It’s July and that means one thing the greatest month in sports is over, for this year at least. June has held a big place in sports for many years now. I personally consider it to be the most memorable month in sports every year. No one can forget the O.J. Simpson bronco chase in June of 1994. Other unforgettable images pop up as well. Michael Jordan winning his championships with the Chicago Bulls and sealing his place on sports history. The Stanley Cup classics with greats like Wayne Gretzky capturing the cup numerous times for the Edmonton Oilers in the 1980s. Numerous World Cup soccer competitions had their start in June and also brought many memorable moments with them. Major League Baseball has some of its most exciting games matching up teams from the N.L. and A.L. in inter league play. There have been so many great things that occurred during this month. So I decided to give you my top 3 moments for this past month. Let’s take a look…
#1- LEBRON JAMES WINS HIS FIRST NBA TITLE (June 21st, 2012)
Lebron James celebrates with the Miami Heat.
After 9 seasons in the NBA Lebron James showed the world that he was in fact a champion. The Miami Heat defated the Oklahoma City Thunder and their young rising superstar Kevin Durant in 5 games to win the NBA Title. This Miami Heat team was heavely favored going into the season to take the title. They had some rough moments in their Eastern Conference Finals series against the Boston Celtics but they came out on top and advanced to their second NBA Finals in a row. Lebron showed a level of play and maturity like we have never seen from him before. Lebron can have a nice relating summer and pick up the pursuit of more NBA Titles in the fall.
#2- THE LOS ANGELES KINGS TAKE THE STANLEY CUP (June 11th, 2012)
The Kings shocked the world this year in the NHL Playoffs.
The surprising L.A. Kings won the Lord Stanley’s Cup in 6 games over the New Jersey Devils. This Stanley Cup victory will never be forgotten by the hockey world or the sports world for that matter. The city of L.A. needed this victory at a time when the Lakers and Clippers both were knocked out of the NBA Playoffs early. The city of L.A. got red hot over the Kings outstanding postseason run. Many casual fans that disappeared when Wayne Gretzky left the team for the Rangers in the late 90′s were back. The American Hockey scene needed this victory as well. This could spark excitement and push the sport even further in the American Culture.
#3- MATT CAIN’S PERFECT PERFORMANCE (June 13th, 2012)
The Giants Matt Cain pitching perfection.
On the 13th of June the San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain threw baseball’s 22 perfect game ever. This was the second perfect game this season, Phil Humber of the White Sox threw a perfect ball game in April against the Mariners in Seattle. Matt Cain’s perfect game ended in a score of 10-0 against the Houston Astors. Stat wise this could be considered one of the best perfect games ever. Matt Cain struck out an impressive 14 batters during the game. A feat which had only been done one time before when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game in 1965. The great game had a great moment at the end when Cain met his wife in the dugout to celebrate his history making performance with her.
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The NBA Draft is coming up this week and that means many story lines for many teams will take a twist through trades and picks. The biggest possible trade story leading up to the Draft is will the Magic trade Dwight Howard away for some great picks or even top level players. I have no faith that the Magic will take advantage of teams wanting Howard and wanting him now. Teams like the Houston Rockets are trading players and moving up in the 1st round with 3 picks in the top 20 as of Tuesday. Howard’s contract is up in 2013 and the Rockets want him prior to his contract expiring. The Magic might have a good opportunity to do something about their “Dwight Drama”.
Dwight Howard on draft day 2004 after being selected with the 1st overall pick by the Magic.
The Story of Dwight Howard and the Magic has been a complicated one. The Magic drafted Howard out of high school in 2004 with the 1st overall pick. Howard over the years has developed into one of the best big men in the game and has had some success with the team. Howard led the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals where they were defeated by the Los Angeles Lakers in 5 games. The Magic have been contenders in the Eastern Conference for the last few years in large part to Howard. Dwight Howard has however also brought a lot of controversy to Orlando with his talent. He had a very public feud with the Magic’s former Head Coach Stan Van Gundy. It got really ugly during last season and Van Gundy was fired earlier this summer. Howard also brought drama near the trade deadline when he was not signing his clause to come back for his final year of his contract. He ended up signing hours before the deadline and the Magic did not trade him. It was a smart move for the Magic to put the pressure on Howard and to not trade him at the time when a trade for him would not yield enough in return for the Magic.
I say the time to pull the trigger is on draft night. The Magic could possibly be offered some really good deals and should strongly consider every one they receive. The Magic need not look to far into their past to be reminded why they should get rid of Howard before his contract expires.
In 1996 Shaq left the Magic for the Lakers in a similar situation where the team was not willing to give him exactly what he wanted and headed elsewhere. Shaq left and the Magic had nothing to show for it, they would have gotten a mega trade if they would have just looked around instead of fooling themselves that they could resign him.
Dwight Howard has made it no secret that he would like to play for the soon to be Nets of Brooklyn or for the Dallas Mavericks. The relationship between the Magic and Howard is just too volatile for it to continue. The Magic for a long time have been fooling themselves again that like Shaq that they can resign the star. I think there is no way he would sign with the Magic again even if the money was right. Howard is an awesome talent but he is just not going to stay with the team any longer than he needs to. The Magic cannot afford to have Howard leave and get nothing in return. He is too good of a talent and a player of his caliber could yield players that could build this team for the future. The Magic owe it to the city of Orlando and their fans to send Howard packing. So as the saying goes “THE TIME IS NOW!”
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Lebron James with the one prize that eluded him for over 9 years.
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So the craziest thing happened on Thursday night, well maybe it was not so crazy after all. Lebron James and the Miami Heat won the NBA Championship over the Thunder. James who is one of the best players in basketball captured his first NBA Title. It should be no surprise that he won a ring but for many it is. James has had many ups and downs during his 9 year career and had 2 failed Finals opportunities. It was what he had done in those 9 years that made a lot of fans skeptical. He should a lot of immaturity and also made a lot of bad decisions when the pressure was turned up. He was able to overcome all of that but he still has not won the hearts of many.
Lebron showed how much he had grown up during this playoff run. He not only had his best playoff games and stats ever but he also handled the loses and the dealings with the media better. Now of course James is not the only player on the Heat but he is their focal point and as he goes so does the team. The Heat are a talented group with two other superstars in Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade plus a good cast of supporting players. They can win without James but need him to win it all. He came through big during this post season and we should be seeing more of this in the years to come.
The “James Haters” are still out there and they are showing everyone that they are not going anywhere. In many ways James created a lot of this himself. He turned a lot of people off during his time in Cleveland with his behavior during their failed post season runs. His biggest offense would have to be the way he left Cleveland and let the world know where he was going. In a live prime time special James from a Boys and Girls Club in Ohio told the world he would be going to…Maimi, really? James may never let that one down.
Most of James’ faults in the past could have been put away with the Heat capturing the NBA Championship on Thursday. Except there is one more thing lingering around. When he went to Miami in 2010 the Heat had this ridiculous pep rally event to show off James and he said something that will haunt him probably until he retires. The great Lebron told the fans of Miami that they were not only winning 1 championship but 6. Yeah he really said that. Whether that will happen is unlikely but even if it was he made a bad move by saying that. Because he said that it takes away from every championship he will win until he reaches that number. The anti-Lebron fans and media will not forget that anytime soon if ever.
Lebron has accomplished great things in the league and has finally got the championship monkey off of his back. He still has a ways to go to clear his image. If he continues to mature and wins another championship or two it is possible the haters will disappear. If he doesn’t then Lebron will be remembered not only for his incredible talent but also being known as the most polarizing player in the history of the NBA and maybe even professional sports.
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The San Antonio Spurs are one of the least entertaining teams to watch in all of sports. The Spurs are in one word “Boring”. They have been that way for many years. It is due to a combination of playing a methodical and a very non flashy style of basketball and the lack of charismatic stars.
They have one of the best centers in the NBA Tim Duncan. Duncan has had a great Career and will be in the Hall Of Fame one day. The unfortunate thing is Duncan has no charisma at all and never says anything that is not obvious when being asked questions in interviews. Their other stars Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are not much better.
San Antonio Spurs Star Tim Duncan
There is one thing you cannot dispute though, the Spurs are really good. They have especially excelled this year in the playoffs. They swept the Utah Jazz in the first round of the post season. They continued into the second round where they swept the L.A. Clippers and their superstar Chris Paul.
On Tuesday night the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder by a score of 120-111. With that victory the Spurs are up on the Thunder 2-0 in the Western Conference Finals. The Spurs are undefeated this postseason. They have won 10 straight games and while they have not been exciting while doing so, it is an impressive feat.
Will we see the Spurs in the NBA Finals? Probably but the NBA will not be happy about it. The ratings for the NBA Finals have been declining over the last few years. The Spurs will likely drive those numbers down. Even with the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics as their opponents it could be a rather sleepy Championship Series.
For now I suggest you get your pillows ready. The Spurs are not going anywhere for now, which means the boring brand of Spurs basketball is going to sweep across the nation and put viewers in a NyQuil type sleep state.
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Miami Marlins Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton
The Miami Marlins are having a really good month of May. Their record for this month so far is 18 wins and 8 loses. The Marlins have shown themselves to be the contenders in the N.L. East many have thought they could be. The Marlins have to give a lot of credit to Right Fielder Giancarlo Stanton (formerly known as Mike Stanton) for their success.
May has been a month where Texas Rangers star Josh Hamilton solidified his place as a superstar after two incredible months of play. Hamilton has soaked up most of the mainstream sports media’s attention. Now their is another star to pay close attention to.
The Marlins and Stanton had a rough opening month of April. The power hitter had only one home run in April and it was at the end of the month. Stanton was also having a hard time getting on base at times. He has had 2 previous complete seasons in the bigs. He increased almost all of his stats from his first season in his second season last year. I have a feeling he can go even further this year.
Stanton celebrates his walk off grand slam on May 13th, 2012.
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The most exciting event for the Marlins this month came just a week ago at their home stadium known as Marlins Park. On Sunday, May 13th in the bottom of the 9th inning the Marlins were tied 4-4 with the New York Mets, Stanton came to the plate with the bases loaded. Stanton did not disappoint, he blasted a walk off grand slam to give the Fish a 8-4 victory. In the very short history of Marlin Park this moment is the biggest ending to a game the team has seen. The grand slam not only made Stanton look good, it showed that the Marlins are ready to battle it out with the teams in the really tough N.L. East.
Stanton was drafted by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 June Draft. He was one of their top prospects until he made his Major league debut in 2010.
Stanton has been awesome in May. He hit 11 home runs and has hit 21 RBI’s this month alone. He has a season batting average of .291 and hit a total of 12 dingers and totaled 36 RBI’s so far. He is on pace to have one of his best seasons.
Giancarlo Stanton is a well rounded player with the potential to be a superstar the likes of Albert Pujols. The question is not if he will reach his full potential but when. Even the player he has been right now has been a huge benefit to the club. Stanton is the future of the Marlins franchise and their future is really bright.
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The L.A. Kings are on their way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Its their first time since 1993 when NHL Legend Wayne Gretzky played for the Kings. The Kings have never won the Stanley Cup and are more than ready to capture it this year.
The Kings had an average regular season finishing with a record of 40 wins, 27 loses and 15overtime loses. When April started and the final games before the post season were about to be played many thought the Kings would not even qualify for the playoffs. Well they did but barely and got the placed in the playoffs as the 8th seed. The Kings faced off against the 1st seeded Vancouver Canucks and shocked the hockey world by taking the series in 5 games. It was their first time making it out of the first round since 2001. The Kings then swept the 2nd seeded St. Louis Blues and the hockey world started to think, maybe these guys are for real. Last night it was confirmed when the Kings took game 5 against the Phoenix Coyotes by a score of 4-3 in overtime to advance into the Finals. The Kings made history during this incredible playoff run by being the first 8th seeded team to beat both the 1st and 2nd seeded teams in the playoffs.
The Kings star through this playoff season has been their American born Right Wing Dustin Brown. Brown scored 7 goal, 9 assists and had 3 game winning goals in the playoffs. He has been their leader and the rest of the team has followed with incredible play. If he keeps it up he will definitely take the MVP trophy in the Stanley Cup.
The Kings must wait now to find out their opponent. The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils are still battling it out in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Ranger and the Devils are set to play Game 7 tonight in New York. I have a feeling that the Rangers will take the game and advance to their first Finals since 1994. We will find out really soon.
L.A. Kings fan holding a sign that says it all.
The Kings have really sparked interest in Los Angeles for Hockey. The city has had their loyal fans but the casual fans left when Gretzky went to play for the Rangers in the late 1990s. The L.A. Sports Scene is really different this summer with the Lakers and the Clippers already out of the NBA Playoffs. The city of Los Angeles needs the Kings right now. This is the perfect opportunity for the Kings to brighten up the city with Hockey excitement.
I feel this is a Kings team that is destined to win the Cup this year. I did not think so going into the playoffs but I have seen the playoff greatness. This would be one of the most surprising NHL Playoff runs we have ever seen if they can capture the cup. We could be calling it the “King’s Cup” in just a matter of a couple of weeks.
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The Texas Rangers have played 40 games so far this season. They hold a record of 25 wins and 15 losses. The team is 5 games ahead of the second place team in the A.L. West. The real story this season for the Rangers is their main star Josh Hamilton and his hot streak, or should we call it the beginning of a hot season.
The Texas Rangers Josh Hamilton
Josh Hamilton has a .392 batting average, 18 home runs, 45 RBI’s, 33 runs and 3 stolen bases. Of the 40 games the Rangers have played this season Hamilton has played 37 of those games. Hamilton is on pace for 72 home runs, 180 RBI’s, 132 runs and 12 stolen bases. He has already hit 4 home runs in one game this season. Now I don’t need to tell you that it would be one of the best seasons we have ever seen. It should be noted however, Hamilton has never hit more than 32 home runs in one season, but at the same time he has never been this hot.
The big stat that has everyone’s attention are the amount of home runs he has complied so far. His home run hitting this season has reminded me a lot of Ken Griffey Jr.’s record pace in the 1994 season. However Griffey’s season ended in June when the players went on strike. Hamilton will not have anything other than an injury to hold him back this particular season. His pace is impressive but would not be a record. However if he could have hot streaks from time to time, he could very well take the home run record of 73 held by Barry Bonds in 2001.
If Josh Hamilton could take the home run record it would be an incredible thing to happen to Major League Baseball. We all know how tainted the record held by Barry Bonds is after the truth about him taking Performance Enhancing Drugs came out a few years ago. Hamilton would clean up the record having played in an era with stricter testing and a lower tolerance of P.E.D.’s. Hamilton also would be a great story of a man who has battled demons and while he will never be clear of them, made things right and triumphed over them.
Hamilton has had a crazy last 13 years. He was drafted 1st overall in the 1999 June MLB draft by the Tampa Bay Rays. He struggled with a drug addiction and alcoholism. Hmilton never fully adapted to the system in order to become a Major League star. The Rays gave him numerous chance but had no choice but to let him go after 4 years of working with him. Hamilton battled his demons and came back to baseball in the Independent League and later got a contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2007. He played so well that year that he was signed by the Texas Rangers in 2008. He had an incredible showing in the 2008 MLB Home Run Derby and caught the attention of the sports world. Hamilton has developed into a superstar and is the face of the Rangers Franchise.
The season is only 1/4 complete though. He could calm down, or he could keep going. He is the heart of this team and I feel how Josh Hamilton goes so does the team. The team has made the World Series the last 2 seasons. I totally believe they could make another appearance this year and actually win the championship this time.
Josh Hamilton is what is good about baseball right now. He is a man that has fallen down numerous times, picked himself up every time and succeeded. He will continue to garner attention this year from all baseball fans. I believe the baseball world will rally behind him and if he is close to breaking Barry Bonds’ record near the end of the season and push him to breaking it. Hamilton is already a hero but he could become the single season home run hero by the end of the summer.
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Marlins pitcher Anibal Sanchez during Thursday’s victory over the Huston Astros
If you have been living under a rock for the past two weeks here is a message for you, the Miami Marlins are on fire! The Marlins have won 9 of there last 10 games. They just came off of their best road trip ever taking 8 of 9 games during the trip. First sweeping the Giants in San Francisco, followed by a sweep of the Padres in San Diego and finishing the road trip taking 2 of 3 games from the Huston Astros. The road trip was the best in franchise history.
The pitching of Carlos Zambrano is probably one of the most surprising things to have happened for the team in the past 2 weeks. Zambrano recorded a complete game win earlier this week against the Astros. Many expected him to fall apart this year and pitch poorly based on his past in Chicago playing for the Cubs. He is showing all of the critics that he still has it and is here to stay.
Their other pitching stud Anibal Sanchez continued his winning ways picking up his 4th win on the road trip. He pitched a total of 14 innings with 13 strikeouts. Sanchez leads the team in strikeouts with 46 for the season. He has really blossomed over the years into a big time pitcher and he is still highly underrated.
On the offensive side of the ball the Marlins have come alive. Giancarlo Stanton snapped out of his funk blasting 5 home runs and bringing in 8 RBI’s on the road trip. Second baseman Omar Infante proved very valuable with 10 hits, 1 home run and 8 RBI’s. Infante is currently batting .342 for the season and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. The offense was bright and really picked up the optimism of Marlins Nation.
The Marlins defeated the New York Mets on Friday at home by of score of 6-5. The Fish have been dominating most of the games they have played this past two weeks. The other games where they didn’t squash their opponents they have come back to win in the late innings.
The Marlins are going into their Saturday game against the Mets holding a record of 17 wins and 15 losses. They are only 3 games back from first place in the NL East. The lead in the NL East is currently held by the Washington Nationals and the Atlanta Braves. That spot could be held by the fish in about a week if they keep up their superb play up.
The team started the season with a rocky first month. They finished the month of April with an under .500 win percentage. They received little production from power hitter Giancarlo Stanton, which was a huge and disappointing surprise. Their big time free agent Heath Bell was not pitching well from the closing spot and blowing games. Jose Reyes also had his problem in the form of getting hits. Things did not look great after the first month of baseball.
A new month brought new hope and a chance for redemption. And boy have the Marlins taken advantage of the restart in the form of a long road trip. I think this is the team that we were meant to see, and will continue to see for the rest of the season. They are finally heading places and the fans are getting excited about their prospects of winning. The goal for this season is taking the NL East crown for the first time in franchise history and surging through the playoff en route to their 3rd World Series title. The season is long and things could change, but I have confidence that what has happened in the last 2 weeks we will be seeing more of deep into the season. So there is only one thing to be said “NL East watch out the Fish are coming”.
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It was made official today that The Knicks Amare Stoudemire is out for game 3 of their series against the Heat. The Knicks star injured himself when he punched a fire extinguisher case on Monday after the teams 104-84 loss in Miami. The Knicks are currently down 2-0 in the opening playoff series. The knicks have had to see this coming.
This Knicks team was destined for failure this year. They have not played well as a unit consistently all season. The only bright spot the Knicks had during the season was the rise of Jeremy Lin. The “Linsanity”craze did not even last a month. They almost did not make the playoffs until they had a so-so April. This is just another example of how this team is doomed, at least for this season.
The first two games against the Heat should be all anyone needs to see to realize they were never going to beat the Heat and advance. I have no idea why it seems that everyone is shocked by this happening. The media has been all over this story of Stoudemire missing game 3. It really does not matter though. The Knicks had no chance, even if Stoudemire was healthy he would have done nothing to get the Knicks wins over the Heat. There is really only one story here, it is the immaturity and anger issues that Stoudemire possesses.
The series was likely going to end in the Heat sweeping the Knicks. The Heat are just too strong for just about any team in the east, especially the Knicks. It will all be over for the Knicks in less than a week from now. So lets put the story of the 2011-2012 Knicks to rest now.
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The Washington Nationals have been playing great this year. Surprising many, but the excitement has just begun. On Friday the Nationals called up their 19 year old phenom Bryce Harper from Triple A Syracuse. He was called up when Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the DL this week. Harper is set to make his MLB debut on Saturday when he will be placed in the line up for in a game against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Harper’s debut on Saturday is the most anticipated debut of any player since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989.
Harper was thrust into the national spotlight in May of 2009 when he was on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. He was touted as being the next big thing in baseball, and possibly one of the best baseball players ever. Later the year he left high school at 16 years old to obtain his GED in time for the 2010 June Draft. He had a short stint at a junior college before the Nationals selected him 1st overall in the June Draft.
Harper has everything one needs to be a great player. He also has all of the hype as well. Although some have questioned his maturity during his time in the minors. He has been called “spoiled”, and been said to have acted arrogant on a number of occasions. This is nothing new for the sports world. There have been many sports stars with bad reputations that have flourished to become hall of fame players. I feel he will grow up a lot in the big leagues and will mature very quickly. While he has played well in the minors he has usually needed time to get settled in at each level. This may be no different as the jump from Triple A to the majors is a big one. I think even if he does struggle in the beginning he will ultimately turn out to be an incredible player at the big league level.
The Nationals want to win and they want to do it now. That is why they feel this call up is the right decision. I totally agree with them bringing him up and putting him in the line up. Saturday is going to be a big night for Harper and the Nationals, who finally get to reap the benefits of this highly touted and paid phenom.
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