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WATERCOOLER CHAT: PENALTY KICKS TALK OF WEEKEND, KIDD OFFERED FOR SECOND ROUND PICK, BRANDON BELT’S HR FOR CANCER SURVIVOR

SOCCER

Penalty kicks were the talk of the weekend as two major games were decided by penalty kicks when the games ended in a tie. First up was an excitingly close game with Chile playing out of their minds against the host nation, Brazil. After 90 minutes of regulation time and 30 minutes of extra time, the match was tied at 1-1 and it looked as if mighty Brazil might fall. The game then went to penalty kicks and Brazil prevailed.

In another exhilarating game of the weekend, Costa Rica advanced over Greece with a 5-3 shootout. This was Greece’s best run ever as they had never made it before to the second round. Costa Rica will take on Netherlands (who defeated Mexico in a stunning finish) in the quarterfinals.

Team USA takes on Belgium Tuesday at 4:oo est. This is a must watch as it’s now do or die. They win, they advance, if they lose it’s all over.

BASKETBALL

Jason KiddThe  big news out of the basketball world is New Jersey Nets’ coach Jason Kidd failing in his power play to take control from the Net’s general manager Billy King. Kidd wants full control of basketball operations and is looking to the Milwaukee Bucks to get it. The Bucks have offered the Nets a second round draft pick in 2015 for Kidd but the Nets are holding out for a first round pick.  People in the sports world are miffed by this story as Jason Kidd has a mixed reputation and has never had front office experience so it seems odd that he’d not only push the Nets for total control but might actually get it from the Bucks.

 

BASEBALL

ssjm0629belt03In some heartwarming news and what makes sports great, San Jose Giants’ Brandon Belt promised a  12 year old cancer survivor Lyndsey Dworkin that she could throw out the first pitch at the game and then afterward, promised her he’d hit a home run, which he did. He signed the ball, “To Lyndsey, my good luck charm”.

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WATERCOOLER CHAT: KINGS WIN GAME 3, FISHER TO COACH KNICKS, CALIPARI DECLINED 80 MILL FROM CAVS

HOCKEY

 

Jonathan Quick

Jonathan Quick

In the NHL, it was an important Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Los Angeles Kings and the New York Rangers.  The Kings led 2-0 coming into this series, having just won two overtime games — both of which when the Rangers originally had a 2-0 lead.  The Kings are just extremely resilient and good at coming back.  But now the Rangers got the Kings in Madison Square Garden.  Unfortunately, in hockey, home ice advantage doesn’t really matter that much.  These guys are tough and come to play.  They can’t be rattled by a crowd, and crowds really only build momentum on goals (unlike basketball where each basket can cause a crowd to go wild and swing the momentum in the home team’s favor).  The Kings boast the best goalie in hockey, Jonathan Quick, and he absolutely shut down the Rangers offense.  The Kings easily cruised to a Game 3 victory, and are now one win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup.  LA Kings 3, NY Rangers 0.

BASKETBALL

Jason KiddAnd in the NBA, the Knicks were shafted by Steve Kerr last month, as he wound up opting for the Golden State Warriors coaching job.  So the very coveted head coaching position of the Knicks was open.  The Knicks didn’t want just anybody… they wanted to take a chance.  So their new President of Basketball Operations, Former Knick and Hall of Fame Coach Phil Jackson, reached out to one of his former players:  Derek Fisher.  Fisher is actually still a player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Jackson forced his retirement and hired him as the head coach of the New York Knicks.  It will be interesting to see if Fisher will be a head coach, but if Jason Kidd can do somewhat well, a smart basketball mind like Fisher should be ok too.  

Finally, John Calipari may not have gotten the Lakers job, and opted to go back to Kentucky for the next 7-years, BUT he did get an extremely lucrative offer to be the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Reports said that the Cavs offered him nearly $80million to be their coach.  Calipari declined, most likely because he knew that he would have a much better media reputation as the king of the college basketball’s most storied program.  This is seemingly a much better decision than essentially being an after thought in Cleveland, with a young team still trying to find its way. 

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