Monday, May 13, 2013
Sports MMSR: The playoffs continue and a gift for mom
Monday, May 13th, 2013. Filed under: Sports
It was another wild weekend in the world of sports. I begin in the NBA, where many thought that the San Antonio Spurs would be able to handle the Golden State Warriors quite handily. That outcome has proven not to be the case, and in the process Steph Curry is reaching for superstar status. The Warriors have evened the series at two games apiece with a 97-87 overtime win on Sunday. Curry, despite a sore ankle, scored 22 and pulled down six rebounds and dealt out four assists. 17 of Curry’s 22 points came in the second half of the game, further cementing his MVP status for the Warriors.
In every other series in the NBA, the games stand at 2-1. The Miami Heat lead the Chicago Bulls, and after a shocking Game One victory by the Bulls, the Heat have now taken control as was to be expected from the consensus best team in the NBA. Chris Bosh led the Heat with 20 points and 19 rebounds in Friday’s 104-94 victory. On Saturday, the Indiana Pacers took the lead in their series with the New York Knicks with an 82-71 victory. Roy Hibbert has become a dominant presence in the post for the Pacers, scoring 24 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Finally, the Memphis Grizzlies lead the Oklahoma City Thunder in their series, after an 87-81 victory on Saturday. Memphis is using their depth inside to grind down the once running and gunning Thunder, who are slowed losing their leader on the fast break, Russell Westbrook.
The NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs are completing their first round matchups, and two series will be going to Game Seven. At Madison Square Garden on Sunday, the New York Rangers made a second period goal by Derick Brassard stick for a 1-0 victory against the Washington Capitals. First star for the Rangers was their goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, who stopped all 27 Capitals shots. The Toronto Maple Leafs will go to Game Seven with the Boston Bruins after a 2-1 victory by the Maple Leafs. Leafs’ star Phil Kessel scored what proved to be the game winner midway through the third period. Milan Lucic scored a late goal, but the Bruins could not get the equalizer.
The teams that have advanced to the next round in the Stanley Cup playoffs are the Pittsburgh Penguins (4-2 over the NY Islanders), the Ottawa Senators (4-1 over the Montreal Canadiens), the Chicago Blackhawks (4-1 over the Minnesota Wild), the San Jose Sharks (4-0 over the Vancouver Canucks), the Detroit Red Wings (4-3 over the Anaheim Ducks after a 3-2 win by Detroit on Sunday) and the defending champion Los Angeles Kings (4-2 over the St. Louis Blues).
The Player’s Championship has always received the title of golf’s “fifth major.” The event usually has one of the strongest fields of players outside of a major, and the TPC Sawgrass is always one of the best theaters of the game. With the diabolical and famous island hole, the Par 3 17th providing great drama, the Player’s never lacks for highlights and storylines. This Player’s was no exception to that standard for drama, in fact it may have even exceeded it.
On Saturday, controversy erupted with then co-leaders Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia. Woods and Garcia have never really liked each other, and their testy relationship escalated when they were paired together. Garcia took his second shot on the second hole of the third round while Woods was surveying and assessing his second shot, and while Woods pulled a club from his bag a commotion started in the crowd near the same time Garcia was in his swing. Garcia complained later that commotion disrupted his swing and it caused him to hit an errant shot. Woods did not apologize and also commented that he feel he didn’t need to apologize.
The two golfers finished the third round in a three-way tie for first and so Garcia and Woods were not paired for the final round Sunday. In the end Tiger Woods got the last laugh by winning the Player’s Championship by two shots, and Sergio Garcia imploded down the stretch, hitting two shots into the water on the infamous 17th hole, and then one in the water on the 18th. I have always found Garcia irritating and overrated, so it was a beautiful turn of Schadenfreude (translation: to enjoy the pain of others) to see him implode so epically at the end of the tournament.
In closing, I would like to wish my mother a very happy Mother’s Day. I have relied upon her for so much, from my youth to even now I wanted to do something to thank her for all she does for me. Since my parents are season ticket holders to the Capitals, my sister and I decided to give her a Capitals-themed gift. We got the Capitals Mascot, Slapshot, to come to my parents’ condo and surprise her with gifts.
Slapshot had gifts for my young niece and nephew, and everyone received an autograph from Slaphshot. My mother received a Capitals tote bag, Capitals reusable grocery bag, Capitals hat, a plush Slapshot and a gift certificate for a manicure. She was quite surprised, and the extra bonus was that Slapshot stuck around and watched the end of Game 6 with my family, and while the game didn’t have the result that we all wanted, a fun time was had by all.
Again, Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there, and enjoy the week in sports!
Monday, May 6, 2013
Since I am growing a beard for the playoffs, I joined the Beard-a-thon! Donate to the Beard-a-thon for a good cause! https://www.beardathon.com/capitals/ALMorse/profile.aspx
My latest weekly post on PMandS.com! http://pmands.com/weekend-sports-recap-mayweather-the-derby-and-the-wheel-of-justice/