Coming off of a 4 game win streak over the league-best, L.A. Dodgers, you would have thought that the lowly Pirates wouldn’t have been much of a foe but the Brewers played down to the competition once again. The Pirates, who haven’t won a series at Miller Park since 2007, did exactly what they needed to do to stay in the thick of things in the NL Central race while the Brewers proved to their home fans that consistency is a mere apparition.
If you’re a Brewers fan, all is not lost. The Brewers still have 12 games, in the month of June, vs. teams with sub .500 records. Maybe the Brewers will surprise and play .500 ball vs. the lesser teams and play above .500 vs. the likes of the Blue Jays, White Sox and Reds this month. By the way, don’t look now but the Pirates are in 2nd in the NL Central only 3 games behind Cincinnati.
Tiger Woods wins the Memorial and thus takes his 73 PGA Tourney victory, tying him with Jack Nicklaus for 2nd on the all time leader-board. Tiger made an unbelievable flop shot on 16 to solidify his win in Dublin, Ohio. Tiger “went for it” and won while giving us an outburst of enthusiasm and that boyish charm that has endeared fans to him since the early days when he first picked up a golf club. Tiger birdied 18 and stood tall as he wins for the 2nd time on tour this season.
Tiger’s back? No, Tiger will never again be as dominant as he was 5 years ago. Tiger still doesn’t strike fear in the minds of his younger competitors. Tiger will win tournaments and may even win another major along the way but to proclaim his dominance, after that win yesterday, I think is wishful thinking upon the network’s part. The dominant Tiger wouldn’t win 2 tourneys while missing the cuts on 2 others in one early season. Let’s be honest, he’s 36 years old with bad knees, a mental toughness that’s proven suspect at times and a swing that has been tinkered with to the point the he’s become an irratic golfer. Enjoy the win Tiger fans because you just don’t know when you’ll see this again.
The Miami Heat have been dominated in 3 out of 4 games in NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals. Although the Heat are tied with the Celtics, it’s been the aging guys in green who have played the better brand of basketball. I have to admit, when the Heat went up 2-0 in the best-of-7 series, I really though that Lebron and D-Wade would have closed Boston out, or at the very least returned home up 3 games to 1. Boy, was I wrong. The Celtics have run the floor, passed the basketball and played the better brand of defense.
By the way, according to Stats Inc., the Heat are 0-10 in closing games out on the last possession in the post-season. That’s not all King James my friends, that’s an entire team and poor Erik Spoelstra coaching.
If the Heat cared as much about getting back and playing defense as they did about whining to the refs about calls not going their way, they’d be a better team. Kudos to Doc RIvers, Celtics head coach, for getting into the heads of the refs early on in this series.