Jock Talk with JD: Humboldt, Raptors, Ogunbowale, Ohtani & more
JOCK TALK! Numero uno! My first piece for HipHopCanada. A true honour it is to be associated with the online pioneers of Canadian hip-hop. I salute the work the HHC team has put forth throughout the years from coast-to-coast, venue-to-venue. Always pushing the culture forward while leading the way as a dependable brand the people can trust.
Unfortunately, I begin with a sad story. A horrific crash, one involving a semi-truck, and the team bus of the Humboldt Broncos. A junior hockey team that competes out of Saskatchewan. The disastrous crash left 15 people dead, another 14 injured. The entire hockey community is mourning the tragic loss of lives. My love and condolences to the families.
Sad week indeed. Rest In Peace to a long-time Senators fan and hockey enthusiast, Jonathan Pitre. You will be missed by many and thank you for being a pillar of strength. Your smile will live on.
Hats off to Dexter Fowler for using the universe to his advantage. He sent out a tweet that read “I will get a hit.” Game day arrives, Fowler gets a hit. Nice! Snapping a 0-16 skid to begin the season…
Maybe Sid The Kid could share a few pointers, if need be. No. #87 once again displayed his amazing hand-eye coordination for a game-winner. The sauce is real as the Pittsburgh Penguins look to surge ahead.
Once upon a time, Carmelo Anthony was that guy. But now, the famous iso jab-stepper has sacrificed his game for the greater good of the team. Oklahoma City was 26th in overall offensive efficiency up until January of this year. Coach Billy Donovan opened up the court and since then, OKC’s O has charted up to 6th in the association. Catch and shoot Melo et al Robert Horry has arrived. Hey, whatever works. The man wants a ring.
Congrats to Villanova! Donte DiVincenzo you’ve earned yourself a phat check come draft time… And wow! A female Black Mamba has surfaced to the forefront. Arike Ogunbowale, is super clutch for real, for real. As in 2 games, 2 daggers. Congrats to Norte Dame!
Welcome to the Major Leagues, Shohei Ohtani. So far, so as advertised… And have a game why don’t ya, Didi Gregorius; 4/4, 2 HRs, 8 ribbies and 3 runs to boot… Charlie Blackmon is worth every penny. MLB owners have been tight with their cheque books over the last couple of years but this was a no-brainer.
Proud brag: My ESPN Fantasy team struck gold again. I’ll be collecting from the guys this week. S/O Patrik Laine and his 44 goals. Scarborough’s Wayne Simmonds, Auston Matthews, Connor Hellebuyck and Tyler Seguin, who round out my top 5 performers.
Farewell to the Sedin Twins. It was nice having you in the NHL. Somewhere I bet my boy Dutch is likely rolling his eyes. To me though, they stood the test of time and did so firmly standing with class and respect. Happy trails!
Special Salutes: The amazing Connor McDavid, wins another Art Ross Trophy (108 points). The Toronto Maple Leafs finish with a new franchise record of 105 points. The Nashville Predators win their first Presidents’ Trophy… Paul Maurice, and his high-flying Winnipeg Jets dazzled all season… The shockingly good, Vegas Golden Knights were unbelievable.
The Raptors! Amazing to see the franchise clinch the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference for the first time ever. The city of Toronto is buzzing right now. With the Maple Leafs looking poised to do damage in the playoffs. Plus the Blue Jays are rolling to start the season. Everything is great when you’re winning. Stay tuned!
Hey Conor McGregor, slow way down lad. Yes, you got away with throwing water bottles but not so lucky with throwing tables at a bus. Lay off the Snickers man, you seem like yourself.
The Masters! It’s been entertaining watching PGA Tour golfers battle down in Augusta Georgia this past weekend. I had Justin Thomas prior to tee-off. But after watching Patrick Reed take command early on, one could feel the confidence in his shots as he channeled his inner Tiger. Thus, winning his first Major, and a spiffy Green Jacket to boot. Speaking of Tiger, he finished with an impressive +1. Worth noting as well, the valiant display of skill exercised by Jordan Spieth. He left it all out there on the links.
This week the playoffs start in the NBA and NHL. Legends are made during this time of the year. 16 wins is all it takes to go down with all the past greats. Buckle up, it’s time for beards and superstitions, as players grind for their shot at glory.
Have a great week, and thanks for reading.
And please remember, it costs nothing to be a nice person. Peace!