Jock Talk! Where love is love.
Speaking of love, with May being Mental Health Month, glad to see the NBA work with DeMar DeRozan and Kevin Love in their new campaign. If you remember, DeRozan tweeted out during this past NBA all-star weekend, “This depression get the best of me.”
Since then Debo followed up that tweet with a candid interview. That interview gave Love the courage to speak about his anxiety and other mental challenges he’s had to endure. Both players have now come together for the greater good of those in need. Awesome stuff!
Hats off to Jason Day for fighting through wayward tee shots and self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 in winning the Wells Fargo Championship. It was Day’s 12th career win on the PGA TOUR. The former world No. 1 also won the Farmers Insurance Open earlier this year after a winless 2017.
Congrats to “The Machine,” Albert Pujols on becoming the 32nd member of the 3,000-hit club, and just the fourth player in that group to get there while also slugging 600 home runs. Hank Aaron, Willie Mays and *A-Rod being the other players to do it.
Pujols is even greater off the field for helping those in the community. Especially close to his heart are those who endure a life with a disability. This a man of class and is respected heavily by his peers. Pujols released this statement shortly after his historic night:
“Thank you to all of my family, friends and fans for the support I’ve been given throughout my career. 3,000 hits was a special milestone for me and it is an honor to have shared it with all of you. May all glory be to God.”
The Milwaukee Bucks plan to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon for the franchise’s head-coaching vacancy. Hammon is the NBA’s first female assistant coach and now will be the first woman to interview for a head-coaching job in the league. While she isn’t considered a frontline candidate on the Bucks list that includes ten others.
Milwaukee ownership and general manager Jon Horst were intrigued enough to ask the Spurs for permission to speak with her. I wish her good luck. Says here, Hammon may very will become a NBA head coach in the association one day soon.
Busy week for Real Madrid who tied 2-2 with Bayern to make their fourth Champions League Finals appearance in the past five years. Liverpool, who survived a brave Roma push, will meet the two year reigning champions in what will prove to be a mouthwatering offence driven final.
Real Madrid met Barcalona on the weekend in an intense Classico as Gareth Bale brought Los Blancos back to tie a ten man Barca squad at 2-2. It was later confirmed Messi went after the ref in the tunnel during halftime. A rugged game for sure, as both teams were chippy on the pitch.
Wishing Sir Alex a healthy recovery as he fights back from emergency brain surgery. Prayers up.
NBA Playoffs: If I hear or see one more LeBronto reference, Imma snap! This guy LeBron man, pretty much flushed the Raptors chances of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals. That running bank shot was incredible, still. Cavs stole Game 1 as the Raps couldn’t buy a bucket late in the 4th quarter or OT. Game 2 the home squad went missing after halftime. No doubt feeling the effects of choking in Game 1.
Seeing our best player sit out the final 14 minutes mos def was not a good look for DeRozan. S/O Masai Ujiri though for walking onto the court and ripping the refs a new one during halftime of Game 3. The NBA subsequently fined the Raps GM 25k.
The Rockets are blasting off. One can easily see the well oiled machine in motion. Besides the obvious in The Beard and CP3 doing what they do, Clint Capela out there hooping. That’s how you defend the paint! … Don’t look now but the matchup we’ve been waiting for is about to happen. After playing funky in dropping a game to the Pelicans, the Warriors have righted the ship. Adding Steph Curry back into the rotation makes the defending champs my pick to topple the Rockets … Celtics! Wow, I did not expect them to wop up Philly like this, but they are. Ben Simmons with the 1 point game effort. C’mon man! And the ROY is – Donovan Mitchell.
NHL Playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights continue their phenomenal quest towards the Stanley Cup by advancing to the Western Conference Final. Marc-André Fleury has been lights out in backstopping the boys. Speed kills, and these guys are assassins. The magical ride the expansion Golden Knights have given the hockey world has been amazing. You just don’t see things like this happen in sports. Big respect to those who assembled the team. Somewhere, somebody, is writing about this Cinderella story.
Tampa Bay, yes! The Lightning pretty much skated circles around the Bruins in advancing to the Eastern Conference Final. Brayden Point is making a point of being that guy a team can count on in the clutch. The man is relentless! And what the bl**dclot (Method Man voice) is Brad Marchand on? This licky lick thing has to come to an end. He’s a player fo sho, but this ain’t that type of party bud.
Hope the Jets wrap up the Predators this week. The guys went down to Music City America and handled their business. P.K. Subban, a nice guy in real life, has put it out in the universe that Preds will return home for a Game 7. We shall see!
Quick Hits: Canada bounced back from a USA loss to trounce South Korea at the Worlds. Captain Connor McDavid notched his first goal along with two helpers … Great week for the Indians Edwin Encarnacion and the D-Backs A.J. Pollack, 3 homers in a game is no easy feat … Unified middleweight world champion Gennady Golovkin aka GGG demolished Vanes Martirosyan … Steelers rookie QB Mason Rudolph sloughed off Ben Roethlisberger’s shady comments as to why didn’t the team draft someone who can help the squad now. Maybe because you get hurt a lot Benny boy … Meanwhile, the WNBA championship winning Minnesota Lynx still await their invite to the White House. Not even a call to congratulate the team has been made. Not cool man! … And hey, congrats to the Los Angeles Dodgers on that combined no-hitter. That boy Walker Buehler now sports a 1.13 ERA with a WHIP of 1.06 over 17 innings of work. Just in time too, Clayton Kershaw is currently nursing biceps tendinitis and Hyun-Jin Ryu is out for awhile with a severe groin injury.
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week comes from my guy Big Lean. Straight outta Scarborough, Parma Courts finest. I can remember Lean when he first started recording at Sunny Diamonds’ studio. He was hungry back then as he is now. If not, more! Always love when we see each other. Keep pushing fam! This track he did with Giggs is tough. “Hermes.” Be sure to check it out. Lean has new music available on all streaming platforms.
Thanks for reading.
Have a blessed week. Make it count!
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