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Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Frederik Andersen, Toronto Maple Leafs

Nice to see the Toronto Maple Leafs battle back and show some life. Auston Matthews has been channeling his inner Russell Westbrook in spurts, as he works to regain his natural form. S/O Freddie Andersen with the open-net paddle save, that was a beaut! Mike Babcock made the right choice by inserting Tomas Plekanec. A semi-bust since coming over from Montreal, yet effective in the neutral zone in breaking up the Bruins offensive rush.

That being said, the Bruins have been flying after the puck with a tenacious forecheck and are the more disciplined team overall. The Leafs looked sharp in the Bruins offensive zone in Game 5, and Steady Freddie was the coolest cat in the building in backstopping 45 large. Game 6 outta be a dandy!

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans

NBA Playoffs: Remember when Boogie Cousins went down, most thought the Pelicans year was over. Well, tell that to Anthony Davis and Jrue Holliday, who swept the confused Blazers … S/O Ricky Rubio for putting up a trip-dub on OKC … Westbrook has since vowed to shut that sh*t down … Dwyane Wade showed signs of a young Flash in Game 2. Thus surpassing the legend Larry Bird, on the all-time playoffs scoring leader list. Sixers weren’t too pleased about that and turned up the heat on the Heat. Up and ready to close ’em out this week … James Harden is straight buckets on buckets. Showing why he’s the regular season MVP. Still, the Rockets look lost at times on offence as a unit and the young Timberwolves showed heart with their bothersome D’ … LeBron James kindly reminds all that he is still the best all-around player in the game. Although those Mase shiney suits did nothing for them in losing Game 3 to the Pacers, they did however manage to grab Game 4 in Men In Black attire.

Finally some rough stuff too in the chummy-chummy let’s all get along association. Playing tough doesn’t mean fighting but it ought to mean not letting a man take the open lane without being contested. With that being said, memo to Ben Simmons; James Johnson is not the one to mess with. At. All … Spurs refused to be swept, simple as that … Bucks even up the series. Jabari Parker, respect! The young warrior backed up his talk by providing good results when given more minutes … Raptors looked out of sync in dropping Game 3, committing turnover after turnover for an ugly loss. Sunday night, they looked better but faltered in the 4th quarter. They certainly miss the other Steady Freddy of Toronto, as John Wall ripped through the interior Raps D’. It’s now a best of 3 series, no time for playing around.

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Marc-André Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

NHL Playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights continue to marvel … The sweep by the Golden Knights is not only the first of its kind for a professional team in any of the four major sports in its inaugural season, but also a rare feat for any team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past 10 years. Since 2009, 12.5 percent of series have ended after four games … S/O The Winnipeg Jets for winning their first series since 1987. Vezina Trophy finalist Connor Hellebuyck continues to do his best young Ken Dryden impersonation … Sweep! San Jose Sharks look ferocious with their relentless attacks … That Penguins, Flyers series was bananas, wow. Penguins move on, and yea, they got another star in Jake Guentzel. Man pops off a 4-banger to seal the Flyers fate.

S/O my boy Wayne Simmonds for having a solid season. And lots of respect for the jam displayed by Sean Couturier … No stopping the Lightning right? Them boys are whistling around at Chuck Yeager like speeds. Killer gunner, Nikita Kucherov is becoming a young legend. All the man does is score. Kuch has now lit the red-light up 27 times in his career in the postseason. Crazy! and to think he’s only 24-years-old … The Predators are firing on all cylinders as they advance by knocking off the pesky Avalanche … The resilient Caps have fought back to take the edge on the Blue Jackets. And of course, good ol’ Nicklas Backstrom notched the OT winner in Game 5.

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Coach Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs

The wife of Coach Pop, Erin Popovich, died last week at the age of 67. She had been battling an illness for an extended period. The couple was married for four decades and had two children — Jill and Mickey — as well as two grandchildren. The entire Spurs organization, Spurs nation, and many athletes/brass throughout the association have expressed their condolences.

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Danny Farquhar, Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox right-handed reliever Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night’s game against the Houston Astros, the team announced. Farquhar was hospitalized after passing out in the dugout. Additional overnight testing revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed. He is currently stable but in critical condition. God speed to him!

Former Blue Jay Jose Bautista has resurfaced with the Atlanta Braves. Wish him luck man! Joey just wasn’t the same after Rougned Odor tagged him. Maybe being in the NL will give him new life. He’s slotted to play 3B.

S/O Brandon Belt of the San Francisco Giants for grinding out an insane 13-minute, 21-pitch (new MLB record) plate appearance … Welcome to the Majors Gleybar Torres, is Ronald Acuna next? … Marcus Stroman is making the arbitrator who sided with the Blue Jays this past off-season look like a genius. Maybe, Stro’ outta tweet less bring the heat more … Hope Chicago Cubs’ Kris Bryant is doing okay, considering. Scary site seeing a batter get hit in the head. Bryant took it like a champ and never went down … Mets are proving everybody wrong. All they keep doing is winning. A well balanced squad relying on dominant pitching staff with timely hits.

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool F.C.

Mohamed Salah earns PFA player of the year edging City’s worthy candidate Kevin De Bruyne … The Mou vs. Conte battle continues as Chelsea and the Red D’s set up a Wembley showdown in the FA Cup final on May 19th … Barcelona hammered Sevilla 5-0 in today’s Copa del Rey Final to earn more silverware for the cabinet at an already trophy rich club.

Are PSG frightened with rumours of Neymar talking to Los Bloncos? The rumour mill continues to churn after PSG coach Emery admitted Neymar hasn’t called him after they defeated Monaco to seal League 1 … Bayern Munich have moved into pole position by most to lift this year’s UCL Title in Europe.

Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

Top 5 QB’s from this year’s draft class are all dynamic in their own right:

1. Sam Donald – has size, arm strength, plus can scramble.
2. Josh Rosen – Top tier passing ability, can pick apart a secondary.
3. Baker Mayfield – Great attitude, most daring Ariel playmaker.
4. Lamar Jackson – Mike Vick 2.0. 2016 Heisman winner.
5. Josh Allen – Strong arm, improvisation skills are top-notch.

If I were Cleveland, with the number 1 pick, I take Jackson.


Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week

I’ve decide to add another feature to this piece. From now on I’ll drop a link to a Canadian hip-hop track I like. So leading off will be my friend, Miche Mee, and her joint – Jamaican Funk. I remember attending this video shoot way back then as a youngin’. There were like a 1000 girls, lots of kids and like 20 guys. Safe to say it was a good day. Salute the queen!


Jock Talk with JD: Golden Knights reign on, J.J. Watt steps up, Calderon and moreThanks for reading. Have a great week.

Catch me on the flipside. Peace!

Your boy,

JD


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Jock Talk with JD: Auston Matthews, Danny Farquhar, Brandon Belt & more

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