It appears the Clippers require a hole to dig their way out of. They overcame 0-2 deficits in each of their first two playoff series, then got down 1-3 to the Suns in the Western Conference Finals. So once again, Paul George flips his switch. His Game Five Line last night in Phoenix? George scored 41 points (including 20 in the third quarter) on 15-20 shooting along with 13 boards, six assists and three steals in a 116-102 Clips’ win. It’s the Suns who will be feeling the “heat” in Game Six Wednesday in L.A.
One more hoops note. Scottie Pippen continues to embarrass himself.
Congrats and well done to Demaryius Thomas, who has announced his retirement from the NFL after ten seasons and 63 touchdowns. Big, fast, strong, fluid, reliable and by all accounts a wonderful teammate. That matters. Thomas will retire as a Bronco.
Hey, I was into the whole “Tight End University” thing. Very cool. The most versatile athletes in the NFL got together for three days to compare notes and make each other better.
“Throwback unis”? I hate ‘em. Just not fresh, with one exception. The Titans look sharper than sharp in the old Oiler threads, but that’s even more incongruous than most of these contrivances. As for the Cowboys’ “get a free uniform in every box of Breeze” retro look? RAAAALLLLLPPPPHHHHH! And the NFL is going back to allowing “alternate helmets”? Oh, joy.
But the NFL got this one right. The late John Facenda is the winner of the 2021 Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award. Yeah, that John Facenda. The Voice of God, who was the lead narrator for NFL Films for 19 years until his death in 2015 at the age of 71. I honestly maintain he was the third most influential person in transforming the NFL into America’s Game, behind only Johnny Unitas and NFL Films genius Steve Sabol. I’m thinking of Facenda as I write this. I hear, “Dooooommmsday.” Chills.