Jock Talk with JD: LeBron takes Boston, NFL miss again, Blue Jays struggle & more
Jock Talk – Happy Memorial Day to my all family and friends south of the border.
Speaking of memorial, congrats to the young guys playing for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan’s. Becoming the Memorial Cup Champions for the first time in team history. That was a well played 3-0 shutout victory over the Regina Pats – The Western Hockey League hosts of the 100th Memorial Cup.
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champion Titan’s earned Major Junior hockey’s most coveted trophy. Takes a lot of stones to pull off a major win in the barn of the opposing team. Credit to them, they remained cool, calm and collective throughout the game. Crisp passing, swift skating, and timely goals capped off a historic season.
Justin Rose put on a heavy performance in winning the Fort Worth Invitational. 20 under par is no joke. Rose was on fire hitting fairway after fairway all day long. The late-great Jack Nicklaus, I think would’ve approved of the fantastic array of golf played over the four days. In donning the plaid jacket, Rose impressively won the longest-running PGA TOUR event played at its original site (since 1946).
Across the pond in the UK, Francesco Molinari crushed Rory McIlroy’s hopes of a second BMW PGA Championship. With the win Molinari ties Constantino Rocca as Italy’s most prolific winner on the European Tour.
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, a star in his own right was banished to the bench to start the Champions League final against Liverpool. Well, in the 61st minute when he was eventually subbed in, Bale struck for two goals, including a phenomenal bicycle. Sealing a third straight Champions League title for the boys outta Spain playing in the La Liga circuit.
Quickly after the game, Cristiano Ronaldo casted some doubt on perhaps not returning to Real Madrid next season. Let the bidding wars start. I know for sure some team in the EPL will ante up the money he wants. Oh, and that arm tackle by Sergio Romo on Mohamed Salah was definitely dirty. Knocking out the best player on a team wouldn’t go down in the NHL I tell ya. Straight! Romo would be laid out for that nonsense.
Carson Meyer had been feeling perpetually tired for almost a year. The 20-year-old, who had recently been drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team, had been experiencing relentless lethargy along with pale skin and a loss of appetite.
Doctors, psychiatrists and trainers thought the Powell, Ohio, native might have depression, mononucleosis, and even cancer. It wasn’t until a trip to the bathroom that Meyer figured out why he was sick – a 25-inch tapeworm had been living in his small intestine.
Meyer said he is feeling much better following one month of treatment and he will soon be seeing a doctor to make sure there is no larvae or eggs left in his intestine. Dang! That’s some crazy ish. That’s why I don’t eat uncooked fish of any sorts. No sushi thanks.
Cleveland’s LeBron James and Houston’s James Harden were unanimously voted All-NBA first team. James earning the nod for a record 12th time in his 15-year career.
|ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|James Harden, Rockets||100||—||—||500|
|LeBron James, Cavs||100||—||—||500|
|Anthony Davis, Pelicans||96||4||—||492|
|Damian Lillard, Blazers||71||24||5||432|
|Kevin Durant, Warriors||63||37||—||426|
|ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks||28||71||1||354|
|Russell Westbrook, Thunder||24||63||13||322|
|Joel Embiid, 76ers||11||78||5||294|
|LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs||2||68||22||236|
|DeMar DeRozan, Raptors||2||39||38||165|
|ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM||1st||2nd||3rd||Total|
|Stephen Curry, Warriors||2||39||37||164|
|Victor Oladipo, Pacers||—||24||33||105|
|Karl-Anthony Towns, Timberwolves||—||18||45||99|
|Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves||1||8||52||81|
|Paul George, Thunder||—||4||42||54|
The NFL did not take a formal roll-call vote when it passed its new national anthem resolution that will take effect this season, league spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed Thursday. Instead, the league called for a show of owners’ hands to test support of the new policy — an unofficial process that is often used, McCarthy said. There were zero nays.
The new policy requires players to stand if they are on the field during the anthem, but gives them the option to remain in the locker room if they prefer. The policy subjects teams to a fine if a player or other team personnel do not show respect for the anthem. That includes any attempt to sit or kneel, as dozens of players have done during the past two seasons to protest racial inequality and police brutality.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Wow! What a Game 7 in Boston. LeBron James did it all for the Cavs except shoot their shots. Can’t lie, the man was just a monster all series. He took it upon himself to will his squad to victory. Made his jumpers, took it to the hole, fed the mans, grabbed boards, challenged everything, and coached. Sheesh! Well deserved, we’ll see what happens in the finals. A record-setting eighth consecutive appearance for the reigning king. Tip of the cap to the Celtics. What an amazing season by these young gunners. Well coached, forever feisty. Next season favourites in the Eastern Conference for sure.
Rockets, Warriors. Well, thanks for finally making the playoffs worth watching in the fourth quarter. No CP3 in Game 6 and we’ll see tonight what’s up. James Harden finally hit a 3. Eric Gordon playing around the arc and above the rim, I rate him! Klay finally found his groove. And Steph needs to relax he has nothing to prove. When he’s enjoying the game, his game rides that Rhythm. KD needs to be the KD we know all. He has to bit selfish tonight or it’s wrap in H-town. Amped. Game 7, lets go!
Quick Hits: Finally game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals begins tonight. I got no dog in this fight other than to say, go Caps go! No diss to the Golden Knights, but as a die-hard thirsty cup seeking Leafs fan, I don’t wanna see some new kids on the block just coming in, winning a cup like it’s easy peezy, nah. Bet laid!
Speaking of thirst, looks like another lost season for the Blue Jays. The team has been riddled with injuries and poor play. Farewell to John Gibbons too, a pleasant person but he’s a sure goner. Continuing the trend of Toronto brass firing good men. Jays need to ramp up the youth movement, move some pieces, cut the fat and regroup for 2019, 2020.
Congrats to Cardinals young stud Miles Mikolas for pitching his first complete shutout in the Majors … And welcome Juan Soto, the 19-year-old is now the youngest player to go yard in the show … Gleyber Torres is a stud! I rue the day my doctor fleeced me (not really) in a ESPN trade we made last month when Torres was first called up by the Yankees. In a 100 AB’s, the kid sports a .320 AVG. 9 HR, 24 RBI, and a OBP of .384. Gaudy! … And just in case we forgot, yea, Mike Trout is dangerous and Bryce Harper ends games.
Big up to Kyle Busch for dominating the Coca-Cola 600 and getting that victory at the Charlotte Motor Speedway … S/O Will Powers for winning the Indianapolis 500. He went on a tirade after the race, something about F this, F, that, I want my respect. Funny guy man, he was hype.
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week goes out to Tom Green and his boys. Actually, this joint was done way before Tom became a household name. Being once married to Drew Barrymore alone, makes him a Canadian legend man. I remember when they came down to Jane and Finch to shoot this video. Respect that! S/O Pembroke ON. This track was mad catchy. Organized Rhyme “CHECK THE O.R.”
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