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The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are certainly not sitting on their laurels with an amazing 5 Super Bowl wins. Just days after taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Pats filed a trademark application for the phrase “Blitz for Six”. Got to appreciate their confidence.
Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant knew what he would get some heat Saturday night when he returned to Oklahoma City to play his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder. Not only did Durant put up solid numbers in a decisive 130-114 win, but he and his teammates embraced the taunting. Steph Curry and Draymond Green grabbed a couple of the “Cupcake” tshirts, distributed at the game and did their postgame interviews proudly wearing them. In case it’s not clear, the “cupcake” reference is supposed to imply Durant is “soft”.
The New York Knicks are trying to deflect their bad press (when they recently ousted Charles Oakley) and attempted to show they appreciate their players, by inviting a number of former Knicks to attend the matchup against the San Antonia Spurs Sunday night. Most notable was former Knick Latrell Sprewell, who sat next to team owner James Dolan. When Sprewell first appeared back at Madison Square Garden in 2003, after his trade to the Timberwolves, he shouted at Dolan resulting in a 25K fine. It’s not clear if inviting the former players Sunday night helped the Knicks image, but at least they had a good night of basketball beating the Spurs 94-90.No comments
Minnesota Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer underwent emergency eye surgery Wednesday night, and may not be on sidelines when the Vikings play the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday night football. The team said they have plans in place to take over coaching if Zimmer is unable to make it. Thursday night’s game features the Cowboys explosive offense, led by rookies QB Dak Prescott and running back Ezekiel Elliott, matching up against a tough Minnesota defense.
Russell Westbrook posted his 4th straight triple double (46th of his career) Wednesday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder fought back to beat the Washington Wizards in overtime. Thunder 126, Wizards 115.
Kevin Durant, who famously left the Thunder to play for the Golden State Warriors, is fitting in seamlessly with the Warriors crop of veteran superstars (Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Draymond Green). With a current record of 16 wins, 2 losses, Durant said, “I try to think about so much when I’m playing, but sometimes you’ve just got to say ‘Forget it’ and just go. Who cares who shoots? Our offense is so freeflowing that the ball is going to find the open guys. If you move, you get open, you’re going to get shots. Some nights I might have it, some nights Steph might have it or Klay might have it, but I don’t think any one of us really cares if someone shoots more shots than us.”No comments
The Harvard Crimson reported members of the Harvard soccer team were suspended for the season because they continued to make inappropriate comments (including rating attractiveness) of the Harvard women’s soccer team. The team is now no longer able to compete for the NCAA championship and will forfeit the rest of its games.
Even though Cleveland lost the World Series they still have LeBron and the Cavs as their reigning champions. It’s still early in the season, but the Cavs are now out to a 5-0 start.
Everyone was anticipating the now Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant’s reunion with his old team the Oklahoma City Thunder. Durant played for OKC for 8 years so returning to play against them was emotional. Prior to the game he said, “The 405 (Oklahoma City’s area code) has a special place in my heart,” he said. “Those fans, no matter what they call me or how they feel about me, they know, that if you see me anywhere, that you’ll feel like I was your friend. That’s how you made me feel, and how I made them feel. Those memories are never going to fade. I feel a certain away about that city, that state, that organization. And I look at that as – I’m going to put (those years) on my trophy case. That eight years is going to go in my trophy case. Not in the trash.” Durant didn’t dwell on these sentiments during the game however. With 39 points and 7 three-pointers, he dominated his former team and gave the victory to the Warriors. Warriors 122, Thunder 96.
When the Players’ Tribune, an athlete owned media site and the brainchild of Derek Jeter, broke the story on July 4th of Kevin Durant heading to the Warriors, the site crashed from too much traffic. This isn’t the first time the Players’ Tribune crashed. The site also went down last fall when Kobe Bryant posted a poem stating he was retiring from the NBA.
The Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, the #1 draft pick, appeared in his first NBA game on July 4th in a summer league matchup against the Boston Celtics. He had a solid debut but then had to leave in the 4th quarter with cramps in both legs. The coach said, “We might have been able to put him back in, but on July Fourth, we didn’t need to create those fireworks.” After the game, Simmons said he’ll be sure to drink more water!
Joey Chestnut regained his title at the annual 4th of July hot dog eating contest at Coney Island. Joey “Jaws” Chestnut out ate last year’s champ, Matt “The megatoad” Stonie. Joey won the contest 8 years in a row but lost the title last year to Stonie. By downing 70 hot dogs in 10 minutes (17 more than Stonie), Joey regained the Nathan’s Famous Title, and a check for ten thousand dollars.
Big news in free agency and the KD sweepstakes! It’s been reported Kevin Durant will sign with the Golden State Warriors. In a post on the Player’s Tribune, Durant said:
“The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player — as that has always steered me in the right direction. But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”
Durant is expected to make $54.3 million for 2 years.
In other free agent moves, Rajon Rondo will replace Derrick Rose (who was recently traded to the NY Knicks) on the Chicago Bulls roster. Rondo played for the Sacramento Kings last season.
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NBA Free Agency is officially open meaning the teams can meet with players and even agree to a deal but they can’t officially sign a player until July 7th.
In other free agency news, DeMar DeRozan will stay with the Toronto Raptors. The Houston Rockets’ Dwight Howard is looking for at least a $24 million a year contract (he declined a $23.2 mill from the Rockets) and will meet with the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics.
The Knicks already signed former Chicago Bull Derrick Rose and are now meeting with his teammate Joakim Noah. The Knicks are in discussions with Noah to sign him to a $72 million 4 year deal.
Of course, all eyes of course are on OKC Superstar Kevin Durant. KD is expected to meet with the Warriors and the Clippers on Friday and likely other teams in the next few days, but it’s expected the OKC Thunder will do everything possible to re-sign their best player.No comments
The free agent sweepstakes (which officially begins Friday) are heating up. It’s been reported the Philadelphia 76ers will push hard to get the Warriors’ Harrison Barnes. The Warriors can match any offer Barnes gets from other teams but the Warriors seem focused on grabbing the big prize, Kevin Durant from OKC. The Warriors also want to keep their Center Festus Ezeli but again that all depends on what happens with Kevin Durant.
It’s been reported the Republican National Convention will be loaded with sports celebrities. According to the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump, Mike Tyson, Mike Ditka, Nascar’s Brian France, and Bobby Knight will be present. Trump also invited quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger but it’s unclear if they will be in attendance or if any of the athletes invited will be speaking.No comments
Everyone was predicting a Cavaliers sweep of the Raptors in game 3, but Cleveland was held to just 35.4% shooting and went down pretty decisively to the Raptors.
On the final play of the game with only seconds left, Cavaliers’ Dahntay Jones hit the Raptors’ Bismack Biyombo in the groin. “I got hit in an area that I wasn’t supposed to get hit on, or a private area, so to speak,” Biyombo said after Game 3. “Whenever the league has a chance, they probably want to take a look at that. That’s all I can say on that one.” And in more officiating news, Toronto Head Coach Dwane Casey was fined $25,000 for criticizing the officials. Raptors 99, Cavs 84.
In the Western Conference Finals, the Oklahoma City Thunder trounced the Golden State Warriors. The game was essentially over by the end of the first half. At one point in the second half the Thunder was even up as much as 41 points. Kevin Durant had 33 points and Russell Westbrook 30 points with only 5 turnovers between them. OKC is now up 2-1 in the series. Thunder 133, Warriors 105.
Unfortunately Horse Racing fans won’t see another Triple Crown winner this year as Kentucky Derby winner, Nyquist, was defeated by his rival, Exaggerator in the Preakness this weekend. It was a devastating start to the day, however, when two horses died. 9 year old Homeboykris won the first race of the day but then collapsed on his way back to the stables and on the 4th race of the day, Pramedya broke her front leg and was immediately euthanized.No comments
The Oklahoma City Thunder stood their ground against reigning NBA champions the Golden State Warriors in their first matchup of Round 3, the Western Conference Finals. Thunder players Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook put their skills on display, scoring a combined 53 points. The win wasn’t entirely without controversy, with officials missing a traveling call on Westbrook in the final 20 seconds. Stephen Curry, who is still not 100% after injuring his knee earlier in the postseason, scored a respectable 26 points in the loss. Oklahoma City 108, Golden State 102.
The Ravens reportedly had an illegal padded practice during their Rookie Minicamp. Players wearing pads during practice is illegal in the NFL offseason. The rule is meant to protect players from excessive tackling. Yet the Baltimore Ravens reportedly had a five minute punt protection drill. Reps claim the team was unclear that the offseason rule applied to Rookie Minicamps as well. The NFL is investigating and, as all practices are filmed, the transgression should be easy to confirm. It could end up being a costly mistake for Baltimore.No comments
The Oklahoma City Thunder are heading to the Western Conference Finals to take on the Golden State Warriors. Beating the tough San Antonio Spurs in 6 games seemed like a dream early on as the Spurs only lost one game at home all season and were considered almost unstoppable. But Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant did not give up and now have their eye on the mighty Warriors. Thunder 113, Spurs 99.
The New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski was selected to grace the cover of the insanely popular Madden NFL ’17. Twenty-six year old Gronk told ESPN, “It’s a dream come true, going into my seventh season and being on the cover.” Gronk is having an exciting off-season as he’ll also be featured on the cover of GQ magazine.No comments