Monday, June 16, 2008

Father's Day Drama...

TNT's slogan is "We Know Drama". Well, drama was on full display Sunday on TNT, NBC AND ABC! Dale Jr.'s dramatic win, on TNT, may just provide the push he needs to make a real run at a first NASCAR Championship. The drama was in the fact that had he not gotten that last caution, he would have run out off gas on the final lap. Of course, it wouldn't have been a question had it not been for the second last caution. The drama was enhanced by listening to the in car radio as Tony Eury, Jr. cut him loose with 2 laps to go and he roared past Kasey Kahne, who, naturally, drives the Budweiser car that Jr. made so famous.
Then it was ABC's chance to provide the drama as a hobbled Tiger Woods saved his one dramatic moment of the day for his 73rd shot, a birdie on 18 to tie the affable, lovable, goofball underdog with the funny name and 70's belt buckle, Rocco Mediate. The only thing that deal lacked was a sudden death overtime to finish in the gloom of a San Diego sunset. Something right out of Bagger Vance. Monday will be like watching Rocco get a root canal...or will Walter Mitty pull it off?

For the nightcap, the Lakers once again blew a lead, only to come back and win and prevent the hated Celtics from partying in Westwood. Paul Pierce is about the only Celt that wanted that, since it is his hometown, and he did everything in his power to make it happen...but this party will be a Garden Party...the only question is, will it be Tuesday or Thursday night?

Monday, June 9, 2008

Random Thoughts on the Weekend that Was...

I've got the Celtics in 7 for the series, but I must admit, I'm with Phil on the foul disparity Sunday night. It's not as if the Lakers weren't aggressive in taking the ball to the rack. The Lakers shot 10 foul shots to the 38 freebies the Celts had. Anyone know where Tim Donahey was last night?

I'm a NASCAR guy, but I'm here to tell you, the best race of the weekend was in Tezas, and I don't mean the truck race. The IRL put on one heck of a show and continues to get traction with the racing public. 28 cars, some real personalities and incredible speed make it worth a look. Now, if someone could just do something with that Dixon guy...
Speaking of NASCAR...fell free to whack a 100 miles off that Pocono race. For that matter, one trip per season to the quirky triangle would be fine with me as well. The best NASCAR event of the weekend was in Nashville where Brad Keselowski gave Dale Jr. one more win as an owner than he has as a driver this season. Thursday I had a chance to sit accross a table from Keselowski for lunch at Noshville and this kid gives me the same vibe I got from Carl Edwards the first time I met him...back when he was driving the trucks.

And finally....I guess this whole Triple Crown thing IS pretty tough to win! Big Brown was a Big Dud Saturday and you can't tell me the hoof didn't have something to do with it. Not the crack itself, but the disruption in the training schedule. The horse was out of it's groove. Man, I wish I had that superfecta! $48,000 for a $2 ticket? Chances are I wouldn't have been in today....