Jock Talk with JD: Marlies are champs, Blue Jays sweep, World Cup, JAY-Z and more
Jock Talk – Where complaining about the heat is not an option.
Salute to the Toronto Marlies for winning the 2018 Calder Cup. An amazing season and playoff run all the way to being crowned as champions. Love hearing Queen boom through the speakers, “We are the champions.” I watched this Game 7 at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, and the atmosphere was bananas. Hopefully a tune-up for when the big boys across the Gardiner in the ACC can pull off the task. As kids, we couldn’t afford Leafs tickets, but we could afford to watch the Marlies. A bunch of us from the hood would hit the train and head on downtown to root for the home side. Big up to all the guys in the trenches and the entire organization as a whole. Big tings!
Congrats to Brooks Koepka for pulling off a Back 2 Back in winning the US Open title again. I caught an interview with him shortly after his latest dub and he mentions how he went from teasing guys with letterman jackets for golf to learning to appreciate golfers as athletes too. The 3-sport champ is ice in the veins come crunch time. Salute! … And S/O Tommy Fleetwood MAC! 63! Elite company, one of six golfers to ever to do so at the Open. Wasn’t a fantastic weekend for the golfers on the PGA Tour. Many of top players were really frustrated with the condition of the course. But hey I say everybody plays the same course so suck it up and get over it.
Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trots has tendered his resignation from the club. Thus becoming a free agent after leading the franchise to its first Stanley Cup. “It was all good just a week ago.” *Too Short voice*
Pay the man what he wanted should’ve been the approach but by nickel and diming, Trotz said peace out.
As he states:
“After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as Head Coach of the Washington Capitals. When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation’s capital. We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans. I would like to thank Mr. [Ted] Leonsis, Dick Patrick and Brian MacLellan for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this great organization. I would also like to thank our players and staff who worked tirelessly every day to achieve our success.”
As part of its super aggressive commitment to relaunch its basketball sneaker category for the first time in 20 years, Puma just confirmed JAY-Z has been named president of Puma Basketball. Pretty dope! First Jiggaman drops a joint album with Beyoncé over the weekend and now news of this. Puma has already signed projected first-round picks Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and Zhaire Smith to multiyear footwear and apparel endorsement deals. The trio represents the first NBA endorsement deals for the brand in two decades. Puma last signed Vince Carter in 1998 to a 10-year deal, although the short-lived contract ended after just two seasons.
World Cup: Upsets are always inevitable on the emerald green pastures; However, nobody could have predicted the World Champions of Germania being foisted into defeat by the Mexicans of El Tri. I was pissed! I left the house 5 minutes afterwards. Brazil and Argentina showed they can be humbled and Iran tops a group with Former Champion Spain and Current European Champions Portugal.
Speaking of Portugal, the GOAT race begins with Ronaldo scoring a superb free-kick in added time to become the oldest player to score a hat-trick at the World Cup finals. Messi was less than himself in a deeper role while Neymar was busy displaying trickery and getting fouled for it. Along comes Harry Kane and Lukaku with a brace each today…Can these young EPL stars usurp the stars of tomorrow? Can a star be born? No matter what happens, FIFA’s golden charm is here – I’m with the World Cup Fever!
What in madness is going on with former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow II? The man remains jailed without bail after pleading not guilty to charges of rape and other sex crimes. Prosecutors say in 2018 Winslow kidnaped and raped a 59-year-old women in March and a 54-year-old women in May. Earlier this month, he was charged with separate counts of burglary with the intent to rape, one involving a 71-year-old women and the other and 86-year-old women. This is some sick sh*t! I always knew this guy was a different kind of person, but never would I’ve thought he’d be connected to such horrible allegations. This sounds like convicted serial rapist Darren Sharper all over again, except this time, its unimaginably grosser.
Quick Hits: Caught the Blue Jays on Saturday vs the Nationals. Really wanted to see Mad Max (Scherzer) whip his fastball all around the plate. He did just that, but not before Devon Travis tagged him for a two-run shot. Jays ended up sweeping the Nats and seemingly look like they’re enjoying themselves again. Winning does that … Astros meanwhile rack off 11 straight wins with most of the victories coming on the road … Twins Eddie Rosario continues to tear the cover off of the ball. He and Escobar, Kepler have been red-hot. Too bad the same can’t be said for teammate Miguel Samo, who was demoted to Single A ball. Ouch!
Where will LeBron go? Tough call, but I still think he wants to stay in the Eastern Conference. The path with least resistance is often favoured … Meanwhile James Harden is out in Italy killing the fashion game in Milan … Magic shut down that Lonzo and Kuz show right quick. Dudes roasting each other to the 3rd degree is showing weakness for others to see. They young, I get it, but they getting paid big mon money. Be a pro! Yoooo mos def excited to take the family to go watch Uncle Drew. Just now, June 29th!
Roger Federer reclaims his No. 1 in the ATP rankings. Swapping spots with Rafael Nadal … Joe Gibbs racing taking some heat. NASCAR govern body don’t play … Hit me up anyone knows if Ovie put the Stanley Cup down yet. Thanks.
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week goes out to Kardinal Offishall. The Flemo vet been in the game for over two decades. Earning international status in his own lane. My good homie Niki B first cousin, so I rooted for him from time. This track here, in my opinion, the best one he’s ever did. Ol’ Time Killin’.
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