Jock Talk with JD: NHL, NBA Playoffs, Ingram, MSU, Jackie Robinson & more
Jock Talk! Back like Marty, from the past to the future…
First game of the Stanley Cup for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Sidney Crosby pops off a hatty. Two of which came mid-air in redirecting pucks. You can’t teach hands! It’ll be a task and half for a team to knock-off the defending champs. We’ll see though. I know the Nashville Predators would love a shot at redemption.
S/O newly acquired Oakland A’s OF – Trayce Thompson, broski of Golden States’ Klay Thompson, robbing Yasiel Puig of a round-tripper. Town business! … I see the Red Sox and Yanks are getting along quite nicely. Somewhere Don Zimmer is smiling … And if Nolan Arenado had connected with that heavy cross, Luis Perdomo would’ve ended up in the month of May.
Never give up; Andre Ingram did just that for the last 10 years. Grinding away in the D-League/G-League before finally being called up by the Los Angeles Lakers. First shot he takes, nails it for a trey. His peers throughout the NBA responded with much respect for his perseverance. Notably, Damian Lillard and Chris Paul, who posted their admiration for the 32-year-old rook on their respective IG pages. Let’s hope he gets a good look next season to land with a squad permanently.
See ya later, Jeff Hornacek, Frank Vogel and Steve Clifford, all three NBA coaches were given their walking papers immediately after the season ended … Disco Dirk and Vince Carter have both indicated they’ll be back to play their 21st seasons in the association. Only question is where will VC end up? Toronto? Rumours say yes, I say nah, that ship sailed a long time ago … Donovan Mitchell is letting it be known he’s the true rookie of the year, despite the cockiness of Ben Simmons. I fully agree with Spida and his Adidas team. Those hoodies were dope. Simmons had a year of NBA tutelage under his belt, therefore the NBA brass need to clarify what really constitutes of a rookie in the league.
NHL Playoffs – Filip Forsberg we are not worthy. What a dangle with the puck in scoring what maybe the prettiest goal of the year … Artemi Panarin did his best Wayne Gretzky impersonation with the OT game-winner in the opener for the Blue Jackets … Nazem Kadri deservedly earned his suspension, but no way did Drew Doughty’s deserve his one-gamer … Nick Foligno can play on my team anytime. Anybody who takes a full force slapshot to the face, gets up on his own accord, and returns to the game, is alright with me.
NBA Playoffs – The Toronto Raptors finally win the first game of a series opener. First time since 2001 … Indiana Pacers brought it to LeBron’s front door in impressive fashion. Victor Oladipo was lights out in setting the tone with dagger after dagger… S/O Anthony Davis who went to work in dominating the paint on Portland’s sus’ D’. Pelicans playing with heart and they got the guards to set the pace … Philly! Big win without The Process. Showing they’re ready for an extended playoff run … That Celtics, Bucks opener was the best game thus far. Shot for shot down the stretch with neither team backing down. Celtics prevailed. I expect that series to go the full tilt … OKC looks good thus far. Playoff P showed out! … Golden State had no problem taking game 1 vs San Antonio. Meanwhile Kawhi Leonard continues to be a no-show for his teammates. Cleared to play by the Spurs medical staff, but for whatever reason the all-star forward still can’t get it together.
What a week in Europe for the continent’s top teams. Juventus fans almost had their prayers answered before Ronaldo put away a top corner penalty to give Real Madrid a semi final show down against familiar UCL foe Bayern Munich … Roma did what Juve could not as Edin Zdeko stole the show in a 3-0 second leg to send favourites Barcalona out at the quarter final stage … Liverpool will be hoping for another 1984 moment as they look to dismantle Roma and move into the finals… Moving forward to England’s Premier League – Congrats to Manchester City for winning their first title since 2013-14. The championship took a bit out of the sting in losing to Liverpool in Champions League play … Crown ‘em! PSG are the kings of France once again. That Neymar signing is starting to look like a bargain.
Michigan State University is under more intense heat. A female student has doubled down on her allegations that in 2015 three Spartans basketball players had raped her. The allegations were made in a lawsuit filed last Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan. This story is not going away. Nor should it. Tom Izzo has felt the backlash all last season and says here, much of the same will continue. Stay tuned.
Crappy weather on the east coast cancelled a barrage of games over the weekend. Yet as always, Major League Baseball honoured the great Jackie Robinson on his day. Number 24 was truly a heroic figure who forever changed the landscape for minorities to come. Reverence that is exemplified by today’s players who show their appreciation for the noble warrior.
Dallas Cowboys rightfully cut Dez Bryant and his enormously huge ego. The wideout hasn’t done much of anything these past few seasons besides tweet how great he is. See ya bud, don’t let the door hit ya on the way out … Sebastian Janikowski aka Seabass, is taking his kicking skills to the Seattle Seahawks. The 40-year-old who took 2017 off after spending 18 seasons in Oakland, signed a one-year deal with the Hawks … And filed under great news – Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly was discharged from a New York City hospital after having surgery last month to remove cancer in his upper jaw. A legend, always classy, and a true warrior at heart. Bless up champ!
Canadian Brooke Henderson is all smiles after a dominating performance in winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii. What made the victory even sweeter was her dedicating the win to the Humboldt Broncos. The talented 20-year-old now has six LPGA Tour titles. And she isn’t slowing down anytime soon. Salute!
Thanks for reading. Have a great week.
Until next time. Peace!