Talking a Good Game
Before the College World Series slips away after tonight’s deciding Game 3, I must follow up on this space’s previous post about the NCAA’s baseball championship and make a few comments on the one talent who may be the find of the whole tournament: ESPN color analyst Kyle Peterson.
Before watching the Super Regionals, I had never heard Peterson’s work on any baseball coverage. Undoubtedly, that is due to my bias towards the pro game. But having heard Peterson’s on-air calls of several games in both the Super Regionals and at Omaha, I can pronounce him a revelation, and myself a fan of his style.
And it sure would be nice if more broadcasters followed his lead. Continue reading Talking a Good Game
You thought you were safe.
You thought that a couple of weeks had passed, so surely there would be no more mentions being made about the Golden State Warriors winning for the NBA championship for the third time in four years.
You were wrong.
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Klay and the Dubs: more amazing than you thought
I only bring this up because, in these recent weeks since the Dubs’ sweep of the Cavaliers, I’ve been wracking my brain for parallel examples of what Golden State has accomplished in this recent span–and I’ve only been able to come up with one comparable string of achievement. In fact, what the Warriors have done, in being so good, is almost unprecedented–not for the fact of being so good, but for being so bad before then. Continue reading The Big Turnaround
Always on a Sunday
We have a new contender for the “Least Surprising Development in the History of Everything” award: people have started to notice that ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule is, let’s say, a little restrictive.
Word has come down that first-year Yankees manager Aaron Boone–himself a refugee from the “four-letter network”–is not happy about the Yanks’ game on July 8 being re-routed to the primetime schedule, owing to the fact that his team must play a doubleheader the very next day in another city.
This follows similar complaints from Cubs manager Joe Maddon about his team getting schedule-wracked by the Connecticut Clown College’s preference–one might suggest ‘lust’–for having certain teams from certain cities appear on the network’s MLB showcase broadcast.
Of course, both managers have something else in common: their plight was noticed, and reported upon–with slightly different slant–right here in The DFR in a recent post.
Continue reading Always on a Sunday
I Smelled a Rat
One of the nice things about writing a sports blog is that there’s always a certain amount of predictive quality to what you choose to put in a post. And that means that, sometimes, you can turn out to be very, very right.
Like, for instance, the recent post here about how the Vegas expansion draft worked, and why–contrary to what some observers were saying–the NHL was unlikely to feel much in the way of regret about giving the Golden Knights a bit of a boost.
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Gary Bettman: as happy as a rat with a wedge of gouda
Now league commissioner Gary Bettman–a.k.a. Old Ratface–has come along and kindly confirmed for us that everything I wrote in that piece was dead on. Continue reading I Smelled a Rat
Can Lieutenant Gordon Defeat the Superheroes?
Now as we approach Monday night’s Game 7, the obvious question is, who’s going to win?
The not-so-obvious answer to that question is, probably, “It depends upon Eric Gordon.”
All the talk about the Houston Rockets, not just in the playoffs but throughout the season, has centered upon the pairing of James Harden and Chris Paul. And rightfully so; there’s no way the team would have been the number one seed and achieved the best record in the Association without their doings.
But the plain fact is, in these Western Conference Finals, when the Rockets have beaten the Golden State Warriors, it has been because of Gordon’s efforts. Continue reading Can Lieutenant Gordon Defeat the Superheroes?