All that remains of the two NBA conference championship series is a pair of mercy killings. While it’s not the fault of the Heat or the Nuggets, and should not be held against them, these are nevertheless the two least compelling league semifinal series I can recall. The only remaining intrigue is whether the collapses in L.A. and Boston will result in additional NBA coaching whackings.
Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla says, “It’s on me.” Careful, man. Somebody may take you up on that.
Brooks Koepka became my favorite golfer pretty much the instant he blossomed on the scene. While he has surgical skills, he nevertheless plays golf like a linebacker. You know I like that. I was crushed when he bolted for The Murderous Saudi Tour. So, I really didn’t know how I would react as I watched the final round of the PGA. As it turned out, I never really pulled for him. I would have preferred that Hovland or Sheffler won. But my respect for Koepka the Competitor was fully restored, if indeed it was ever diminished in the first place. Koepka had plenty of chances and even plenty of reasons to come undone Sunday. He never did. That’s five majors, including three PGAs. He is already historically significant. He may end up being historically great. Brooks Koepka is a Bad Man.
We’re all heard the sarcastic saying, “Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach.” Wrong. Koepka won the trophy. But a teacher won the event as well as the hearts of America. California teaching pro Michael Block displayed unforgettable grace and gratitude in finishing as the tournament’s low club pro. Block reacted with a whimsical humility we would all love to emulate. Sometimes human strength, perspective and maturity is displayed not so much in the midst of adversity as it is by how we handle good times and success. The Teacher’s lesson got through to everyone.
And we will never forget Block’s rim-bending slam-dunk ace at 15.
That was a nice moment for Brittney Griner. And for America.
Yeah, the Astros have been picking on baseball’s cellar-dwellers, but W’s are W’s. That’s now seven straight following Sunday’s completion of a three-game sweep of the A’s. Sunday’s pitching performance was most impressive, Mr. Valdez.
Jadeveon Clowney says he’s open to returning to the Texans. Hmmm. I’ll have to think about that one. I’ll get back to you. Maybe tomorrow.