goes out to Strezz One. A true veteran in more ways than one. Repping Don Mills, Scarborough foundation. A well connected brother who gets busy with the wordplay. My fam for life, really! This classic track from back in the days is called “World On Ya Shoulders.”
Thanks for reading.
Always a pleasure sharing what I see in the world of sports with the masses. Until next week, stay up!