Jock Talk with JD: Golden Knights reign on, J.J. Watt steps up, Calderon & more
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Another one bites the steroids bust. This time, Robinson Cano getting jacked for testing positive for a banned substance. A source familiar with the case stated Cano tested positive for a diuretic furosemide, before the 2018 season even started. The finding was originally appealed by Cano who in turn forced Major League Baseball to show proof that the banned substance was used as a masking agent. Upon seeing the gig was up, Cano dropped his appeal and accepted his fate of being suspended for 80 large. Smh! What a joke man. The once certain future Hall of Famer has seriously jeopardized his chances of getting that call from Cooperstown.
Nuff respect to Texans defensive end J.J. Watt for offering to pay for all the funerals of those killed in the shooting at Santa Fe High School. Absolutely horrific. Rest In Peace to those kids, much love to their families and friends. Enough is enough.
Although he was traded to the Lakers in February, Channing Frye’s impact on the Cavaliers can still be felt, in the form of one of the team’s most cherished inside jokes. The Cavs think Jose Calderon is a billionaire. All because of a Google search result. Cleveland’s 36-year-old backup point guard was listed as the heir to a $2.2 billion fortune, thanks to his father’s stake in a Coca-Cola bottling company named FEMSA.
The problem is, it’s not true. “It’s not,” Calderon said. “I wish. I wish I could say, ‘Yeah, it is true. …’ But, no, no, no. No, it’s not.” The actual billionaires are brothers named Jose and Francisco Jose Calderon Rojas. They are Mexican. Calderon is Spanish. As Kevin Love timely quoted Winston Churchill’s maxim: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on.” Nowadays, true indeed.
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Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said that experiencing his first concussion opened his eyes to its dangers.
Heyward, who was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list last Friday, said he discovered how “scary” head injuries could be.
“It made a believer out of me,” said Heyward. “Not that I wasn’t a believer before. You feel for anyone that goes through it. That stuff is scary. You don’t feel like yourself, and you don’t see anything wrong with you physically, but there is something that’s not right.”
NHL Playoffs: The Vegas Golden Knights became the second expansion team in the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB since 1960 to reach a championship series in their first season. The other team was the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues, although that was at a time when the league had just 12 teams and eight made the playoffs. Still, what a crazy run! S/O owner Bill Foley, GM George McPhee and coach Gerard Gallant. That’s leadership at its finest. Obviously the players win the games but it helps when the pieces are well put together. These self proclaimed Golden Misfits look to cap off an amazing season by guzzling out of the Cup.
Speaking of Caps, they got comfy on the job and the Bolts came through the back door and cleaned up shop. The chops it took for them boys outta Tampa to bounce back, down 0-2, go into enemy territory and be up, too dope. Let’s go Lightning!
NBA Playoffs: These Conference Finals aren’t the playoffs I grew up watching back in the days. No mystery, no close games, just turnovers galore and overall, a snore fest. Celtics handled business at home but looked lost in Cleveland. The narrative on LeBron changes from game to game as analysts forever debate his greatness. Young and the Restless type deal to me. Whoever advances don’t stand a chance in the finals.
Meanwhile, Steph Curry was back cooking after falling asleep in Houston for Game 1 and 2. This series is another yawner, pretty predictable from game to game. Warriors do though look poised to defend their belts. Too deep, bottom line. Warriors attack in droves. Sick crossover. S/O to Shaun Livingston too, that Game 3 Harden rock was dangerous.
Quick Hits: Team Canada’s showing at the Worlds was disappointing to say the least. Dutch called it! I mean, how does a hockey power with world class talent go medal-less (again)? Congrats to Sweden for winning it all … Condolences to Oakland A’s Stephen Piscotty following the passing of his mom. First AB back after being reinstated from the bereavement list, Piscotty angelically went yard in Fenway Park. Also respect to Cubs Yu Darvish for pledging $10,000 toward the cause, or one-tenth of the stated $100,000 goal. That’s solid! … A rumour that won’t go away; Neymar wanting to join Real Madrid … Interested to see how newly retired Cowboys great Jason Witten does as a colour analyst on ESPN’s Monday Night Football … ESPN Films and Netflix are partnering for a multi-part 10-hour documentary about Michael Jordan. Coming out in 2019. Jordan has signed off on his participation … Phoenix Suns lucked out by winning the 2018 NBA draft lottery. Sacramento Kings will select second and the Atlanta Hawks will go third … Yankees Greg Bird is almost healthy enough to join the Bronx Bombers … And yes, I watched a bit of the Royal wedding, congrats to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week goes out to Pressa. The young king from the west-end of Toronto been putting in major work these past few years. His pops is a friend of mine from way back when. Real Finch mon! The resemblance is clear. The name is too. Prestige and Pressa. New blood got it, and he don’t look like he slowing down no time soon. This one I’m pulling up; “CANADA GOOSE” featuring Tory Lanez.
Thanks for reading, the good weather coming.
Bless up on your week.