Jock Talk with JD: Warriors too much, Caps inch closer, Jim Kelly & more
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Pro football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, who has been diagnosed with cancer three times in the past five years, will deservedly receive the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at the 2018 ESPYS in July. The former Buffalo Bills star has been courageously battling during these trying with dignity and grace. Prayers up for Jim Kelly and his family.
The Bronx Bombers look like the team to beat coming out of the American League. If Sonny Gray can find his groove, the Yankees will have a formable rotation to go against the Astros. Houston look good with Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Dallas Keuchel. Sorry, not sold on Charlie Morton. But the ‘Stros hitters have been too inconsistent at the plate thus far this season.
The Mariners have been rolling with a top-notch pitching staff, but the loss of Robinson Cano has had its effect on run-production. I rate the first-place Red Sox offence but after Chris Sale I don’t trust another pitcher in their entire rotation. Regardless, Yanks 1-9 + bench + pitching = World Series. That’s my pick to win it all. We’ll see.
The 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo appeared to use four fake Twitter accounts to criticize players like Joel Embiid. He’s also been accused of disclosing sensitive information and sharing team strategy. The accounts posted from April 26 to the end of May of this year. Criticizing players like Jahlil Okafor and Markelle Fultz, coach Brett Brown and executives such as Sam Hinkie. The tweets disclosed nonpublic medical information about players. The accounts always defended Colangelo. The 76ers later confirmed Colangelo had been behind one of them. Despite not mentioning the other three Twitter accounts, those three were switched to private after inquiries. The team released this statement from Bryan Colangelo:
“Like many of my colleagues in sports, I have used one account on social media as a means to keep up with the news. This storyline however is disturbing to me on many levels, as I am not familiar with any of the other accounts that have been brought to my attention, nor do I know who is behind them or what their motives may be in using them.”
This story broke when a reliable source was tipped off by a person who worked in artificial intelligence. After the source noticed tweets being directed at Sixers writers, they discovered the five accounts were similar in linguistics used and users followed. Yikes! This sounds suss.
NHL PLAYOFFS: The Golden Knights took game 1 with pretty much the same style they’ve used all year. The Capitals took the Golden Knights best shot and countered with two gut wrenching wins. S/O Scarborough’s own Devante Smith-Pelly for potting a big goal in game 3, and for being a overall presence on the ice. Barry Trotz and his assistants made the necessary changes to offset the Golden Knights speed game. One can tell too, Alex Ovechkin is hungry as ever. Great shots by CBC catching Ovie on the bench cheering on his boys. Never thought I’d ever cheer for him, but here I am doing just that.
NBA PLAYOFFS: Warriors came out to playyyyyyyyy. Up 2 games and headed back to Cleveland. Despite LeBron James going off for 51 large in game 1, the Cavs found a way to give away the game. J.R. Smith will pretty much go down in history et al Chris Webber style. A shot attempt that never was took the wind out of the Cavs sails going into OT. The Warriors didn’t play around in game 2, Steph Curry was lava hot with a new record, 9-Treys in the game. KD was efficient as ever, Klay Thompson on a wonky leg showed out, and Draymond Green does what Draymond Green does, execute in all facets. Steve Kerr has his guys prime for another chip. Says here, the Warriors in 5.
Quick Hit: Rasmus Dahlin is the truth! The projected #1 looks to become the first Swede to do so since Mats Sundin went first overall to the then Quebec Nordiques in 1989. Sabres Phil Housley could barely contain himself at the combine in Buffalo this past weekend … Serena Williams pulls out of the French Open due to a pectoral injury, ouch! … Rafel Nadal moves closer to a 11th French Open title … Jake Arrieta rips into Phillie teammates and coaching staff after serving lemons in San Fran. Somethings never change … Will somebody please sign Dez Bryant already … Johnny Manziel was efficient in his Tiger Cats debut, 9-11 for 80 yards in five offensive possession …
Legal bare-knuckle fighting made its historical debut in Wyoming. Underground no more. This after Kanye released new music at his listening party a few miles west of the fighting venue the night before. Wyoming? Okay then … My guys, German squad, cut young buck Leroy Sane from their World Cup roster. Which means, we’re stacked! From Russia with Love … Seattle Storm made it rain to the tune of a new WNBA record, 17 treys! … KYLE BUSCH can’t be stopped. This time winning the Xfinity Series at Pocono … Congrats to Bryson DeChambeau for winning the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour … The Special Olympic Games were such a success more funding will be awarded to the athletes moving forth, right on! … And lastly, will the real Blue Jays please stand up. The great chemistry that once was is long gone. We the fans wanna see the kids play. At least their exuberance will give us a thrill.
Jock Talk with JD: Track of the Week
My track of the week goes out to the group Ghetto Concept. These guys brought that raw Metro Housing feel to their music. Slang for days. They put in work during the early days of the Toronto rap scene. My boy from Jungle, Prowla, use to always bump the man dem tapes nuff back in the days. Salute! This track here, “Krazy World.”
Thanks for reading. Another week in the bag.
S/O my boy, HHC’s pioneer Dutch, for hooking up this dope platform for me to do my thing. Thanks fam. Until next time, stay up!