Thursday, June 9, 2011


Was sad to hear about the passing of former Tiger Jim Northrup. He had the game winning hit in game 7 of the 1968 World Series. That was the 1st series I ever watched and actually understood what was happening and had a rooting interest. Don't recall why I favored Detroit over the Cardinals, but I did. I remember having Northrup's baseball card and thinking he had a really cool lefty stance. Wasn't a great player, but rock solid. He had 2 bombs in that comeback victory against St. Looey and was a key part of the Tiger's 1972 AL East Champs who came up just short against Oakland in the 4th AL Championship series. He suffered from Alzheimers.
I really hope they postpone Game 5 of the NBA Finals. This way we can dissect Lebron James a bit more because the talk about his bleak performance on Tuesday hasn't been hammered home enough. This just in. He stunk! Miami has yet to lose back to back playoff games this season. He can pretty much erase the bad memory with a strong finish in the next 2 or 3 games, hoist that trophy and add to his jewelry collection. Is it even possible to offer up an angle on LBJ that hasn't been offered up at least 11-thousand times. In Dallas' favor, they missed a lot of open shots, especially Dirk, Kidd and Barrea so they have room for improvement, not just the Heat. I just want to see another nailbiter, but with upgraded crunch time execution as opposed to the brick-a-thon we witnessed in Game 4.
If I were a betting man, I'd say we have a much better chance of seeing NFL football over NBA hoops next season. The hoop owners are really trying to re-calculate the financial structure of their league. They're talking a hard salary cap, smaller length contracts and less guaranteed money in those player contracts. Commissioner David Stern came out of the latest round of meetings and spoke for about 8 1/2 minutes. He used the phrase "very far apart" 5 times. At least the NFL folks are expressing some form of optimism. Yikes! Guess we better enjoy Dallas/Miami because it might have to last a while.

No comments: