1. Quick Hits
- Miami survives, coming from behind to beat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime in Game 6. They’ll decide the NBA Championship tomorrow night in Game 7.
- Game 4 for the Stanley Cup is tonight in Boston. The Bruins lead Chicago 2-1.
- 5-time champ Venus Williams pulls out of Wimbledon with a back injury.
- Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams are the #1 seeds at Wimbledon.
2. 7th Heaven
Well won’t this be fun. One game for all the marbles tomorrow night in Miami after last night’s overtime thriller. People seem pretty hung up on legacies. Are you really going to close the history book on a player based on what happens tomorrow night? Are Tim Duncan and the Spurs any less great should they lose? Is LeBron James somehow tarnished by not winning back to back titles? Hardly. Remember, the game could be decided by a bounce or a call. That’s no way to decide legacies. Anyway, can’t wait. And I wonder if LeBron James will hear his headband? When he stopped wearing it last night he came alive. The happiest person around (other than those at ABC) is Top 5 subscriber Suzanne T. She’s from Concord, California and of all the entries into my Top 5 NBA contest, she’s the only one who predicted it would be a Spurs/Heat seven game series. She also picked the Spurs to win. Now we’ll see how good she is. Either way she wins the contest and a That’s Sports baseball/golf cap. You go girl.
As you probably know 3 Atlanta radio hosts are out of work. They were fired for their ill-conceived skit which mocked Steve Gleason the former New Orleans Saints safety who is suffering from ALS. Here’s part of what Gleason posted yesterday on Facebook. “The DJs have provided genuine apology. Received and accepted. We have all made mistakes in this life. How we learn from our mistakes is the measure of who we are. I think everyone can learn from this event. Its clear to me that, on a national & global scale, ALS is not understood, which is part of why its under funded and largely ignored. In the past 36 hours lots of people have been talking. Lets talk about this… There are zero treatments for ALS. If you take any action as a result of this event, I prefer it to be action to end ALS.” Well said, Steve.
5. Oy Vey
Are you gearing up for Sunday’s big event in Brooklyn? It’s Jewish Heritage Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball game. Fans get orange and blue caps. Shouldn’t they be skull caps? Oh, but that’s not all. They’re boasting the Sandy Bar Mitzvah. Sandy the Seagull (named after Sandy Koufax who must be so very proud) is celebrating his 13th year with the Cyclones so they’re going to have a Bar Mitzvah for him. They’ll dance the hora and they’ll attempt a record by having 18 rabbis throw out the first ball. If each of them delivers a sermon before he pitches it could be a long night.
Who will be the men’s winner at Wimbledon which begins Monday? You can win a That’s Sports baseball/golf cap. Email me your response with the winner’s name in the subject line. The tiebreaker: How many sets will the final match last? One entry per person. The deadline is this Sunday June 23rd. Good luck!
Happy Birthday: Dallas Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki. 35.
Bonus Birthday: Paula Abdul. 51.
Today in Sports: 40 years ago today. Gordie Howe jumps from the NHL to the World Hockey Association to play with his sons Mark and Marty on the Houston Aeros. 1973.
Bonus Event: Congress abolished slavery and President Lincoln signed the bill. 1862.
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